Adult Hockey League (AHL)

The Adult Hockey League is the AIHA’s largest league featuring over 300 players and brings together a mixture of players and varying levels of skill. The AHL season runs from March to October and is comprised of a 20 game regular season plus a play-offs bracket.

Men and women play together in mixed teams – all games are strictly non-checking.

Like many sports around the world, ice hockey is a great meeting place for numerous nationalities. We have a healthy representation of Kiwis, Canadians, Americans, Russians and Europeans turning up for their weekly hit on the ice.

AHL Hockey utilizes IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) rules and is strictly no body checking & is officiated in this manner.

Our aim is to provide a fun & safe environment for all players where they can enjoy the great sport of Ice Hockey.

AIHA expects that all players participating display good sportsmanship & respect team mates, opposition players & officials. Regardless of the level of competition, we are all participating in social adult hockey & here to enjoy the sport.

Game format (running time)

  • 3 Minute warm up
  • 1st period – 15 minutes
  • 60 second break
  • 2nd period – 15 minutes
  • 60 second break
  • 3rd period – 20 minutes

After the game has finished teams have 2 minutes to shake hands & exit the ice so it can be groomed for the next game.

Season Format:

The AHL season is played from approximately March to October and is comprised of 20 regular season games per team, plus a play-offs format.

The schedule can be viewed on the AIHA scheduling website –  – the schedule is typically published in early-mid March for the upcoming season.

The AHL season runs from late March – October and features a 20 game regular season + playoffs. The timeslots for games are listed below:

Saturdays at Avondale: 4:15pm – 5:15pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm and 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Saturdays at Botany: 4:45pm – 5:45pm, 6:00pm – 7:00pm and 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Sundays at Botany: 4:45pm – 5:45pm, 6:00pm – 7:00pm and 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Sundays at Avondale: 4:15pm – 5:15pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm and 6:45pm – 7:45pm (NB: This timeslot will rarely be used)

Mondays at Avondale: 7:00pm – 8:00pm, 8:15pm – 9:15pm and 9:30pm – 10:30pm
Mondays at Botany: 6:45pm – 7:45pm, 8:00pm – 9:00pm and 9:15pm – 10:15pm

Once the Bantam & Junior League season begins, AHL games will be played in the last slot on Monday nights only.

Fees are around $750 for the season, which include 20 games + playoffs. The fees are split in to 8 instalments throughout the season or can be paid in full upfront.

How are players assigned to a team?

  1. Registrations open
  2. During registration, players list whether they want to remain with their current team; or become a Free Agent.
    1. Free Agents will be assigned to a team and division by the AIHA grading sub-committee, based on player skill level and team requirements.
  3. Snapshot of registered players taken in late-January.
    1. The number of teams in each division will be determined by registration numbers at this point.
  4. Managers will be given their team list based on who has chosen to remain on their current team.
  5. Grading sub-committee reviews the teams list, and using the player grading system, place free agent players into appropriate teams and divisions given team requirements and player’s skill level.
  6. Games scheduled and players notified.

Team placement is subject to that player’s suitability for the division. If you choose to play on a specific team, so long as you are in an appropriate division for your skill level, then you will be able to do so.

How will fees be paid?
Fees will be paid by the player to AIHA in the same format as 2020, split across instalments. With our new registration system, all payments will be processed via credit card, and should you choose an instalment plan, the amount shown during registration will automatically come off your credit card on the specified due date. You will be emailed a few days prior to the instalment date to remind you that this will occur.

When does the AHL season run?
The AHL season generally starts in mid-late March and finishes with finals in September and October.

Can I borrow gear to play?
No. AIHA Does not provide hire gear for the AHL. New players must have their own complete set of gear to be able to join a team. There are stores and websites throughout Auckland and New Zealand that sell ice hockey gear. You can also try one of the many buy and sell groups on Facebook, or Trade Me too.

Who can be a team manager?
Any player can be a team manager, though this will depend on vacancies with existing team managers and/or whether an existing manager chooses to continue their role next season.

How can new people join the AHL?
New players are welcome to join the AHL and will be evaluated by the player grading sub-committee at a scrimmage or training session, to determine the most appropriate division for them. They will then be placed in a team depending on team and numbers requirements. If you would like to join the AHL, please contact us via the form below and we will be in touch to arrange an assessment session.

How will I know if I need to be moved divisions?
Any players that fall under the category of needing to move divisions (eg: due to skill level not suitable for current division) will be contacted directly by the General Manager or Head Coach to discuss the reasons why the player needs to be moved and available options. Rest assured that this will affect only a small minority of players, and AIHA will make suitable arrangements to ensure this is performed fairly and taking in to account the player’s interests.

Are there practices?
As a club, we do not offer practice sessions or trainings our Adult Hockey League. Some AHL teams choose to hold their own private training sessions, where they book the ice rink for a specified period of time and split the cost of this.

Alternatively, Paradice (who own and operate the ice rinks in Auckland) regularly hold “scrimmages” where you can turn up and play in a social environment to sharpen your skills. Paradice also offer training sessions on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. Find out more information about this here:

All registrations are processed using the club’s registration programme, esportsdesk. 

To register, create an account here:

Players are not guaranteed a place on a team unless their registration fee is paid in full.


The Adult Hockey League is comprised of 3 divisions based on skill level. 

The 2023 Season Champions are:

Premier League: Blues
Division 1: Grizzlies
Division 2: Bears

Premier League

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Division 1

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Division 2

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