Today, Saturday 10th Febuary 2024, the EIHA have shared the information regarding this years Playoff Semi finals and Finals for the NIHL South Divison 1 & 2.
This news is relevant to both Solent Devils (NIHL 1 South) and Solent Junior Devils (NIHL 2 South).
The EIH statement follows:
England Ice Hockey, The NIHL Management Group and the NIHL Division 1&2 Owners are pleased to announce the locations of the NIHL Division 1 & 2 Playoff weekends.
This season we are planning to hold the Playoff Finals weekend in 2 amazing locations. We are going to combine the 2 leagues in each of the regions into one big playoff weekend. What this means is that the fans of NIHL Divisions 1 & 2 will play there respective playoff semi finals and final in the same venue. The weekend will take place on the 6th and 7th April 2024
In the North we will be playing the Playoff Finals at Ice Sheffield and in the South we are going to be using Alexandra Palace.
The format of the weekend will be as follows:-
Game 1 – NIHL Division 2 – Semi Final 1
Game 2 – NIHL Division 1 – Semi Final 1
Game 3 – NIHL Division 2 – Semi Final 2
Game 4 – NIHL Division 1 – Semi Final 2
Game 5 – NIHL Division 2 – Grand Final
Game 6 – NIHL Division 1 – Grand Final
This means supporters will get to see 6 games of hockey for one great price.
League General Manager Haydn Hunter says
“We are looking forward to getting best of the best in each region. Into one venue, for two big celebrations of Hockey.”
Game timings and Ticket prices for these upcoming games will be released in due course.
Alexandra Place may feel familiar to Solent Devils fans as it is the location which is the home of the Haringey Huskies, a team the Solent Devils played in the Spring Cup series in 2021 and a team the Solent Junior Devils play in their regular season.
The venue is an iconic Victorian era building with unique architecture, dating back over 150 years making it one of the oldest locations housing an ice rink in the country.
To qualify to compete in these games, the Solent Devils must defeat the team they are drawn against in an upcoming 2 game series played over a weekend. These game’s times and locations are TBC due to the match-up relying on the NIHL South Divison 1 standings at the end of the regular season.
For future information and updates regarding the Solent Devils partisipation in these upcoming games, please follow our social media pages.