British Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1982
No. of teams 12 (Premier Division)
Country(ies) Flag of Great Britain Great Britain
Ceased 1996
Last champion(s) Sheffield Steelers
TV partner(s) BBC

The British League (note: never actually called the "British Hockey League" was the top-flight ice hockey league in the United Kingdom from 1982 until 1996, when it was replaced by the Ice Hockey Superleague and the British National League. The league replaced three regional leagues: the Inter-City League in southern England, the English League North in northern England and the Northern League in Scotland.

The league was sponsored by Heineken from 1983 until 1993 and during this period was best known as the Heineken League.

The league changed format several times. There was Division 1 for season 1982/83 with three separate conferences - or groups - playing a complicated interlocking schedule. The 1982/83 season saw a Division 2 with north and south sections and Division 3 for clubs with substandard home rinks and university teams.

The league structure was realigned for the 1983/84 season under with a big sponsorship deal from Heineken. A single top level Premier Division was formed from the top teams from the previous 3 group league, with the rest forming a new national Division One along with the best of former Division 2 teams. This was split into North and South conferences for the 87/88 and 93/94 seasons. The third-tier Division Two was founded in 1987, renamed English Division One the following season and split from the league in 1992.

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