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An official update from the Elite League Head of Hockey Operations and Media & Communications Manager

EIHL Update #1 – 28th September 2019

Good evening everyone, and we hope you are enjoying the 2019/2020 Elite Ice Hockey League season so far.

One of the feedback points from teams during the off-season, and then at our Media & Social Media Workshop pre-season, was that fans would like us to provide more updates throughout the season from the league. We’re happy to do this, and this is the first of what will be EIHL Updates every four to six weeks during the season.

By now you will have no doubt seen that a lot of our off-season work went into the upgrade of both the Elite League’s statistics and online platforms. We have switched statistics providers and are now with the same company that is used in the Champions Hockey League, Czech Extraliga, DEL, and in part by the EBEL. At the front end, we now have detailed shot maps, face-off statistics, and shot zone visualisations online in the Gamecentre for each match. In the back end, we now have a system which gives us a full league administration tool, covering player registrations through to suspensions and game day operations. At this point, we would also like to say a huge thank you to the statistics teams of each club for their hard work in transition to the new system during pre-season, and finding extra bodies where required.

You will have also noticed our new website, which we hope you like. There is still work being done with improvements in certain areas as it’s less than a month old, but we believe we’re getting there. On social media, we’ve introduced ‘Goal Recaps’ that are published on the night after each game. Teams are still going to produce their nicely edited highlights videos, but we hope you’ll enjoy seeing game action shortly after things have finished each evening.

A few weeks after the season started, we published the Elite League’s Casebook. This details where EIHL rules differ from the IIHF Rulebook, and goes into some detail with certain areas, such as video reviews, that you may find interesting. You can find it at www.eliteleague.co.uk/casebook as a PDF file, and it will be updated during the season if new situations arise.

In pre-season we also had two ‘firsts’ – a Media & Social Media Managers Workshop, and a Coaches Meeting that also included representatives from Officiating, the Department of Player Safety, and Hockey Operations. These might not seem like big things, but getting people in one room helps us to start getting more consistent over a variety of topics. Both events seem to have been well-received, and we hope to do more of these kinds of things going forward.

We hope you enjoy your hockey this season wherever and however you’re following the Elite League,

Mike Hicks – Head of Hockey Operations

Luke Fisher – Media & Communications Manager

If you would like the next update to address specific topics, please let us know! You can do this by filling out our online form: http://bit.ly/EIHLUpdates.