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Liam Heelis

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This weekend Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, take on the Elite Ice Hockey League champions the Cardiff Devils in the first semi-final of the 2019 PredictorBet playoff finals.

Flyers have made the final 4 twice previously, but will be looking to make it third time lucky this time around. Canadian forward Liam Heelis knows that this weekend is a tough ask but admits that Flyers are not prepared to finish the season on Saturday.

"Our team just doesn't quit. Its like we enjoy getting knocked over and then getting right back up in the opponents face. In this community, in this organisation, and on this team, I think we all take immense pride in our character, beliefs, and values. Of those, we just don't give up and that alone has been a primary driver of the success we have experienced this season.

"When your buddy beside you is willing to leave it all on the line for you, and he knows you're going to do the same for him it breeds confidence and a cohesiveness that is hard to match.

"Our coaching staff have prepared us clearly and coherently all season long and the guys have prepared for each and every game this season like it were a final. Thus, I think our team message will be consistent going into this weekend.

"There are always adaptations and adjustments that need to be made in regards to the rink layout, opponents systems and structures, as well as other minor changes necessary.

"I firmly believed we have been preparing for this moment every weekend all season long and that this weekend culminates as another week of work, just with the outcome of a bigger prize at the end of it!"

 

Both of Saturday’s semi-finals will be shown LIVE on EIHL.tv, starting with Elite League winners Cardiff Devils versus Fife Flyers at 1pm before Sheffield Steelers take on Nottingham Panthers at 5pm. Games cost £10 each to view.

On Sunday, the Consolation Final will be shown LIVE, for free, on the Elite League’s Facebook Page from 12 noon, followed by the 2018 PredictorBet Playoff Grand Final at 4pm.

The showpiece event of the British ice hockey season, the PredictorBet Playoff Grand Final will be available LIVE on the BBC on connected (or smart) TVs, the BBC Sport app, and on the BBC Sport website here.

2018/19 EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS

TeamGPPts
Belfast Giants Belfast 28 42
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 25 38
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 30 38
Fife Flyers Fife 27 34
Guilford Flames Guildford 26 29
Dundee Stars Dundee 28 28
Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 27 26
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 24 25
Coventry Blaze Coventry 26 25
Manchester Manchester 27 23
MK Lightning MK 26 20
  2018/19 Standings  

Elite Ice Hockey League

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 11 teams, with Braehead (SCO), Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Fife (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Milton Keynes (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

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About Flyers

The Fife Flyers, established in 1938, are the oldest professional ice hockey team in the United Kingdom. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name.

Fife Ice Arena, Rosslyn Street
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, KY1 3HS 

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