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Old 04-27-2017
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From Elite league site: https://eliteleague.co.uk/eihl-annou...nd-cup-change/

ELITE LEAGUE FORMAT

Braehead Clan, Dundee Stars, Edinburgh Capitals and Fife Flyers will come together to form provisionally titled Conference One.

Newcomers Guildford Flames and Milton Keynes Lightning will join Coventry Blaze and Manchester Storm in Conference Two.

Belfast Giants, Cardiff Devils, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers will form Conference Three.

The three Conferences will be named at a later date.

Each team will play teams in their own conference four times at home and four times away (12 home games + 12 away games).

Each team will play teams in the other conference twice at home and twice away (16 home games + 16 away games).

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 Elite League campaign will begin during the weekend of September 9th and 10th 2017.

CHALLENGE CUP FORMAT

The Group Stage of the Challenge Cup will remain, with the 12 teams divided in to three groups of four as follows:

Group A – Braehead Clan, Manchester Storm, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers

Group B – Belfast Giants, Dundee Stars, Edinburgh Capitals and Fife Flyers

Group C – Cardiff Devils, Coventry Blaze, Guildford Flames and Milton Keynes Lightning

Each team will play against teams in their own group once at home and once away (total 3 home games + 3 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.

The wild cards will be made up of the two teams with the most points that do not automatically qualify, with normal tie breaking format to be used in the event of the teams being tied on points.

Head to head results won’t count, but the tie breaking format will be the same for league standings.
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EIHL - Board Meeting - April 2017 youtube interview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8_P7NS-uxc
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What do everyone think? Think at first look not too bad, Coventry not too far, use to going to Guildford and Manchester Phoenix use to play out of Altrincham where Manchester Storm play now. Still be couple of trips to the rinks further away like Belfast and Scotland, but hopefully be some double headers and could be fun to see some new rinks.

Scottish teams have there own confernce which will hopefully help and please Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee who were considering other options.
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What do everyone think? Think at first look not too bad, Coventry not too far, use to going to Guildford and Manchester Phoenix use to play out of Altrincham where Manchester Storm play now. Still be couple of trips to the rinks further away like Belfast and Scotland, but hopefully be some double headers and could be fun to see some new rinks.

Scottish teams have there own confernce which will hopefully help and please Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee who were considering other options.
Looking forward to the fixtures being released, like you say Andrew hopefully some double headers in there. As it's only two away trips to places like Sheffield and Nottingham it should make it more of an event for away fans so hopefully the barmy army will be travelling in good numbers.

Have to admit to looking forward to a trip to Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast next season!
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I'm REALLY hoping that the Boxing day games are MK v Cov this year....
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I'm disappointed - would have liked 2 of 6. But the Scots get their own league so they're happy, as do the Arena teams. Meh.

On the flipside, we'll almost certainly do all the Coventry games, most of the Guildford games and hopefully 2 of the Manchester games (family etc.). Plus Cardiff and maybe a Scottish drive and a trip to Belfast. We'll see.....
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Me like.
Now just want some team sheet announcements . Would be nice to know who is leaving first before we get new signings.
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Me like.
Now just want some team sheet announcements . Would be nice to know who is leaving first before we get new signings.
Guessing we'll start to hear about them from next week once the world championships have finished.
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Very sensible format, we will be seeing a lot of Coventry and Guildford next season. Depending on our roster, decent chance of doing very well in our own conference and therefore quite well (top 8) in the league.
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Great news and great format. Just need fixtures in a few months so we can book flights and hotels etc
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