Red Hockey Cup challenge for Tigers
Red Hockey Director Paul BakerÂ wants to create a â€œfestival of ice hockeyâ€ next season, when teams fight it out for the Red Hockey Cup.
The competition willÂ run between Telford Tigers, Manchester Phoenix and Bracknell Bees throughout the English Premier League campaign.
Regular season matches, and those played separately as Cup games, will count towards overall final placings, with the winner taking home a brand-new trophy.
Mr BakerÂ – whoÂ also works with teams at both levels ofÂ the National Ice Hockey League â€“ is lookingÂ forward to watching the competition get underway.
He said: â€œHere at Red Hockey, we are all about making sure our supporters get the very best match night experience, at every single game.
â€œThat is why we have created the Red Hockey Cup. The EPL is already very competitive, so another cup is going to make the season even better.
â€œOn the ice, Telford, Manchester and Bracknell will give nothing away, which is the way it should be. It is going to be fascinating to see who wins.
â€œIn the future, I want this competition to develop and become a real festival of ice hockey for supporters from all over the country.â€
The first games will see The Tigers and Bracknell Bees meetÂ on August 29thÂ and 30th, before Manchester Phoenix playÂ Telford on September 5thÂ and 6th.
Alongside games during the season, Bracknell and Manchester will face each other at the end of February, in what could be a competition decider.
Mr Baker added: â€œTelford were worthy double-winners last season, but they will have to be at their very best to beat the Bees and Phoenix to the Red Hockey Cup.
â€œEvery team in the league has improved over the summer, so nothing is a foregone conclusion. As a fan, I am so excited to get the season underway.
â€œLike everyone else involved in BritishÂ ice hockey, it has been a long few months since the play-offs. Adding the Red Hockey Cup to the schedule will bring even more spice to an incredibly competitive year.â€