Player Eligibility and Restrictions
There are work permit criteria for players coming to the UK.
The common factors are:
- the player must be professional
- the player must have played in 75% of competitive games, where he was available for selection, during the last complete season immediately prior to the start date of the season where the player is seeking to come to the UK
(for example the season ends March/April '13 and the player wants to play in UK season starting September '13)
There are then additional definitions of acceptable leagues in which those defined games must have been played. If the team does not feature in the leagues listed below, it is not classed as an acceptable professional league.
- National Hockey League (NHL)
- American Hockey League (AHL)
- East Coast Hockey League (ECHL)
- Central Hockey League (CHL)
- United Hockey League (UHL)
|European Country||Top professional league||2nd professional league|
|Czech Republic||Czech Extra Liga||1st Liga||World Seniors|
|Switzerland||National Liga A||National Liga B|
|Slovakia||T-Com Extra Liga||1st Liga|
|Ukraine||Premier League||1st League|
|Russia||PHL||Suer Liga (see note)|
|Norway||UPC Ligaen||1st Division|
|France||Ligue Magnus||Division 1||World Seniors division 1|
|Austria||Erste Bank EHL||National Liga|
|Lithuania||Lithuanian National Championship|
|Netherlands||Tricorp Workwear Eredivisie||Eerste Divisie|
|Poland||Ekstra Liga||1st Liga|
Higher League East and
Higher League West
Players who have represented their country in the Olympics or the World Championship and have played 75% of competition games for IIHF World Championship Seniors national side (the first 14 countries in the list above) within 12 months prior to a work permit application will satisfy the criteria.
So for example, a player who has appeared in the required number of games for Russia in the Olympics will qualify.