March 19, 2018
Following the success of the u11 Conference Series and the u13/u15 Winter Classic, the Junior League Management Committee (JLMC) of the EIHA is delighted to announce that the U18 Spring Classic will take place at Swindon Ice Rink at the end of April.
The seven-team tournament will feature the u17 sides from four Conferences plus Okanagan UK, Okanagan Europe and the Great Britain u16 side, running from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April at the Better Link Centre, Swindon.
The title sponsors of the weekend are Warrior Hockey UK.
JLMC chair Jacqueline Pye said: “We’re delighted to be able to host a tournament for our top age Conference squads using the formula set down with the Conference Series and Winter Classic. This will give the players more ice time together, playing more games against better players which can only aid their development.
“This tournament will also be an excellent showcase for our top age players. We’re grateful to Okanagan UK and Europe for buying in to the concept and agreeing to provide teams for the weekend. Then getting Great Britain u16 is also a fantastic coup. The JLMC are pleased to be able to assist IHUK and provide an opportunity for our youngest GB national team to play competitive games.
“Swindon’s Link Centre have been brilliant to deal with as we have made the arrangements and our title sponsors Warrior Hockey UK continue to invest in the growth of junior hockey so I am grateful to Neil and Pauline for their support.”
Great Britain u16 head coach Steven Lynch said: “This will be an excellent tournament for the youngsters to take part in. There will be quality opposition and the players will be severely tested.
“It will be good to see players in a game situation and it will be a big part of their learning curve.
“The u16 coaches are looking forward to working with our roster in Swindon for this tournament.”
Neil Stone, for title sponsors Warrior Hockey UK, said: “We believe in a strong junior development system to help the young players reach their potential. When Jacqueline and the JLMC told us about the tournament coming to Swindon we were only to happy to give it our backing.
“We look forward to welcoming all players, staff and supporters and hope to enjoy a fantastic weekend of junior ice hockey.”
The Warrior UK Spring Classic begins at 7pm on Friday 27 April with the teams playing a full round robin followed by placement and medal games.
Admission at Better Link Centre, Swindon is free and games will run from 7pm to 10.30pm on Friday, 10.45am to 11pm Saturday, 6.30am to 8pm Sunday.