Cardiff to take CHL place
This will be their fourth consecutive participation in a season that ended prematurely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
But a line was finally drawn within the framework of the 2019/20, Cardiff taking the European place with a higher percentage of victories.
Mike Hicks, EIHL hockey chief operating officer, said, "With the title race as close as it was and five teams still able to win the league, we thought the Allocating a league trophy on the basis of probabilities just wasn't the right thing to do.
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"This was all the more true as many of the remaining matches involved many teams still vying to play against each other.
"We are in the position of not having finished the regular season and the decision not to declare a national champion is consistent with the precedent in all the best European leagues, most of which were canceled before the end of their playoffs .
"He also follows similar decisions in the history of sport. We thank our fans once again for their patience while decisions are made. »
EIHL President Tony Smith revealed last week in an interview with British Ice Hockey that there would be no champion to crown when the effects of the virus began to take root.
But the decision to allow the Devils to participate in the CHL was based on information that the team in first place and with the highest winning percentage of 70% when the remaining matches of the league have been canceled.
Devils coach Andrew Lord tweeted his joy at returning to the top table when he said, "What an honor to be in this great tournament for the 4th consecutive season. Such a great challenge and so exciting for everyone involved. »