Belfast Giants welcome confirmation of Elite League return in September

The Belfast Giants has welcomed the news that the Elite Ice Hockey League plans to begin the EIHL 2021/22 this September.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 5:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 6:01 pm

League games are scheduled to start on the weekend of September 25-26 and will run through to the play-off finals weekend on April 23-24 in 2022.

The Elite League will hold the annual fixtures meeting as usual at the end of June, with the full schedule due to be released in July.

Further information including League, Playoffs and Challenge Cup format are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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The Belfast Giants have welomed the announcement that the Elite League will return in September.

Pending guidance from the NI Executive on the easing of restrictions around indoor sport, it is hoped ice hockey will make a return to Belfast this autumn.

Commenting on the announcement, Steve Thornton, Head of Hockey and Commercial, the Odyssey Trust said: “This is welcome news and a really positive step forward. There’s a real sense of optimism now that getting back on the ice in Belfast could soon become a reality.

“This has been a long time coming for both the club and the fans and we’re excited to progress with our planning for the forthcoming season.”

“Over the coming months, we will continue to work hard behind the scenes to get ready for 2021/22.

“Naturally, there are still events and decisions that remain outside of our control. As the rollout of the vaccination programme continues, we are hopeful that we will see easing of restrictions needed locally to get us back on the ice in Belfast for the next season.

“We would like to thank our fans and partners for their continued patience and support.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to The SSE Arena, Belfast and we will update on plans for our return as soon as we can.”

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