EIHL look to a “magical” future 

The Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham won't be seeing any play-off weekend this year (PHOTO: Motorpoint Arena)

The Elite League have announced the possibility of a “Magic 5 Weekend” as an alternative to the now cancelled play-off weekend following the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

All 10 teams discussed the event, which will take place at the Motorpoint Arena on a yet to be confirmed date in mid September as preparations for 2020-21 begin.

In a statement released on the Elite League website, it said: “They (the clubs) took part in their third conference call in six days to discuss the latest developments and start planning for the future. 

“Given the uncertain climate the world is in because of coronavirus there will naturally have to be a fluid response to planning for season 2020-21, but it is also important to have plans and preparations ready to act on.

“The clubs today agreed to stage a special event to relaunch the Elite League operation when the health issues are resolved. It has been agreed to replace the lost upcoming playoffs with a “Magic 5” weekend which will feature all ten teams in action in one venue.

“The weekend of September 12/13 could see five back-to-back matches in one place but please remember this date is not cast in stone by any means and everything is dependent on developments that remain beyond our control. 

Cardiff Devils won the play-offs last year, but the early shutdown of the league means they won’t defend it in 2020 (PHOTO: Andy Burnham)

“It is anticipated the event will take place, health advice permitting, in Nottingham with three games on the Saturday and two on the Sunday.

“Rivalries will be renewed as five “extra” games are added to the league programme. Normal game points will be up for grabs at the Magic 5.”

The statement revealed play-off final weekend tickets could be valid for the proposed event and there will also be an option for fans to opt out, should they decide not to attend.

It said: “Ideally, Playoff Finals tickets will work as mini-season tickets for the new event and cover the entire weekend. 

“Later on, individual game or day tickets may be added to the availability. An opportunity to claim a refund on POFW tickets will also be added to the mix.

“Fans support through these difficult times has been phenomenal and we thank everyone for that.”

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