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Dundee Stars join top UK league

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Dundee Stars have been accepted into an expanded 10-team Elite League for the forthcoming season.

The Stars' inclusion brings the number of Scottish clubs in the competition to three, alongside Edinburgh Capitals and newly-formed Braehead Clan.

Charlie Ward, one of the club owners, said: "We are thrilled to be joining the Elite League and are already planning ahead for the new season.

"These are exciting times to be a Dundee ice hockey supporter."

Dundee has an ice hockey tradition stretching as far back as 1938, when they city's first ice rink opened.

The Dundee Stars now hope that their inclusion in the Elite League will help current attendances of about 450 eventually grow to more than 1,000.

They also hope to be able to increase the number of foreign players on their roster.

League chairman Eamon Convery said: "We are delighted to welcome Dundee into the Elite League and it proves the sport and the league is going from strength to strength.

"It's great there are now three teams in Scotland, which means added rivalry."

In March, it was announced that the Glasgow-based team Braehead Clan would be added to the league for the coming campaign, which begins in September.

Edinburgh Capitals have competed in the top tier since 2005 and finished sixth in the standings this term.

Teams in the expanded league will play each other three times both home and away to create a 54-game regular season.



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