The League Management Committee of the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) are pleased to confirm the structure for the NIHL North and South for the coming season.
The National League is the second tier of senior hockey under the EIHA umbrella and features 36 clubs from across the length and breadth of England, Wales and a club in south west Scotland.
Both respective top divisions have lost teams at a late stage in the planning process. In NIHL North 1 (Moralee) Sheffield Spartans withdrew in mid July while in the South Division 1 Cardiff Devils formally pulled out at the eleventh hour. An offer of a place in NIHL South 1 was made to another team but sadly could not proceed at such short notice.
Owners Dave & Jo Lane took a moment to say a few words about the Islanders 2015/16 season...
"2015/16 saw the Islanders bring back some old faces to the squad, John Brammall, Clint Herring & Robbie McDonald all faces that had worn a jersey for the Islanders in the past, and a new face, Craig Wallis from the Nottingham Lions. Our reasoning behind this was to continue with our main focus, to train and develop the up and coming Phantoms juniors, along with supporting the Phantoms senior team by introducing some of our squad to EPL hockey. Connor Stokes, Brad Moore & James White all putting in good shifts and gaining valuable ice time with the Phantoms. We also gave valuable ice time and assisted in the development of some of our under 18s."
"We also saw Callum Medcalf who has come through our junior ranks from under 10s’ to this season playing under 18s’ NIHL 2 and also getting a few games under his belt playing for the Phantoms EPL squad."
"It was pleasing to see an improvement on last season, finishing second in our league, Cup final and play off runners up, this replicated our very own Phantoms season. All in all a very successful season."
"A special thanks goes out to our head coach Stevie Johnson, assistant coach Steve Wren and all our off ice officials that give there time to help support and help in the running of our match days. I would also like to thank our shirt sponsors and all of the supports that have watched our games."
Dave & Jo