NZIHF Officials Assigned to IIHF Worlds Tournaments

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Today is a big day for referees and linesmen. The assignments for the 2020 IIHF tournaments with on-ice officials from 48 countries have been released and the NZIHF is proud to announce that several of its officials have been selected to participate in these tournaments.

Congratulations to the following officials that have been assigned:

2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A in Estonia
Ryan Hissong – Referee
Edward Howard – Linesman

2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group B in China
Ryan Cairns – Referee
Tyler Haslemore – Linesman

2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division II Group B in Mexico
Ashleigh Davidson – Referee

AIHA Bantam League Player’s Journey in the Saskatchewan AA Hockey League

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AIHA Bantam League player, Jesse Allen, is currently experiencing first hand what the world of AA hockey is like, playing for the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan AA Hockey League.

We caught up with Jesse’s parents who provided the following update on his experience to date.

After 3 weeks of intensive testing in academics, fitness, on/off ice testing, hockey knowledge, game awareness, mental toughness and more, which is held to establish a baseline of every student for the school to work out an individual trajectory to reach the AAA Junior team at the conclusion of their schooling, Jesse was placed in the Notre Dame Hounds Bantam AA team.

The team’s season has now started and they are 2 games in with 1 win and 1 loss. His coaches have this to say “Jesse shows a lot of potential. He is strong on his feet and has skill with the puck and skating.” Jesse and the other foreign kids all need to work on their understanding of position and situational awareness as the games in Saskatchewan are very fast and physical, this understanding and situational awareness is being worked on in practices and games.

Jesse lives on campus with everything within a couple minutes’ walk of his dorm. He shares the dorm room with 3 other grade 9 students from around Canada (Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario) The school’s student population is about 300 kids with the first year grade nine students being approximately 33 boys and 15 girls including kids from Russia, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, China, USA, Australia and others. In addition to Hockey they have a wide range of sports including athletics, rugby, basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, baseball, to name a few which was particularly attractive to Jesse as he likes to play a multitude of sports. He even made the baseball team and pitched in one of their last games before the snow started to fall.

A commercial kitchen on campus provides all of their meals together for all 300 students at breakfast, lunch, dinner and is open between meals for snacks, sandwiches, etc. He says the food is very good and is all designed around student athletes.

The hockey programme is very intensive with 31 regular season games, plus tournaments, playoffs, etc. taking their expected game tally to over 50 games in the season. They practice on ice 2-4 times a week depending on the number of games they play in that week, plus off ice training in the weight rooms, gymnasium and their state of the art, multi million dollar shooting gallery.

He is loving the environment and has slotted straight in, he says he will be a four year hound and we are very proud of our son. We miss him like crazy, but know this was the best decision for him in pursuing his dream to take his hockey to the highest level possible. And we know this will open doors to University, Juniors and the professional leagues throughout the world. – Jeremy Allen, Jesse’s Dad.


About Notre Dame:

HOUNDS HOCKEY – Notre Dame offers an unprecedented opportunity to earn a first-class education while competing in some of the most respected leagues and tournaments for Bantam, Midget and Junior hockey in North America.

Our Student-Athletes are expected to carry a full academic workload, maintain a high-grade point average, contribute to the school community and be accountable for their actions both on and off the ice.

Our campus boasts a full-size Olympic ice surface, a state-of-the-art off-ice skills training facility, high-performance training facility with a certified strength and conditioning coach, athletic therapist, fully equipped gymnasium and elite coaches with provincial, national and international experience.

Coaching, practices, off ice training and game schedules, combined with ideal facilities, offer the perfect training environment for players to develop.
Hounds are well-conditioned athletes with a renowned reputation for relentless attacks, tenacious defence and a “never lose heart” attitude.

Currently, 19 Hound alumni are playing, coaching or working in the NHL such as Jaden Schwartz, Morgan Rielly, Jordan Eberle, Sean Couturier, Tyler Myers, and Hayden Fleury, while Alumni Barry Trotz, Jon Cooper and Rod Brind’Amour are head coaches.

NZIHF Coaching Course Held in Auckland

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An introduction to coaching course was put on by the NZIHF in Auckland over the weekend, which had a key focus on parents and players beginning their coaching career.

17 People attended the course with a mix of experienced national team coaches from ice hockey and inline backgrounds, as well as parents who are currently part of the Learn to Play programme who wanted to understand more about coaching and build up their experience.

The event featured both classroom and on-ice activities, with approximately 40 players helping coaches run practice drills and apply knowledge learned in the classroom.

Thank you to all of those who helped run the day and those who attended.


Adult Skills Sessions

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Beginning on Thursday 7th November, AIHA will be running 6 Adult Skills Sessions.
These sessions are aimed at the AHL ‘B’ and ‘C’ division players. Players will be divided by skill level to ensure they get the appropriate training.
Sessions will begin with a focus on skill development, and end with Small Area Games.
No need to RSVP, simply turn up on the night.
Where: Paradice Botany
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
When: 7 November – 12 December (6 consecutive Thursdays)
Coaches: Justin Daigle, A.J. Spiller, Rachel Park
Cost: $20 per session (Cash and Eftpos payments available at the door)

Bantam & Junior League Summer Training

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Beginning on Tuesday 5 November, AIHA will be running 6 summer trainings for players in the Bantam/Junior age groups.
These sessions will begin with off-ice training followed by on-ice skill development. Off-Ice will consist of body weight exercises, running and stretching, all aimed at educating players about the importance of off-ice training and how to do it properly.
On-Ice focus will be on skill development, beginning with power skating and moving into various skill drills.
Goalies will also have a designated space at the beginning of training to work on skills.
We will end all trainings with Small Area Games.
No need to RSVP, simply turn up on the night.
Where: Paradice Botany
Time: 7:15pm – 8:00pm Off-Ice, 8:15pm – 9:15pm On-Ice
When: 5 November – 10 December (6 consecutive Tuesdays)
What to Bring: Running shoes, shorts, t-shirt & full playing gear
Coaches: Justin Daigle, A.J. Spiller, Cam Stephen
Cost: $20 per session (Cash and Eftpos payments available at the door)

2019 AIHA Annual General Meeting – Invitation and Information

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Dear Club Members,

Auckland Ice Hockey Association welcomes its members to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th November 2019, 7:00pm upstairs in the meeting room at Paradice Avondale.

AIHA Members are encouraged to attend to hear about what is happening within the club and its future.

Download a nomination form here: 2019-20 AIHA Nomination form

Note: The President position is not being voted on this year, as it is a two-year position that will next be voted on at the 2020 AGM.

Download the annual report here: 2019 Annual Report

View the agenda for the 2019 AGM here: 2019 AGM Agenda

View the minutes from the 2018 AGM here: 2018 AGM Minutes

View the AIHA Constitution here: AIHA Constitution

Auckland Ice Hockey Association

Super League Summer Series – Register Now!

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We are pleased to announce the extension of our Super League to include a mini tournament in November!

Teams will be shuffled from the normal season to give all players a chance to play with new teammates.

The format will be the same with games being 3 on 3. With enough interest, we hope to have 4 Under-12 teams and 2 Under-9 teams. We will provide playing jerseys for these teams.

Team numbers will be determined by the number of registrations received.

Dates & Times:

November 10 at Avondale – 8:45am – 10:15am
November 17 at Botany – 8:15am – 9:45am
November 24 at Avondale – 8:45am – 10:15am


There is no cost to register. Learn to Play concession cards will be used as a payment method for all games, just like the regular Super League season. We will have cash/EFTPOS and credit card facilities as well.


Complete your details in the registration form below. You must register to be eligible for a place in a team.

More Information:

More information and confirmation of places and team formats will be made available closer to the first games.

NZIHF Coaching Course – Free Training for Players 13 & Under

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Free Training for Players 13 & Under

We are seeking players & goalies aged 13 & Under to take part in a free training session on October 19 at Paradice Botany. The trainings will be led by coaches attending a NZIHF coaching course.

Players must have a minimum of one year ice hockey experience and be able to confidently skate/play.

Who: Any player or goalie aged 13 and under

Date: Saturday October 19th

Time: 10:15 am – 12:15 pm @ Paradice Botany

What to bring: Full protective equipment

Please register your interest here: https://forms.gle/jaQmjrmrtagRyBBe9

Note: Registrations are limited to 50 total players & goalies and will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Applications Open for West Auckland Admirals Coach & Manager Positions

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Applications are open for two key roles with the West Auckland Admirals for the 2020 NZIHL season.

The WAA need a new Head Coach and a new Manager. Job descriptions can be found in the links below. If you have the experience, passion and drive to work with our established and growing squad of players, managers and volunteers, the WAA want to hear from you.

Complete your application and view the job descriptions on the West Auckland Admirals website: https://www.westaucklandadmirals.co.nz/vacancies/

World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend “Have a Go Day” 2019

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Thank you to everyone who came along to our Girls Only Have a Go Day on Saturday 28th September!

We had a fantastic morning of ice hockey with close to 60 girls and women on the ice, with the majority trying out ice hockey for the very first time!

A big thank you to all of our volunteers who helped on the day – we couldn’t do this without you!