NIHL National Inaugural Schedule Released

The National League Management Group (NLMG) are delighted to share the inaugural schedule for the new NIHL National division which gets underway this September.

Ten teams will compete in the 19/20 season playing for League, Cup and Playoff honours from first puck drop in September through to the Final Four weekend in April 2020.

The first full weekend of competitive action is September 21/22 after two weekends of challenge games. Sheffield Steeldogs and Leeds Chiefs will play the first league game on Sunday September 15.

Regular season play continues until Sunday March 22 when the top eight sides from the standings move on to the post season.

Leeds Chiefs have their first home game scheduled for Sunday November 3 as they continue work on their new Elland Road arena.

An NLMG spokesman said: “It’s always an exciting time when clubs, their players and supporters can see the schedule in black and white. This being a new competition adds to that excitement.

“We’re pleased to get the schedule out there and grateful to the clubs and their home rinks for working together to iron out any issues that arose.

“The NIHL wishes the member clubs every success for the new season and look forward to an exciting, competitive campaign for fans and players alike.

OPENING FIXTURES
Sunday September 15
Sheffield Steeldogs v Leeds Chiefs

Saturday September 21
Swindon Wildcats v Raiders IHC
MK Lightning v Hull Pirates
Basingstoke Bison v Telford Tigers
Bracknell Bees v Peterborough Phantoms

Sunday September 22
Hull Pirates v Swindon Wildcats
Sheffield Steeldogs v MK Lightning
Telford Tigers v Leeds Chiefs
Peterborough Phantoms v Bracknell Bees
Raiders IHC v Basingstoke Bison

Click fixtures on the menu bar above to see the full schedule.

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Click here to download the fixtures in CSV format which can be imported into popular calendar applications

Click here to download the fixture poster.

Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard added his thoughts; “We’re excited for this new league this season. It’s a chance for us to renew some rivalries from last season as well as see some teams we didn’t get to see the last couple of seasons. There’s not a dull game in the schedule this year and we can wait to get started.

Dave Williams of the Schools Zone commented; “Following the success of the Bees Schools Programme and the interaction in the Community, we have launched the Groups Programme. Reaching out further into the community, youth groups such as Brownies, Scouts and any Team Sports Youth Teams( EG Bracknell Town FC or FC Bracknell) can come and tour The Hive, get reduced tickets to Bees Home Games (minimum of 15 applies), sit in the Community Zone and even order food. Please email us at groups@bracknellbees.com for further details.

After increasing the School Zone match nights attendance and analysing the Bees Home Games, The Schools Zone has moved to Block 2 and the Groups Zone in Block 1, thus creating a Community Programme area downstairs at The Hive, that can watch the Bees attack this end twice during games. We will also have a sperate entrance close to The Bees Shop in the corner of Block 8 and Block 1 and have made a bigger and safer area for the kids to fist pump The Bees when they leave the ice on School Zone match nights, on way to the new Bees changing room by Block 2 side of the AV Room.

We have some exciting plans for the Community Zones on match nights for every game next season, building on the interactions on Schools Zone Games, utilising the space and of course, meeting Buzz our new Bracknell Bees Team Mascot, on match nights..”

Please check times before travelling and we remind all supporters that games may be subject to change.