Category: EIHA Press Release

DIVISION 1 PLAYOFF FINALS WEEKEND VENUES CONFIRMED

DIVISION 1 PLAYOFF FINALS WEEKEND VENUES CONFIRMED
The National League Management Group are pleased to confirm the venues for the end of season Finals Weekends for the Division 1 competitions in North and South.
The Moralee (North) and Britton (South) finals will take place over the weekend of April 11-12, 2020.  Each event will feature two semi finals on the Saturday with the Grand Final on the Sunday.
Ice Sheffield will host the finale for the Moralee division.  The twin pad venue has hosted joint Moralee-Laidler weekends previously in the main Bauer Arena, as well as being an EIHA centre of excellence and the home of the JLMC Conference Weekend.
General Manager at Ice Sheffield, Shaun Lough, said: “We are looking forward to hosting the event taking place in the Bauer Arena.
“It adds to our ever growing portfolio of ice sporting events that take place at the venue year round.
“It is great news for the city and provide local ice hockey fans with even more ice hockey to come and watch.”
For the Britton division, Bracknell Ice Rink will be the host venue.  A successful host for the Wilkinson (S2) finals in each of the past two seasons, ’The Hive’ has stepped up to take on the challenge of the South Division 1 weekend.
Justin Wilson, Ice Rink Operations Manager at Bracknell, said: “Firstly I’d like to start with how pleased I am we’ve been chosen to host our third consecutive finals weekend.
“We would certainly suggest the events have improved over the last two years both organisationally and value for money with the quality of talent on display.

“This year fans will enjoy our further improved facilities, with speakers now installed downstairs rink side and a new and improved Bees Knees bar.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the top teams of the league battling it out over two days, and seeing a variety of fans packing out the arena.”

The Bracknell event has partnered with the four-star Coppid Beech Hotel beside the rink and they are offering those attending the Britton Finals a discount for their rooms on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April 2020. The Coppid Beech Hotel also have 2 accessible bedrooms that have extra space for easy wheelchair access.

Rooms can now be booked at the following discounted rates;
·         Single Room with Breakfast – £69.00
·         Double Room with Breakfast – £79.00
·         Family of 3 with Breakfast – £89.00
·         Family of 4 with Breakfast – £99.00

To take advantage of the offer, supporters must make their booking over the telephone on 01344 303333 and quote ‘BRAC110420’.

NIHL league manager Gary Dent said: “The NLMG are grateful to all venues who expressed an interest in our divisional finals weekends, and we’re delighted to work with Ice Sheffield and Bracknell Ice Rink again and look forward to two well run events which can act as a worthy showpiece for the supporters across the respective divisions to bring the curtain down on their season.”
Final schedules and ticket prices for the weekends will be confirmed in due course.
The venues for Division 2 North (Laidler) and South (Wilkinson) will be announced in the next couple of days.
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NIHL DIVISIONAL FORMATS CONFIRMED FOR 19/20 SEASON

NIHL DIVISIONAL FORMATS CONFIRMED FOR 19/20 SEASON

The clubs and management of the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) held their annual section meetings this past weekend and agreed the format of competitions for the 2019/20 season starting in September.

A new ten team national division, NIHL National, comes into existence to sit above the long-standing Division 1 and 2 which are both regionalised into North and South.

Some finer details around exact format of some Cup and Playoff competitions is still to be signed off by some divisions but the details below are confirmed.

NIHL: NATIONAL

NIHL National’s ten teams will be split into two conferences for regular season play.  Telford Tigers, MK Lightning, Sheffield Steeldogs, Hull Pirates and Leeds Chiefs make up one conference.  Swindon Wildcats, Bracknell Bees, Basingstoke Bison, Peterborough Phantoms and Raiders make up the other.

Teams will play their own conference four home and four away, while they face the other conference twice at home and twice away.

At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams from the overall standings will qualify for the playoffs.  These will play in two groups of four, one home and one away game, with the groups being 1st-4th-5th-8th and 2nd-3rd-6th-7th.  The top two sides from the groups will qualify for the finals weekend in Coventry.

There will also be a National Cup where the first home game for each club against the nine other clubs will count towards the qualifying standings.  The top four sides from this table will qualify for cup semi finals.  The highest placed qualifier will choose their semi final opponent, with the two remaining sides also matching up.  The Cup should have reached at least the semi final stage by the end of the calendar year.

The season will likely begin on September 14/15 and it was confirmed the the NIHL National will continue with the same ‘import’ rules as last year.  Teams can dress two ‘imports’ with only one being allowed on the ice at any one time.

NIHL: Division 1 – South

It is confirmed that there are ten teams in this division for 19/20 – Invicta Dynamos, Streatham IHC, MK Thunder, Cardiff Fire, Slough Jets, Bracknell Hornets, Raiders 2, Solent Devils, Oxford City Stars and Chelmsford Chieftains.

The teams will play two home and two away against each other for the regular season, with the top eight sides qualifying for post-season play.  The exact format of the playoffs will be confirmed in due course.

A number of teams expressed interest in a cup competition and discussions are ongoing.

NIHL: Division 2 – South

There are twelve teams in this division.  Guildford Phoenix, Bracknell IHC 3,  Bristol Pitbulls, Peterborough Phantoms 2, Invicta Mustangs, Haringey Huskies, Basingstoke Buffalo, Swindon Wildcats 2, Lee Valley Lions, Streatham Bruins, Solent Devils 2, Cardiff Fire 2.  Cardiff’s second team were accepted pending final agreement for ice time at their home venue.

Once Cardiff’s participation is confirmed then the structure for the regular season will be announced along with playoffs.

There will be a South 2 Cup this season which will culminate in a Cup Final Weekend.

NIHL: Division 1 – North

Seven sides will compete in this division for 19/20 – Solway Sharks, Whitley Warriors, Solihull Barons, Blackburn Hawks, Sutton Sting, Billingham Stars and Nottingham Lions.

The league season will be two home and two away against each other, with the top six sides qualifying for postseason play.  This will take the form of two groups of three sides – 1st, 4th, 6th and 2nd, 3rd, 5th – playing one home and one away to decide semi finalists and so on.

There will be additional cup competitions to include Murrayfield Racers and Dundee Comets from SNL along with Widnes Wild from NIHL North 2.  The sides will play in two groups of five.  Solway, Whitley, Billingham, Murrayfield and Dundee in one group, with Solihull, Blackburn, Sutton, Nottingham and Widnes in the other.  The number of Cup fixtures is still to be confirmed by the teams involved.  Each group will have its own knockout stages to decide the cup winners.

NIHL: Division 2 – North

There are nine sides in this division – Widnes Wild, Telford Tigers 2, Hull Jets, Bradford Bulldogs, Sheffield Senators, Coventry Blaze, Deeside Dragons, Altrincham Aces and Blackburn Hawks 2.

North 2 clubs will play two home and two away against each other with the top four sides qualifying for the playoffs.

NIHL Division 1 and 2 seasons are likely to begin on 7/8 September.  The winners of North 1 and South 1 are likely to play at the Coventry weekend for a national championship game. There is also an appetite to retain the NIHL2 championship game which has played at Coventry for the past two years.  NLMG are investigating options for this fixture.

The annual review of Rules of Competition is underway while clubs will be providing their available dates to the NLMG to begin the fixture list compilation.

The NIHL management would like to thank all clubs and their representatives for their valuable input at the meetings and look forward to working with them to prepare for the new season.

EIHA League Structure Press Release

English Ice Hockey Association
National Ice Hockey League press release
Sunday 20 May, 2018
 
FORMAT OF LEAGUES AGREED FOR 18/19 SEASON BY CLUBS
Officials from member clubs and the LMC met this weekend in Sheffield and Newbury to agree the format of competition for NIHL in season 2018/19.
After the discussions the LMC are pleased to announce the following arrangements have been agreed by the clubs.
NIHL NORTH 1 (Moralee)
Sutton Sting are promoted to Division 1, Deeside Dragons are relegated to Division 2.  The membership of the division for 18/19 will be: Billingham Stars, Blackburn Hawks, Hull Pirates, Nottingham Lions, Sheffield Steeldogs, Solihull Barons, Solway Sharks, Sutton Sting, Telford Tigers, Whitley Warriors.
Clubs will play 2 home and 2 away against each other in the league.
NIHL NORTH 2 (Laidler)
Deeside Dragons will run a single team in Division 2.  The membership of the division will be: Altrincham Aces, Blackburn Hawks 2, Bradford Bulldogs, Coventry Blaze, Deeside Dragons, Hull Jets, Sheffield Senators, Telford Tigers 2, Widnes Wild.
Clubs will play 2 home and 2 away against each other in the league.
NIHL SOUTH 1 (Britton)
No club has been promoted from Division 2, therefore the league membership remains unchanged from last season: Basingstoke Bison, Bracknell Bees, Cardiff Fire, Invicta Dynamos, London Raiders, Milton Keynes Thunder, Peterborough Phantoms, Streatham IHC, Swindon Wildcats.
Clubs will play 2 home and 2 away against each other in the league.
NIHL SOUTH 2 (Wilkinson)
An application from London Raiders to enter a second team in the division was accepted by the meeting.  There will be fifteen teams in the league: Basingstoke Buffalo, Bracknell Hornets, Bristol Pitbulls, Cardiff Fire 2, Chelmsford Chieftains, Guildford Phoenix, Haringey Huskies, Invicta Mustangs, Lee Valley Lions, London Raiders 2, Oxford City Stars, Peterborough Phantoms 2, Slough Jets, Solent Devils, Swindon Wildcats 2.
Clubs will pay 1 home and 1 away against each other in the league.
CUP COMPETITIONS
The National Cup and Autumn Cup will not be continued in their current form.  Discussions on interleague cup competitions will continue for future seasons.  For 18/19 the North and South will run separate cup competitions for Division 1.  There will be no cup competitions for Division 2 in either North or South.
In the North a number of teams have expressed an interest in the Cup and these discussions are ongoing.  Full details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
In the South there will be seven teams in the Cup, namely Basingstoke, Swindon, Peterborough, Streatham, Invicta, London and Bracknell.  These clubs will play 1 home and 1 away against the other six teams in the Cup. The top four sides will qualify for two-legged semi final.  The Final will also be over two legs.
PLAYOFFS – Division 1
The discussions at both league meetings confirmed that Division 1 clubs are happy with the format for post season play.  This will continue in 18/19.  The top eight teams in each division will play two-legged quarter finals, progressing to semi finals and final.
The two regional finalists in each league will qualify for the Final Four weekend which will once again take place in Coventry.  The date of Coventry 2019 will be confirmed and announced later in the summer.
PLAYOFFS – Division 2
The postseason for Division 2 in North and South will both follow the same format for season 18/19.  The top four sides in the leagues will qualify for a Finals Weekend at a central venue.  The details of each venue will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.
FIXTURES
It is the hope of the LMC to have league fixtures published by the end of July.
RULES OF COMPETITION
From the 18/19 season, automatic promotion and relegation between Division 1 and Division 2 has been scrapped.  Moving between divisions in either direction will now be by application to the LMC.
The clubs have agreed in principle to the videoing of all NIHL 1 games to a minimum standard.  This will assist with referee training and development as well as discipllinary decisions.
League manager Richard Carpenter said: “It was a long weekend but once again very much worthwhile to see all NIHL clubs and discuss issues face to face.

“The league has come a long way in the last 12 months and we look forward to the new campaign starting in September.”

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