Friday November 22, 2019

Chad Smith in action against Edinburgh Capitals

The Elite League has confirmed the maximum bench size for the 2017/18 season will be set at 19 plus up to three British trained players born in 1994 or later.

The initial 19 skaters comprises of a maximum of 14 import players, with the league no longer requiring an ’11+3′ split where the ‘three’ imports would need to be exempt from requiring a work permit Elite League Director Neil Black discussed the decision to define match night roster composition in this way at the Playoff Final Weekend Fans Forum, with the league hoping that the ability to ice  an additional three young British players will aid and encourage clubs attempts to bring through the next generation of home grown talent.

Youngsters Liam Kirk, Cole Shudra (both Sheffield Steelers), Chad Smith (Fife Flyers) and Jordan Buesa (Braehead Clan) are among those who featured in the Elite League this year that could benefit from the move, as the league looks to continue its growth and development over the coming seasons.


Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 14 18
Belfast Giants Belfast 11 18
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 12 17
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 10 14
Coventry Blaze Coventry 13 14
Fife Flyers Fife 13 13
Guilford Flames Guildford 12 12
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 13 11
Dundee Stars Dundee 15 7
Manchester Manchester 11 7
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Elite Ice Hockey League

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 10 teams, with Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Fife (SCO), Glasgow (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

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