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Expressions of Interest Open for AIHA Head Coach Position

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Auckland Ice Hockey Association (AIHA) is now seeking expressions of interest for a dedicated, ambitious and knowledgeable Head Coach that will start with the club in the 2020 season.

The Head Coach role will be based in Auckland, New Zealand and will see the successful candidate working with a wide range of age groups and skill levels, developing and leading AIHA’s coaching strategies.

As part of this initial expression of interest, we are seeking an outline of your coaching history, achievements in coaching, qualifications and an overview of your game ethos and strategies.

The Head Coach position is a full-time, salaried role and will be remunerated based on the qualities of the successful candidate.

A more detailed job description will be made available to short-listed candidates in due course.

The window for submitting your expression of interest shall close on Sunday, 24th November 2019.

If you are interested, please submit your expression of interest via email, with a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role and attach your ice hockey CV, by no later than Sunday 24th November 2019.

Overseas candidates must be able to successfully apply for a New Zealand work visa.

For further information please email:

Please email applications to the General Manager:

Qualities we are looking for in the successful candidate:

  • Ability to work with parents and children of diverse cultural backgrounds and skill levels
  • Develop effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, General Manager, staff and volunteers
  • Knowledgeable about the rules and fundamental techniques required of the sport
  • Ability to obtain current CPR/first aid certification
  • Ability to work effectively with sports coaching staff parents and players of all ages
  • Maintains consistent communication with General Manager
  • Develop positive self-image with athletes
  • Attends clinics/workshops related to sport
  • Utilize sound teaching methods to develop skills/techniques
  • Demonstrate public support/loyalty for coaches
  • Demonstrate positive team sportsmanship toward opponents and officials
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the General Manager
  • Someone with the ability to read and interpret documents such as rules, operating instructions and procedure manuals
  • Ability to write regular reports and correspondence
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of members, volunteers or staff of the organization

Overview of the Club:

Auckland Ice Hockey Association was established in July 1987 and is situated in Auckland, New Zealand. There are two privately owned ice rinks in Auckland and the Club has 36 teams ranging from our National Representative teams through to our U9 age group teams.

AIHA Is a registered charity and has a membership of approximately 700. A tightly knit community with a key focus on growing the sport throughout New Zealand, AIHA is supported by a fantastic group of volunteers that assist with the day to day running of the Club.

For more information, visit our website:

Overview of Ice Hockey in New Zealand:

The New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation (NZIHF) is the governing body of ice hockey in New Zealand. Formed in 1986, the NZIHF oversees all ice hockey activity in New Zealand and as a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the NZIHF has access to the IIHF World Championships, IIHF Development Camps and the Equipment Support Program for developing ice hockey countries.

Ice hockey in New Zealand is played in three official Regions that are registered with the NZIHF – Auckland, Canterbury, and Southern (Otago/Southland). Each Region holds its own leagues in the respective age groups and is responsible for conducting these competitions.

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Download a PDF copy of this announcement here: AIHA Head Coach Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest for AIHA Women’s NZWIHL Representative Team Positions Now Open

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AIHA Is seeking expressions of interest for Head Coach, Manager and Assistant Coach positions for our Women’s NZWIHL representative team.

We are looking to fill the following positions:

  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Manager

As a club, we cannot function without the assistance of our members and sincerely appreciate any help our members can provide.

If you are interested in any of these roles, please send your expression of interest specifying which role you wish to apply for (e.g., head coach or assistant coach or manager) to by 12:00pm Monday 9 September.

Auckland Cup Series Announcement & Team Rosters

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Congratulations to our Bantam & Junior League players on the completion of a fun and competitive 2019 season!

AIHA is now looking forward to the Auckland Cup Series beginning on Monday 9th September and running for three consecutive Mondays. The game schedule is as follows:

  • Monday 9 September 2019
  • Monday 16 September 2019
  • Monday 23 September 2019

The game format will be the same as the regular season and game time slots will also be the same:

Bantams (Cyclops, Hydra, Minotaurs, Sphinx): 6:45pm – 7:45pm

Juniors (Hades, Poseidon, Ares, Zeus): 8:00pm – 9:00pm

The Auckland Cup Series will continue to run at both Avondale and Botany rinks. The game schedule and team rosters can be found on our scheduling website:

A reminder that Bantam/Junior trainings will also continue for the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday 3 September – Avondale – 6:45pm – 8:15pm
  • Thursday 5 September – Botany – 6:45pm – 8:15pm
  • Sunday 8 September – Botany – 8:15am – 9:45am
  • Tuesday 10 September – Avondale – 6:45pm – 8:15pm
  • Thursday 12 September – Botany – 6:45pm – 8:15pm

For any questions, please email:

Team Rosters:

Minotaurs (Bantam)

Mateo Machado
Jack Brown
Eli Palmer
Owen Brown
Etienne Cadieux
Johnson Yang
Ben Swainston
Andy Yu
Tobias Fredell
Zella Kedell-Stone
Geoffrey Liu
Hamish Roberts
Zadia Paulse
Immar Bosker
Chris Park
Reece Morgan
Liam Stirling
Liliana Reeves

Sphinx (Bantam)

Manny Limpus
Bernard Wang
Otis Haysmith
Sebastian Butterfield
Eskil Noonan
Shakayden Pang
Sabina Tunnicliffe
Ray Chen
Josh Bennetts
Jacob Calder-Thompson
Sam Johnston
Devin Cooper
Bruce Li
Brady Allen
Luc Davies
Hayden Potter
Cole Johnston
Kayla Morgan

Cyclops (Bantam)

Sam Narayan
Ivan Dalmatau
Hunter Dennis
Lennart Wimmer
Sebastian Chamberlin
Oscar Boehme
Ian Tsai
Daniel Tang
Rico Clamor Holmes
Luka Arandjus
Josh Steen
Martin Chemlev
Vincent Butler
Andrew Pugh

Hydra (Bantam)

Caleb Price
Nash Jones
Max Janousek
Bodhi Jones
Dima Koptev
Sebastian Stephen
Yvonne Tsai
Louis Boehme
Drew Cunningham
Harrison Stansfield
William Taylor
Jay Zhao
Rick Cooper
Jonah Richardson

Ares (Junior)

Tarquin Anderson
Lili Hidvegi
Daniel Deng
Emily Carr
Henry Phillips
Ethan Brown
Matt McCabe
Marc Christie
Jasper Burkhardt
Litiana Johnston
Carter Leigh
Patrick Roberts-Marriot
Nicholas Snyman
Hilton Furter

Zeus (Junior)

Indie Keddel
Jasmine Chamberlin
Aidan Todd
Teddy Crawford
Callum May
Angus McElwee
William Liu
Fletcher Moot
Daniel Cormack
Charlotte Pye
Fin Davey
Terryn Bruce
Jamie Kaisser

Hades (Junior)

Barr Bialik
Charles Hill
Luke Simon
Luc Taillon
Alex Soncodi
Ben Taylor
Jake McIntyre
Leon Quigley
Sebastien Ong
Zachery Stephen
Zachary Snoad
Andrei Serikov
Ivan Dalmatau
Sebastian Chamberlin
Nash Jones

Poseidon (Junior)

Joel Messenger
Luke Jones
Flynn Hayward-Jones
Caleb Chamberlin
Cameron Sims
Ben Stephen
Antony Logan
Jamie Jones
Robert Zheng
Ethan Doeg
Josh Spooner
Jerry Liu
Oscar Boehme
Josh Steen
Sebastian Stephen

Term 3 School Holiday Programme Details

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We are running a Term 3 school holiday ice hockey programme for both under 12 year olds and Bantam/Junior League players. Read below to find out more information and how to register.

Want to know what we get up on during our holiday programmes? Check out the highlights from our Term 2 programme here:

Under 12:

Bantam & Junior:


Under 12 Years Old Holiday Programme

Dates: Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd October 2019
Location: Avondale

Day Format:

On Ice 7:45 – 8:45am: We will start the day with a fun ice session working on all of the players individual skills.

Off ice 9:15 – 10:00am: we will work on stretching and educating the players on cool down and importance of flexibility as well as work on stick handling doing various off ice stick handling drills.

Bakery/Park 10:15 – 11:30am: We will walk to the nearby bakery where the kids can get a snack before we continue our walk to the park. The kids are given 30-40 minutes of free time.

Free Skate/Games 12:00 – 2:00pm: To end the day, if the public session isn’t too busy, we draw the net and use the end zone by the Zamboni to play a variety of games until the parents come to pick up the kids.

Pickup time is 2:00pm from Avondale ice rink.

$45.00 Per Day – Payment due on the day (no pre-payment necessary)

Food and drink is not included, so players will have to supply this themselves.

Register Here:



Bantam & Junior League Holiday Camp

Dates: Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th October 2019
Location: Avondale

Day Format:

On ice 7:45 – 8:45am: day starts on the ice with a high level skills development session in stations format. Groups will be split based on skill.

Off Ice 9:15 – 10:00am: players will be split into 2 groups. 1 group will work on flexibility and cool down stretching as well as education on pre training/pregame physical preparation. Meanwhile, the other group will work on stick handling and agility.

Classroom/video 10:15 – 11:00am: Players will receive some education on nutrition, pre game mental preparation and focus techniques and will go through a team builder challenge in small groups.

Bakery/Gym 11:15 – 1:00pm: A quick stop at the bakery before we walk to “The People’s Gym” where the players will be put through and educated on off ice sport specific circuit style training. We will highlight technique, educate on muscle groups and go over the importance of training sport specifically.

Power Skating/Games 1:00 – 2:00pm: The day will finish with the players either taking part in the public session with coach guided power skating drills or (if the public session isn’t too busy) we will draw the netting and be able to play some cross ice games.

Pickup time is 2:00pm from Avondale ice rink.

$55.00 Per Day – Payment due on the day (no pre-payment necessary)

Food and drink is not included, so players will have to supply this themselves.

Register Here:


Players of all skill levels are sure to benefit and improve over the course of the camp and will be provided with ample education covering all facets of hockey in a fun, encouraging and positive environment.

Questions/More Information:

If you have any questions about the school holiday programme, contact us via email:

Ice Rink Schedule Cancellations This Weekend & Next Week

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Due to the Paradice Botany ice rink Zamboni breaking down, we have unfortunately had to cancel some games and make changes to others AT BOTH RINKS that were scheduled for this weekend and early next week, and due to the way the schedule has needed to be modified, some future games too.

Please read below to find out more information about the changes.


Saturday 17th August: WAS Botany 5:00pm – 7:00pm. NOW Avondale 4:15pm – 6:15pm on same day.


Sunday 18th August: Super League Games at Botany: CANCELLED


Monday 19th August: Bantam & Junior League Games at Avondale & Botany: CANCELLED

These have been rescheduled as follows:

  • All Bantam/Junior League Semi-finals will now be held on Monday 26th August (previously scheduled for Monday 19th August). Same teams, rinks and times, the games will just happen a week later.
  • All Bantam/Junior League Finals will now be held on Monday 2nd September (previously scheduled for Monday 26th August). Same teams, rinks and times, the games will just happen a week later.


Chiefs vs. Wolves: WAS Botany Sunday 18th August – 7:30 – 8:30PM. NOW: Avondale Monday 19th August 6:45 – 7:45pm

Eagles vs. Jokers: WAS Botany Monday 19th August – 9:15pm – 10:15pm. NOW Avondale Monday 19th August 8:00 – 9:00pm

Chiefs vs. Eagles: WAS Avondale Monday 9th September 9:15pm – 10:15pm. NOW: Avondale Saturday 7th September 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Eagles vs. Vipers: WAS Avondale Monday 23rd September 6:45pm – 7:45pm. NOW: Avondale Monday 9th September 9:15pm – 10:15pm

Wolves vs. Savages: WAS Avondale Monday 23rd September 8:00pm – 9:00pm. NOW: Botany Monday 23rd September 9:15pm – 10:15pm


All of the required changes have been published on the appropriate league schedule –

New Learn to Play Gear Funded Thanks To Pub Charity Limited!

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Auckland Ice Hockey Association wishes to express their sincerest thanks to Pub Charity Limited whose funding grant allowed us to purchase new gear for our Learn to Play programme!

Thanks to their generosity we are able to grow our Learn to Play programme and ensure our players are kept safe wearing the required gear!

Players from our Avondale Learn to Play Programme giving thanks for their new gear thanks to Pub Charity Limited!

Support The Admirals This Friday in the NZIHL Finals!

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The West Auckland Admirals have made it through to the 2019 NZIHL Grand Finals and will face off against the SKYCITY Stampede in their endeavour to keep the Birgel Cup in Avondale!

Come along and support the Admirals in their LAST HOME GAME of the 2019 season, this Friday night!

This is your last chance to support the Admirals at home in 2019, so make sure you bring your friends and family so we can fill the stands and make some noise!

Get your tickets online or at the door:

The NZIHL finals consist of 3 rounds of games, this year there will be one round hosted at Avondale and (potentially) 2 rounds held in Queenstown.

Term 2 Bantam & Junior League Holiday Programme Review

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The Second week of the School Holiday Programme was designed for the Bantam’s and Junior’s.

The days started with our on ice session. We would begin with skating and puck handling warm-up where players had to execute a variety of drills while moving around a barrier in small groups. They would then be split into 3 groups and put through skill development stations similar to what we do on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.

After the on ice component we would split them into 2 groups. 1 group would do a cool down stretch with our “flexibility expert” Joel Messenger while the other would work on high level stick handling drills. We began incorporating agility drills with the stick handling drills to add a level of complexity but also to ensure that the hands and feet can work together and separately. The player’s found the drills challenging but incredibly beneficial.

After our off-ice component we would go upstairs and have a classroom/video session.Day 1 we went over goal setting and how to set SMART goals. The players were split into groups of 4 and had to provide examples of short term/long term individual/team goals. This was followed by a brief presentation in front of the larger group. It was fun and educational. Day’s 2 and 3 we watched off ice training videos of top NHL draft picks such as Connor McDavid, Jack Hughes, Sydney Crosby etc. It was awesome to see the light bulb switch go off when players realised that the drills we have them do throughout camp are the same ones the top players in the world work on.

After our classroom session it was time to hit the Strong Factory. Strong Factory is a local gym that sponsors the West Auckland Admirals. Huge thank you to Dan and his team there. We put the kids through circuit style interval training. We set up 10 drills using light weights and body weight and gave them a glimpse into how the Admirals train every week. We spent lots of time educating on the muscle groups, Do’s and Dont’s, Technique and sport specific approaches to training. This was always wrapped up with a solid stretching session before we made the trek back to Paradice.


Unfortunately, Paradice was quite busy during their public skate sessions during week 2 and as such we were unable to draw the net and play 3 on 3 as we would have liked. Instead coach put the players through various high level power skating and edge control drills that were done amongst the public.

It was a full on few days and was awesome to combine the educational component within the context of fun with friends. Bring on the next one!

Term 2 U9/U12 Holiday Programme Review

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The first week of our School Holiday Programme was catered to the U9 + U12 level.

We started each morning on the ice bright and early with some fun but challenging skill development drills in stations. We finished the on ice session with a game of sharks and minnows or 2 v 2, 3 v 3. The kids left the ice with big smiles and having worked hard but having had lots of fun doing it!

The on ice was followed up with a group discussion around the reasons why they play hockey. Needless to say there was some interesting and funny answers to that question. After a group chat in the dressing room the players split into 2 groups. 1 group would work on stretching and cooling down after a training session. Meanwhile, the other group would work on stick handling skills using golf, tennis, orange or squash balls. After 15 minutes the groups would switch.

After our off ice work we would take a walk as a group to the bakery up the road on the way to the park where the kids were able to buy some food (no sugary drinks and no desserts). With still more energy to burn we would walk to the park and let them be kids for 30-45 minutes. The kids would play soccer or tag or swing on the swings. It was interesting to see the group dynamics take over. Then it was back to the rink to finish with some public skating/games.


Thankfully, Paradice staff would allow us to draw the net across the blueline so we could have our own zone to work with and we would play variations of tag and sharks and minnows and bull rush. We always finished the day with a fun game of 3 on 3 cross ice. The day would end with a final group discussion and presentation of the “player of the day”.

It was an absolute blast with the kids and we already can’t wait for the next one!

AIHA Super League at Aotea Square

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The weekend of July 13 & 14 was an exciting one for the players in our Learn To Play program along with our U12/U9 Super League. We attended the Ice Sports Exhibition Weekend at Aotea Square and played two demo games in front of a crowd full of ice skaters. The demo games were brief, but were definitely a hit for both the players and spectators.

Learn To Play resumes on July 22 & 24 at Avondale, and July 25 at Botany, all beginning at 5:30 pm. Super League games resume on August 4, 8:15 am at Botany. Come along and join the excitement!