Local Connection To The Giants

It was a crazy day on the home front so I didn't get to write post I wanted to. That being said, I wanted to get something else so I thought I'd share something I wrote for work.

I knew going in that there was a local connection for me with Kevin Raine being from Dryden, but what I didn't realize was just how big the connection between Southern Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario and the Belfast Giants was.

What I wrote this morning for work is below, so check it out! I'll have another post up tomorrow (hopefully) that you can all enjoy!

Just as a a final heads up - this is FAR more formal that I want my blog to be, but since it was for work it kinda had to be.

Local Connections To Belfast Giants

Even though it requires a drive to Winnipeg (or Thunder Bay) and a flight across the Atlantic Ocean to get from Kenora to Belfast, there are a handful of Northwestern Ontario connections to the Elite Ice Hockey League’s Belfast Giants.

On the team currently, former U-18 ‘AAA’ Kenora Thistle and Dryden native Kevin Raine is serving as one of the team’s alternate captains. The 26-year-old defender is in his third season with the club, having won the leagues’ Challenge Cup in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 as well as the league title in 2018/2019.

Years before Raine even suited up for the U-18 Thistles, Kenora’s Curtis Bowen joined the Belfast side for the teams second-ever season in 2001. Bowen, who followed up his time with the U-18 Thistles with a four-year career with the Ottawa 67’s, spent four seasons with the Giants. During that time, Bowen put up 134 points (56 goals, 78 assists) and 277 penalty minutes in 151 games.

The Thunder Bay area has produced four former Giants; Jason Wright, Malcolm MacMillan, Michael Jacobson and Mike Kompon.

The final local connections come from Winnipeg, as five former members of the club call the Manitoba capital their home town.

This season, the Belfast Giants currently find themselves in fourth place in EIHL standings with 44 points and a record of 19-2-13-2.


©2020 Stuart Walter. Pictures provided by the Stena Line Belfast Giants.