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English Premier Ice Hockey League


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28 Jun 2017 | Arnoldas Bosas  (D) Sheffield SteeldogsarrowEV Regensburg
28 Jun 2017 | Jared Lane  (F) Guildford FlamesarrowBracknell Bees
23 Jun 2017 | Rupert Quiney  (D) Bracknell BeesarrowMilton Keynes Thunder
23 Jun 2017 | Ryan Watt  (F) Hull PiratesarrowStreatham IHC
League leaders |  season 2016-2017 all time stats
# Player name Pos Team GP G A P PIM +/-
1.Stanislav LascekRWSheffield Steeldogs395278130144
2.Michal SatekRWGuildford Flames46467311953
3.Shaun ThompsonFBracknell Bees4744428676
4.Doug ClarksonLWTelford Tigers5350338396
5.Andrej ThemarFHull Pirates4546368242
6.Matthew DaviesFTelford Tigers4216637954
7.Arnoldas BosasDSheffield Steeldogs4734447867
8.Tomasz MalasinskiFSwindon Wildcats4636397544
9.Macaulay HeywoodFSheffield Steeldogs46323466174
10.Edgars BebrisFPeterborough Phantoms4624416542
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League standings stage:
# Club G W W-OTL-OTL Score P
1Telford Tigers4833735221:128 83
2Milton Keynes Lightning48286311174:121 71
3Basingstoke Bison48291117168:112 61
4Peterborough Phantoms48272217186:141 60
5Guildford Flames48202521175:171 49
6Swindon Wildcats48148422156:170 48
7Hull Pirates48200226162:201 42
8Sheffield Steeldogs4892631153:225 28
9Bracknell Bees4862436114:237 20
10Manchester Phoenix: 0



Last updated: 20 Mar 2017, 09:46

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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