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Belfast Giant's superfan Tom Simpson has a go at Darryl Lloyd’s whiskers

Belfast Giant's superfan Tom Simpson has a go at Darryl Lloyd’s whiskers

Michael Cooper

Belfast Giant's superfan Tom Simpson has a go at Darryl Lloyd’s whiskers

The cut and thrust of the Elite League title race will be put into perspective tonight on a special evening for one Belfast Giants fan.

The clash between the Giants and the Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey has been dedicated to 15-year-old Tom Simpson as a fundraising event under the banner 'Bleed Teal for Tom.'

Tom has a rare blood disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia and while the Giants need to beat Cardiff if they are to have a chance of closing the gap on leaders Braehead Clan to a single point when they meet in Glasgow tomorrow in what captain Adam Keefe has deemed a 'must-win game' the points aren't the be all and end all.

"We want this to be a special night for Tom," said Keefe.

"He goes to London for a bone marrow transplant soon and he won't be able to come to the Giants matches for a while when that happens.

"We want to win the game and keep ourselves in the fight for the league title, but what we are doing is more about having a great night out for Tom and giving him support.

"He has blood transfusions every three weeks, but to see him you would never know Tom has had such a tough time in his life."

As well as the specially commissioned Giants jerseys being raffled after the game, there are a number of special prizes in a grand draw, while Darryl Lloyd is being sponsored to have his beard shaved off.

The top prize is return flights to Toronto, three nights accommodation and a pair of tickets to a Toronto Maples Leafs game.

Belfast Telegraph