2017/18 Blaze fixtures released
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze's fixture list ahead of the 2017/18 Elite League season has now been officially released.
A PDF of the official fixture list is available to download, HERE.
Our website and app will be updated with fixtures shortly.
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Following a number of pre-season games that start against the Manchester Storm on Wednesday 23rd August at the Skydome Arena, Coventry’s Elite League season will begin the weekend of 9th and 10th September.
For Danny Stewart's team, the new league season gets underway with an away trip to the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham (Saturday 9th September), before Ryan Finnerty brings his Storm side back to Coventry the following night for a league and Patton Conference fixture (Sunday 10th September).
The puck drops to start Blaze’s Challenge Cup campaign on Sunday 24th September against local rivals Milton Keynes Lightning.
Although there is no Scotland triple-header this season, the Belfast double remains with Blaze flying to Northern Ireland on the 19th and 20th January 2018.
Before that, Boxing Day will see Coventry travel to Ice Arena Wales to take on the reigning Champions, Cardiff Devils. New Year’s Day will be celebrated with the Nottingham Panthers visiting the Skydome Arena and the regular season ends with a home fixture against Elite League newbies Guildford Flames on Sunday 25th March.
This final home game against the Guildford Flames will count as the 28th game that is NOT included on the 27 game season ticket.
PLEASE NOTE: A 'buy tickets' link is displayed next to the latest fixtures on our website, however tickets are not yet on sale. Further information in regards to tickets will follow.
Reminder of the season format:
For the first time, the Elite Ice Hockey League will consist of 12 teams, split into three Conferences of four.
Scottish quartet Braehead Clan, Dundee Stars, Edinburgh Capitals and Fife Flyers will play in the Gardiner Conference.
Belfast Giants, Cardiff Devils, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers will compete in the Erhardt Conference.
And the new Patton Conference will consist of Coventry Blaze and Manchester Storm, along with Milton Keynes Lightning and Guildford Flames.
Each team will play teams in their own conference four times at home and four times away and against teams in the other conferences twice home and twice away.
This will give each team a total of 28 homes games and 28 away games for a total schedule of 56 games - up four games from last year.
The final weekend of the regular season will be the 24th and 25th March 2018.
The Challenge Cup has also been reformatted as a result of the increased number of teams and will now have three groups of four.
Braehead, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield make up Group A, Belfast, Dundee, Edinburgh and Fife will be in Group B while Group C has Cardiff, Coventry, Guildford and Milton Keynes.
Each team will play against teams in their own group once at home and once away, totalling three home games and three away games.
The top two in each group will advance to the quarter final stage of the competition, with two wild card teams completing the quarter final line up.
The wild cards will be made up of the two teams with the most points that do not automatically qualify, with normal tie breaking format to be used in the event of the teams being tied on points.
Dates and seeding information regarding the play-off finals weekend 2018 will follow in due course.