English Ice Hockey Association
Conference Tournament Media Release
Monday 21 March 2016
CONFERENCE WEEKEND: THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF JUNIOR HOCKEY
The showpiece event of the English Ice Hockey Association junior hockey calendar is just a few weeks away – before you know it Conference Weekend will be here again!
Now in its 22nd year, the EIHA Junior InterConference Tournament – to give its full title – features 400 of the best junior players from across the UK playing in four age groups (u11, u13, u15, u17) in five Conference teams (Northern, Midlands, South East, South West and Scotland).
This year’s event is at Ice Sheffield from Friday April 29 to Monday May 2 and kicks off with the Under 19 International between England and Scotland on the Friday night (8pm face off, free admission). Both sides have named strong teams for the match, which sees the winners presented with the Frank Dempster Bowl.
The tournament proper gets underway at 7am on Saturday April 30 with the first of 44 games in three days – with the colour and pagentry of the opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon where all 400 players take to the ice, concluding on Monday evening with the closing and medal ceremony.
Tickets for Conference Weekend are available from Ice Sheffield reception on the day – a tournament pass is £20 adults/£10 children which covers all three days. A single day ticket is £10 adults/£5 children.
Tournament Director Geoff Hemmerman said: “We’re delighted to be coming back to Ice Sheffield and I look forward to seeing all players, coaches and supporters bringing colour and a vibrant atmosphere to the rink.
“Last year was our first here in Sheffield and we are confident that his year will be bigger and better on and off the ice.”
Junior Leagues Management Committee Chair Jacqueline Pye added: “Conference Weekend is the jewel in the crown for Junior Hockey in the EIHA and the JLMC are excited as always to be part of the event.
“This year we are also holding the Rob Laidler u18 plate over a weekend (23/24 April) in addition to the National Junior Finals (14/15 May) so it’s a busy time for JLMC but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Follow the latest news and scores with the tournament’s own Twitter account @EIHAConference.
Photographs: Jake Oakley/@snapperjakeO