Scottish Ice Hockey is delighted to confirm that Belfast Giants will ice a team in the Scottish National League (SNL) next season.
An agreement has been reached that will see Belfast play league fixtures on the Scottish mainland with double points awarded for each game.
If the Giants qualify for the end-of-season play-offs, teams will be required to travel to Northern Ireland for the away leg of the tie.
If everything runs smoothly this season, Belfast will automatically be included in the SNL for the 2020/21 campaign playing a full programme of home and away fixtures.
SIH chairman David Hand said: “Belfast have assured SIH that they are trying to build a sustainable SNL side that will provide a stepping stone for some fantastic young players for the future.
“A new rink is being built in the Dundonald area which will lead to more ice hockey players and we believe that adding the Giants into the SNL now will help with this process.
“We have urged our clubs to help Belfast enjoy a smooth integration into the league, with a view to them coming on board with a full schedule the following season.
“We’re delighted to now have ten teams in the SNL and are looking forward to what should be an exciting season ahead.”
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