Magic 5 Weekend provisional date announced

The Magic 5 Weekend would be a great way to herald the return of Elite League ice hockey (PHOTO: Mark Ferriss)

The Elite League have announced a provisional date for their proposed Magic 5 Weekend, set to take place in Nottingham.

The event has been pencilled in for the first weekend in October, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th with the end of season play-offs expected take place at the same Motorpoint Arena venue on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April 2021.

The plans were announced in a statement on the website as the clubs continue to try and plan for the possibility of a new campaign despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has crippled sport.

And they also announced that fans have got on board with the event by opting to transfer their tickets from the cancelled play-off weekend from this year.

The statement said: “As fans are aware, the EIHL plans to launch next season with a two-day Magic 5 competition held in Nottingham where all ten clubs will play a meaningful derby game which will count towards total points in the end of season league table.

Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils contested the last play-off final (PHOTO: William Cherry/Press Eye)

“With last season’s play-off finals cancelled, many fans have also given their support to the event by transferring their POFW tickets over to this exciting new event.

The EIHL can today confirm that they have set a very provisional date of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2020 for the Magic 5 weekend with the regular league and cup season starting the following week. 

“The end of season Playoff Finals weekend will be pushed back to a provisional date of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April 2021. 

“All of these dates are provisional and subject to government restrictions. The EIHL and its 10 teams will be working towards them, although with the caveat that both an extension or an easing of current government restrictions may bring further changes to this in the coming months.

“The EIHL also recognise that some fans have requested refunds from last season’s end of season Playoff weekend and we note that the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham is presently working through the process on our event and many others originally planned in their facility.

“We once again thank all of the EIHL fans for their patience during this difficult period.”

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