History and Accomplishments
The New Zealand Women’s Ice Hockey League (NZWIHL) was first established in 2014 and was originally set up to be played over the New Zealand summer, to help support and prepare the National Women’s team (Ice Fernz) for their IIHF World Championships in March. With the addition of a National Under 18 Women’s team, the league now acts as a great opportunity for female players of all ages to develop their skills and play together prior to the start of the World Championship season.
As of 2021, the NZWIHL is made up of four teams:
- Auckland Steel (Auckland)
- Canterbury Inferno (Christchurch)
- Dunedin Thunder Women (Dunedin)
- Wakatipu Wild (Queenstown)
The season is typically made up of 2 weekends of round-robin games, followed by a playoffs series.
The Auckland Steel are one of four ice hockey teams which make up the New Zealand Women’s Ice Hockey League (NZWIHL)
The team was founded in 2014 as part of the inaugural NZWIHL season and have won three championship titles in their history so far.
The Auckland Steel is made up of hard working groups of players coming from various backgrounds and age groups, coming together with a common goal of developing and growing the sport of women’s ice hockey.