The English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL or EPL) is the senior league in the EIHA system, and their new season gets underway in early September.
We’ll keep an eye on the news coming out of the EPL clubs and round up the links in one handy place every few days for you. So here is the first EPL Rink Roundup!
Defending League champions Basingstoke Bison have confirmed four pre-season games in the form of home & home series with Guildford Flames and Swindon Wildcats: http://www.bstokebison.co.uk/Individual_News/1866
The Peterborough Phantoms ever-popular Own & Loan scheme is up and running for the new season: http://www.gophantoms.co.uk/own-and-loan-201617/
Slovakian forward Marek Maslonka is the latest addition to the Guildford Flames 16-17 roster: http://www.guildfordflames.com/maslonka_makes_uk_debut_with_flames
Adam Taylor is relishing his full-time role in the EPL with Telford Tigers after last season playing between NIHL and EPL: http://www.tigershockeyuk.com/2016/07/adams-cock-a-hoop-over-tigers-epl-chance/
Milton Keynes Lightning turn the spotlight on their captain Adam Carr: http://mk-lightning.co.uk/spotlight-adam-carr/
There have been not one but two pre-season series announced by Swindon Wildcats – in addition to the games with Basingstoke, the Cats will also face Bracknell Bees home and away in the M4 Derby Classic: http://www.swindonwildcats.com/news/1040/cats-to-tussle-with-bees-in-double-header.html
Pavel Mrna has been confirmed as the fifth and final non-EIHA trained player for Sheffield Steeldogs. The 27-year-old Czech joins from Dukla Jihlava: http://www.sheffieldsteeldogs.com/news/news-detail/2016/07/22/steeldogs-sign-new-‘czech-mate’
Manchester Phoenix unveiled two new non-EIHA trained players at a club function in the city on Friday night. Roman Malinik and Jakub Langhammer will play under Tony Hand this season: http://www.manchesterphoenix.co.uk/news/2781/phoenix-announce-two-players-home-coming-party
Opposition from the NIHL will provide a pre-season test for Hull Pirates as they confirmed games with Billingham Stars over August bank holiday. Pirates already had pre-season games with Telford Tigers on their schedule: http://www.hullpirates.co.uk/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=111
Finally, the Bracknell Bees confirmed their M4 Derby Classic against Swindon as Lukas Smital continues to build towards the new season: (FB link) https://www.facebook.com/BracknellBees/posts/211026002632067