The 2016/17 English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) season starts this weekend and the ten clubs are making final preparations for their Opening Night.

Here’s our latest whizz around the rinks to bring you the latest news.

BASINGSTOKE – Bison have completed their roster with the signing of defenceman Jakub Barton, replacting Miroslav Vantroba who pulled out of his 16/17 contract in late August.

GUILDFORD – review their home and home pre-season series with champions Basingstoke Bison

HULL – Pirates link up with NIHL1 side The Dragons

MANCHESTER – their season launch is at Shooters in Manchester this Friday

MILTON KEYNES – media appearances for head coach Peter Russell

PETERBOROUGH – highlights of their ‘Ashes’ win over Milton Keynes

SHEFFIELD – Steeldogs won three of their four pre-season games

SWINDON – Wildcats followed up a win over Bison with home win over Bracknell

TELFORD – Tigers bounced back from defeat in Hull to record resounding home win over Pirates


Saturday, September 10, 2016
16:30 Manchester Phoenix v Hull Pirates
17:45 Swindon Wildcats v Guildford Flames
18:30 Basingstoke Bison v Telford Tigers
19:00 Milton Keynes Lightning v Bracknell Bees
19:30 Sheffield Steeldogs v Peterborough Phantoms

Sunday, September 11, 2016
17:30 Peterborough Phantoms v Swindon Wildcats
17:30 Hull Pirates v Basingstoke Bison
18:00 Bracknell Bees v Sheffield Steeldogs
18:00 Guildford Flames v Milton Keynes Lightning
18:00 Telford Tigers v Manchester Phoenix