|English National Ice Hockey League|
|No. of teams||32|
|Country(ies)|| England |
|Most recent champion(s)||Nottingham Lions|
|Official website||ENIHL on EIHA.co.uk|
The English National Ice Hockey League is an amateur ice hockey league below the English Premier Ice Hockey League which is administered by the English Ice Hockey Association. It is split into two conferences, north and south. The league is now the third tier in ice hockey after the demise of the British National League
The league has now been further split for 2008/2009 with 2 divisions in both the north and south with promotion/relegation between the two divisions.
The ENIHL was formed in 1996.
In April 2007, the EIHA lowered the upper age limit within the junior leagues, abolishing the under 19 age limit to become under 18. Due to the large gap from junior level to the EPIHL, many teams were forced to enter a reserve team into the ENIHL. This increased the size of the league from 22 teams through to 30 teams for the 2007/2008 season.
Later in the 2007 off-season, the EIHA suggested introducing an under 25 age limit across the league. However, this age limit was removed within weeks in favour of a drive towards developing players.
Follows International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) rules, as used by countries in all major European leagues. There are significant differences between the National Hockey League rules and IIHF rules, including rink dimension, netminder puck handling, and icing.
The ENIHL also operates under additional EIHA regulations.
Additional discipline rules are also enforced by the EIHA, which include;
- Team fines of up to £5,000 for failure to complete a fixture
- A points system for misconduct and match penalties
- Player suspensions based upon accumulation of points
- 10 points - 2 game suspension
- 15 points - 3 game suspension
- 20 points - 4 game suspension
- 25 points - 5 game suspension
- Penalty Points for coach/managers and bench officials
- For every 20 penalty points accumulated against the team (players, coaches,managers and bench official) - £25 fine
- 50 team penalty points - £100 fine
- 75 team penalty points - £250 fine plus suspension
- 100 team penalty points - £250 plus the £250 suspended fine awarded at 75 points = £500 total fine
Any team play each of the other teams in their league a total of four times; twice home, twice away.
At the end of the regular season, the top 4 from each division enter the playoffs, the quarter finals of which are over two legs. The semi finals are a single match between teams from the same division, and the champions are decided by a single final.
Relegation is decided by two games between top of league two and bottom of league one for each division; winner goes up, loser goes down.
There is also an ENIHL cup with two groups of five teams who play each other team twice. The winners of the two groups play each other in two final games.
The league itself is considered to be a development league, and as such the players are normally amateur. Many teams have affiliate teams in higher leagues. Other teams are aligned with junior ice hockey clubs, and exist to ensure that when players hit 18 there is still a possibility for them to play competitive hockey if they have not joined a professional team. Examples of this include the Bracknell Hornets and the Lancashire Raptors.
Teams correct for 2009/10 season.
|North 1||Blackburn Hawks||Blackburn, Lancashire||Blackburn Arena||3200|
|Coventry Blaze||Coventry, West Midlands||SkyDome Arena, Coventry||3000|
|Kingston Jets||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire||Hull Arena, Kingston upon Hull||N/A|
|Nottingham Lions||Nottingham, Nottinghamshire||National Ice Centre, Nottingham||1000|
|Sheffield Spartans||Sheffield, South Yorkshire||iceSheffield, Sheffield||1500|
|Telford Titans||Telford, Shropshire||Telford Ice Rink||2250|
|Trafford Metros||Manchester, Lancashire||Altrincham Ice Dome, Manchester||2150|
|Whitley Warriors||Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear||Whitley Bay Ice Rink||3200||Current Champions (north)|
|North 2||Bradford Bulldogs||Bradford, West Yorkshire||Bradford Ice Arena, Bradford||N/A|
|Flintshire Freeze||Queensferry, Flintshire||Deeside Leisure Centre, Flintshire||N/A|
|Grimsby Red Wings||Grimsby, Lincolnshire||Grimsby Leisure Centre, Grimsby||N/A|
|Lancashire Raptors||Blackburn, Lancashire||Blackburn Arena, Blackburn||3200|
|Newcastle Vipers 2||Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle||4500|
|Solihull Barons||Solihull, West Midlands||Blue Ice, Solihull||N/A|
|Sutton Sting||Sheffield, South Yorkshire||iceSheffield, Sheffield||1500|
|South 1||Bracknell Hornets||Bracknell, Berkshire||John Nike Leisuresport Complex||2400|
|Cardiff Devils 1||Cardiff, South Wales||Cardiff Arena||2500|
|Chelmsford Chieftains||Chelmsford, Essex||Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre||1200|
|Haringey Greyhounds||Wood Green, London||Alexandra Palace, London||1750|
|Invicta Dynamos||Gillingham, Kent||The Ice Bowl, Gillingham||1500|
|Milton Keynes Thunder||Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire||Planet Ice Thunderdome, Milton Keynes||2200|
|Oxford City Stars||Oxford, Oxfordshire||Oxford Ice Rink||1025|
|Peterborough Islanders||Peterborough, Cambridgeshire||Planet Ice, Peterborough||1250|
|Streatham Redskins||Streatham, London||High Street Ice Rink, Streatham||1200|
|Wightlink Raiders||Ryde, Isle of Wight||Ryde Arena||1000|
|South 2||Basingstoke Buffalo||Basingstoke, Hampshire||Planet Ice Silverdome, Basingstoke||2000|
|Bristol Pitbulls||Bristol||John Nike Leisure Centre, Bristol||1000|
|Cardiff Devils 2||Cardiff, South Wales||Cardiff Arena||2500|
|Chelmsford Warriors||Chelmsford, Essex||Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre||1200|
|Invicta Mustangs||Gillingham, Kent||The Ice Bowl, Gillingham||1500|
|Lee Valley Lions||Leyton, London||Lee Valley Ice Centre, Waltham Forest||1000|
|Romford Fury||Romford, London||Romford Ice Arena, Romford||1500|
|Slough Harrier Hawks||Slough, Berkshire||Slough Ice Rink, Slough||1000|
|Solent & Gosport Devils||Gosport, Hampshire||Gosport Ice Rink, Gosport||N/A|
|Streatham Bruins||Streatham, London||High Street Ice Rink, Streatham||1200|
|Swindon Wildcats||Swindon, Wiltshire||Link Centre, Swindon||1250|
|Wightlink Tigers||Ryde, Isle of Wight||Ryde Arena||1000|
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