2009–10 EIHL season

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2009–10 EIHL season
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2009–10 EIHL season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2003
No. of teams 8
Country  United Kingdom
TV partner(s) Sky Sports
Official website

eliteleague.co.uk

< 2008-09 / 2010-11 >

The 2009–10 EIHL season is the seventh season of the Elite Ice Hockey League. It began in September 2009 and concluded in April 2010.

League business[edit]

On 25 March 2009, Basingstoke Bison announced their decision to depart from the Elite Ice Hockey League to join the second tier English Premier League, citing considerable financial losses as their reason for withdrawing.[1] In the build up to the 2008–09 season finale, rumours circulated over the possible exclusion from the league of the Edinburgh Capitals, Manchester Phoenix and Newcastle Vipers, and the EIHL operating with six teams.[2] Although it was initially stated that the league would continue with nine teams,[3] it was announced on 1 May 2009 that Manchester Phoenix would also play in the English Premier League.[4]

The resulting change in the format will see teams play a 56 game schedule, facing each of their opponents 8 times (4 home, 4 away) during the course of the regular season.[5]

Champions[edit]

League-Coventry Blaze

Playoffs-Belfast Giants

Challenge Cup-Nottingham Panthers

Teams[edit]

Team Arena(s)
Belfast Giants Odyssey Arena
Cardiff Devils Cardiff Arena
Coventry Blaze SkyDome Arena
Edinburgh Capitals Murrayfield Ice Rink
Hull Stingrays Hull Arena
Newcastle Vipers Whitley Bay Ice Rink
Nottingham Panthers National Ice Centre
Sheffield Steelers Motorpoint Arena/IceSheffield

Elite League Table[edit]

Team positions determine seeding for Play Offs

Regular season standings GP W OTW OTL L Pts
Coventry Blaze 56 33 5 0 18 76
Belfast Giants 56 32 1 5 16 75
Nottingham Panthers 56 29 5 2 20 70
Cardiff Devils 56 25 6 3 22 65
Sheffield Steelers 56 21 3 6 26 54
Edinburgh Capitals 56 18 4 8 26 52
Newcastle Vipers 56 17 4 4 31 46
Hull Stingrays 56 14 5 5 32 43

GP=Games Played W=Win, OTW=Over Time Wins, OTW=Over Time Loses, L=Loses, Pts=Points,

Elite League Playoffs[edit]

After two legged quarter finals the end of season playoffs were held at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham from 3 to 4 April. The final was contested between the Cardiff Devils and the Belfast Giants. The match was 2-2 after all three periods and stayed 2-2 after 10 minutes of sudden death overtime. The match then went to a shootout which the Belfast Giants won in the sudden death stage of the shootout 1-0.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
1 Coventry Blaze 6 (2,4)
8 Hull Stingrays 2 (1,1)
Coventry Blaze 3
Cardiff Devils 6
4 Cardiff Devils 9 (4,5)
5 Sheffield Steelers 5 (2,3)
Cardiff Devils 2
Belfast Giants 2 (1-0 pens)
3 Nottingham Panthers 9 (5,4)
6 Edinburgh Capitals 4 (0,4)
Nottingham Panthers 1
Belfast Giants 1 (3-2 pens)
2 Belfast Giants 10 (4,6)
7 Newcastle Vipers 3 (1,2)

20/20 Hockey Fest[edit]

The 2009-10 Elite League Ice hockey season begun with a one-day competition at Sheffield Steelers, Sheffield Arena. The tournament was called the 20/20 Hockey fest and was designed to make British Ice hockey more exciting. It contested of 2 periods of 20 minute non-stop clock. The tournament winners were the hosts the Sheffield Steelers.

Quarter Finals

Sheffield Steelers 5-1 Hull Stingrays Belfast Giants 2-3 Cardiff Devils (After Penalty Shoot out) Edinburgh Capitals 0-1 Newcastle Vipers Coventry Blaze 6-0 Nottingham Panthers

Semi Finals

Sheffield Steelers 4-1 Cardiff Devils Newcastle Vipers 2-3 Coventry Blaze

Final

Sheffield Steelers 3-2 Coventry Blaze

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bison Move to EPL". Basingstoke Bison. Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  2. ^ "We Want Some Answers : Vipers". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Elite League members reach agreement on exciting new future.". Elite League. Archived from the original on 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Elite League to run with eight clubs as Manchester opts for the EPL". Elite League. Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  5. ^ "100 hectic days to go, but Longmuir can't wait.". Newcastle Vipers. Retrieved 2009-05-30. [dead link]