Tigers will “monitor developments”

Telford Tigers have refused to confirm whether they will apply to join the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) next season.

Five of the remaining seven PIHL clubs – Swindon Wildcats, Hull Pirates, Peterborough Phantoms, Sheffield Steeldogs and Basingstoke Bison – have announced their intention to follow the advice of EIHA boss Ken Taggart and submit applications to move to the NIHL.

Taggart informed the clubs that concerns over the financial sustainability of the proposed PIHL left him with no choice but to make the recommendation, but the Tigers appear to be keeping their options open.

“Telford Tigers management have noted this week’s events, regarding the future of the Premier Ice Hockey League, or former EPL,” a club statement read.

“As with other EPL clubs, we received an email from the EIHA earlier this week, advising us to apply to play in the NIHL next season.

“Again, as with other clubs, this communication was unexpected and has of course made a key difference to our plans for the 2017/18 season.

“We will be monitoring developments over coming weeks, in order to ensure Telford Tigers play at the highest sustainable level within next season’s league structure.

“Club management will be making further statements in the next few days and weeks, to keep fans informed.”

(Image permission: Steve Brodie)

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