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 –

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!

NZIHF 2019 Regional Youth Development Training Camps Information & Registrations

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Register now to secure your place in the 2019 Youth Development Camps held in each region.

The NZIHF is once again hosting a number of Youth Development camps which will take place throughout the regions in 2019.

Last year we held a series of very successful U16 Development camps and it was quickly realized that there were many players missing out on a wonderful program because of their age. To rectify that we have extended the program to encompass players born 2002 through to 2006 and remove the “U16” title and replace it with “Youth Development”. We will however maintain the U16 combined camp in January 2020. For this camp we will bring together a squad selected from the regional camps and rep season performances, from there a National U16 team will be selected.

We will be testing every player at each camp, with the aim to give players a benchmark of what key skills they need to focus more on to further their individual development. Overtime, we can use the testing to give coaches data they can use to modify their on and off ice coaching sessions.

Our aim is to provide the New Zealand’s top young players a FUN and age-appropriate on and off-ice training, which is accompanied by coaching from top-level New Zealand instructors.

These camps give players the opportunity to compete against their peers from throughout the country.

The trainings in the camp will be based on Hockey USA and the Leslie Brothers use of small area skills and station work.

How it works:

  • Players will be placed in smaller groups of 6-8 players based on their experience
  • On and Off ice basic testing, which is based off of Hockey Canada’s National testing program
  • On ice skills (based on station work) for five to six sessions during the camp, with a maximum of two per day
  • One off-ice testing – including push ups, 5m puck shuttle, plank and standing jump
  • The ever so popular ‘video’ sessions
  • Goalie specific training sessions during general on-ice sessions
  • Through these regional camps, players will gain the opportunity to get to know coaches who are involved in various NZ National Team programs.

Please keep in mind that we as the coaches reserve the right to place players in the group that best meets the needs of the player and the camp.

The camps are designed so that players will return home with the necessary tools and knowledge to further develop their skills over the course of the coming season and hockey careers.

Each regional 2 ½ day Camp will cost $130 per camp and the Auckland 3 ½ day camp costs $150

When & Where:

  1. Auckland: Oct 25/28
  2. Queenstown: Nov 1/3
  3. Christchurch: Nov 15/17
  4. Dunedin: Nov 22/24
  • U16 Selection Camp Jan 2020: venue and dates T.B.C

Register Here:

If you have more than one member of your family attending then please complete a new form for each child. You may also attend more than one camp if you wish, however should numbers reach the maximum then priority will always be given to the local players.

More Information:
For more information, contact Neil Carey, General Manager of the NZIHF U16 Development Program:


AIHA Head Coach Position Announcement

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Dear Members,

We are writing to inform you about the process that AIHA will be shortly undertaking to select a new Head Coach for the club.

As many of you are aware, our Head Coach Csaba Kercso-Magos recently finished his time with AIHA after giving over 10 years to the club and New Zealand ice hockey, and it will no doubt be a big job to fill his shoes! We are grateful for all that Csaba gave to AIHA and wish him and his fiancée all the best for the future.

We are looking within New Zealand and around the world to recruit a new Head Coach that will achieve the goals and deliver the positive results the position demands. We are in no rush to fill this position as we want to make sure we get the right person that fits the Club’s culture and requirements. New Zealand is a great country and is appealing to a lot of overseas talent and this opportunity has given us a unique chance to see who is out there.

Where to from here?

In the meantime, AJ Spiller will step into a General Manager role and Justin Daigle will assist as interim Head Coach to look after the day to day running of the Club. Both AJ and Justin have had a long association with AIHA and many of you will be familiar with them.

For those of you who don’t know AJ or Justin, here is a brief overview of their experience and contributions to AIHA:

AJ Spiller:

After an impressive Junior A career in Manitoba, Canada, picking up multiple league championships and time spent as an assistant coach to multiple AAA and Junior A teams, AJ moved to New Zealand in 2015 and is currently in his fourth season with the West Auckland Admirals. AJ Has also been the Assistant Coach for the New Zealand U20 team for the past two seasons and is currently coaching the AIHA U15 Representative team.



Justin Daigle:

Justin’s impressive ice hockey career to date has seen him play in Midget AAA, AJHL, NCAA and Senior AAA divisions in his home of Canada, picking up many awards and championships along the way. In 2014 Justin played his first season in New Zealand with the West Auckland Admirals and was later named captain of the team in 2015 and maintains that honour today. At just 16, Justin began his coaching career and has coached teams across many leagues and age groups since. In New Zealand, Justin was Camorra Hockey School’s lead instructor for four years and more recently has assisted with the national U20 men’s team as Head Coach.


Selection Process:

The selection process for the new Head Coach will take place as follows:

  • Advertise for applicants for a period of three months
  • Short list created by AIHA Board sub-committee
  • Interview panel from AIHA Board members to select preferred applicant
  • AIHA Board approve selection and contract is offered

Our hope is to have the role filled by early to mid to next year.

More information about this process and application information will be made available in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions about the selection process or anything else relating to the Head Coach position, please contact Cam Stephens, Director of Ice Hockey via email:


Kind Regards,

Auckland Ice Hockey Association