March 21, 2018
The Junior League Management Committee (JLMC) of the EIHA is delighted to confirm the format and schedule for the 2018 National Finals.
Ice Sheffield will host the three-day event over early May bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May.
For the first time the National Finals will also include the Ice Hockey UK U20 Final between Coventry Blaze and the winners of Scotland’s u20 league.
JLMC National Finals features the best teams from across the country at u11, u13, u15 and u18. Sides have secured their place at Sheffield from the top divisions of each junior league in the north and south.
Chair of JLMC Jacqueline Pye said: “We are looking forward to the expanded National Finals weekend, taking advantage of the bank holiday to provide three full days of junior ice hockey championships.
“This year we’ve brought the u18 competition back into Finals weekend, and we’re honoured to have the Ice Hockey UK U20 Championship game here as well.
“It will be a busy weekend with a lot of hockey, but the players and teams have earned their places and deserve their chance to play for a national title.”
Ice Hockey UK general secretary Andy French said: “IHUK are grateful to the JLMC for hosting the U20 National Final as part of their finals weekend. This is the third year of IHUK U20s and the first hosted in England. Coventry will look to make home advantage count, while the Scottish finalists will want to follow Fife’s victory at Dumfries last year.”
The teams qualify for Finals Weekend by virtue of their places in the respective EIHA Junior Leagues.
This year’s U11 features the winners and runners up from each of the four regional divisions – north, midlands, south east and south west. They will be split into two groups to play round robin before the medal round.
In the U13, U15 and U18 the winners and runners up from the north and south section playing crossover semi-finals on Saturday before bronze medal games and National Finals on Sunday.
Admission to the Bauer Arena Ice Sheffield will be free for spectators but there will be souvenir programmes, merchandise and a fundraising for the JLMC nominated charities British Heart Foundation and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
Saturday May 5th
U13 semi finals North winner v South runner up, South winner v North runner up
U15 semi finals North winner v South runner up, South winner v North runner up
U18 semi finals North winner v South runner up, South winner v North runner up
U20 Ice Hockey UK Championship Final – Coventry Blaze v Scotland champion
Sunday May 6th
U13 bronze medal game
U15 bronze medal game
U18 bronze medal game
U13 National Final
U15 National Final
U18 National Final
U11 National Championship group games
Monday May 7th
U11 National Championship group games continued
U11 bronze medal game
U11 National Final
The full timetable will be published when timings are confirmed with Ice Sheffield.