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03-10-2008, 12:39 AM
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Any hockey in England this summer?

I'm visiting England for 2 months this summer, May-June.. I know there are a few leagues but I haven't been able to find a schedule for any of them. I'll be in Derbyshire (midlands) but I don't mind taking a trip to see a game somewhere else. So does anyone know if there will be any games I'll be able to catch while I'm there?

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I'm afraid you will be very hard pushed to find any hockey at that time of year over here.

The Elite League (top league, ECHL standard-ish) has it's playoff weekend (semi finals and final) on the 5/6th April.

The English Premier League has its playoff weekend the following weekend.

I beleive the English National League has its playoff weekend the same time and place as the English Premier League.

But i hope you enjoy your time here, despite the fact you probably won't catch any hockey!

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Certainly no senior hockey, the juniors will probably be running in May, along with rec hockey/testimonials, but can't imagine too much going on over the summer.

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Damn. Thanks anyway, I figured there wouldn't be any hockey going on.

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Should have come across ten years ago when the Bees were notable

Enjoy the visit though. For the most part (certainly the quieter areas of Derbyshire) you should have a good time.

There may be off-season inter-league friendlies though.

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Should have come across ten years ago when the Bees were notable

Enjoy the visit though. For the most part (certainly the quieter areas of Derbyshire) you should have a good time.

There may be off-season inter-league friendlies though.
It will be the end-of-season womens/juniors competitions and rec hockey finally getting ice time, but there won't be any senior hockey in GB in May (or June or July). August will see some pre-season activity

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It will be the end-of-season womens/juniors competitions and rec hockey finally getting ice time, but there won't be any senior hockey in GB in May (or June or July). August will see some pre-season activity
Brill, thanks for the clarification.

I have some holiday time from work coming to me soon; I may try and catch a hockey game.

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I wonder when the elite league will come back to London

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When there is a suitable rink and an owner prepared to take losses.

There may be a new rink in Croydon (whether you call that London or not) which would certainly be big enough - but I can't see hockey being profitable there. The o2 is obviously way too big for UK hockey and land near central London just costs way too much.

I think a mid-size rink with EPL hockey is the sensible next step, maybe the new Streatham arena finished by 2010 with 1,500 capacity, maybe the new Alexandra Palace, maybe an entirely new rink. If that team is successful then it is worth risking the move to Elite.

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Should have come across ten years ago when the Bees were notable

Enjoy the visit though. For the most part (certainly the quieter areas of Derbyshire) you should have a good time.

There may be off-season inter-league friendlies though.
Thanks I will definitely enjoy it .. I hope the weather gets a little better next week when I leave.

Now I have another important question for all of you who live in the UK... Where do you watch the playoff games??? I'm stressing out about this big time, I can't miss a playoff game!

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Well, thats quite a question!

NASN (on [pay loads extra] satelite) carries pretty much all the playoff game this time of year, but you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere showing the games.

Aparantly there are a few bars in London that show games, but most games start at midnight.

Channel 5 (on normal, terrestrial/"as free as there is" TV) has a game every Monday but it is usually tape-delayed because of their limited choice of time-slots. Once we get to the SC Final they will have all the games live on there.

Otherwise, all the games are readily available on the internet. Those broadcast on Versus are in awesome quality aswell, just let me know if you need a link at all and ill help you out, but i suspect it wont be ideal watchin on the net.

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