Statement: NIHL League Structure 2017/18

Oxford’s top Ice Hockey team, the City Stars, have today been present at a historic meeting of English Ice Hockey, and the club’s Directors are proud to inform fans that the team will compete at this higher level for the first time in many decades.

Oxford will compete against top sides from Swindon, Bracknell, Basingstoke, Peterborough, Chelmsford, London, Solent, Invicta, Streatham, Cardiff and Milton Keynes.

The league will be split into two conferences with Oxford placed in the same section as Bracknell, Basingstoke, Solent, Milton Keynes and Cardiff, playing those teams twice home and away during the season, and then playing teams from the other conference once home and away.

Conference A
Oxford City Stars
Bracknell Bees
Basingstoke Bison
Milton Keynes Thunder
Solent Devils
Cardiff Fire

Conference B
Peterborough Phantoms
Swindon Wildcats
Invicta Dynamos
Streatham RedHawks
London Raiders
Chelmsford Chieftains

Oxford Director James Schall said “It’s a huge challenge for us but we’re up for it and hope our fans, players, the City Council and commercial partners join us in that challenge“.

With this jump to the second tier, and with the Stars due to clash with Swindon for the first time in many years, the club is expecting bumper crowds to visit Oxpens Road. With parking cost charges dropping with help from Oxford City Council, and the lowest priced season tickets in the league, the Stars are counting on the sports fans of Oxford to back their decision to compete and challenge at a higher level.

Director Russell Shrives added “We’re in planning mode immediately and are reaching out to supporters to help us achieve success, let’s make the City proud!“.

Season tickets are priced at £99 for adults and £39 for under 16’s until the end of June.

The club is also seeking new sponsors and commercial partners, and if you are interested please contact

In closing, Oxford City Stars would like to go on record in formally thanking the NIHL, the EIHA, and all other teams involved for the professional and constructive way in which they dealt with the challenges faced, and we now look forward to working hard over the summer in preparation for an exciting 2017/18 season as part of the new league structure.

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