Following agreement between all 10 EIHL teams, it has been decided to extend the 2021/22 Premier Sports Elite League season by one week to allow for all postponed games to be played and completed.
Some 30 games were postponed from mid-December onwards when nine teams entered the EIHL’s COVID-19 protocol. In order to ensure the integrity of the league season, the teams agreed to extend the league season by one week to ensure all games can be fulfilled.
“The league title and qualifying for the playoffs have always been the most exciting part of our Elite League season, so we wanted to ensure that we had the fairest way possible of deciding those,” explained League Chairman Tony Smith. “As 10 teams, we agreed that it’s only right to ensure that each team plays a full 54-game season in order to determine final league and playoff places.
“Adding an extra week on to the season ensures that we can play all games, and gave us extra space to rearrange fixtures without needing teams to play even heavier schedules.”
These re-arranged fixtures are now all but complete – a downloadable fixture list can be found at the bottom of this article, while the online Gamecentre is updated. There are two outstanding games between Manchester and Sheffield still to be confirmed.
Extending the season by a week means that the league season will now reach its climax on the weekend of 16-17 April 2022, while playoff Quarter-Finals will take place the following week.
The new date for the Premier Sports Playoff Finals Weekend is 30 April – 1 May 2022. Further details about the ticket sale will be given later this month.