Jim Gillespie, Former owner of Belfast Giants, Jim Gillespie has passed away – Death

Jim Gillespie Death

Jim Gillespie Death – Jim Gillespie who passed away on Tuesday, 9th of August 2022. Jim was the founder of Elite League side Belfast Giants for 10 years. The Belfast Giants (known officially as the Stena Line Belfast Giants due to sponsorship) are a professional ice hockey team based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They compete in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) and are the current champions for the 6th time in their history. They play their home games at the SSE Arena (formerly known as the Odyssey Arena). Since their inception in 2000, the Giants have won thirteen major honours, including six British league championships, two British playoff titles, and four Challenge Cups.

Reports states that during his time, the team won two Elite League titles, two playoff trophies, a Knock-Out Cup and a Challenge Cup. The British Knockout Cup was an Elite Ice Hockey League competition originally created to fill the void left by the demise of the London Racers in the 2005–06 season. The first winners of the cup were the Sheffield Steelers who defeated the Coventry Blaze on penalty shots in the final.

The format was a home/away affair in the first year of play. In the 2006 to 2007 season, the format was altered with the final being a one-off game. The 2006 to 2007 cup was won by the Cardiff Devils, when they beat the Coventry Blaze 3–0 at the Coventry Skydome. Reports states that Jim is considered to be the saviour of the club after he rescued the Giants who were on the brink of collapse following the demise of the Superleague in 2003.

Andy French reaction to Jim Gillespie death news

Ice Hockey UK General Secretary, Andy French, said: “Jim was a great man and was Mr Belfast Giants. I worked with Jim for many years and not only did he help save the Giants, he helped them grow to become what they are today. Jim was great guy, so kind to everyone and his loss will be felt not just in Belfast, but across the ice hockey world. On behalf of Ice Hockey UK, I would like to send our thoughts and condolences to his family.”

In 2013, Jim was inducted into the UK Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

Jim Gillespie Obituary will be released by the family.

 

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