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The Belfast Giants’ success is due largely to a simple formula: Put the best team possible on the ice and stay away from Northern Ireland’s complicated politics

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Belfast Giants player Calvin Elfring with his children, 5 year old Kurtis and 7 year old Adriana with their father at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast where the Belfast Giants are based.

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General Manager Todd Kelman talks to fans before the game between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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5 year old Kurtis Elfring and 7 year old Adriana Elfring with their father Calvin Elfring at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast where the Belfast Giants are based.

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5 year old Kurtis Elfring and 7 year old Adriana Elfring with their father Calvin Elfring at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast where the Belfast Giants are based.

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Belfast Giants players at the start of the game between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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Fans watch Belfast Giants players during the game between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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Fans watch Belfast Giants players during the game between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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Fans watch Belfast Giants players during the game between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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Fans watch Belfast Giants players during the game between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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Action between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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Action between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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Action between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

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Fans watch Belfast Giants players during the game between Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils.

Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

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