Telford Tigers to participate in play-offs

The playoff competition for EPIHL this season will follow the published Rules of Competition with the top eight sides from the regular season qualifying for the playoffs.

EIHA Chairman Ken Taggart has confirmed that a planned rule change to punish teams who liquidate or enter administration will be enforced from next season.

A meeting of club owners sought to exclude Telford and Manchester from post-season play after their respective limited companies had been liquidated.

“The EIHA cannot support a decision with retrospective penalties,” said Taggart.

“I can guarantee that strong sanctions for violating agreed financial protocols will be included in next season’s Rules of Competition.

“This year’s playoffs will proceed under the existing rules, with the top eight teams from the league table playing in two round robin groups before the traditional Coventry final four weekend,” Taggart continued.

A statement from Telford Tigers, said:“Following a meeting that was attended by members of the Telford Tigers consortium on January 25th, the play-offs situation has been resolved amicably.

“We are therefore pleased to announce that Telford Tigers will be participating in this season’s EPIHL play-offs.

“We believe this will give our players and supporters a chance to mark the end of the season with an exciting series of games.

“Everyone here at Telford Tigers is looking forward to seeing our players fight it out against their rivals from across the league.

“The EPIHL title is still very much up for grabs and the play-offs will add further excitement to the rest of the season.

“We will be making no further comment on this matter.”

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