Defence Force Ice Hockey Connection

History was made in Adelaide when, for the first time, all officials in an ice hockey competition were not only Air Force members but all Flight Lieutenants (FLTLTs).

FLTLTS Brown, Parks and Cunningham

The first all-Defence officials team, from left, FLTLT Mitchell Brown, FLTLT Chris Parks, and FLTLT Peter Cunningham.

The Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) match, between the Sydney Ice Dogs and Adelaide Adrenaline on 23 June 2019, was officiated by Australian Defence Force Ice Hockey Association members FLTLTs Mitchell Brown, Christopher Parks, and Pete Cunningham.

The FLTLTs are all maritime patrol and response officers at RAAF Base Edinburgh. Due to the high deployment rate of our defence personnel, the unlikely occurrence of having all three officials being available and rostered on, only occurred in this match.

ADF Ice Hockey Association secretary FLTLT Cunningham said the game was highly physical, giving the crowd plenty to cheer about and the officials no shortage of work. “The speed and skill demonstrated by both teams highlighted the exciting level of ice hockey on show in Australia,” he said.

Game referee FLTLT Chris Parks said it was always a great time officiating at the top level of Australian ice hockey. “It wasn’t until after the game we realised we had just been the first all-Defence officials team for the AIHL, and making it even more unique was that we are all maritime patrol and response officers,” he said.

Congratulations on making history, and thank you for your service to our community, both in ice hockey and in the Defence Force.