OXFORD City Stars have asked the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) for guidance ahead of expected major changes to the league structure.

The club believe the second-tier English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) will disband this summer, with seven clubs potentially joining them in the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL).

A statement from the clubs’ directors said: “The potential addition of four ex-EPIHL clubs into the NIHL South with vastly higher financial resources, ice time and structure, will prove to be challenging in the extreme.”

Stars want the EIHA to provide a plan before the NIHL clubs meet on May 7.