Ice Hockey UK chairman Richard Grieveson says approval of one new governing body would be the most important thing to happen to ice hockey in the history of the sport in the UK.

An IHUK EGM on Monday night voted in favour of a new single governing body, while EIHA members are currently voting on the proposal. Voting members can now cast their vote online or at this weekend’s AGM.

Grieveson said: “This isn’t a merger, this isn’t a takeover. It’s a new start, it’s a new separate body with new people at the helm, driving the sport forward and I think that’s incredibly important.

“For me, it’s a last meaningful chance for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a fit-for-purpose structure for our sport.

“It has always been the aim to have one new neutral unified governing body for our sport to deliver on the potential that ice hockey has in the UK.

“I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say this week is one of the most important in the history of the sport.”

The EIHA’s virtual AGM takes place on Saturday and you can find out more details here.

Further information about the proposed one new governing body can be found here.

Click below to listen to Richard Grieveson’s interview on IHUK Radio in association with SMP Europe.