Scottish Ice Hockey hoping to keep the sport in the UK ticking over

Scottish Ice Hockey has noted the recent developments in the rest of the United Kingdom regarding a potential return to action.

It is obviously disappointing that the Elite League has been forced to cancel the 2020/21 season and we hope that they are able to resume for the following campaign.

In a similar vein, we hope that our colleagues at the English Ice Hockey Association are able to resume their competitions as soon as it is safe to do so.

With regards to SIH, we remain committed to following our Return to Play plan with a view to getting our senior and junior leagues started in a timely manner.

The latest update from the Scottish government pushed this process back by three weeks, but we are hopeful that things will fall into place in due course.

SIH chairman, David Hand, believes that the current circumstances may present an opportunity for Scotland to keep UK ice hockey ticking over.

“We were disappointed to hear that the EIHL has cancelled its season, but fully appreciate their reasons for doing so,” he said.

“With January currently looking to be the earliest start date for the NIHL, we face the real prospect that there will be no ice hockey before 2021.

“However, as things stand, SIH is on track to return before that. While we acknowledge that this could change during what are clearly unprecedented times, we feel it is important to try and remain positive.

“With that in mind, we wish to issue an invite to any EIHL or NIHL players who currently have nowhere to play to contact their nearest SIH clubs.

“We feel that this would be mutually beneficial, giving the players the chance to keep fit while their own leagues are out of action and helping to strengthen our clubs in the short term.

“If we are able to reach a point where fans can return to rinks, we hope that people would come along to support their local teams – with the appropriate safety measures in place!”

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