Bookmark and Share
16/06/2017

Martinelli To Return To Belfast Giants For Another Season

Defenceman Ryan Martinelli is returning to the Belfast Giants for the 2017/18 Elite League season as he continues studying at the Ulster University.

The Canadian joined the Giants blueline in 2016 from Székesfehérvár of the Austrian Hockey League.

Prior to his arrival in Belfast, Martinelli played for the the OHL's London Knights and the University of Western Ontario before moving to Europe to sign with Valpellice of Italy.

Martinelli said: "I am really happy to be back and excited to spend another season in Belfast chasing trophies.
News Image
"Coming into the new season, I know what to expect from the league. I am expecting more from my own performance and hoping to be able to contribute even more than last year. The league will be stronger next season and I am looking forward to it."

Adam Keefe, Head Coach, said: "Ryan is a great guy to have around the locker room. He is a big guy who skates well and is mean in front of the net. He is a winner, who won a league title in Germany.

"I know many Giants fans really took to Ryan last season as he plays hard for the team every night. We are excited to have him return."

(CD)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 October 2017
Teen Charged With Blackmail And Threats To Kill
A teenager has been charged with blackmail, making threats to kill and making threats to damage property. The 19-year-old male was arrested in east Belfast on Tuesday, 10 October. He was detained by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force as part of an investigation into serious crime.
26 August 2015
Belfast Giants Sign Mike Radja
The Belfast Giants have signed Mike Radja for the 2015/16 Elite League season. The signing completes the Giants roster for the 2015/16 roster. The American 6ft forward with a left shot will add firepower upfront for the Giants, posting an average of over one point per game since the 2011/12 season.
16 October 2017
Woman Stabbed In South Belfast
A woman, aged in her 20s, has been stabbed in south Belfast. The incident happened in the Balfour Avenue area at around 12.45pm on Sunday, 15 October. The victim had to be treated in hospital, however she has since been released. Police are treating the attack as attempted murder and a 28-year-old man has been arrested.
10 October 2017
Two Men Released Over Threats To Catholic Families
Two men have been released from police custody after they were arrested under the Terroism Act. The men, aged 37 and 40, were detained on suspicion of being members of a banned organisation, namely the UVF.
22 September 2017
Appeal Issued Over Hit And Run In West Belfast
Police are appealing for information following a hit and run incident in west Belfast. The incident happened on the Suffolk Road on Friday, 15 September. The PSNI are seeking to trace a silver or grey car that was involved in the collision. A pedestrian was injured and had to receive hospital treatment.
21 September 2017
Police Appeal For Missing West Belfast Teen
Police have launched an appeal to help trace a missing 15-year-old from west Belfast. Gerard McCabe has been reported missing by his family and police have raised concerns. A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police are concerned for Gerard McCabe who has been reported missing by his family. He is 15 years of age and from West Belfast.
01 July 2015
Belfast Giants Sign Mike Wilson
The Stena Line Belfast Giants has signed Mike Wilson for the 2015/16 season. Wilson, a 28-year-old defenceman from British Columbia, Canada, becomes the Giants 14th off-season signing and joins Jeff Mason and Matt Nickerson on the blueline next season.
27 March 2002
Stormont reception for title-winning Giants
The Belfast Giants wound up their Superleague title winning season with a gala dinner a the Ramada Hotel and a reception hosted by Sports Minister Michael McGimpsey at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
13 October 2017
Other News In Brief
Woman Convicted Of Benefit Fraud A woman has been convicted for claiming benefits she was not entitled to at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court. Clara Palomino claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £8,066 while failing to declare employment. She was given a 12 months Conditional Discharge.
13 October 2017
Belfast's Halloween Celebrations To Have 'A Pinch Of Mexican Spice'
Belfast's biggest Halloween celebrations to date are set to have "more than a pinch of Mexican spice" on Sunday, 29 October. Halloween celebrations are set to return with a Día de Muertos or 'Day of the Dead' theme, and feature a host of ghoulishly good entertainment. The 2017 Halloween Monster Mash, hosted by Belfast City Council begins at 4pm.
04 October 2017
Investigation Launched Following Arson Attack In West Belfast
Police have launched an investigation following an arson attack on a house in west Belfast. The incident happened at a property in the St Galls Avenue area on Tuesday, 03 October. A canister with flammable material was set on fire at the door of the property. Emergency services attended the scene and put out the blaze.
03 October 2017
Man Shot In Paramilitary Style Attack In North Belfast
A man has been shot in a paramilitary style attack in north Belfast. The attack happened in Valsheda Court in the Ardoyne area on Monday, 02 October. The victim, aged 30, was shot in both legs. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
29 September 2017
Man Arrested After Police Car Chase In West Belfast
A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a police car chase in west Belfast. The PSNI saw a red Volkswagen driving in the Beechmount area with no lights on. They signalled for the vehicle to stop, however a pursuit commenced onto the Falls Road where it was stung by other officers from the auto crime team.
29 September 2017
Man Charged Over George Gilmore Murder
A man has been charged with the murder of a loyalist who was fatally shot in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim. George Gilmore, aged 44, was shot in the neck on Monday, 13 March. He died from his injuries in hospital the following day. The 32-year-old suspect is expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday, 29 September.
25 September 2017
Armed Man Threatens Staff In West Belfast
A man, believed to have been armed with a hammer, threatened staff at a shop in west Belfast. The incident happened at premises in the Springfield Road area at around 7.40pm on Saturday, 23 September. The suspect was wearing a dark jacker and a dark hat. He demanded money and made off with a sum of cash. No-one was injured in the incident.