Sunday September 15, 2019

The new Elite Ice Hockey League seems much closer today after the release of the 2017/18 EIHL fixtures this morning.

Fife Flyers get the new season underway with Belfast Giants visiting Fife Ice Arena in Challenge Cup action on Sunday 3rd September before travelling to Murrayfield for the inaugural Scottish Elite Cup the following weekend. 

Flyers get their EIHL league campaign underway when Danny Stewart's Coventry Blaze travel to Fife Ice Arena on Saturday 23rd September. 

The 2017/18 EIHL season sees the league compete with 12 teams for the first time as old rivals Guildford Flames join MK Lightning in what is their first season in the Elite League. 

Flyers make their first trip to Guildford in almost 15 years on Sunday 19th November as part of an away double header weekend. 

Hogmanay hockey remains on the calendar as Flyers travel to Murrayfield Ice Rink on the 31st December for what is now a traditional match up between Flyers and the Edinburgh Capitals. 

Flyers finish the regular season with 10 games in the month of March, with 8 of those coming within a 14 day period. 

Speaking about the fixtures, Assistant Coach Jeff Hutchins said  "Obviously we have some 3 in 3's but so does everyone else. I think with all teams now wanting Saturday nights it is tough to keep everyone happy.

"We will get on with it, and although our schedule around Christmas is packed at least all the games are relatively close."

Flyers will play in the revamped Gardiner Conference conference comprising of a Scottish quartet Braehead Clan, Dundee Stars, Edinburgh Capitals and Fife Flyers.

Belfast Giants, Cardiff Devils, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers will compete in the Erhardt Conference.

And the new Patton Conference will consist of Coventry Blaze and Manchester Storm, along with Milton Keynes Lightning and Guildford Flames.
Each team will play teams in their own conference four times at home and four times away and against teams in the other conferences twice home and twice away.
This will give each team a total of 28 homes games and 28 away games for a total schedule of 56 games - up four games from last year.
The final weekend of the regular season will be the 24th and 25th March 2018.

The Challenge Cup has also been reformatted as a result of the increased number of teams and will now have three groups of four.
Braehead, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield make up Group A, Belfast, Dundee, Edinburgh and Fife make up Group B while Group C has Cardiff, Coventry, Guildford and Milton Keynes.
Each team will play against teams in their own group once at home and once away, totalling three home games and three away games.
The top two in each group will advance to the quarter final stage of the competition, with two wild card teams completing the quarter final line up.
Dates and seeding information regarding the play-off finals weekend 2018 will follow in due course.
But with the fixtures signifying the next step to the build-up towards the new 2017-18 season, EIHL chairman Tony Smith is excited about the campaign ahead.
“The release of the schedule is a big step in approaching what promises to be another fascinating season for all of our clubs”, he said.
“Having two new teams gave the compiling of fixtures a new challenge, not to mention the revamped Conferences and Challenge Cup groups.
“All teams have worked together to deliver a schedule that will herald another exciting, tight and competitive season.
“Now the fans can look forward to planning their weekends and what away trips they’ll take in a title race I believe could be the most hotly contested in Elite League history.” 

For a full list of Flyers 2017/18 Elite Ice Hockey League fixtures go to the following link:

N.B. All fixtures are subject to change. 


Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 2 4
Manchester Manchester 1 2
Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 2 2
Coventry Blaze Coventry 3 2
Fife Flyers Fife 1 2
Belfast Giants Belfast 0 0
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 0 0
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 0 0
Guilford Flames Guildford 1 0
Dundee Stars Dundee 2 0
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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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