Published Thursday, 18 October 2012
Belfast Giants coach Doug Christiansen. (© Michael Cooper)
The Belfast side haven't competed in Europe in nine years, but they've got high hopes for their return to that stage.
Head coach Doug Christiansen is aware his side are facing tough opposition though.
The Giants open their campaign against Dutch side Geleen Smoke Eaters at 4pm local time on Friday.
"We've taken a look at the environment we're going to play in - it's going to be loud, it's going to be crazy," Christiansen told UTV.
It's going to be fantastic - it's going to be like a soccer game ...
Doug Christiansen, Belfast Giants
While the Belfast side are hoping to bring home the trophy, they won't be distracted from their league campaign by their European adventure.
"We're not going to view it as a challenge, we are going to view it as a great opportunity for this club to represent our league and this organisation internationally," Christiansen added.
"We're going to take this as far as we can."
The second round of the Continental Cup is held between 19-21 October, with the Group B games to be played in Landshut in Germany.
The Belfast Giants are joined in Group B by first opponents Geleen, Germany's Landshut Cannibals and Romanian side HSC Csíkszereda.
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