Elite Ice Hockey League

    ELITE LEAGUE FIXTURES RELEASED FOR 2018/19

    Date:07/22/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    The fixture list for the 2018/19 Elite Ice Hockey League season have been announced. Competitive action gets under way on Saturday 1st September 2018 when Sheffield Steelers head to Nottingham Panthers in the first Challenge Cup action of the new campaign. Then other sides get involved a week later, Saturday 8th September, when Dundee Stars host current holders Belfast Giants, Fife Flyers t...


    EXPERIENCED GRATTON SIGNS IN GLASGOW

    Date:07/22/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Glasgow Clan coach Pete Russell says new signing Josh Gratton adds another element to his side as he begins to firm up the last of his roster. The 35-year-old is vastly experienced, having played in the NHL, AHL and the KHL and will now continue his career in the Elite League. And Russell spoke of the attributes he’ll bring to his side and reckons Gratton’s signing gives Clan some ex...


    RICHARDSON CHECKS IN FOR MANCHESTER

    Date:07/21/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Manchester Storm coach Ryan Finnerty believes Evan Richardson could “do some damage” in the Elite League this year. The 24-year-old becomes the Storm’s 16th addition to the roster and will study for an MBA at University of Salford. But, on the ice, Finnerty reckons Richardson has the credentials to be a top player for him in the upcoming campaign. He said: “Evan is a tal...


    CROWDER SWAPS DEVILS FOR FLYERS

    Date:07/20/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Fife Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume revealed new signing Paul Crowder was always a player who impressed him last season. The former Cardiff Devil is the latest player to check into Kirkcaldy, hot on the heels of former Sheffield Steelers defenceman Scott Aarssen, who signed on Friday. And Dutiaume says the 33-year-old will strengthen their squad, with the new season just a matter of weeks away. &ld...


    DEVILS BRING IN BLOOD WHILE REDDICK ALSO RETURNS

    Date:07/20/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Defending champions Cardiff have bolstered their defence with the re-signing of Bryce Reddick, and the addition of American blue liner Ben Blood. Minnesota native Blood moves to the Welsh capital following three seasons in the Finnish Liiga, most recently for Ässät. Selected in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, the 29-year-old has also...


    ELITE LEAGUE TO BE TELEVISED ON FREESPORTS

    Date:07/20/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    *     1 LIVE EIHL GAME EVERY TWO WEEKS ON FREE SPORTS INCLUDING PLAYOFF FINAL  *     BI-WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS SHOW *     PRE SEASON PREVIEW SHOW   The Elite Ice Hockey League are delighted to announce a television deal that will see matches broadcast on free-to-air television on Free Sports.  The deal, signed for...


    AARSSEN ANNOUNCED FOR FIFE

    Date:07/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Fife Flyers’ latest signing Scott Aarssen says he’s looking forward to being cheered by the home support instead of years at the receiving end. The 30-year-old is back in the Elite League, joining the Kirkcaldy side after a year at Sheffield Steelers, where he reached the play-off final. And he admits he’s keen to get started and help the club to further success after winning t...


    PANTHERS SIGN DEFENCEMAN RISSLING

    Date:07/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Nottingham Panthers have signed 6’4” defenceman Jaynen Rissling, to complete their blue line for the coming season. Head Coach Rich Chernomaz confirmed Rissling would be the final defensive singing he will look to make before the puck drops on the 2018/19 EIHL season. “Jaynen is a young, good skating, two-way defenceman with good offensive skills, good size and a physical prese...


    DEVILS RE-SIGN RUTKIS ON TWO-WAY DEAL

    Date:07/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Cardiff Devils have re-signed forward Toms Rutkis ahead of the 2018/19 EIHL season. The 20-year-old’s new deal comprises of a two-way agreement with NIHL side Swindon Wildcats, allowing Rutkis to return to the side he iced for from 2013 to 2017 before joining the Devils on a full-time basis during the second half of last season. “Toms has had a great summer with us in the gym and on ...


    EIHL CONFIRMS 2018/19 COMPETITION FORMATS

    Date:07/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Ahead of Monday’s fixture release, the Elite Ice Hockey League has confirmed the rules of competition for the league, Challenge Cup and PredictorBet Playoffs for the coming season. The 11 EIHL teams will once again compete for the Elite League championship, Challenge Cup and PredictorBet Playoff trophy, whilst the Conference titles also remain up for grabs. Full details of the rules of com...


    EIHL CONFIRMS POFW19 AND CHALLENGE CUP FINAL DATES

    Date:07/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    The Elite Ice Hockey League has confirmed the dates for two of it’s marquee events during the 2018/19 season. The Challenge Cup Final is set to take place on Sunday March 10th 2019 at Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff. The Welsh capital has hosted the event for the past two seasons, with Belfast Giants emerging victorious following a fiercely competitive tournament last year. “We have seen m...


    BLAZE COMPLETE D UNIT WITH SIGNING OF HACHE

    Date:07/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Coventry Blaze have signed 24-year-old defenceman Justin Hache. Selected in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by Arizona Coyotes, Hache spent last season with Danish Metal Ligaen side SønderjyskE, registering five goals and 26 points in 50 games. Prior to his move to Denmark, Hache spent time in the AHL with Portland Pirates, Springfield Falcons, Tucson Roadrunners a...


    STEELERS SIGN DEFENCEMAN GULA

    Date:07/18/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Sheffield Steelers have signed 28-year-old defenceman Jiri Gula.  The move to South Yorkshire will be the Czech blue liner’s first foray outside of his home country, having spent his entire career to date with HC Litvinov, first as a member of their junior system before graduating to the senior side. “Jiri ticks a lot of boxes,” Steelers Head Coach Paul Thompson said. &ldq...


    EIHL CONFIRMS RELEASE DATE FOR 2018/19 SCHEDULE

    Date:07/18/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    The Elite Ice Hockey League has confirmed that the 2018/19 schedule will be released on Monday 23rd July 2018. The 11 EIHL teams will once again compete for the Elite League championship, Challenge Cup and PredictorBet Playoff trophy, whilst the Conference titles also remain up for grabs. The winners of the 2018/19 Elite League championships will also receive the newly made Elite League trophy -...


    GIANTS LENDING SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN’S CANCER CHARITY

    Date:07/17/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Adam Keefe and his Belfast Giants are throwing their weight behind a local charity, hoping to raise significant funds for children and families affected by cancer. Cancer Fund for Children’s Giant Coastal Challenge will return on Sunday 16th September with the Giants hoping hundreds will step out and support the 10-mile charity walk from the Giant’s Causeway to Carrick-A-Rede. F...


    LIGHTNING FEELING FINE AS NEW FORWARD JETS IN

    Date:07/17/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Milton Keynes Lightning have signed 27-year-old Canadian forward Michael Fine from Metal Ligaen side Esbjerg Energy.  The Ontario native spent five seasons in the OHL - icing for Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Kingston Frontenacs and Saginaw Spirit - before enrolling at Ryerson University in 2012. Fine spent five years at the prestigious Canadian college, appearing in 124 USports games for th...


    AUGER SEALS SECOND SEASON WITH STORM

    Date:07/16/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Manchester Storm coach Ryan Finnerty says he’s hopeful Chris Auger will return better after the forward agreed to a second campaign with the club. The 30-year-old saw his first season curtailed by injury as Storm won the Patton Conference and finished second in the Elite League standings. And Finnerty was glad to bring back a player he believes was ‘complete’ as he continues bu...


    DEFENCEMAN BALDWIN JOINS FLAMES

    Date:07/16/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Guildford Flames have signed 27-year-old defenceman Corbin Baldwin. The 6’5” blue liner played junior hockey for the WHL Spokane Chiefs before turning pro in 2012, featuring for the AHL Houston Aeros and ECHL Orlando Solar Bears before helping the Allen Americans win the CHL championship. Baldwin returned to the AHL the following season with Iowa, spending part of two seasons with th...


    BLAZE ADD WINGER MORRIS

    Date:07/16/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Coventry Blaze have added winger Kevin Morris to their 2018/19 roster. The 25-year-old attended Miami University (Ohio) from 2012 to 2016, appearing in 153 NCAA games for the RedHawks before turning pro with the ECHL Manchester Monarchs. Morris would go on to spend three seasons with the Monarchs, but enjoyed loan spells with the AHL Binghamston Senators, Syracuse Crunch and Binghamton Devils du...


    PANTHERS SIGN FORWARD BIGGS

    Date:07/16/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Nottingham Panthers have signed 25-year-old forward Tyler Biggs. The Binghamton, New York native was drafted 22nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011, and comes to the EIHL with experience of both the AHL and ECHL, most recently featuring for Kalamazoo Wings. Biggs was also a member of the Team USA sides which won gold at the 2010 and 2011 IIHF Under 18 World Junior Championships, and the...


    JOYAUX JOINS BLAZE

    Date:07/13/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Coventry Blaze have added 26-year-old American defenceman Chris Joyaux to their 2018/19 roster.  The Illinois native spent part of five seasons in the USHL before enrolling at Miami University (Ohio) in 2012. Joyaux went on to feature in 148 NCAA games for the Miam RedHawks across four seasons, helping the college side win the NCAA (CCHA) regular season championship during his first season ...


    BARNES CHECKS IN FOR STORM

    Date:07/13/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Manchester Storm coach Ryan Finnerty is looking forward to the “challenge” of helping to develop newly-signed Brit forward Adam Barnes. The 19-year-old returns to the UK from EHL side New England Wolves, but will gain experience with NIHL side Blackburn Hawks, who will take him on a two-way contract. And Finnerty is looking forward to working with him as he aims to take the club to t...


    LOUIS BACK FOR THIRD SEASON WITH DEVILS

    Date:07/13/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Cardiff Devils have confirmed the re-signing of defenceman Mark Louis, for what will be his third season with the club. The Ponoka, Alberta native has helped the Devils secure two Elite League championships, a Challenge Cup and a PredictorBet Playoff title since joining from the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears in 2016. “I think Mark is a real character player, a heart and soul kind of guy who giv...


    GAUTHIER AND OWEN RETURN TO BOLSTER FLYERS

    Date:07/11/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Fife Flyers assistant coach Jeff Hutchins says the return of Shane Owen to the club means the run of good goalies continues at the club. The 28-year-old is back in Kirkcaldy after a year away where he played in Sweden, North America and Poland. And Hutchins is looking forward to having him back, citing why Fife were keen to bring him back to the organisation. “Shane was a league all-star ...


    STEELERS ADD FORWARD OWENS

    Date:07/11/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Sheffield Steelers have added another new face to their 2018/19 roster, signing 32-year-old forward Jordan Owens from DEL side Fischtown Pinguins. The Toronto native appeared in 149 games for the Pinguins across three seasons, registering 33 goals and 93 points. Prior to his time in Germany, Owens also played in Italy and Denmark, where he won the Metal Ligaen championship with Sønderjysk...


    FLAMES SIGN FORWARD RITT

    Date:07/10/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Guildford Flames have added 25-year-old forward Evan Ritt to their 2018/19 roster. The Colorado native spent last season with French side Gap, scoring 11 goals and 16 points in 36 Ligue Magnus games. Prior to his move to Europe, Ritt spent three years at the University of Denver, with Flames Head Coach Paul Dixon excited by his side’s newest addition: “Evan was really keen to join u...


    BLAZE ADD AINSWORTH

    Date:07/10/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Coventry Blaze have signed 26-year-old Canadian forward Kelin Ainsworth. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native spent the 2017/18 season with Hungarian side Fehérvári Titánok, registering 17 goals and 53 points in 32 Erste Liga games. Before turning professional, Ainsworth spent four years at Lakehead Univeristy, scoring 38 goals and 90 points in 109 USports games for the Thunderwo...


    FINNERTY ORDERS A GINN FOR STORM

    Date:07/10/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Manchester Storm coach Ryan Finnerty revealed his contacts kept him right as he announced the signing of new netminder Matt Ginn.   The 27-year-old comes in to replace Mike Clemente, who took the decision to retire at the end of last season.   And Finnerty says his new goalie has his confidence in helping to guide the team from the back this season.   “We did a lot of wo...


    DEVILS CONFIRM THREE RETURNEES PLUS ONE NEW ADDITION

    Date:07/09/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Cardiff Devils have confirmed three further returnees from their 2017/18 roster, and one new addition, ahead of the new Elite League season. British forward Matthew Myers is set to return for an eighth season with his hometown side; with the 33-year-old undoubtedly keen to add to the seven Challenge Cups, five playoff titles and three Elite League championships he has helped win during his pro ca...


    ADAM CALDER

    Date:07/07/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Adam Calder, to many Coventry Blaze, is the very definition of the word ‘legend’ after the years of service and success he helped to bring them. He first arrived in 2004 after a year with Wichita Thunder in the CHL and three seasons prior to that with the South Carolina Stingrays. So when he arrived on these shores 14 years ago, little did he know what impact he would have on the clu...