The weekend of April 4th and 5th sees the annual play off weekend in Nottingham where the top four teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland play back to back semi-finals and finals to determine who will be crowned the play off champions 2015 – in ice hockey it’s the play offs that are usually regarded above the league titles in terms of prestige (particularly for the players).
It’s a carnival atmosphere with all the teams represented by their fans regardless of who makes the final four. With plenty of rivalry among Nottingham and Sheffield, Belfast and Coventry, Nottingham and Belfast, Cardiff and Belfast, Nottingham and Coventry, Nottingham and pretty much everyone, it makes for an exciting and exhilarating family sporting event – you’ll notice the lack of police presence and the ability to drink beer while watching the games in a swearing-free arena.
We’ve put together a selection of images from playoff weekends gone by to give you a flavour of what to expect. For those of you who go regularly – let us know below if you can work out who all the players are!
You can still get tickets at https://www.capitalfmarena.com/online/playoffs2015 and to keep the kids entertained at Easter, you’re guaranteed some fun!