elite league suspended 2020/21 (15.09.2020)
Elite league suspended 2020/21 (15.09.2020)
EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS
The league has been suspended following the corona virus outbreak.
‘No hockey in Fife in 2020/21 with no fans’ says Flyers board.
Following the announcement from the Elite Ice Hockey League that the 2020/21 season will not start on December 5th and will be suspended, Fife Flyers Directors, Tom Muir and Jack Wishart have released the following joint statement:
“We participated in the call with all ten EIHL teams where we all raised our concerns about whether or not we should start the season on the rescheduled date.
“Fife Flyers as an organisation has come to the conclusion that we cannot viably participate in a season without fans in our arena and so we will not be playing hockey in 2020/21.
“It would be extremely irresponsible of us to rush the return of play to get fans back in the arena to the detriment of their, our staff and our players’ safety and that is what must be at the forefront of all our minds when making this decision.
“Although we all want to see skates hitting the ice once again, but we cannot do that in a way which risks the safety of everyone involved and leads to a further shutdown.
“We have seen other outdoor sports continue with empty stadiums; it would certainly be a strange experience to not have Fife Ice Arena filled with our passionate fans who have stuck by us for decades.
“We are in a different situation to other sports too in that we compete indoors, which we have heard throughout this pandemic presents a greater risk to fans than being outdoors in a football stadium, for instance.
“It is also well known that we are a gate-based club and running at a reduced capacity or with no fans at all is not sustainable for us and most other clubs around the league and that is why we have taken the decision to suspend play.
“For the many years we have been at the club we have never had to take such a difficult decision, but as we have heard on countless occasions we are living in unprecedented times and as such decisions like this are absolutely necessary.
“This will come as a disappointment to Fife Flyers fans, but this move will make sure we can survive and Fife can still have an ice hockey club to compete in the 2021/22 season, whenever that may be.
“We would like to thank every single Fife Flyers fan for their patience and support during this time and hope we will see you in Fife Ice Arena sooner rather than later.”
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 10 teams; Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Fife (SCO), Glasgow (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).
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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.
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