James Willis turns his attentions to the top tier of British Ice Hockey while the lockout puts a hold on NHL action.

Although British Ice Hockey is hardly at a world class standard, there is still a surprisingly competitive league in the country that is gradually moving from strength to strength.

Given the small percentage of the British population that would class themselves as Ice Hockey fans, it’s hard to complain that the country doesn’t have a top level set up.

The Elite Ice Hockey League, or as it’s more commonly known EIHL, has been in operation since 2003 placing it on the verge of only it’s tenth birthday. It came about after the collapse of the Ice Hockey Superleague which, in 2003, was in a position of containing only three teams and being massively in debt.

The EIHL, having been set up as a far more financially aware league…

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