The Rapid Solicitors Elite League can confirm that the annual play-off finals weekend will take place at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2013.
This year’s play-offs will be the 10th anniversary in the Elite League era since its inception in 2003-04.
Rapid Solicitors Elite League spokesperson, Tony Smith, said: “We are only just starting the season and finals weekend may seem a long way off, but behind the scenes plans are already beginning.
“We know how highly people value play-off weekend and supporters like to get their hotels and travel booked early, so we wanted to make the announcement as quickly as possible.
“We expect to be in a position to put tickets on sale before Christmas for this season’s event and, with it being the 10th anniversary, it is sure to be a very special occasion.”
The Rapid Solicitors Elite League champions will be seeded number one for the play-offs, while the second seed will be the winner of the Conference that does not produce the league winner. The remaining six play-off spots will be taken in order from the final Elite League table.
In the unlikely event of the league title winner not winning their Conference, the order will be as follows. The number one seed will still be the Elite League winners with the two Conference winners taking seeds two and three (higher rank determined by their league position). Seeds four to eight will then be determined by the Elite League table.
Quarter-finals will follow the usual match-ups over two legs with seed one facing eight, two against seven, three versus six and four playing five.
Seedings for the semi-final and final will be determined by the original quarter-final ranking, so the highest-placed team left in the competition will be ranked as the highest seed.
The Elite League title is played for over 52 games with points taken from all league matches across the season. The Erhardt and Gardiner Conference titles are decided on the 32 games each side plays against the other teams in their Conference.