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Expressions of Interest and nominations are being called for the critical role of League Commissioner for the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL). This is a two-year appointment for upcoming seasons 2022-23 and 2023-24.

The Commissioner is responsible for the coordination, administration and general supervision of the AWIHL and the provision of advice regarding enquiries on regulations and/or the operation of the league. The Commissioner is appointed by the AWIHL Board with the authorisation of Ice Hockey Australia and works with the IHA Referee in Chief and the IHA Women’s Director to ensure the smooth operation of the league.

Specific duties include:

  • Liaise with the IHA Referee in Chief and IHA Women’s Director to the ensure good governance and smooth operation of the AWIHL under the jurisdiction of IHA;
  • Manage communication between AWIHL teams and other stakeholders;
  • Ensure compliance with AWIHL Regulations;
  • Ensure each AWIHL team management are providing satisfactory leadership, planning and
  • organisation, control and succession for their Club;
  • Plan and coordinate the pre-game meetings on AWIHL Finals weekends;
  • Plan and coordinate the AWIHL AGM to be held prior to 30 June each year

If you are good with people management, have fantastic communication and coordination skills and a genuine love of hockey we’d love to hear from you.

Details of the role and nomination form can be found here: AWIHL League Commissioner

By applying, it is assumed that you will uphold the IHA relevant Code of Conduct at all times and be familiar with the AWIHL and elite women’s hockey in Australia.

Please submit the nomination form to the IHA Women’s Director at by FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH 2022.


Expressions of Interest are being called for the critical role of Team Manager for the IHA National Men’s Team to manage the off-ice team operations and travel with the team for the 2022-23 Trans-Tasman Series and upcoming World Championships.

Teams include: Trans-Tasman Series 2022-23, IIHF World Championships, Madrid, Spain, 2023

If you have experience in Ice Hockey Team Management or transferable skills here, and ideally have international travel experience and this sounds like a role you would love to get stuck into, we would love to hear from you!

Details of the role here: Team Manager – National Men’s Team

By applying, it is assumed that you will uphold the IHA relevant Code of Conduct at all times and be an excellent ambassador for Australia if successful in selection.

We are committed to honouring our past, succeeding in the present and shaping a prosperous future for our IHA high-performance men.

We look forward to receiving your application by MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH 2022.

Australia vs. New Zealand Trans-Tasman Ice Hockey Challenge Announcement

Australia and New Zealand are set to do battle in the Trans-Tasman Ice Hockey Challenge when the Mighty Roos host the Ice Blacks at O’Brien Icehouse in Melbourne this November.

Ice Hockey Australia confirmed the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation accepted the invitation, and challenge, to play in Melbourne for the first time in eleven years, in a special three-game series on November 4, 5 and 6 2022.

“We are thrilled to have international ice hockey back in Australia, and we all know the fierce sporting rivalry that exists between our two nations, so it promises to be a very competitive series,” said Ryan O’Handley, President of Ice Hockey Australia.

The most recent games between the Mighty Roos and the Ice Blacks were part of a three games series in 2019 at the New Zealand Winter Games in Queenstown, with the Ice Blacks winning the series 2-1. The last time the teams met in Australia was at the World Championships in Melbourne in September 2011, with the Mighty Roos winning 2-0.

“It is great to have tremendous sport back up and running in Australia after such a long disruption, and being able to play at what is considered by many to be the best facility of its type in the southern hemisphere, will add to the showcase and the atmosphere,” added Ryan.

After a three-year break from international ice hockey, the Ice Blacks are keen to resume the rivalry and happy to be coming to Australia for the first time in more than a decade.

“While we have great respect for each other, the rivalry is strongest when we play Australia, and we will strive to ensure we come away with the Trans-Tasman Trophy again. All players have missed the opportunity to represent their country in recent years, so come November it is sure to be game on,” said Andy Mills, President of the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation.

The three-game series will add to the growing number of ice sports events being held at O’Brien Icehouse with competitions returning in 2022.

“We have been delighted to have national competitions back this year and to host the three-match international series between Australia and New Zealand is a great opportunity and reinforces the venue as the home of ice hockey in Australia,” said Lee Gordon, General Manager at O’Brien Icehouse.

Trans-Tasman Ice Hockey Challenge 2022

Australia (Mighty Roos) v New Zealand (Ice Blacks)

O’Brien Icehouse, Docklands

Three Games: Friday November 4, Saturday November 5 and Sunday November 6, 2022

Tickets for each game will go on sale in early September.


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Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) is pleased to announce that during the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) two new board members have been elected by IHA Members to the IHA Board of Directors. Christine Harman has been elected to a full three-year term, and Kathryn Rogers is filling a casual vacancy and has been appointed to a one-year term. Furthermore, Vice President/Acting President Dr Ryan O’Handley was voted in unanimously as IHA President.

Christine Harman is an experienced sports and events executive, holding roles with Cricket Australia including involvement with the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

“I am passionate about the power of sport to make a positive difference in the lives of people and communities,” Christine said. “I have a particularly keen interest in female engagement in sport in every aspect – whether in high-performance, management, participation, and fans.”

Kathryn Rogers is an experienced Human Resources Manager with familiarity with elite sporting environments. In addition to being a board representative for multiple South Australian community sporting clubs, she was Team Manager of the Adelaide Thunderbirds, a member of Suncorp Super Netball (SSN), for three years.

Kathryn has also represented Netball Australia as the Match Delegate for all South Australian SSN matches for the last five years.

IHA President Dr Ryan O’Handley commented on the two new board members, saying they are “two of the most professional, experienced people in the sporting community. The fact that they put their hands up to be elected is a credit to our sport.

“We needed the skill sets that both of these individuals have. This is a fantastic, professional board, I’m really excited about working with this group of people” Dr O’Handley stated.

The appointments mean that five of the seven IHA board members are women.

“It shows just how far this sport has come over the years, we are a sport for everyone”, Dr O’Handley said. “Because we are open to everyone, we have had highly professional and competent women apply for these roles, and full credit to our members for electing them. It really indicates that we’re going in the right direction.”

Regarding his own unanimous appointment as IHA President, Dr O’Handley said that the experience has been humbling.

“I’ve been working with most of the members in some capacity for a long time and gotten to know them really well. To have them vote unanimously that they want you to represent them as president is humbling, it’s a big honour personally.”

According to Dr O’Handley, the future for the sport is bright. “I feel that Australia has significant talent in our sport here. We would like to take our programs at all levels, our competitions, and our national teams to the next level. If we can get everyone working together, I’m confident we can accomplish great things.”

Current Board
President – Dr Ryan O’Handley
Vice President – TBC (vacant from Dr O’Handley)
Secretary – Jane Woodlands-Thompson
Treasurer – Rachel Kogiopoulos
Director – Shae Gañac
Director – Michael Juste
Director – Christine Harman
Director – Kathryn Rogers

For further information, please reach out to

By Gordon Goodenough August 9, 2022 – SYDNEY, New South Wales



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RE: Kurt DeFris National Tournament Gold Medal Match 2022

The Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) Board is working with Ice Hockey New South Wales (IHNSW), Ice Hockey Western Australia (IHWA), IHA’s Tournament Director, IHA Referee
in Chief, the DeFris National Tournament Match Officials and other relevant parties to investigate on ice incidents that occurred late in the match DeFris Tournament Gold Medal Match on Sunday.

There is no place for violence of this nature, nor verbal abuse towards officials and game participants in
our underage tournaments. Behaviour of such kind is disgraceful and unacceptable and IHA strongly condemns it, and will not tolerate it. IHA National Underage Tournaments should be a safe and respectful environment for all participants and spectators.

IHA is fully aware of the seriousness of events that transpired between players and team officials from
both competing teams, and is providing the appropriate level of support to its people as the matter is
As an organisation and community, we must live up to our values, including:
• The importance of acting with honesty and INTEGRITY at all times
• Provide a positive ice hockey experience in a SAFE, sportsmanlike environment, and
• Promote physical and mental HEALTH AND WELLBEING through ice hockey;
And it is up to us to call out dangerous and anti-social behaviour when it occurs.

Ice Hockey Australia will make no further statement or comment until a comprehensive investigation of
the identified behaviours is complete.