Season 16/17 fixtures for National Ice Hockey League North are published this evening, with the Moralee and Laidler Divisions ready for a seven month campaign.

Defending Moralee champions Blackburn Hawks being their defence on Sunday 11 September at home to Billingham Stars.  The Moralee season actually gets underway a week earlier with newly promoted Deeside Dragons hosting Billingham in the season opener.

In the Laidler Division opening night is Saturday 3 September with Altrincham Aces v Nottingham Lions and Coventry Blaze v Blackburn Eagles.

Both divisions play regular season through to the weekend of 25/26 March 2017 before the playoff weekend in April – details of which will be confirmed in due course.

Four clubs in the Moralee Division are also playing a Cup competition – holders Billingham, Blackburn, Solway Sharks and Whitley Warriors – and their Cup fixtures will be published shortly.

OPENING FIXTURES – MORALEE DIVISION

Sunday 4 September: Deeside v Billingham, Solihull v Sutton.
Saturday 10 September: Telford v Solihull, Solway v Billingham
Sunday 11 September: Whitley v Solway, Deeside v Sutton, Blackburn v Billingham

LAIDLER DIVISION

Saturday 3 September: Altrincham v Nottingham, Coventry v Blackburn
Sunday 4 September: Widnes v Hull, Nottingham v Sheffield
Saturday 10 September: Bradford v Coventry, Hull v Altrincham

Full fixture lists are available from individual club websites.