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'One of the best highlights of my career for sure': Belfast Giants legends recall historic first home game 20 years on

 

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Paxton Schulte was one of the stars of the Belfast Giants team 20 years ago

Paxton Schulte was one of the stars of the Belfast Giants team 20 years ago

DARREN KIDD

Paxton Schulte was one of the stars of the Belfast Giants team 20 years ago

For fans of ice hockey in Belfast, the three months between September and December 2000 felt like an eternity.

After all, having finally seen a team founded in Northern Ireland, followers of the newly formed Belfast Giants then had the agony of watching their first few 'home' games be moved to other venues due to the Odyssey Arena not being ready for the season's start.

Having been inducted into the league in September 2000, the Giants found themselves calling the likes of Basingstoke and Coventry as their temporary home for the first couple of months as the new Odyssey - now the SSE Arena - was still being finished.


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