Lightning have no plans to join Elite League

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Lightning chairman Vito Rausa has moved to quash any rumours regarding the club joining the Elite League.

Rausa is opposed to the format of the Elite League which is heavily reliant on import players. He says that British players are not given a chance to develop like they are in the English Premier League, and for as long as that is the case, Lightning will be having nothing to do with it.

Rumours have been growing since news of the refurbishment of Planet Ice last week, with the city club set to call one of the best rinks in the country their home from some time next year.

But Lightning – three-times EPL champions and four-times play-off winners – are happy where they are, says Rausa.

“I don’t agree with teams having so many foreign players, to the detriment of the development of British players,” he said.

“While that is the case it’s not an option for us. We want to help bring British players on and help improve the game in this country.

“The quality of players in that league is very high, and although the standard would drop if they limited the number of foreigners, it would improve the British game in the long run.”