Following the NIHL North section meeting on Sunday 14 May, the EIHA is pleased to announce that the format for 17/18 season has been agreed.
The applications from Hull Pirates, Sheffield Steeldogs and Telford were accepted and they take their place in NIHL North Division 1 next season.
Sutton Sting have requested that they be relegated to Division 2, this was accepted by the three hour long meeting. Nottingham Lions have been promoted to Division 1 for 17/18 season.
In total there will be 10 teams in Division 1, playing each other twice home and twice away for a 36 game league season.
NIHL North 1 (Moralee)
- Billingham Stars
- Blackburn Hawks
- Deeside Dragons
- Hull Pirates
- Nottingham Lions
- Sheffield Steeldogs
- Solihull Barons
- Solway Sharks
- Whitley Warriors
Discussions around an NIHL North 1 Cup will continue outside the meeting.
NIHL North Division 2 will also have ten teams after applications from Blackburn and Deeside were accepted. These will also play each other twice home and twice away for a 36 game league season.
NIHL North 2 (Laidler)
- Altrincham Aces
- Blackburn 2
- Bradford Bulldogs
- Coventry Blaze
- Deeside 2
- Hull Jets
- Sheffield Senators
- Sutton Sting
- Telford 2
- Widnes Wild
The meeting also agreed that all NIHL North games ending in a draw after 60 minutes will go to five minutes of 3 on 3 overtime and penalty shots if required. Teams will be able to ice one non EIHA trained player during overtime.
The NIHL season will begin on weekend of 2/3 September and is scheduled to end 7/8 April.
The format of NIHL playoffs for North and South has been agreed and details will be released on Tuesday.
NIHL North chair Charles Dacres said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement on our structure for next season.
“We welcome our new members from Hull, Sheffield and Telford and I feel that there are two strong divisions for our clubs to play in.
“I’m disappointed to lose Sutton from Division 1 but happy to be able to promote Nottingham Lions to maintain a ten team league.”
Now that the league structure has been agreed the RTL Widnes Wild will announce season tickets, players and other exciting news items over the next few weeks – finally It’s Time to Go Wild!