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New Role – Manager – Goaltender Development

IHA requires a highly motivated and organised individual to oversee and coordinate the goaltender specific components of the IHA Player Development Program.  This position will report to the IHA Player Development Director and will also require communication and a strong working relationship with the IHA Coaching Director, High Performance Director and Women’s Director.  This position will require excellent knowledge of the goaltending position with high level playing and/or coaching experience considered an asset.  In addition, excellent skills in communication, organisation and management will be required. As with all of our directors, this is a volunteer role.

The specific duties include:

Implementation of a National Goaltender Development Program that aligns with the IHA National Player Development Framework and the IHA High Performance Program.

Assist the National Coaching Director with the implementation of a goaltender specific coaching program as well as improvements or additions to the overall National Coaching Program with respect to goaltending

Work with relevant IHA directors to establish a goaltender talent identification program

Ensure each member State has a suitably qualified goaltending coach to implement programs locally.

Work with member States to ensure local goaltender programs align with IHA objectives and meet world standards.

Advise IHA, member States, and goaltending coaches of new strategies and developments with respect to goaltending.

Serve as convenor and chair of the National Goaltender Coaching Council.

 

All applications are to be emailed to the General Secretary, Ice Hockey Australia – gensec@iha.org.au no later than May 5, 2017

 

Australia wins silver at 2017 men’s World Champs

 

Australia were guaranteed at least silver after winning their final match 3-0 against Belgium. Picture: Sorin Pana/IIHF.com

Australia have claimed the silver medal from their 2017 World Championships campaign in Galati, Romania.

Finishing the Division 2 Group A World Championships with a 3-0 win over Belgium, it was a nervous wait for Australia, who needed Spain, who had only recorded one win in the tournament, to beat the home side Romania.

But the relegated Spain couldn’t turn in a stunning upset and were defeated 6-0 to send Romania into Division 1 Group B for 2018.

The Mighty Roos were clinical against Belgium with a goal in each period to secure the win.

Cameron Todd scored his first two goals of the tournament while Chris Wong opened his World Championships goal scoring account.

Australia score a goal against Iceland earlier in the tournament. Picture: Razvan Pasarica / IIHF.com

But the big story was Anthony Kimlin, turning away 30 shots to record a shutout and finish Australia’s tournament in style.

The Mighty Roos had a tremendous tournament with four wins and a loss after winning promotion from Division 2 Group B last season.

Starting with a 4-3 overtime win over Serbia, Australia edged Iceland 3-2 and Spain 5-3 before falling to a 5-1 loss to Romania.

Romania, who had lost 2-0 against Iceland earlier in the tournament, left the door open for Australia and required a win of any kind in their final match to secure.

For Australia, Anthony Kimlin was key with four man of the match performances throughout the tournament as he finished with a 0.919% save percentage with 2.59 goal against average. He also registered the competition’s second shutout and faced the most shots in the tournament (160 shots with 147 saves). He claimed the award for Australia’s player of the tournament and was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament, the third time he has won the award since 2013.

Anthony Kimlin in action. Picture: Cristian Aurel

Josef Rezek (5 goals, 1 assist) led the way with goals, while Lliam Webster (7 assists) topped the point scoring for Australia.

The result sees Australia remain in Division 2 Group A where they will renew pleasantries with Belgium, Iceland and Serbia, as well as the winner of the Division 2 Group B tournament, which looks like it will be the undefeated China after their match against Mexico later today, and the lowest ranked team in the Division 1 Group B tournament held between April 23-29. The location of the next event will be named later this year.

Congratulations to the Mighty Roos – you have made Australia proud!

Thank you to the fans who were at the rink in Romania. Picture: Sorin Pana / IIHF.com

2017 Women’s World Championship IB Officiating

The 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship Division I Group B is gearing up in Katowice, Poland, with Ainslie Gardner from Ice Hockey Victoria representing Australia as a Referee.  Ainslie has been diligently working on her officiating skills and returns to the International scene ready to tackle allocated games in this higher division.  Ainslie is ready showcase the officiating talent within Ice Hockey Australia and further develop her International officiating career.

Details on the Championship, can be found on the IIHF website at: http://www.iihf.com/competition/606/.  Make sure you tune into the LiveStream at http://www.iihf.com/competition/606/live-stream/ and support Ainslie.

Ainslie is currently scheduled to officiate China vs Kazakhstan at 00:30 AEST on Sunday 9th April, Slovakia vs Italy at 00:30 AEST on Monday 10th April, Latvia vs Kazakhstan at 00:30 AEST on Wednesday 12th April, and Kazakhstan vs Italy at 21:00 on Friday 14th April.

Female Officiating Shines Bright

Over the weekend of the 11th and 12th March, the Sydney Sirens played host to the 2017 AWIHL Finals Series.  In what will go down as one of the most exciting games of ice hockey witnessed in a very long time, the Sydney Sirens won the Joan McKeown Trophy and their first AWIHL Final.  Unbeknownst to most people in the jam-packed Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink, another first for the AWIHL was quietly working away ensuring both teams had an equal opportunity to take home the gold.  This first was also a long time in the making.

The number of female officials across the country has been slowly increasing over the past few years and their dedication to their craft resulted in three IIHF accredited officials for the 2016-2017 IIHF year – Ainslie Gardner (Referee), Beth Bowshall (Linesman), Cien Pereira (Linesman).  Based on their performances throughout the season, and recognising the opportunity to have three IIHF accredited officials present at the Finals Series, all three officials were selected for the AWIHL showpiece.

The three officials worked together during Semi-Final 1 and were rewarded for their efforts with the Gold Medal game.  The importance of the occasion of having three female officials officiating in a AWIHL Gold Medal game was not lost on the three officials and they performed spectacularly in this history making event for the AWIHL.

2017 World Championship IIB Officiating

The 2017 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B has kicked off in Auckland, New Zealand, with Nick Lee from Ice Hockey ACT representing Australia as a Linesman.  Nick has been working hard locally to prepare for his first International assignment and is ready showcase the officiating talent within Ice Hockey Australia and develop his International officiating career.

Details on the Championship, can be found on the IIHF website at: http://www.iihf.com/competition/601/statistics/.

Nick is currently scheduled to officiate Turkey vs New Zealand at 18:00 AEST on Tuesday 4th April, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea vs Turkey at 14:30 AEST on Wednesday 5th April, and New Zealand vs Mexico at 18:00 AEST on Sunday 9th April, and China vs Mexico at 14:30 AEST on Monday 10th April.