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Board update regarding National Hockey Super League (NHSL)

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA), the National Governing Body of ice hockey in Australia wishes to inform the hockey community including but not limited to, the IHA members and/or delegates, all coaches, managers, administrative staff and officials, that the National Hockey Super League (NHSL) based in South Australia (SA) is not affiliated with, or sanctioned by, Ice Hockey Australia (IHA).

As an unsanctioned league by the (IHA), the NHSL is entirely responsible for their own oversight, governance, and insurance, and confirms that the IHA has no regulatory authority over this competition.

Any IHA members that choose to participate in the NHSL do so without the backing or support of the IHA or its partners including insurers and will not be covered by IHA in the event of any unforeseen incidents that may arise within the NHSL competition.

Regards,

Grove Bennett
President, IHA

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IHA Participation in the 2022 IIHF World Championships

September 27th, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject: IHA participation in the 2022 IIHF World Championships

The year 2021 will go down in history as one of the most unprecedented and challenging years for sport of modern times. Ice Hockey Australia was looking forward to sending our very first Australian teams overseas since the COVID-19 pandemic to compete in the International Ice Hockey  Federation (IIHF) World Championships.

However, with the nearing deadline required by IIHF on our decision, following the recent Australian Federal Governments’ position on international travel and after further consultation and review from our IHA Chief Medical Officer, guidance from the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) and additional discussions with our coaches; The Board weighed up our Australian team’s participation versus the risks associated with international travel and have decided to withdraw our participation from the Men’s U20 and Women’s U18, 2022 IIHF World Championships scheduled for January 2022.

Our decision was based on the following:

The current ban on international travel in place for Australia and Federal Government advice remains at “Do not travel due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel” (https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19- and-travel).

Current requirements for a 14-day quarantine period for all returning residents into Australia, incurring significant added financial costs for all travellers and causing unreasonable extended travel times away from the everyday livelihood, and families for our players, coaching staff, and officials to participate in these international events.

The current situation in Australia due to COVID-19, along with the associated lockdowns, border closures and the unpredictable changing domestic travel constraints so far have significantly affected our IHA training camps, team selections and team

A decision regarding our participation in the IIHF Men’s, Women’s, and Men’s U18 championships will be made over the upcoming weeks. As these tournaments are scheduled for March and April of 2022, we remain hopeful that the COVID-19 restrictions in Australia will further ease with the State Government’s reaching their anticipated double vaccination targets before the end of the year.

We really hope that even under difficult circumstances that we are still able to send the first Australian teams overseas in time to compete, as we all know that it is through the power of sport where the rebuilding of human connection through team camaraderie, rivalries, true sportsmanship and shared love and passion for our game, can contribute to the healing and help bring the world together again.

Sincerely

Grove Bennett
President / Director
Ice Hockey Australia

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2021-22 AWIHL season cancelled 

Announcement Regarding Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) 2021-22 Season

Earlier this year Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) met with our State Presidents, the IHA National Women’s Director, the AWIHL Commissioner, and key stakeholders to discuss our ability to hold our AWIHL season for 2021-22. 

On account of their never-ending enthusiasm, the AWIHL Clubs continued to meet monthly to forge ahead with plans and provide varying options with the hope of navigating a pathway for our players to get back out on the ice for an AWIHL season.

A short time ago the AWIHL clubs met and discussed the extended lockdowns in some States, the continued uncertainty regarding safety and travel within Australia, and to assess the risks to our members and our sport.

After consideration of all the potential effects, it is with great regret that we confirm the difficult decision was made to cancel the 2021-22 AWIHL season.

As the pandemic continues to impose such harsh consequences, we are disappointed for our States and clubs, our players, the sponsors and all of the AWIHL supporters and fans.

Notwithstanding the cancellation, we are very excited to announce that two important events are being planned in anticipation of our return to the ice.

The first event is the Melbourne Invitational, which will be open to any AWIHL club who is willing and able to travel to Melbourne.  The second is an AWIHL Pre-Season event, with all 5 clubs meeting in Adelaide for a full weekend of games.  Please see the details below:

  • Melbourne Invitational
    12-14 March 2022
    O’Brien Icehouse, Melbourne
  • AWIHL Pre-season Event
    11-13 June 2022
    IceArenA, Adelaide

IHA and the AWIHL will continue to do everything possible to bring you these AWIHL events, in addition to planning our 2022-23 season launch.

Kind regards,

Kylie Taylor
IHA Women’s Portfolio Director
Ice Hockey Australia

Press Release – IHA appoints new President and Vice President

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) Organisation Update – Mr Grove Bennett appointed as new President and Dr Ryan O’Handley appointed as new Vice President

Sydney Australia – Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) is pleased to announce Mr Grove Bennett as President and Dr Ryan O’Handley as Vice President of the Board of Directors effective 14th September 2021.

IHA Board of Director Update At the IHA Board meeting on 14 September 2021 Mr Grove Bennett was appointed as President along with Dr Ryan O’Handley as Vice President.

Mr Jimmy Dufour has resigned as Vice President and Director of IHA effective 14 September 2021.

“We would like to thank Jimmy for his many years of service to IHA and wish him all the best in his future endeavours” stated Mr Grove Bennett (IHA) President.

About Ice Hockey Australia
Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) is the official national governing body of ice hockey in Australia and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. It was first established in 1908, making it one of the oldest national ice hockey associations in the world and governs an eight-team, semi-professional league, known as the Australian Ice Hockey League.

For further information, please contact:
Grove Bennet
President, Ice Hockey Australia
+61 488 428 808
office@iha.org.au

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) Appoints Ms. Shae Gañac and Mr. Grove Bennett as Board Directors

2nd September 2021

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) appoints Ms. Shae Gañac and Mr. Grove Bennett as Board Directors

Sydney, AUSTRALIA – Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) is pleased to announce Ms. Shae Gañac and Mr. Grove Bennett as Board Directors of IHA effective 31st August 2021.

Ms. Shae Gañac

IHA is pleased to announce that Ms. Shae Gañac has been appointed as a Director of IHA, filling one of our recently vacated Elected Director positions with 2 years remaining.

“I am incredibly excited to be appointed and thank Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) for the opportunity of joining the IHA Board of Directors. I look forward to contributing towards achieving its goals and in continuing to develop as a progressive and successful winter sport in Australia. To one day see our Australian athletes don the green and gold on the Olympic stage, amongst the worlds best and achieve sustained competitive success, is a vision that I would love to someday witness become a reality.” – Shae Gañac

Shae comes to the Board with excellent hockey credentials including being a 6-time AWIHL Champion, having won a gold medal with the Philippines Women’s National Team at the IIHF Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia, and having held numerous positions on Member and Club boards dating back to 2005. In addition to her hockey experience, Shae’s professional career has led to working with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia.

Mr. Grove Bennett

IHA is pleased to announce that Mr. Grove Bennett has been appointed as a Director of IHA, filling one of our recently vacated Elected Director positions with 2 years remaining.

Grove brings a wealth of high-level professional experience including having served as Chairman, President and CFO on publicly listed companies. Grove’s strengths are in leadership, communication, developing ownership & strategic development through planning, integration and maintenance that is for the benefit of the collective group and in line with a shared vision.

Grove comes from a strong hockey lineage, having played and coached for many years, and previously taking on the role of General Manager of the Melbourne Ice (AIHL). In addition, he has volunteered his time focusing on grassroots development whilst acting as Delegate for the Board for one of our MAs and its clubs.

“The opportunity to work with and represent IHA as a Director is truly an honour and humbling. IHA has such a long history filled with success on and off the ice, our nations pride and desires to accomplish dreams and goals punching way above our international ice hockey weight class is an inspiration to us all. It will be challenging to continue to build upon the legacy that has been established to date, yet crucial to our national teams’ approach to strive for even greater success.” – Grove Bennett.

Mr. Jimmy Dufour, Vice President of IHA stated:

“The additions of Shae and Grove further strengthen our Board, the vast experience and knowledge that they bring is integral to the continued success of our sport on a national level. With the recent addition of Dr. Ryan O’Handley a few weeks ago, I am more confident every day that we are better positioned to provide the necessary direction and leadership that is expected of our board.”

About: Ice Hockey Australia

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) is the official national governing body of ice hockey in Australia and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. It was first established in 1908, making it one of the oldest national ice hockey associations in the world and governs an eight-team, semi-professional league, known as the Australian Ice Hockey League.