EIHL Fixtures Revealed

After more than a year out, the landmark fixture moment is finally here as Elite Ice Hockey League looks to get started with the 21-22 season! Guildford Flames ice hockey club kick off in Cup action on home ice Saturday, September 18th against Coventry Blaze at 6pm, with a return trip to Blaze about 24 hours later.

“We are always thrilled to get a new season going,” explained Paul Dixon, “but this particular situation really has us at a whole new level of excitement that is difficult to even express in words.”

“To have had so much time away, and at times where it felt like we were never going to get going again, it is such a great feeling to have fixtures and now to be staring down the start of the season. Getting moving has been troublesome to say the least, and we know there are going to be many more problems and challenges ahead, but we are ready for anything as we finally get back on the ice.”

The Cup competition sees Spectrum’s men in a group with Blaze and Cardiff Devils. Flames will contest 2 home and 2 away matches against each club for a chance at a quarter final spot.  Details of advanced rounds will be confirmed at a later date.

In league play, which commences on home ice for Flames on Sunday, September 26th against Manchester Storm, each opponent will visit Spectrum on 3 occasions, and Flames will venture on the road for the corresponding return visits to make up a 54 league game schedule.  The top 8 of 10 teams at the conclusion of the league run will advance to the playoff quarter final weekend on April 16th and 17th to be in with a shot at a Playoff finals berth in Nottingham the weekend after that.

“We have had a great return of support from season ticket holders, and I can speak for all the players when I say that opening night cannot come fast enough and we can’t wait to be back out there playing in front of our fans.”

“One thing we note is that we are essentially starting cold without any challenge matches. Not everyone is doing that, but it is a decision that fit best for us in terms of the timing for getting players in and dealing with issues that are not normally on the agenda. Many leagues around the world have done similar so we are comfortable that a good set of training sessions in advance of that first cup game will be enough to help get us started.”

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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