Local lads Jordan Donnelly and Sean Coleman, who play with the Belfast Giants U16 team, have both made a big impact on the ice hockey scene in Belfast.
Their team played their first competitive game on St Patrick’s Day in the Odyssey Arena against Sheffield Steelers Greyhounds.
The team hoped to get the same result as the Senior Stena Line Belfast Giants, who had beaten the Sheffield Steelers the previous night, clinching the league championship.
And the youngsters certainly didn’t let Belfast down. The U16 team was captained by Adam Robinson with Jordan and Sean both named as assistant captains.
Both lads stamped their mark on the game with Sean scoring and Jordan assisting some of the goals. The final score was Junior Belfast Giants 6, Sheffield Greyhounds 4. Sean was named man of the match.
The following week, the team, along with some U18s, travelled to Scotland to play the Kilmarnock U16/U18 team. The game went against the Giants with Kilmarnock winning 9-2. Sean, though, was named man of the match.
Jordan and Sean were selected last year to represent the Irish Ice Hockey Association in Vierumäki in Finland. They were both complimented greatly during this time on their skating and skill abilities, especially with no rink to train on in the South of Ireland.
Both lads play other sports, but continue with ice hockey, travelling to Belfast a few times every week ever since Dundalk Ice Dome closed in May 2010. However this sacrifice has paid off and both have very promising futures in this sport, in Belfast or abroad.