The Stena Line Belfast Giants have been ranked inside Europe’s best ice-hockey teams for both online following as well as attendance. The Giants occupy 19th place for their social media following of over 140,000 and 74th in attendance with 150,000+ fans watching the team in action during 2017/18 season at The SSE Arena.
The figures, published by Result Sports and the International Ice-Hockey Federation (IIHF), sees the Giants matching up alongside Europe’s finest including organisations from Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.
The Giants are ranked 19th for their overall presence online of 140,378 followers, 6th on Twitter (49,320), 13th on Instagram (22,870) and 17th on Facebook (61,561).
The Giants are ranked 74th in the IIHF’s annual attendance study of European league hockey and are joined in the Top 100 by other Elite League teams, the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers.
Switzerland leads the European national leagues in league attendance with Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League in second place. The German DEL occupy third followed by the Swedish Hockey League, the Czech Extraliga and the Finnish Liiga. The Elite League take eighth place ahead of Slovakia, Norway and France.
The top 100 club teams include teams from 15 different countries: Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.
European #Digital #IceHockey as of May 2018.@hcSKA lead the club ranking, ahead of @spartak_hc & @Koelner_Haie_72. @KHL_MedvescakZG, @AIKishockey & @frolunda_hc chasing the leaders.#RESULTSports #dataiskey pic.twitter.com/7OyVEEk9qU
— RESULT Sports (@resultsports) May 17, 2018