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2018/2019 IIHF Championship Program

The following officials have been assigned to officiate at IIHF World Championships for the 2018/2019 season:

Kent Unwin – Referee at 2019 IIHF World Championship Division III Qualification, UAE, Abu Dhabi, 31/3/2019 to 6/4/2019

Bethany BowshallLinesman at 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship Division I, Group A, Hungary, Budapest, 7/4/2019 to 13/4/2019

Grainge Phillips – Referee at 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship Division I, Group B, in Hungary, Szekesfehervar, 14/4/2019 to 20/4/2019

2018/2019 IIHF Licenses

The following officials have been allocated an IIHF License for the 2018/2019 season:

Referee Linesman
Ainslie Gardner QLD F B Nick Air NSW M C
Robert Love VIC M C Bethany Bowshall SA F B
Grainge Phillips VIC M B Joshua Delle Coste WA M C
Cory Ross WA M B Russell Dow VIC M C
Jeffrey Scott NSW M B Fraser Ohlson VIC M B
Kent Unwin NSW M B Cien Pereira VIC F B
        Mark Peruzzo NSW M B
        Casper Russelhuber VIC M B

Call for new Elected Board Director Nominations

As Ice Hockey Australia transitions to the new structure, we are hereby calling for nominations for the three (3) available elected director positions on the new board to supplement the three current executive members whose terms extend beyond the meetings dates. Those being Clive Connelly, Ken Lambert and Miranda Ransome.  

If more than 3 nominations are received by the due date then a ballot will be held at the AGM.

The term of the newly elected positions will be three (3) years from the 2018 AGM.

The eligibility criteria are detailed in the new constitution which is publicly available at  under IHA Constitution – NEW. 

Applicants need to submit their application including the completed Nomination Form (click here to download), the 200 word summary, and CV by 5pm (AEDT) 17 October 2018 to        

2018 AIHL Finals Officiating

The 2018 AIHL Finals Series was held on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd September 2018 at the O’Brien Group Arena in Melbourne.  Fans were treated to some amazing games of hockey with Semi Final 1 played between CBR Brave and Melbourne Mustangs; Semi Final 2 played between Sydney Bears and Perth Thunder; and the Grand Final played between CBR Brave and Sydney Bears.

Congratulations to Russell Dow, Jeff Klinck, Fraser Ohlson, Chris Parks, Grainge Phillips, Casper Russelhuber, Jeff Scott, and Kent Unwin who were selected to work the 2018 AIHL Finals Series.  Congratulations to Jeff Scott, Kent Unwin, Fraser Ohlson, and Casper Russelhuber who were selected to work the 2018 Goodall Cup game.

Unsung Heroes

The pace of the game continues to get faster and faster every season, and officials have had to change their mindset and work just as hard as players to ensure they can keep up with the game. This has led to a total obsession with fitness and a regimented routine that starts two months prior to the first game of the AIHL season.

Officials train up to five times a week and focus on resistance training to build muscle strength; high intensity interval training to help with burst speed for when the play quickly changes from end to end; endurance training to ensure officials have the stamina to complete an entire game; and core muscle training to tie it all together. Regular review of the IIHF Rule Book and IIHF Officiating Procedures Manual is conducted to refresh and re-focus the mind on game operations. As the start of the season nears, the training program will expand as officials stretch their legs on the ice in local competition games and incorporate inline skating.

Players are built for an all-out 45 second assault on the ice before having a well-earned rest, whereas officials are on the ice the entire game. To be able to step on the ice with the best hockey players in the country you need to be conditioned accordingly and the pre-season training program ensures we are ready on opening night. Once the season starts, recovery is the critical item that ensures officials maintain peak physical and mental performance throughout the season. This includes a diet focus on sports nutrition, thorough hydration between games, post-game protein boost to aid recovery, and remedial massage to keep the body in tip top shape.

During a game, communication is the most important factor for a referee to keep the game under control. There is a fine balance between letting players play the game and keeping them in check. Communication with players during game action and coaches during stoppages can help ease tensions and keep the game moving. We aim to not put ourselves in the game if we don’t have to, however we prefer to set the standard early and then let players showcase their skills. It takes discipline and trust to not over-react when the game is flowing and no penalties are called. For the linesmen, keeping face-offs fair and getting icings and offsides correct are key to keeping the game in check. Linesmen are also called upon to anticipate issues that may be bubbling to the surface between players and get in there quickly to prevent the referee from getting involved. We want fans to see players in their element and not sitting in a penalty box just as much as the players don’t want to be sitting penalties.

Being selected to work the AIHL Finals is a tremendous honour for an official. It means you are regarded as one of the top officials in the league. It’s extremely competitive for officials to make the AIHL Finals and we work just as hard as the teams to earn our spot. Officials are on show throughout the entire season and regular discussions are held with all stakeholders including the AIHL commission, teams, and officiating administration to ensure the right officials are selected. Having the opportunity to officiate the top four teams in the league playing for the Goodall Cup, with the spectators packed into the arena, makes for exciting experience, and we get the best seat in the house to watch the best players in Australia.

As an official, there are no shifts and no time outs. We do this because we love the game, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.