The 2017 NZIHF U14 Representative Ice Hockey Season is getting ready to start. The coaches are looking for up to 30 players and 4 goalies born in 2004 or later to try out for the U14 Representative team.
The season will begin in July with games in Auckland, Dunedin and a finals week in Queenstown in early October.
Try-outs will begin with a trial game on 27 May and fitness test on 28 May.
To be considered for the team players must provide an expression of interest to Darren Blong (email@example.com) by 19 May 2017.
Over the weekend of April 29-30 at Botany, a goalie camp was run by Canadian Goalie Coach Perry Wilson and former NZ Ice Fern goalie Lyndal Heinemann with assistance from NZ goalie Rick Parry.
Wilson has been operating in NZ over the last couple of years advising and training goalies in the NZ national U18, U20 and Senior Mens and Womens teams as well as running camps throughout the country.
The eighteen goalies who attended this camp had the fortune to learn from the knowledge and experience of such a renowned goalie coach.
Barr Bialik, Luke Jones, Alex Regan, Ryan Martinoli, Flynn Jones, Christian Regan, Zac Snoad, Lochlan Butler, Finlay van Mulbregt, Antony Logan, Thomas Hornby, Rory Johnston, Ethan Doeg, Jake McIntyre, Luke Simon, Fraser Tam, Cameron Sims. Coach: Csaba Kercso-Magos
The AIHA Under 17 team was invited to take part in a 2 day training camp and Tasman Cup competition during the April School Holidays, held at the Dunedin Ice Hockey Club.
Teams from Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Melbourne attended, in a competition that was fiercely contested to the very end.
Following a three day round robin series, the 4 top teams were within a single goal difference for top spot. The elimination finals saw Dunedin fall from 1st to 4th position with a single goal from Melbourne making the difference.
The competition culminated in the final for top place between Auckland and Melbourne, with Auckland proving too strong in the end with a well-timed final run, taking home the trophy after a hard fought win over Melbourne.
The competition format proved to be very popular with all teams, and Melbourne vowing to return for next year.
Winner of Tasman Cup: AUCKLAND
Second place: Melbourne
Third place: Queenstown
Fourth place: Dunedin
Fifth place: Christchurch
The New Zealand U18 women’s national team, which competed internationally for the first time, won the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia, held in Bangkok.
AIHA would like to congratulate all the NZ U18’s players and coaches who competed in the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia. This was a great result from an awesome bunch of girls and support staff competing in their first internatonal competition.
Safe travels home and we look forward to see you back on the ice in NZ!
AIHA player Grace Harrison will continue her NCAA journey this weekend, when St Lawrence University take on Yale, in the first quarter final games of the ECAC knockout. The St Lawrence Saints are second in the ECAC division and ranked fifth nationally. The team winning the ECAC division will battle it out for National honours in the ‘Frozen Four’ competition, to be held in St Louis in mid-March.
In only her second year of NCAA Division I hockey, Grace has started in 29 of the Saints games, achieving 8 shutouts, an average of 1.54 goals per game and a save rate of 92.8%. The Saints have an impressive 24 wins / 4 losses / 4 draws record so far this season.
Six teams competed in an U10 tournament over the weekend.
Four teams were represented from Auckland and two from Dunedin. Teams consisted of two lines of three players plus a goalie and played in a round robin format.
The two semi finals were decided by penalty shootouts as was the bronze medal match. However after many goals, a few tears, kids rolling around the ice and many smiles, Dunedin White emerged from the pack as the winning team.