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English Premier Ice Hockey League

 

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19 Jan 2017 | Denis Bell-Blake  (G) Manchester PhoenixarrowDeeside Dragons
18 Jan 2017 | Pavel Mrňa  (F) Sheffield SteeldogsarrowComarch Cracovia
16 Jan 2017 | Vlastimil Lakosil  (G) CSM Dunarea GalatiarrowHull Pirates
16 Jan 2017 | Joni Tuominen  (D) Manchester PhoenixarrowDVTK Jegesmedvék
League leaders |  season 2016-2017 all time stats
# Player name Pos Team GP G A P PIM +/-
1.Michal SatekRWGuildford Flames36366410024
2.Andrej ThemarFHull Pirates3336377330
3.Arnoldas BosasDSheffield Steeldogs3826386440
4.Stanislav LascekRWHull Pirates3217405756
5.Tomasz MalasinskiFSwindon Wildcats3527295630
6.Jonas HöögLWSwindon Wildcats3615415618
7.Matthew DaviesFTelford Tigers3012435514
8.Benjamin CampbellDGuildford Flames362526518
9.Darius PliskauskasCPeterborough Phantoms352129504
10.Edgars BebrisFPeterborough Phantoms3420294928
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League standings stage:
# Club G W W-OTL-OTL Score P
1Telford Tigers3723635159:96 61
2Milton Keynes Lightning3521527136:89 54
3Peterborough Phantoms37222112143:95 49
4Basingstoke Bison37230212130:87 48
5Hull Pirates36201114153:134 43
6Guildford Flames37171514150:126 41
7Swindon Wildcats36135216114:120 38
8Sheffield Steeldogs3891325122:168 23
9Bracknell Bees377032787:174 17
10Manchester Phoenix344212786:191 13
Last updated: 18 Jan 2017, 14:39

The league operates on a 54 game schedule. Each team plays the others in a 3 home, 3 away series. A number of these games also double up as the initial fixtures in the EPIHL Cup tournament. Each team will play 2 games per week during the season, with the exception of a break over the Christmas period. The majority of the games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, reflecting the semi-pro status of many of the leagues players.

The Season culminates with the play-offs. 8 teams qualify, and engage in a 2 leg home and away series to decide which 4 teams will attend the Play Off Finals weekend, held in the SkyDome Arena Coventry, a neutral venue.

League restrictions
The league operates under a number of restrictions, allowing it to classify itself as a 'developmental league'.

The main restriction placed on the member clubs is a limit of 4 non EIHA trained, EU passport holding 'import' players dressed per game. Further to this, only 3 of these players may be on the ice simultaneously, with certain exceptions.
Despite the 4 imports dressed rule, it is not uncommon for some teams to sign a 5th import as 'backup' in case of injuries to an 'active' import.

The league has no wage limitations, although it is generally accepted that due to the import restriction, wage bills are lower than teams in the EIHL. Despite the lower wages paid, the league still suffers from teams folding, or quitting the league due to financial problems.

The English Premier Ice Hockey League commonly abbreviated to EPIHL, or simpy EPL, is a senior ice hockey league in England, and is run and administered by the English Ice Hockey Association. The league currently consists of 10 teams predominantly based in Southern England, and is generally considered to be the second tier league below the Elite Ice Hockey League although there is no promotion or relegation between the two.

The league was founded in 1997, where it initially served as the effective 3rd tier of the game, offering a level of play above the import free English leagues, but below the 8 import British National League. Since the 2005-06 season it has functioned as the second tier, as previously the now disbanded British National League filled this position; and, in fact, many previous BNL teams now play in the EPIHL.

The league is administered and sanctioned by the EIHA. The team owners meet regularly to discuss league matters under the auspices of the league chairman, and take a democratic vote on all decision

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Andre Payette to lead Great Britain U20

Andre Payette has been appointed as the Great Britain Under-20s coach and will lead the youngsters at the 2013 World Championship next December.
The 36-year-old has been in charge of English Premier League side Sheffield Steeldogs since mid-way through the 2010-11 season.

Payette said: "I am very excited and honoured to be named head coach for the Great Britain Under-20s national team. Great Britain has been my adoptive country for the last nine years and I am thrilled to be able to give something back to British ice hockey, which has given me so much.

(08 Sep 2012)
 

Slough Jets win English Premier League

Slough Jets won their third EPL Playoff title in five years with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Manchester Phoenix. A double from Darius Pliskauskas and four assists from Dan Davies handed them a deserved crown.

(16 Apr 2012)
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