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Giants will launch quest to retain league crown away to the Storm

 

Adam Keefe
Adam Keefe
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants will begin their Elite League title defence on the road against the Manchester Storm on Sunday, September 15 after the fixtures for the 2019-20 season were confirmed.

Adam Keefe's defending champions will make the trip to Planet Ice Altrincham to take on the side that nearly cost them the league with a defeat late last season.

That game comes a day after the Giants begin their domestic slate with a home tie against the Glasgow Clan at the SSE Arena on September 14, the first match in the Challenge Cup group stage. The Giants play their first home league game in the second week of the season on Sunday, September 22 when they welcome the Nottingham Panthers, while their much-anticipated first meeting with the Cardiff Devils, who they pipped to the title last season on regulation wins, won't come until November 23 at the Viola Arena.

The final clash between the two sides is the penultimate game of the season for both on March 28 in Cardiff, with the Giants finishing their campaign away to the Coventry Blaze on Sunday, March 29.

Fans will be delighted to hear that the Giants have no fewer than seven double-header weekends in Belfast, three of which are against their conference rivals the Devils, Panthers and Sheffield Steelers.

The Storm, Blaze and Guildford Flames will also play double-headers in Belfast.

Their final two home games are also a double-header against the Flyers on March 20-21, while the team play two away double-headers against the Panthers and Devils.

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