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The 2013/14 season will be General Manager Todd Kelman’s 7th season in charge of the Belfast Giants. He officially took over as GM on May 1st, 2007 and in five seasons under Kelman, the Giants won all 4 Major Titles in UK Ice Hockey.
Kelman has instilled a belief in everyone associated with the Giants that Belfast is the best place to play in the UK Elite League. In his 5 years in charge, crowds have increased by 35%, sponsorship has tripled and season ticket holders have nearly doubled. Maybe the most important number to take note of is that 77% of all players that have played for the Giants under Kelman have won at least 1 Championship, many of which have come to Belfast and won their first title as a pro.
Kelman has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Queens University in Belfast (graduated with Honours in 2011) and received his undergraduate degree in Telecommunications from Bowling Green University in 1997 where he played hockey on a 4 year scholarship.
Kelman was drafted in the 6th Round by the St. Louis Blues in 1993 and played 10 years pro before taking over as General Manager of the Giants. His professional career started in Bracknell in the UK Superleague where he won a Superleague title in 2000 before moving to Belfast as one of the original Giants for the inaugural season in 2000/01. As a Giant, he won 2 League Titles and 1 Playoff Championship and retired as the all-time leader in games played as well as the leading scoring defenceman in franchise history.
2013/14 is Paul Adey’s first season as Head Coach of the Belfast Giants after spending last season in the top Italian League where he led Val Pusteria (Brunico) to a first place finish in the league. Prior to last season, Adey coached in Switzerland with Ajoie for two seasons and previously to that he was with Italian sides Ritten, Cortina, and Val Gardena.
His playing days saw him spend the majority of his professional career with the Nottingham Panthers. Adey is the all-time leading scorer in Panthers history with 869 goals and an amazing 1609 points in 11 seasons in Nottingham. His number 22 has been officially retired by the Panthers, and it was in Nottingham where his coaching career began in 2001. Paul, inducted into the British Ice Hockey’s Hall of Fame, was behind the Panthers bench for the final two seasons of the Ice Hockey Superleague and the first two of the Elite Ice Hockey League before moving onto coach in Italy.
Rob Stewart rejoined the Belfast Giants in 2008, after spending two seasons as head coach of the Romford Raiders. No stranger to Belfast, Stewart played for the Giants for 3 seasons before becoming player/coach in 2003/04, the first season in the Elite League.
The following season he coached in Sheffield and a year later he returned to playing with the Giants helping them to a League Title in 2006.
Jason “Taff” Ellery is the full-time Equipment Manager with the Belfast Giants. Taff plied his trade initially in his native Wales with the Cardiff Devils and then the London Knights. He has also been Equipment Manager with the GB team for the past 15 years and is involved with mentoring trainee Equipment Managers at IIHF Development Camps in the Middle East and Scandinavia.
Often first to arrive at the rink and last to leave, Taff plays a key role in the team’s preparation for games and training sessions, ensuring each player has the equipment needed in order to compete and that it is properly maintained at all times.
James has grown up playing Ice Hockey in Northern Ireland and currently plays for the Giants in the Scottish National League. James is also involved in junior hockey and has recently represented Great Britain as coach of the Under12 national team.
Having graduated from the University of Ulster in 2006 with an Honours in Interactive Multimedia Design, James has worked with the Giants on all aspects of Web, Print and Graphic Design, and is also responsible for merchandising, game night operations and the day to day running of the office.
The 2013/14 Season will be the 12th year of Mark’s involvement behind the scenes with the Belfast Giants! He has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from The University of Ulster where he graduated with Honours in 2011.
Throughout the week Mark spends his time building relationships with sponsors & taking care of group & corporate bookings ahead of their visits to the Odyssey Arena for Belfast Giants home games.
Gordy is a retired school teacher who takes responsibility for the co-ordination and implementation of our school visits throughout the season. The Giants visit over 100 schools each year, meeting on average 7000 primary school children. The team talk to the children about Healthy Eating and Exercise to promote good health from an early age.