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In this episode, Michael Del Zotto of the Columbus Blue Jackets joins us to discuss life in the NHL bubble, training and nutrition tips, playing for John Tortorella, how players can improve their conditioning and hockey skills with Virtual Hockey and much more.

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Level-Up: Ice Hockey Australia Podcast Series

we are pleased to bring you our new podcast series, Level-Up, where professional players, coaches, and game insiders share unique stories, insights and tips to help you Level-Up your game. 

In our first episode, we chat with former NHL player Mike Zigomanis about his 14-year career, from winning the Stanley Cup and life after hockey. Mike also shares valuable training and development tips that you can apply to Level-Up your game.

We hope you enjoy the episode and we’d love to hear your feedback. 

Level-Up Episode 1: Featuring Mike Zigomanis

In this episode, we chat with former NHL player Mike Zigomanis about his 14-year career, most memorable highlights and life after hockey. Mike also shares valuable training and development tips to help you Level-Up your game.

IHA to host a Virtual National Officiating Seminar

Ice Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the inaugural Virtual National Officiating Seminar.

The seminar will be hosted between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm EST on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February 2021 via Microsft Teams.

The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Four Official System
  • Game Management
  • IIHF World Juniors Review
  • Interference On The Goaltender
  • Coincident Penalties
  • IHA Officiating Standards (Casebook)
  • IIHF Licensing 2022

Further details on the seminar will be provided in the registration confirmation email. If you have any questions or issues with registration, please email

IHA would like to acknowledge the support of Ice Hockey NSW, hosting the in-person component of this seminar.

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Ice Hockey Australia Announces Tarah Rocha as Executive Officer

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) is pleased to announce Tarah Rocha’s appointment as the new Executive Officer, who will assist in all administrative duties associated with the sport’s future growth and development.

Tarah is an accomplished executive and business manager with national and international business operations experience, including administration, IT, and human resources.

Key outcomes in the role:

Tarah will work closely with the IHA Board of Directors, and Member Associations to deliver a range of key outcomes, including:

  • Be the primary contact for all inquiries to Ice Hockey Australia.
  • Be the point of liaison between the Board and the Member Associations.
  • Assist the Board with preparation and submission applications and reports, execution of the Strategic Plan and day-to-day operational tasks.
  • Support the administrative requirements for the player registration system (eSportsdesk).
  • Assist with administrative duties for national team managers, championship managers and Directors.

Tarah is currently studying Information Technology at La Trobe University and has previously held positions as General Manager of Operations at Rainbow Yoga Training and Retail Business Manager at Hayman Island.

Tarah will be replacing Jackie Scott in the role, which Jackie has held for the last two years. IHA Vice President, Jimmy Dufour, thanked Jackie on behalf of the IHA Board “for her outstanding work and commitment to the role and wished her all the best in the future.” Jimmy also said that “the IHA Board is excited at Tarah’s appointment as she brings not only outstanding credentials to the role but also a personal passion for health and wellness, making her a valuable addition to IHA”.

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Ice Hockey Australia: 2021 Anti-Doping Policy

Ice hockey Australia has recently approved it’s 2021 Anti-Doping Policy which came into effect on 1 January 2021.

The ice hockey anti-doping policy is consistent with the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy and can be found on the Sport Integrity Australia website

All members, participants and non-participants in the sport of ice hockey are bound by these rules. This includes athletes, support personnel and employees whose employment contracts enables this.

It is important that all members understand their obligations under the new policy. Changes include a new anti-doping rule violation of retaliation, a category of athletes that is lower-level and flexibility related to sanctioning for certain levels of athletes/participants.

You can find a copy of the new 2021 Anti-Doping Policy on the IHA website,or visit Sport Integrity Australia for more information.