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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.

2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division I Group B Officiating

The 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division I Group B was held in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, from 14/4/2019 to 20/4/2019 with Grainge Phillips from Ice Hockey Victoria representing Australia as a Referee. Grainge is attending his first IIHF World Championship and looking to establish himlself as an International official.

Details on the Championship, can be found on the IIHF website at: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm18ib.

Grainge officiated Great Britain vs Slovenia at 0:00 AEST on 15th April 2019, Austria vs Japan at 0:00 AEST on 18th April 2019, and Hungary vs Italy at 0:00 AEST on 20th April 2019.

2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women World Championship Division I Group A Officiating

The 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women World Championship Division I Group A was held in Budapest, Hungary, from 7/4/2019 to 13/4/2019 with Bethany Bowshall from Ice Hockey South Australia representing Australia as a Linesman. Bethany returns to the International arena for her second IIHF World Championship looking to further her prospects as a reliable, long-term International official.

Details on the Championship, can be found on the IIHF website at: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wwia.

Bethany officiated Italy vs Austria at 04:30 AEST on 8th April 2019, Hungary vs Denmark at 01:00 AEST on 11th April 2019, Norway vs Slovakia at 21:30 AEST on 12th April 2019, and Denmark vs Norway at 0:00 AEST on 14th April 2019.

2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women World Championship Division II Group A Officiating

The 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women World Championship Division II Group A was held in Dumfries, Great Britain, from 2/4/2019 to 8/4/2019 with Ainslie Gardner from Ice Hockey Queensland representing Australia as a Referee. Ainslie returns to the International arena for her fifth IIHF World Championship and setting an example on how hard work and dedication can help you achieve your dreams.

Details on the Championship, can be found on the IIHF website at: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wwiia.

Ainslie officiated Mexico vs Spain at 02:30 AEST on 5th April 2019, Great Britain vs Mexico at 06:00 on 6th April 2019, Slovenia vs DPR Korea, and Slovenia vs Mexico at 22:00 AEST on 08 April 2019.

2019 IIHF World Championship Division III Qualification Officiating

The 2019 IIHF World Championship Division III Qualification was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 31/3/2019 to 6/4/2019 with Kent Unwin from Ice Hockey New South Wales representing Australia as a Referee. Kent carried his form from officiating last year’s Goodall Cup (AIHL Grand Final) into the IIHF World Championship arena and showcased the officiating talent within Ice Hockey Australia.

Details on the Championship, can be found on the IIHF website at: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wmiiiq.

Kent officiated Hong Kong vs Kuwait at 19:00 AEST on 1st April 2019, Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Kyrgyzstan at 19:00 AEST on 3rd April 2019, Thailand vs United Arab Emirates at 03:00 AEST on 5th April 2019, and Kuwait vs Thailand at 19:00 on 6th April 2019.