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Home comfort for the Giants to start their debut CHL campaign

 

Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe
Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants will welcome Czech side Bili Tygri Liberec to the SSE Arena for their Champions Hockey League debut at the end of August.

The Extraliga runners-up will be the opponents in Belfast for the opening game of the competition on Thursday, August 29, the Giants having qualified through the Continental Cup.

It is the first of two home games which open their campaign as the Giants will host German side Augsburger Panther back at the SSE Arena, on Saturday August 31.

That's followed by the away legs of their Group C ties against the two sides in the first week of September, with their trip to face Bili Tygri Liberec on Thursday, September 5, before they make the trip to Augsburg on Sunday, September 8.

The competition takes a month-long break, in which the Giants will get their Elite League and Challenge Cup campaigns under way, before resuming in October.

Those final two games will be toughest for Adam Keefe's side as they face a daunting double-header against Swedish giants Lulea Hockey to conclude their campaign.

The home tie at the SSE Arena is on Tuesday, October 8, with the Elite League champions concluding the group in Lulea on Tuesday, October 15.

• Former Giants netminder Tyler Beskorowany has joined Slovakian champions HC Banska Bystrica next season, while winger Darcy Murphy has signed for German second division team Lausitzer Fuchse, who are led by former Nottingham Panthers coach Corey Neilson.

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