Sheffield Steelers will be the UK’s representative in next season’s IIHF Continental Cup.

This event is still subject to various government restrictions on whether it can go ahead, so Steelers supporters are being urged not to make travel plans at this current time.

At the annual meeting of the IIHF Continental Cup, held via video conference on 19th June, the participants approved the groups, venues and dates of the competition for the 2020-2021 season.

Pending formal approval by the 2020 IIHF Extra-Ordinary Congress next week, the Continental Cup will expand with a new structure as a result of the delayed start of the hockey season in many countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the new format, the qualifying stages take place in October, followed by the group stage in November. This group stage – made up for four groups of four – will determine the finalists with only the group winners advancing to the final round, which will take place in January 2021.

Sheffield will begin their campaign in the group stage in Italy from 13th to 15th November. They will face hosts Asiago, a team still to be confirmed from the Ukraine and a qualifying from the previous round.

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