Chiefs have to wait until 2020 to play in Leeds

Leeds Chiefs player-coach Sam Zajac sent out an appeal for the team’s missing equipment last night (PHOTO: Steve Brodie)

Leeds Chiefs have announced that games in December and the beginning of January will be played at alternative rinks.

According to the most important betting sites, the new club are yet to play at their new Elland Road home, next to Leeds United for info find here, which is as yet unopened.

Simon McGuinness, General Manager of Planet Ice Leeds said: “We are seeing developments on the rink site on a daily basis and the rink is scheduled to open for Christmas.

“But for us to be able to launch the Leeds Chiefs Ice Hockey Team onto home ice on Elland Road we want to make sure that the arena is in the best condition for fans to really enjoy watching the exciting team and great match night experience.”

The games affected are:

  • Leeds v Milton Keynes Lightning on 1st December will be played in Milton Keynes with a faceoff of 5:30 pm
  • Leeds v Peterborough Phantoms on 7th December will be played in Peterborough with a faceoff of  7:00 pm
  • Leeds v Basingstoke Bison on 15th December will be played in Basingstoke with a faceoff of 5:30pm
  • Leeds v London Raiders on 21st December will be played in Coventry with a faceoff of 7:00pm
  • Leeds v Telford Tigers on 28th December will be played in Blackburn with a faceoff of 5:00pm
  • Leeds v Hull Pirates on 1st January will be played in Blackburn with a faceoff of 6:30pm
  • Leeds v Bracknell Bees on 4th January will be played in Blackburn with a faceoff of 5:00pm

Sam Zajac, Coach of Leeds Chiefs said: “Its been a hard week for the team in light of the theft of our equipment, but this team is tough. We are all sticking together through the harder times and our on ice performance is boosting as a result.

“We appreciate all the help the Chiefs fans and the wider hockey community has offered us. The rink is very nearly there and we are on our final push to bring hockey to Leeds.”

Despite the obvious inconvenience of starting life permanently on the road, the Chiefs have proved competitive in the NIHL National Division, registering four wins from 17 games so far.

That is just one fewer than Milton Keynes Lightning, who dropped down from the Elite League last year.

Leeds wins came against London Raiders, Lightning and two against Sheffield Steeldogs, with one of those in overtime.

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