Following yesterday’s piece assessing the viability of the Dutch team joining the Elite League, the Tilburg Trappers have officially confirmed their intentions to remain in the Oberliga until 2019/20.
After the hypothetical situation gained momentum across social media, many wishful EIHL and Trappers fans were dreaming of a pan-national ice hockey league that would have expanded the league’s horizons, not just geographically. However, an official statement (link below) from the Tilburg Trappers has today confirmed they will continuing plying their trade in Germany’s third tier, for one more year. Yet, if this league domination continues (three successive Oberliga titles) and the youth system sustains the production of talent, surely a move to a higher ranked league will still be in the pipework…
The statement outlines the change in leadership, at board level, which could see a move away from Germany happen sooner or Tilburg further consolidating their position as the best franchise in the Oberliga. Although, by the 2019/20 EIHL season it is expected a 12th team will already be confirmed, so a weekend jolly to the Netherlands might have to wait a little while longer for EIHL supporters.
Official club statement:
Feature image: Tilburg Trappers Official website