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Smith Leads EIHL Fightback at Government Decision.

Smith Leads EIHL Fightback at Government Decision.

Steelers owner and EIHL chairman Tony Smith lead the charge on Wednesday as he and Nottingham Panthers counterpart Neil Black hit back at the Goverment’s decision not to back the EIHL’s mini series planed for March and April.

Sheffield had hoped to commence hockey in March in a 6 week series against Nottingham Panthers, Coventry Blaze and Manchester Storm. Following the Goverment’s decision to withdraw any grant funding the EIHL yesterday confirmed that those hopes had been dashed with the league now focussing on an Autumn return.

Great Britains national team players will now not have any professional hockey ahead of this years World Championships, something the mini series was designed to achieve

Today though both Smith and Black decided to make their views public on the Goverment’s decision with Smith saying ‘What the government’s done to the Elite League is “indefensible”

Black said that the EIHL had been, in his own words “been Shafted” in his interview with BBC Nottingham (see link below)

Listen to Tony Smith’s interview on BBC Radio Sheffield with Peter Spencer HERE

Panthers owner Neil Black spoke with BBC Radio Nottingham and Chris Ellis HERE

Read Tony Smith’s interview with Bob Westerdale in The Star HERE

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