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PINIHL 2024/25 Update

Planet Ice NIHL National Division Ice Hockey League 2024/25 Season Update

The Planet Ice NIHL National Division Ice Hockey League is pleased to announce significant organisational updates and improvements for the 2024/25 season. Our continued affiliation with England Ice Hockey (EIH) remains a cornerstone of our commitment to the sport, and we are excited to share the enhancements that will strengthen the league and its operations.

Enhanced Collaboration with England Ice Hockey

Building on our strong partnership with EIH, we are implementing more structured ways of working and defined service levels between the Planet Ice NIHL National Division and EIH. This initiative aims to streamline processes, enhance communication, and ensure a higher standard of operational excellence across all facets of the league.

New Operational Structure

To better manage the league’s operations and promotion, the Planet Ice NIHL National Division has established a dedicated company where all participating teams are equal shareholders. This new entity will be responsible for organising and running the league, ensuring a collaborative approach where every team has an equal voice and stake in the league’s success.

Financial Commitment from Teams

All teams within the Planet Ice NIHL National Division have committed to investing financially into the newly established company. This investment is crucial for the sustainable management and growth of the league, allowing us to deliver a superior experience for players, teams, and fans alike.

Introduction of a New Game Management System

In a move to modernise and enhance our league management, the Planet Ice NIHL National Division will be adopting a new game management system and website. This platform will be pivotal in running fixtures, providing comprehensive statistics, and offering up-to-date league information. The new system aims to improve the overall fan experience and streamline league operations.

Department of Player Safety

The Department of Player Safety will continue to be managed by EIH, ensuring consistency and fairness in the application of safety standards. However, we are currently engaged in a joint shaping and consultation process with EIH to refine the system of tariffs, mandatory suspensions, and review processes. This collaborative effort is designed to create a more efficient and transparent framework for player safety and disciplinary actions.

We are confident that these updates will not only enhance the operational efficiency of the Planet Ice NIHL National Division but also contribute to the growth and popularity of ice hockey in our community. We look forward to an exciting and successful 2024/25 season.

Shewfelt Signs

Romford Raiders are delighted to announce that Andrew Shewfelt who hails from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada has agreed to join Raiders as their third NBT for the forthcoming season.

Andrew is a 28 year old forward who joins from French 2 team Meudon, where he made 27 appearances scoring 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points last season.

Andrew has several years experience in professional leagues in North America, playing in ECHL where he made a total of 55 appearances scoring six goals and 5 assists for 11 points for Wichita Thunder and Tulsa Oilers; and 61 appearances in SPHL for Pensacola Ice Flyers and Evansville Thunderbolts where he scored 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points.

Andrew also played in USports for Dalhousie University (same as new team mate Shaun Miller) where he made 90 appearances scoring 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points.

“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to join the Raiders this season and I’m very excited to get things started at the Sapphire in September.

I have heard a lot of great things about the team, the fans, and the city, so it was an easy decision to sign with the club.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and working together towards a successful season.”

2024/25 Fixture Announcement

Fixtures Announced for the 2024/25 Planet Ice NIHL National Division Ice Hockey League

The Planet Ice NIHL National Division is excited to announce the fixtures for the highly anticipated 2024/25 season. Following an exhilarating previous season where Leeds secured their second consecutive title, Peterborough emerged victorious in the playoffs, and Milton Keynes claimed the cup, the new season promises to deliver thrilling ice hockey action from start to finish.

Opening Weekend Fixtures

The season will kick off with an action-packed opening weekend from Friday, 13th September to Sunday, 15th September 2024. Fans can look forward to the following matches:

  • Friday, 13th September 2024
    • Swindon vs Berkshire (League/Cup)
  • Saturday, 14th September 2024
    • Berkshire vs Peterborough (League)
    • Milton Keynes vs Romford (League/Cup)
    • Bristol vs Hull (League)
    • Solway vs Leeds (League/Cup)
  • Sunday, 15th September 2024
    • Leeds vs Milton Keynes (League/Cup)
    • Romford vs Swindon (League/Cup)
    • Hull vs Bristol (League/Cup)
    • Telford vs Solway (League/Cup)
    • Peterborough vs Sheffield (League/Cup)

Final Weekend Fixtures

As the regular season draws to a close, the final weekend before the post-season playoffs will feature critical matches from Saturday, 22nd March to Sunday, 23rd March 2025. These matches are pivotal as teams compete for playoff positions:

  • Friday, 21st March 2025
    • Milton Keynes v Romford (League)
  • Saturday, 22nd March 2025
    • Solway vs Milton Keynes (League)
    • Berkshire vs Sheffield (League)
    • Swindon vs Telford (League)
    • Bristol vs Hull (League)
    • Leeds vs Peterborough (League)
  • Sunday, 23rd March 2025
    • Peterborough vs Berkshire (League)
    • Romford vs Bristol (League)
    • Sheffield vs Swindon (League)
    • Telford vs Solway (League)
    • Hull vs Leeds (League)

Following the final regular season weekend, the top 8 teams will then move into 3 weekends of playoffs, followed by the culmination of the season at the Final Four event over the weekend of 19th & 20th April 2025 in Coventry.

With the new season on the horizon, teams are gearing up to compete at the highest level, bringing passion and skill to the ice. We look forward to welcoming fans back to arenas across the country for what promises to be another unforgettable season of Planet Ice NIHL National Division ice hockey.

Tickets for all games can be purchased at our ticketing page

Miller Flies In

Romford Raiders are delighted to welcome 25 year old Shaun Miller, who hails from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada as their second NBT forward for the 24/25 season.

Shaun joins the Raiders having ended last season playing in the ECHL for the Cincinnati Cyclones, where he recorded four assists in 15 appearances. Prior to then, Shaun had played in USports for four seasons at Dalhousie University, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, scoring 19 goals and 46 assists for 65 points in 70 appearances.

Shaun’s junior career was spent initially in local team Cole Harbour Major Midgets in Nova Scotia league, before stepping up to play in the Quebec Maritime Hockey League (QMHL), splitting 5 seasons between Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, totalling 59 goals and 103 assists for 162 points in 231 appearances.

Welcome to Romford, Shaun.

“I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the Romford Raiders for the upcoming season. This is an exciting opportunity, and I can’t wait to contribute to the team’s success both on and off the ice. Moving to Romford marks a new chapter for me, both professionally and personally. I’m eager to immerse myself in the local community and culture. I’m committed to giving my all to the Raiders, and I’m confident that together, we can achieve great things.

Thank you to the Romford Raiders organization for this incredible opportunity. I’m looking forward to hitting the ice and getting started.

See you soon, Romford!”

Wilson Joins The Raiders

Romford Raiders are pleased to announce the signing of Aiden Wilson, an exciting young center hailing from Saltcoats, Scotland. Aiden honed his skills in the Kilmarnock Blizzard programme before taking up opportunities to play overseas in both America and Sweden. He also had brief stints with the Telford Tigers NIHL team, where he further developed his game and gained valuable experience.

In addition to his club career, Aiden proudly represented Great Britain at the U18 world junior championships in the 2022-23 season, showcasing his talent on an international stage.

“We received several positive reports on Aiden and are delighted to bring him into our squad this season. Aiden possesses significant offensive potential, and we are eager to work with him to develop his game further. We are excited to provide him with the opportunity to prove himself in the national league.”

Please join us in welcoming Aiden Wilson to the Romford Raiders. We look forward to seeing his contributions on the ice and witnessing his growth in the upcoming season.