Fans across the country have reacted angrily to the latest controversy to hit British Ice Hockey.
NIHL North Laidler D2 champions Blackburn Eagles announced on Saturday that unaffordable changes to the club’s ice time contract and the implementation of unfair rules regarding advertising left them with no other option than to call it a day.
However, BIH has discussed the issue with the EIHA and have been told that discussions between Silver Blades – the owners of Blackburn Arena – and the Eagles were ongoing and that a resolution was still being sought.
Our latest Twitter Talk feature takes a look at the reaction to the Eagles’ announcement:
— Blackburn Eagles (@Eagles_IHC) March 25, 2017
“PISB would never shaft a team for their own benefit.” That’s what people kept telling us. Aye, tell that to the @Eagles_IHC fans & staff.
— The Pyre (@thepyre) March 25, 2017
— lee hoyle (@leeshoyle) March 25, 2017
A sad day for #BlackburnHockey as Silverblades force the Eagles out of the Arena.
— Blackburn Ice Hockey (@blackburnhockey) March 25, 2017
Im shocked @MarkGJohnson would let the management of one of his arenas make another team fold.
For the sake of hockey do the right thing
— Jono (@Jono_1987) March 25, 2017
— The Angry Budgie (@theangrybudgie) March 25, 2017
This sucks 😡 https://t.co/jogkWqj61j
— Billingham IHSC (@BigRedMachineSC) March 25, 2017
Planet ice Silverblades strikes again! https://t.co/NlFdbVqVAn
— 2 for flinching (@CBealphotog) March 25, 2017
— Gareth Wilkinson (@WilkoG58) March 25, 2017
— Dave Kay (@davek_11) March 25, 2017
— Jamie Kerr (@bigjamiek2) March 25, 2017
Gutted for a great group of people. Hoping the eagles get the send off they deserve at Sheffield. 🦅🦅 https://t.co/N4bgU5isKM
— Beth Hodgkinson (@BethHodgkinson1) March 25, 2017
Sad times 💔 So proud of the Eagle boys 🏆🥇 https://t.co/zOlcoLz7B0
— Imogen Townley (@ImogenWeekender) March 25, 2017
@Eagles_IHC Terrible news this. Deserved champions and deserved a crack at the higher level. Gutted for everyone associated with the club.
— Mike Hughes (@VikingHugheso) March 25, 2017
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