London Raiders could play in a National Play-off Championship

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:03 16 May 2017

London Raiders celebrate a goal against Solent (pic John Scott)

London Raiders celebrate a goal against Solent (pic John Scott)


League announces play-off championship plans

The NIHL’s league management committee has confirmed there will be a National Play-off Championship weekend at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Over the last two weekends clubs, including London Raiders, have been meeting to agree membership of their leagues and playing format for the regular season.

It has now been confirmed that the play-offs will take place over a four week period at the end of the regular season, culminating in a Play-off Weekend at a central venue, which is yet to be confirmed.

In both NIHL1 North and South the top eight teams will qualify for the play-offs.

The first three rounds will be regionalised to achieve a North and South play-off champions.

The regional rounds will remain the same, with a home and away two-legged, aggregate score tie.

With the top two teams’ from both the north and south playing in crossover semi-finals and a final in the championship weekend.

Dates and location is currently being worked on.

An NIHL spokesperson said: “This is an exciting development to celebrate the first season of a massively expanded National League.

“A play-off weekend is a fantastic way to end the season, and a huge part of British Ice Hockey’s traditions.

“The LMC are delighted to be able to achieve a joined up, National Finals weekend.

“We are grateful to our clubs for their unanimous support for the idea over the past two weeks at the section meetings and the LMC will work hard to confirm all details as soon as possible.”

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