Oxford City Stars – League Structure Statement
Oxford City Stars have been forced to withdraw from a "new" NIHL1 League structure, by the EIHA (English Ice Hockey Association).
Oxford City Stars Directors and management were informed on the morning of the 19th May that the league was switching from the previously unanimously agreed twin conference system to a league of 12 or 11 teams, playing each other twice home and twice away.
The requirement to complete as one league was raised by Oxford and a few other clubs as impossible during the 6 hour long league meeting on May 7th. Our financial position has not changed in the weeks following this meeting. This morning we were informed that the Conference System we had signed up to would be changed to one league structure due to the resignation of other clubs, meaning a significant expenditure of additional resources would be needed by Oxford City Stars to compete in this new structure. Oxford City Stars informed the EIHA that we would be unable to commit to this set up and urged them to find a solution.
The English Ice Hockey Association has since informed the clubs directors that there is no further solution and the club would therefore be withdrawn from the League. We repeat, Oxford City Stars are eager to hear any options that enable us to continue playing and hosting the sport in Oxford, we would urge the EIHA to revisit their strategies.
Our sport is in turmoil, our club is at risk and we urge the EIHA to act for the future of Ice Hockey in our city.
We find ourselves, alongside Solent Devils and Chelmsford Chieftans without a league to play in currently, through no fault of our club owners, fans or players.