2008–09 EIHL season

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2008–09 EIHL season
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2008–09 EIHL season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2003
No. of teams 10
Country  United Kingdom
Official website

eliteleague.co.uk

< 2007-08 / 2009-10 >

The 2008–09 EIHL season was the sixth season of the Elite Ice Hockey League. It began in September 2008, and ran through to April 2009. The ten clubs in the League competed for 4 different competitions: the Elite League, the Play-Offs, the Challenge Cup, and the Knockout Cup. The winners of the regular season will compete in the 2009–2010 Champions Hockey League. For this season, the Coventry Blaze represented Great Britain in the Continental Cup.

Charity Shield[edit]

The season began on September 3, 2008 with a "Charity Shield" game between the 2007–08 league champions and Knockout Cup winning Coventry Blaze and the playoff champions Sheffield Steelers at the SkyDome.[1] The Blaze narrowly beat the Steelers 5-4 in sudden death overtime.

September 3
Coventry 5 – 4 Sheffield Skydome (19.30)
First period Ref: Tom Darnell
1-0 Lewis (LeClare, Kelman) 01.08 Att: 3,500+
2-0 Calder (Kelman, Carlson) PP 08.10
Second period
3-0Calder (Kelman, Carlson) PP 22.00
3-1 Philips (League) PP 29.20
3-2 Gillies (Sarich, Hewitt) 30.18
Third period
3-3 Philips (Finerty, Dowd) PP 44.38
4-3 Carlson (Deschatelets) SH 52.35
4-4 Basiuk (Tait, Talbot) PP 53.28
Overtime
5-4 Calder (Carlson, Weaver) PP 60.26

Challenge Cup[edit]

For the preliminary round, teams were divided into two groups of five with teams playing each of their opponents once with two homes games and two away games. The home and away games for each club were determined by a random draw.[2] The top two in each group advanced to the semi finals of the competition.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W OTW L OTL GF GA Pts
1 Belfast Giants 4 4 0 0 0 18 8 8
2 Manchester Phoenix 4 3 0 1 0 19 12 6
3 Newcastle Vipers 4 2 0 2 0 15 18 4
4 Sheffield Steelers 4 1 0 3 0 14 17 2
5 Edinburgh Capitals 4 0 0 4 0 10 21 0

Group B[edit]

Team GP W OTW L OTL GF GA Pts
1 Basingstoke Bison 4 3 0 1 0 19 16 6
2 Coventry Blaze 4 2 0 1 1 17 13 5
3 Nottingham Panthers 4 1 1 0 2 12 11 4
4 Cardiff Devils 4 2 0 2 0 10 12 4
5 Hull Stingrays 4 0 0 3 1 11 18 1

Semi-Finals[edit]

Coventry Blaze 1 - 1 Belfast Giants (1st Leg)

Belfast Giants 4 - 1 Coventry Blaze (2nd Leg)

Belfast Win 5 - 2 on Aggregate

Basingstoke Bison 2 - 5 Manchester Phoenix (1st Leg)

Manchester Phoenix 6 - 1 Basingstoke Bison (2nd Leg)

Manchester Win 11 - 3 on Aggregate

Final[edit]

Manchester Phoenix 4 - 3 Belfast Giants

Belfast Giants 3 - 1 Manchester Phoenix

Belfast Giants win 6 - 5 on aggregate

Elite League Table[edit]

Regular season standings GP W OTW L OTL GF GA GD Pts
Sheffield Steelers 54 35 6 6 7 201 115 +86 89
Coventry Blaze 54 34 4 14 2 228 151 +77 78
Nottingham Panthers 54 33 4 13 4 226 154 +72 78
Belfast Giants 54 29 6 15 4 216 170 +46 74
Cardiff Devils 54 21 7 19 7 174 143 +31 63
Manchester Phoenix 54 22 5 23 4 198 179 +19 58
Newcastle Vipers 54 14 7 29 4 147 184 −37 46
Edinburgh Capitals 54 18 1 29 6 179 243 −64 44
Hull Stingrays 54 13 3 33 5 154 243 −89 37
Basingstoke Bison 54 5 3 43 3 131 272 −141 19

Elite League Playoffs[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
1 Sheffield Steelers 12
8 Edinburgh Capitals 7
1 Sheffield Steelers 5
5 Cardiff Devils 2
4 Belfast Giants 5
5 Cardiff Devils 6
1 Sheffield Steelers 2
3 Nottingham Panthers 0
2 Coventry Blaze 6
7 Newcastle Vipers 4
2 Coventry Blaze 2
3 Nottingham Panthers 6
3 Nottingham Panthers 9
6 Manchester Phoenix 5

All-star game[edit]

On February 19th, 2009, the SkyDome in Coventry staged the 2009 EIHL All-Star Game. This game was played out between the North All-Stars and the South All-Stars. Dave Matsos of the Sheffield Steelers was chosen to coach the North, while Paul Thompson of the Coventry Blaze was chosen to coach the South. The rosters for each team consisted of players representing all 10 Elite League clubs.

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