Tridents Secure Silver Sponsor – Kingsbridge Private Hospital and 3FiveTwo Health Insurance

June 10, 2013 in News

 

The NI Tridents are delighted today to announce Kingsbridge Private Hospital and 3FiveTwo Health Insurance as the team’s Silver Sponsors for the Belfast 2013 World Police and Fire Games.  CEO Mark Regan was at the launch event at Dundonald International Ice Bowl showing the companies’ strong support for the local team.
 
 
Team Captain and Club Chairman Kyle Gordon said "We are delighted that a world class private hospital and health insurer such as Kingsbridge and 3FiveTwo have shown this level of support for the local team in the Games.  Mark and his team at Kingsbridge have been very supportive as the team has prepared for the games.  Some have joked aboiut us choosing a private hospital and health insurer as a sponsor given the sometimes lively nature of hockey.  We are hoping however that we can make it through the games without having to call on Mark and his team in a professional capacity"
 
Also at the event showing support in the run up to the Games was Northern Ireland’s First Minister Mr Peter Robinson who has been involved with the team since it’s inception.  Mr Robinson thanked the sponsors for their support and wished the team well in the upcoming games.  Club Chairman and Captain Kyle Gordon said, "We are honored to have the First Minister along at today’s launch to raise the profile of both the games and the team yet again.  Mr Robinson has supported the team from the very outset and has been present in the past when the team undertook charity events and we are delighted he has come along again to show his support today.  Now that the First minister is following the fortunes of the team in the games we need to be sure not to disappoint the home fans come the 25th July"

World Police & Fire Games Hots up – PwC backs Tridents Ice Hockey Team

June 6, 2013 in News

Advisors PwC, will be the major sponsor of the Northern Ireland Tridents Ice Hockey Club at this year’s World Police and Fire Games (WPFG), it was confirmed today Thursday 6 June 2013.

Northern Ireland will host the WPFG from 25th July -10th August 2013 and organisers are confident of attracting 10,000 competitors from around 70 countries. A large number of ice hockey teams from as far afield as Russia, Sweden and Canada are expected to travel to Northern- Ireland, making ice hockey one of the most popular team events in the 2013 Games. The NI Tridents Ice Hockey Club was formed in 2010 and originally comprised members of Northern Ireland’s three main emergency services; the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service(NIFRS) and the Northern Ireland Prison Service. The team now includes members of An Garda Siochana, giving the Tridents a unique first as the only all-Ireland joint emergency services sporting team on the Island. Announcing its support for the Tridents and the WPFG, PwC regional chairman, Paul Terrington, said the Games were another example of how Northern Ireland was playing to a strong global audience: More. "As developed nations face difficult economic conditions, tourism remains a potential growth sector and Northern Ireland has enjoyed a remarkable year of events and landmark activities. "The World Police and Fire games are one of the world’s biggest multi-sport events and PwC is delighted to support the event and local tourism through our sponsorship of the NI Tridents Ice Hockey Club. "Since its formation in 2010 the team has worked closely with clubs and schools, encouraging participation in sport, a love for ice hockey and an understanding of the work of the emergency services. "We’re pleased to help further those aims."

The WPFG will feature around 56 sports at 42 venues across Northern Ireland and, due to its popularity; the ice hockey tournament will start even before the official opening of the 2013 Games. The ice hockey tournament will run from 25th July – 9th August at the Dundonald Ice Bowl and Belfast’s Odyssey stadium. Welcoming the support for the Tridents, Club Chairman and Team Captain Kyle Gordon of the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: Ends. "The fact that Northern Ireland has attracted a sporting competition of the scale and calibre of the World Police and Fire Games speaks volumes for the positive way in which our country has moved forwards in recent years, and the NI Tridents are immensely proud to be involved in promoting this image of Northern Ireland to the international community through the Games. "It is a real privilege and honour for us to have been offered support from an international giant such as PwC. I thinkit speaks v:olumes for the company’s dedication to supporting and promoting sport at alllev:els in Northern Ireland. . "We are looking forward to working with PwC in raising the profile of Northern Ireland and the work of the emergency services in the run up to the Games." Notes for editors: Pic attached First Minister, Peter Robinson attended the launch of PwC’s support for the Northern Ireland Tridents Ice Hockey Club and their participation in the WPFG. The attached pic shows CL-R)First Minister, Peter Robinson, Kyle Gordon (Tridents Chairman and Team Captain) and Paul Terrington (PWCNorthern Ireland regional chairman) AboutPwC PwC firms provide industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to enhance value for their clients. More than 180,000 people in 158 countries in firms across the PwC network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

The World Police & Fire Games

October 12, 2012 in News

The World Police & Fire Games


Belfast will host the World Police & Fire Games from 1-10 August 2013 when we hope to attract 25,000 visitors, including 10,000 competitors from around 70 countries. The Games will include approximately 66 sports at 41 venues across Northern Ireland.

The event represents an amazing opportunity to raise our international profile, boost the economy and leave a lasting legacy.

There are now just 3 weeks left to apply to be a 2013 World Police & Fire Games volunteer.
They need as many people to apply as possible. Please help spread the word http://www.2013wpfg.com/volunteers

http://www.facebook.com/2013wpfg

 

 

Northern Ireland Tridents New Sponsor

September 25, 2012 in News

We have been searching for a new sponsor for the Northern Ireland Tridents team, we have secured a sponsor and will be announcing this shortly

First Minister Faces Off With the Tridents

September 24, 2012 in News

 Northern Irelands First Minister Faces Off With the NI Tridents during their Sports Relief Fund Raising Event at Dundonald International Ice Bowl!!!

Sports Relief Face-Off With First Minister

Coach Beni McAllister Interview By Murph On Ice

March 1, 2012 in News

Murph had the pleasure of chatting with a passionate hockey advocate in Ireland with over 20 years experience in the game, and an assistant coach of the Northern Ireland Tridents for the World Police and Fire Games. Enjoy his interview with Beni McAllister.

In August 2013, Belfast will become the first city in the UK or Ireland to host the much coveted World Police and Fire Games.

Murph On Ice – Great to talk to you Beni, it’s been too long, thanks for taking the time to join me here on the website!

Beni McAllister – My pleasure Murph, always good to chat with you, thanks for having me on!

MOIWhen it was announced that the World Police and Fire Games would be held in Belfast in August 2013 – did you even think it possible that you’d be involved coaching Northern Ireland in hockey?! 

Beni McAllister works on positioning and systems with the NI Tridents.

BM – No! But I’m very proud to be involved with this team and it’s preparation for the World Police and Fire Games. The NI Tridents will represent the whole country in the event, so I suppose you could say it is as close to a ‘National’ squad as the joint services are ever going to field in this country. The mood in the ‘camp’ is electric, it’s not often you get an opportunity to prepare and play in such a prestigious event in a small country like Northern Ireland. So everyone from coaching staff to the players is looking forward to making history in local NI Hockey, and leaving behind a real legacy for the sport for years to come!

MOIThere’s no doubt there will be some tough opposition from the likes of Canada and the USA.  Tactically how are you and the other coaches approaching the tourney?

BM – At this stage we have been focused on basics and we’ve tried not to think much about the competition, remember 18 months ago this team didn’t exist and 80 percent of these guys had never skated before. We have had to focus a lot on basic skating and basic hockey skills. In saying that, if you had to go out and select a bunch of guys to start a hockey team with, you couldn’t have gathered a better, more enthusiastic bunch!

MOIMark Morrison is a local Belfast guy that had a good career in the Elite League with the Belfast Giants – how important is it to have a head coach with his pedigree to help the team get ready for 2013 in front of the home crowd?   

BM – Very important! Mark is a great ambassador for the sport of Ice Hockey in Northern Ireland and brings a lot of experience and passion to the rink during every training session.  As a former professional player, Mark is a well grounded guy who is very approachable, and that is good for the team. It allows them to have someone who knows the game at the highest level from which to draw experience for an international event such as this.

The NI Tridents have been training hard for the 2013 WPFG to be held in Belfast.

MOIWhat do you see as areas of strength for the Tridents at the big event? And conversely areas that you’ll be looking to improve before the opening game?

BM – As I mentioned before most of these guys are new to the sport of Ice Hockey, so we are working a lot on position and making sure they know where they need to be during play, which seems to be working.  The difference in these guys in 18 months is like night and day, and as I said, they are a very enthusiastic bunch and are willing to push themselves to their limit every week. So I believe that same enthusiasm will be their main strength during the games.

MOIFrom a coaching standpoint –what are your main responsibilities to get the team up to scratch Beni?

BM – I have been working on their fitness on the Ice!  Most of these guys are professional Public Services Officers who are fit off the ice, but as you know that doesn’t make them fit on ice! So, lets just say they have been having a few punishing skating drills, and they have been very glad to see that Zamboni coming on at the end of their skating session! There are very real challenges however that face the coaching staff in the preparations for the Games. For example, as you know Ice Hockey is now limited to only two rinks in the whole of Ireland with the closure of the Dundalk Ice Dome – where previously there was a few years’ of great Irish hockey. It’s not easy to get Ice Time in Northern Ireland as the Odyssey is not open for public skating, and that leaves only one rink to facilitate all the local teams. I have been involved with Ice Hockey and coaching now for nearly 20-years from way back when Coleraine Jet Centre had an Ice Rink, and we had the Coleraine Jets Ice Hockey team, and some Junior Development teams.  With it’s closure 10 years ago, it has meant a lot of travelling to play Hockey with Belfast being an hour and 15 minutes from home. Although, this is better than when we used the Dundalk Ice Dome, which was a 250 mile round trip, sometimes three times a week! But as you know Murph, Ice Hockey is an addiction and you will travel wherever it takes you!

Coach McAllister hopes to have the NI Tridents ready to give the crowd lots to cheer for in Belfast.

MOIThe home crowd will obviously be supportive of the Tridents – do you look at this support as added pressure on the group, or just the advantage the team will need in close games? 

BM – I think it will be a massive boost for the guys to have this home crowd behind them for the first time taking part in the World Police and Fire Games. And they will use that home support to push that little bit extra during each game!

MOIAnd finally Beni, what can UK hockey fans look forward to and expect from the Tridents when the puck drops on opening night of what will be a hugely important event for the entire area?

BM – I think the fans can look forward to a lot of good hockey games, with the standard being at the top level with some of the teams coming from Canada and America – those will be awesome! It’s going to be an amazing event for Northern Ireland, and local Ice Hockey fans will be blown away by this event!

MOI – Thanks again Beni, good luck the rest of the way with the training and preparation, and I’ll see you in Belfast soon.

BM – Anytime, my pleasure! Cheers Murph for this opportunity to promote the Tridents Team coming up to the Games.

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Club Chairman Kyle Gordon Interview By Murph On Ice

December 22, 2011 in News

Murph had the pleasure of chatting with a Police Inspector, an avid hockey advocate in Northern Ireland, and Team Captain of the NI Tridents for the World Police and Fire Games. Enjoy his interview with Kyle Gordon.

In August 2013, Belfast will become the first city in the UK or Ireland to host the much coveted World Police and Fire Games.

Murph On Ice – Great to talk to you Kyle, thanks for taking the time from Belfast to join me here on the website!

Kyle Gordon – My pleasure Murph, thanks for having me on!

MOI– When it was announced that the World Police and Fire Games would be held in Belfast in August 2013 – did you even think it possible that you’d be involved and on the ice representing Northern Ireland in hockey?!

Kyle Gordon is the Captain of the NI Tridents, who will play in the 2013 WPFG.

KG – In short, I didn’t, no.  The reason for that is that Hockey is not one of the more common sports in Northern Ireland, as we are a nation of football and rugby lovers.  In addition, I was aware that neither the Police Service, nor any of the other Services within Northern Ireland, had an ice-hockey team despite having proud and successful sporting histories within the local community. Any move towards forming a team to represent Northern Ireland at the Games was going to take a considerable effort from the members, and support from senior representatives and sponsors.

MOI – What’s the mood around the NI Tridents camp as you guys prepare for what will be a pretty tough battle with more experienced teams from Canada and the USA?

KG – I think there are two distinct ‘moods’ in the camp; one is obviously of sheer excitement at the prospect of raising the profile of hockey in Northern Ireland through the Games and having an opportunity to experience playing much more experienced teams and gaining from that exposure.  The other mood is one of realism, and a realisation that as you say, we have a tough battle ahead against the other teams who have more experience as individuals, and also as a team playing regularly at a higher level than we are fortunate enough to have access to here in Northern Ireland.  All that being said I think the spirit and energy of The Tridents will help raise our game during the competition.

MOI– Mark Morrison is a local Belfast guy that had a good career in the Elite League with the Belfast Giants – how important is it to have a head coach with his pedigree to help the team get ready for 2013 in front of the home crowd?

 

 

 

Tridents Coach Mark Morrison is a former Belfast Giant.

KG – I think it is clear that we know the scale of the challenge that faces us in the run-up to the Games, and any help we can avail of in the next 18 months will be vital, and utilised to the maximum by the team.  Coach Morrison is an outstanding individual who brings to our team the know-how and experience of the professionals.  His guidance, and that of Assistant Coach Beni McAllister, in the formation of the team to date has been invaluable, especially considering we only formed in 2010.  He has us running regular pro-hockey line drills and on-ice conditioning every session which has been tough but essential training for the guys and girls.  However, this is only the beginning. We have approximately 18 months to bring our team up to the level required to ensure we put on a good show for the visitors, and don’t disappoint our local fans.  Coach Morrison may have worked hard as a professional player, but I have a feeling that he will have to work harder than ever before in his career to ready the team for the games!

MOI – What do you see as areas of strength for the Tridents at the big event? Conversely areas that you’ll be looking to improve before the opening game?

KG – I think one of our big advantages is the fact that we are a ‘services’ ice hockey team. The guys and girls who play for us are used to working in high pressure situations as a team, and all have the determination and fortitude you would expect from emergency services personnel.  So when the going gets tough, and I sense from your questions that we are not alone in thinking it will during the competition, we will be relying on the professional focus and resilience our team members display in their day jobs.  One area we will be looking to improve before the Games are the systems that Coach Morrison has been working on with us throughout this first season as a team. These systems have allowed us to put up a decent fight against some of the more experienced local teams even when our individual skill-set has been lacking in some areas. I think that these systems are going to be integral to the team’s chances of success when the visitors come to town.

MOI – How has the local interest and reception been for the club since you officially launched on June 30th with your team uniforms and details?

KG – Local interest in the team has been building steadily since the official launch.  This is due to the support from the wider ‘services’ family within Northern Ireland, from high profile local personalities such as Dame Mary Peters (Patron of the NI WPFG) and Mr Drew Harris (our club president and Assistant Chief Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland). As well as local businesses who have sponsored us in our first year.  A local school has also carried out interviews with the team under the ‘WPFG School’s Programme’ and has printed an article about the team in the school magazine, raising the profile of the sport and team further still with local kids.  Now that the team is into its first proper season, interest is really starting to take off, with fans from around the world starting to follow us on our Facebook page. It has been very exciting to see the level of interest rise from where we were 18 months ago when we weren’t even sure we could get the funding and backing to form an official team, through to the exposure being enjoyed by the team today! And I believe it will rise steadily right up until and through the Games.

MOI– I’ve played in Belfast, and know the home crowd are great, and they really get behind their teams! Do you think the knowledgeable Belfast hockey fans will be just the extra factor in supplying a lift for the Tridents at the WPFG?

Aaron Cuskeran scores for the Tridents.

KG – I think there is a definite advantage to being the home team. There’s nothing like the sound of supporters cheering you on to make you hustle harder for the puck in any zone, so I am hoping that the local supporters will be the added lift the team needs throughout the Games. Northern Ireland fans have a long history of unwavering support for their local teams even against what appears to be insurmountable odds. You only have to look at the loyalty and passion for the local Northern Ireland Football Team at every World or European Cup match.  Local hockey also enjoys massive support for the Belfast Giants, with many fans making personal sacrifices to attend the many away games on the mainland. So I really do think the same loyalty and passion will supply that extra lift for the Tridents throughout the competition.

MOI – With the tournament still being a good ways away, what are the most important things on your radar as the Team Captain?

KG – As you can imagine there is a long list of things on the team’s radar that need to be addressed in the next 18 months.  For me personally I see there are real challenges around gaining sufficient ice-time for the team to prepare properly with only one ice rink in Northern Ireland available for training. We know our competitors will be on the ice several times a week in the run up to the Games.  There is also a real challenge around gaining exposure to much needed ‘game’ experience within Northern Ireland and wider afield. We have had offers from hockey teams within the UK emergency services, the armed forces, and are looking to exploit these opportunities – but this all costs money for the team members. I suppose finally, one of the things that is most on my radar in this regard is continuing to build and expand the profile of the team in an effort to obtain the much needed sponsorship and support to allow the members of the team to gain this needed exposure.

MOI– And finally Kyle, what can UK hockey fans look forward to and expect from the Tridents when the puck drops on opening night of what will be a hugely important  event for the entire area?

The NI Tridents will play in the biggest event Belfast has ever hosted.

KG – The one thing that the fans can expect is that the team will give 100% in every period we play, from the first face-off until the last second of the final period, we will be out there to show the hockey world what the Tridents are made of.  The 2013 World Police and Fire Games is quite simply the biggest sporting event ever to hit these shores with 10,000 competitors and 15,000 family, friends and supporters expected. And because of the huge following for hockey in North America and Europe, the Tridents can expect to be right at the centre of attention in the local Games.  Hockey fans can expect a fully loaded competition with many teams from across the world planning on attending the local Games, so for those hockey fans who don’t normally get as much hockey as they would like, the 10 days of the Games should be a highlight for their calendars.  We cannot guarantee what the placing will be against the more experienced nations, but we can guarantee that the Tridents will display all of the passion and spirit associated with hockey, and that hockey won’t be the same in Northern Ireland after 2013!

MOI – Sounds good! Thanks again Kyle, this has been a pleasure. Good luck to the Tridents with all the preparations and of course the Games!.

KG – Thanks Murph, my pleasure! Hopefully we’ll see you over here for the event!

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