EIHL vote to suspend season

EIHL vote to suspend season

Robert Newbolt15 Sep 2020Robert Newbolt»
 

After a conference call between all ten clubs unanimously agreed that they cannot commit to a 2020-21 league season starting on December 5th as previously planned, and the season will be suspended.

 
 
 
 

Presumably the word SUSPENDED is a slip of the tongue as league chairman Tony Smith stated in a brief message that the clubs could see no way forward at the moment with the proposed December restart. His statement is as follows:

“We’ve been very open that we need to have fans back in our arenas for us to begin playing again. We operate around 75% to 100% capacity at our venues and this is the level of crowds we would need in order to go ahead at any point, which isn’t a realistic option right now.”

"Government compliance along with the safety of our players, officials, staff and fans is paramount to this decision."

“If government guidance and support were to change, some teams may be ready to revise their plans to return to play and would need a minimum of 8 weeks to prepare.”

"We are looking into the possibility of some form of top level ice hockey in the UK potentially taking place in early 2021. This could start in late January or early February and go through into late June, but may not include all teams and again this is dependent on crowds being allowed back inside venues.

“We continue to speak with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and devolved administrations about their plans for the return of fans to arenas that would enable this to happen, but having a full EIHL season starting in 2020 with ten teams is now beyond us, unfortunately.”

Meanwhile, the second tier of ice hockey in the UK (National Ice hockey League) are hoping for a re-start around January time.


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