Murrayfield Racers kick-off their NIHL North Cup campaign on Sunday with a home match against Dundee Comets (face-off 6.00pm).
This season’s competition has a new look as the Racers and Comets join Solway Sharks, Billingham Stars and Whitley Warriors in the five-team line-up.
The group stage will be a round-robin, with each side playing the others home and away for an eight-game opening phase.
The top four in the group will progress to the semi-finals, with the winners meeting in the final. The knockout phase will be staged over two legs.
The 2018/19 NIHL North Cup was very much a learning curve, as the Racers came up against some well-established higher ranked clubs.
Murrayfield ended the group phase with an impressive 4-1 victory over eventual winners Sheffield Steeldogs and the club is fully-focused on making its mark this time time around.
New signing, Alex Christian, will be making just his second appearance in a Racers shirt on Sunday after impressing on his debut at Dundee Tigers last weekend.
Christian bagged one goal and assisted four more as the Racers ran out 7-1 winners in their opening game in the Scottish National League (SNL).
The 26-year-old says he was delighted to get underway with the club and is looking forward to playing in the NIHL North Cup.
“Judging from what I’ve seen so far, I can confidently say that I’m happy to have landed with the Racers,” he said. “The organisation offers a very professional environment to play hockey in.
“It was great fun playing my first game for the Racers last Sunday and I particularly enjoyed the great team spirit on and off the ice, which definitely made playing easier.
“I’m definitely excited for the rest of the season and hope to contribute to the team’s success.
“Talking about the coming weekend, I’m curious to experience playing at NIHL level and really want our team to do well in that competition.”
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