Grieveson confident of positive future for tier two

Ice Hockey UK chairman Richard Grieveson says he remains committed to delivering what he believes will be “exciting developments” for the second tier of the sport in Britain.

Grieveson has confirmed that the recent announcement by the current EPL team owners about a new league was in line with what was discussed at the recent IHUK-led meeting in January.

The proposed Premier Ice Hockey League would reduce import player numbers from five to three, while only British-trained netminders would be allowed from season 2019/20.

Despite the news that Bracknell Bees’ participation was uncertain due to the possibility of increased running costs, Grieveson said he was very optimistic and positive about the future.

“The new, extended IHUK board, which now includes all EIHA directors, meet next week,” he said.

“We have a very busy agenda that includes further discussion regarding the structure of the sport in advance of a meeting with all current EPL, NIHL and SNL teams later this month.

“The most recent statement and proposals made by the current EPL owners very much align with the discussions involving all teams who attended the meeting in Manchester, and have my support.

“What became clear at the previous club meeting is that we should take this opportunity to look at the overarching league structure throughout the UK to ensure it is sustainable and fit for purpose.

“I believe strongly that this is the right approach. Change must be developed involving those involved and introduced in a progressive way so as to mitigate risks and to provide assistance and support to clubs.

“David Hand and Ken Taggart are very supportive of this approach. I am really looking forward to the next few weeks and am very hopeful that we will start to see some exciting developments.”

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