The Elite League have confirmed a four-team five-week mini-series, which will get under way in April.

Coventry Blaze, Manchester Storm, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers will take part in the 2021 Elite League Series, with all games taking place at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre.

GB head coach, Pete Russell, said “It’s superb news that the Elite League are going to be active this season in this mini-series. Firstly, it’s great for ice hockey in the UK and secondly, it’s great for the British players to be able to get back to some normality and get active before the up-and-coming World Championship.

“Many of the potential players in the squad will now get competitive ice time ahead of May’s tournament in Latvia. Some of them haven’t played in a long time and others have had interrupted seasons, so it was vital they have some competitive matches ahead of a massive tournament where we will, once again, play the best teams in the world. Great credit must go to everyone involved for getting this sorted and off the ground in such a short space of time.”

Read more on the EIHL website.