Team locations and travel
Travel varies - our closest rivals (both geographically and competitively) are less than an hour away, while the furthest coach trip is approximately 5 hours each way.
The only exception to this is Belfast, which relies upon flight schedules, and can require a stopover.
The league has 10 teams with the regular season playing 3 home and 3 away against each team giving a 54 game season.
Sheffield is centrally placed though and journeys are not arduous.
The payoff for both players and family is clear:-
- no long road trips
- normally back home the same night
- minimal time away from the family
The EIHL rinks vary across the clubs, from general purpose arenas of 5000-8000 capacity ( hosting other events as well as Ice Hockey ), to purpose built rinks of 2000-3000 capacity.
With 27 games at home and 6 road games against fellow "arena teams" this means that 60% of your season will be played in front of arena-sized crowds.