Ice hockey in England – How popular is it?

Ice hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, attracting many more women players than ever before. We don’t really associate England with this form of hockey. The golden era was in the 1930s, this was when Great Britain became World Champions at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Germany. Professional hockey exists in Britain, made up of teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is amazing to discover that the sport is the 3rd largest Winter spectator sport in the U.K. after soccer and rugby, with atmospheres being intense and charged.

shutterstock_152248385An Effort to Develop the Sport in England

The English Ice Hockey Association’s (EIHL) goal is to produce players who can compete at the highest levels. Accepting men, women and children, their goal is to ensure that all clubs are provided with the support to develop this sport in England. is a dynamic creative resource, bringing together professional artists and offering workshops and demonstrations. If you are into Ice Hockey, this is a must visit. The English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) is governed by the English Ice Hockey Association, training players to follows the rules of the game used in international games such as the Olympics.

Interest being Fanned

The British men’s national ice hockey team has been a force to be reckoned with. They finished as bronze medalists at the Winter Olympics in 1924. It is sad that the national team hasn’t made much of an impact since its 1936 Winter Olympics achievement. Great Britain last qualified for the Olympics in 1948. Ice Hockey in England has tough competition against the more dominant sports such as soccer and rugby, but recently the Elite Ice Hockey league, EIHL, (that includes teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), is managing to provide fans with some thrilling action, and the Sheffield/Nottingham derby quite recently drew a huge appreciative crowd.