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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

Not everyone was singing off the same hymn sheet when the news was announced in the late 1990s that a new millennium would bring a new sport to Northern Ireland.

The chorus of voices declaring 'ice hockey will never take off here' was loud enough to drown out a sell-out Belfast Giants crowd at the Odyssey Arena.

When the team did finally hit the ice on December 2, 2000 - 20 years ago this coming Wednesday - it was the latter that met them.


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