2014 EIHL Fixtures Announced

The moment all fans have been waiting for has arrived. The Elite League fixtures have been announced. This season sees a continuation of the conference format meaning each side will again play conference rivals 4 times at home and away and the other 5 teams twice at home and away. The Challenge Cup will also follow the same format with each team facing the other group members’ home and away before two legged quarter-finals, semi final and final.

The season will once again end with the Playoff weekend in Nottingham on the 5th and 6th April. The seeding for the playoffs will once be the same as last season with the EIHL not following the NHL in adopting an in house format. Therefore the number seed will be league winner followed by the conference winners and sides then down to 8th place in the league.

The 11th season of the EIHL will face off on the 7th September with all clubs in action including champions Nottingham hosting the Hull Stingrays.

Other matches to note will be the first Forth Derby in Murrayfield on the 8th September whilst Nottingham and Sheffield meet for the first time on 21st September at the NIC. Boxing Day also promises to a night of action as the Coventry Blaze host the Cardiff Devils, Fife host Edinburgh and Nottingham travel to Sheffield.

The 2014 season will end on the 23rd of March with the pick of the fixtures being a double header between the Belfast Giants and the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield hosting Coventry in a set of games that could decide the title.

Full list of fixtures can be found http://www.eliteleague.co.uk/fixtures-s12347

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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