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Vale Tim Frampton – Former President and Head Commissioner, AIHL

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tim Frampton, former President and Head Commissioner of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).
 
Tim joined the AIHL as President from 2006 and served in that role until the AGM in late 2011.
 

Tim’s skills as a friendly and pragmatic negotiator were crucial to maintaining unity in a turbulent period for the AIHL. 

Tim oversaw the launch of the first official AIHL webpage and social media program for the AIHL and recruited a number of key board members, including Alexandra Hamilton (nee Lata).

During Tim’s time as President, and then as Head Commissioner of the AIHL, the league hosted increasingly high-profile finals series, including 2006 in Adelaide, 2007 in Penrith in Sydney West (the first to do live video streaming), 2008 and 2009 in Newcastle and 2010 and 2011 in Melbourne at the new facility in Docklands.

Tim saw great potential in the League, seeking out partnerships throughout Australia and in New Zealand, and was pivotal in the expansion of the league into Western Australia and the inclusion of the Melbourne Mustangs in 2011-12.

Hockey wasn’t Tim’s only sporting passion. He used his experience to work with the Football Federation of Victoria and Swimming Victoria in management roles. Outside of work hours, he loved playing cricket throughout the Melbourne summers for the Deepdene Uniting Cricket Club.

Tim is survived by his wife Robyn, and three children Liam, James and Alannah. He also leaves behind him years of wonderful memories and friendships from his professional and sporting life.

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Job opening: Ice Hockey Australia Executive Officer

Job description: 

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) is the official national governing body of ice hockey in Australia. An opportunity exists for an experienced Executive Officer (EO) to assist the IHA Executive in all administrative duties associated with the future growth and development of the sport.

Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors, the EO will;

  • Be the primary contact for inquiries to Ice Hockey Australia.
  • Maintain proper records, organise and take minutes at IHA meetings.
  • Maintain the Board action list and assist with the recruitment process of volunteer roles.
  • Be the point of liaison between the Board and the Member Associations.
  • Assist the Board with preparation & submission of applications & reports to our governing bodies.
  • Support National Team Managers, National Championship Manager and Portfolio Directors with administrative support & ensure compliance to regulations.
  • Manage the administrative process for International Transfers of incoming/outgoings players.
  • Assist with finance processes including issuing invoices & processing invoices for payments.
  • Support administrative requirements in the player registration system (eSportsdesk).

About you

We are looking for a highly organised, self-starter that possesses great communication skills and thrives on the challenge of multi-tasking. We need someone that can demonstrate how they have built strong professional relationships and have experience in managing multiple stakeholders.  

The role is autonomous, and you will need to show how effective time management has enabled you to meet obligations in your previous roles. You will bring strong administrative experience and must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, Xero and PayPal. Previous experience in sport management is desirable but not essential.

About the role

The hours of work are primarily Monday to Friday (38 hours per week), with regular after-hours meetings that you will be required to attend and take minutes. The IHA Board and Executive are all volunteers and are located throughout Australia. The role requirements will be managed through flexible work hours or time in lieu.

This role can be based anywhere in Australia and will be permanently working from home.

Based on your experience, the salary range for this role is between $55,000-60,000 per annum.

About us

Ice Hockey Australia is the official national governing body of ice hockey in Australia and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It was first established in 1908, making it one of the oldest national ice hockey associations in the world. The purpose of Ice Hockey Australia is to encourage, promote, control and administer all forms of ice hockey in and throughout Australia in conjunction with our Member Associations, for the mutual and collective benefit of the members and sport itself. More information about Ice Hockey Australia can be found at the website www.iha.org.au.

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How to apply

Applications must include a cover letter, resume & contact details of two professional references, and emailed to office@iha.org.au. We encourage you to apply immediately as we anticipate shortlisting within 1-2 weeks of advertising. Applications will close on December 18 2020, if not earlier.

For more information, please contact:

Jackie Scott
0477 799 383

IIHF Council announces more cancellations

This article was originally posted on the IIHF website.

The IIHF Council decided unanimously today to initiate another series of tournament cancellations for the 2020/21 season, following recommendations of the IIHF COVID-19 Expert Group.

With the exception of the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship and the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, all 2020/21 tournaments in the lower division men’s senior, women’s senior, and men’s U18 categories have been cancelled.

In all, 18 tournaments will be impacted by the cancellations, bringing the total number of cancelled tournaments in the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program to 28.

As in the September meeting, the IIHF Council followed the Expert Group’s recommendations that cited major concerns over the ability of these event hosts to operate a tournament in a safe environment, and without risk of financial loss should the tournament be cancelled or a participant fall ill.

In addition to the report produced by the COVID-19 Expert Group, last week the IIHF Event Department conducted championship meetings of all remaining events. While the motivation to play remains high, the tournament organizers and participating teams provided some key takeaways that supplemented the Expert Group’s report.

  • Because of local government rules or travel restrictions for participating teams the organisation of championships is currently impossible
  • Few organisers could present sufficient implementation of the COVID-19 rules and how to host the tournaments safely
  • A potential quarantine before and after the tournament is for many Member National Associations (MNAs) a reason to withdraw, as players must be able to fulfil work or job duties
  • The ongoing travel restrictions and the financial risk due to quarantine is not sustainable for most of the MNAs
  • In most of the U18 divisions, teams are having difficulties convincing parents for sending players to the Championship
  • If promotion and/or relegation is not possible due to other cancellations, MNAs do not wish for their tournament to be played

“During the last Council meeting we agreed that to require each tournament host to operate a competition ’bubble‘ was not a practical request for most organizers outside of the top divisions,” said IIHF President René Fasel. “The capability of these organizers to hold a tournament has been reduced significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the IIHF does not have the resources necessary to properly supervise the safe operation of these tournaments.”

“What we can do is to shield these tournament organizers and the participating teams from potentially devastating financial losses, by taking the unpleasant but necessary step to initiate these cancellations now before travel plans and arena preparations begin.”

“As much as we regret to have to take this decision, this is about survival and the protection of our members.” 

The IIHF Council and the COVID-19 Expert Group will reconvene in January 2021 to review the status of the next two upcoming tournaments after the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship: the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship and the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Men’s U18 World Championship.

Olympic Qualifiers postponed 

The latest COVID-19 cancellations have also impacted the qualification program for the 2022 Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey tournament in Beijing, China. 

The Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualification tournament has already been postponed and will be scheduled to play in August 2021, while Round 2 of the Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualification will be moved to October 2021. The Final Olympic Qualification tournament, initially scheduled to take place in August, will be moved to November, pending confirmation from the International Olympic Committee. 

The Men’s Olympic Final Qualification, remains on-schedule to take place from 26-29 August 2021.

On further news for Beijing 2022, the IIHF had previously determined that the 2020 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A and the 2021 Women’s World Championship Division I Group B would have served as test events for the Olympic Games. Prior to the cancellation of these tournaments, the IOC announced that an adapted sports testing program will be devised for ice hockey and other Olympic sports for 2022. 

Following the IIHF Council decision, the following 2020/21 IIHF World Championship tournaments have been cancelled: 

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division I, Group A
9 – 15 May 2021 SLOVENIA, Ljubljana

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division I, Group B
26 Apr – 02 May 2021 – POLAND, Katowice

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division II, Group A
10 – 16 Apr 2021 – CHINA, Beijing

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division II, Group B
18 – 24 Apr 2021 – ICELAND, Reykjavik

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division III, Group A
18 – 24 Apr 2021 – LUXEMBOURG, Kockelscheuer

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division III, Group B
19 – 22 Apr 2021 – SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division IV
8 – 14 Mar 2021 – KYRGYZSTAN, Bishkek

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division I, Group A 
18-24 April 2021 – FRANCE, Angers

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division I, Group B
8-14 Apr 2021 – CHINA, Beijing

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division II, Group A
10 – 16 Apr 2021 – SPAIN, Jaca

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division II, Group B
7 – 13 Mar 2021 – CROATIA, Zagreb

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division III
15 – 21 Mar 2021 – LITHUANIA, Kaunas

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division I, Group A
5 – 11 Apr 2021 – SLOVAKIA, Spisska Nova Ves

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division I, Group B
18 – 25 Apr 2021 – ITALY, Asiago

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division II, Group A
4 – 10 Apr 2021 – ESTONIA, Tallinn

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division II, Group B
21 – 27 Mar 2021 – BULGARIA, Sofia

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division III, Group A
29 Mar – 04 Apr 2021 – TURKEY, Istanbul

2021 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division III, Group B
28 Mar – 03 Apr 2021 – LUXEMBOURG, Kockelscheuer

Contact

If you have any questions please contact Ice Hockey Australia via office@iha.org.au.

EOI – IHA NATIONAL OFFICIATING MANAGER

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) requires a highly skilled individual with proven management and organisational skills to fill the position of National Officiating Manager.

The traditional role of the IHA RIC was split into 2 positions last year to better meet the objectives of IHA to grow this vital part of our sport and develop our officiating capabilities. Having filled the National Officiating Performance Manager role, IHA is again seeking an individual committed to supporting and administering IHA’s direction and objectives for officiating.

Role description
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Contact

All applications are to be emailed to the Executive Officer, Ice Hockey Australia office@iha.org.au no later than December 18, 2020.

Cancellation – National Development Camps Jan 2021

COVID-19 has again affected one of IHA’s key activities being our National Development Camps. In addition to the continuing uncertainty around travel due to travel restrictions, the limitations on numbers allowed for group accommodation has meant that we are unable to run the January camps for 2021.

While this is disappointing news, we are excited to announce we will be running ‘virtual camps’ for both age groups. The camps will be hosted online in the weeks from 3rd January to 18th January 2021. Exact dates and details will soon be available.

The virtual camps will be free of charge to attend, and we are looking forward to bringing you some amazing development tools, information and resources.

If you have any questions, please Ice Hockey Australia via office@iha.org.au.