The 1998–99 Ice Hockey Superleague season was the third season of the Ice Hockey Superleague (ISL). Having reached a sponsorship deal with Sekonda, the league was now formally known as the Sekonda Ice Hockey Superleague.
Basingstoke Bison left the league and joined the British National League. The London Knights were formed and joined the ISL playing out of London Arena. The Newcastle franchise also changed their name from the Newcastle Cobras to the Newcastle Riverkings.
Losing the Daily Express sponsorship, the Express Cup was renamed the Challenge Cup. The competition was also integrated into the league fixtures with the first round of games between teams (home and away) counting towards the Challenge Cup table and the league table. The league season was therefore increased to forty-two rounds.
Benson & Hedges CupEdit
The Benson & Hedges Cup consisted of the teams from the ISL and the top teams from the British National League. In the 1998–99 season, sixteen teams in total were split into four groups (two ISL and two BNL) playing each team in their group once at home and once away. All sixteen teams then progressed to a challenge round of a home and away game with the winners on aggregate progressing. The quarter finals and semi finals were also home and away aggregate rounds with the final being a one off game held at Sheffield Arena.
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Note: The first home team is shown first
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All eight teams in the league competed in the newly renamed Challenge Cup. The first round was the first home and away meeting of each team in the league with the points counting towards both the Challenge Cup table and the league table. The top four teams progressed to the semi finals. The semi finals were home and away games with the winner on aggregate progressing to the one off final game.
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1st place (Manchester) vs 4th place (Sheffield)
- Sheffield Steelers 5–0 Manchester Storm
- Manchester Storm 1–3 Sheffield Steelers (Sheffield win 8–1 on aggregate)
2nd place (Nottingham) vs 3rd place (Cardiff)
- Cardiff Devils 2–3 Nottingham Panthers
- Nottingham Panthers 3–3 Cardiff Devils (after overtime, Nottingham win 6–5 on aggregate)
Winner A vs Winner B
Each team played three home games and three away games against each of their opponents. All eight teams were entered into the playoffs.
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All eight teams in the league took part in the playoffs. Group A consisted of Bracknell, London, Manchester and Sheffield while Group B consisted of Ayr, Cardiff, Newcastle and Nottingham. The top two teams from each playoff group qualified for the finals weekend. The third place playoff was dropped for this season.
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Winner A vs Runner-Up B
- Manchester Storm 0-4 Cardiff Devils
Winner B vs Runner-Up A
- Nottingham Panthers 4–3 Bracknell Bees
Winner A vs Winner B
- Cardiff Devils 2-1 Nottingham Panthers
- Coach of the Year Trophy – Kurt Kleinendorst, Manchester Storm
- Player of the Year Trophy – Frank Pietrangelo, Manchester Storm
- Ice Hockey Annual Trophy – Tony Hand, Sheffield Steelers
- British Netminder of the Year – Stevie Lyle, Cardiff Devils
- Alan Weeks Trophy – Stephen Cooper, Newcastle Riverkings
All Star teamsEdit
|First Team||Position||Second Team|
|Frank Pietrangelo, Manchester Storm||G||Trevor Robins, Nottingham Panthers|
|Kip Noble, Cardiff Devils||D||Kris Miller, Manchester Storm|
|Troy Neumeier, Manchester Storm||D||Rob Stewart, Bracknell Bees|
|Greg Hadden, Nottingham Panthers||F||Ivan Matulik, Cardiff Devils|
|Ed Courtenay, Sheffield Steelers||F||Jeff Tomlinson, Manchester Storm|
|Paul Adey, Nottingham Panthers||F||Jeff Jablonski, Manchester Storm|
The scoring leaders are taken from all league games.
- Most points: 56 Paul Adey (Nottingham Panthers)
- Most goals: 29 Greg Hadden (Nottingham Panthers)
- Most assists: 35 Paul Adey (Nottingham Panthers)
- Most PIMs: 152 Paxton Schulte (Bracknell Bees)
- Ice Hockey Journalists UK
- The Internet Hockey Database
- Malcolm Preen's Ice Hockey Results and Tables
1997–98 ISL season
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1999–00 ISL season