23 February 2017

The top four sides from each of the NIHL North divisions will contest the Play Off Finals Weekend at Ice Sheffield on 8 & 9 April.

This is the fourth year that the NIHL North have held a playoff weekend, the second event to feature teams from both divisions at the same time.

Saturday 8 April will see four semi finals take place at 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm.  Semi finals are 1st v 4th in each division and the order of play is decided by the higher seeds picking their preferred game time.

On Sunday 9 April there the NIHL North end of season awards in association with NIHL Radio will take place on the ice at 12noon with each division awarding its best player, best young player and best coach.  An award will also be made to the NIHL North Organisation of the Year.

The Laider Division 2 Final will be on the Sunday at 1.30pm, followed by the Moralee Division 1 Final at 4.30pm.

Tickets for the six game extravaganza will be on sale from NIHL North clubs until 1 March.  After that they will go on general sale – details will be published nearer the time how to order.  Weekend tickets are priced at £36 for adults and £18 for children (15 & under) – there are no day tickets or other concession prices.

Individual clubs will advise their supporters how to order tickets direct from their respective clubs – check club websites and social media for information.

NIHL North chairman Charles Dacres said: “This promises to be another fantastic event to showcase the very best of NIHL hockey in the North.  Last year was the first joint playoff weekend and we had practically a full arena for all six games, and the hockey didn’t let the fans down.

“The standard in both leagues continues to rise so when we get to the final four in Moralee and Laidler everyone in the rink is in for something really special.

“I’d urge supporters from all NIHL North clubs to come along and enjoy a fabulous occasion, six games of hockey and a rink full of passionate fans.”