Four teams will compete in the NIHL Northern Cup this coming season. Defending the Cup from last season Billingham Stars will go against Blackburn Hawks, Solway Sharks and Whitley Warriors in a four team round robin.

Each side will play the other twice home and away with the side finishing on top of the standings at the end of the competition winning the Cup.

Per NIHL Rules of Competition, Cup games will be played to a conclusion with overtime and penalty shots if necessary to separate a tied score after sixty minutes of play.

Teams will receive 3 points for a regulation time win, 2 points for an overtime/shootout win, 1 point for overtime/shootout loss and 0 points for regulation time defeat.

Whitley Warriors will have the first home and away league meeting with the other sides ‘double up’ as a Cup game. Should the game end in a tie for League points the match is a draw however overtime and penalty shots will be needed to settle the Cup result.

Cup fixtures will be shown on the club websites –,, and – and on EIHA fixtures live in the coming days.