In pictures: a giant welcome home for ice hockey's Elite League champions

The Belfast Giants clinched the Elite League championship at the weekend with two games to spare and arrived back to a heroes' welcome.

The Giants reclaimed their crown following Sunday afternoon’s shootout victory over the Sheffield Steelers.

The title win is a record-equalling fifth for the Giants.

On Monday, the Giants arrived at Belfast International Airport to their adoring fans.

Dáithí Mac Gabhann with the trophy. Credit: Press Eye
Fans celebrate with the Giants at Belfast International Airport. Credit: Press Eye
The Giants clinched the title on Sunday. Credit: Press Eye
The Belfast Giants arrived back in the city on Monday. Credit: Press Eye
Flying high: Giants touched down in Belfast with the trophy. Credit: Press Eye
Fans awaited the team's arrival. Credit: Press Eye