The Elite Ice Hockey League have announced plans for a new season beginning in September.
The news will please ice hockey fans up and down the country after seeing the league shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic back in March 2020.
Four teams recently took part in the Elite Series throughout April as the sport began to find its way back and the announcement from the league is the latest sign that things look to be returning to normal as virus numbers drop and the vaccine programme continues.
Key dates for 2021/22 | #EIHL
Teams have agreed the key dates for season 2021/22, scheduled to begin on 25/26 September! 👌
— #EIHL (@officialEIHL) May 12, 2021
As yet, it’s unclear whether it will be a nine or a ten team league because of the situation regarding Glasgow Clan and their issues with Braehead Arena.
But a short statement on the EIHL website read: “League games are scheduled to start on the weekend of September 25th and 26th and run all the way through to the Playoff Finals Weekend on April 23rd and 24th, 2022.
“The Elite League will hold the annual fixtures meeting as usual at the end of June with the full schedule coming out in July.
“More information including League, Playoffs and Challenge Cup format are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.”