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Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) and the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation (NZIHF) are the national sporting organisations (NSO) of their respective countries and the associations responsible for the organization of International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) sanctioned ice hockey in Australia and New Zealand.

IHA and the NZIHF have partnered together over many years to support each other’s national hockey associations and their sanctioned players, leagues, officials, events and their National Championship teams to showcase the talents of the top players at all divisions in both countries.

2022 will see IHA and the NZIHF come together like never before. The two national bodies have agreed to a Trans-Tasman All Star game at the conclusion of their respective IHA and NZIHL National League competitions this season. The event will bring two great hockey communities together after a tough COVID restricted 2 years that will bring international competition and fans back to our arenas.

“I’m delighted to be working so closely with Andy Mills, NZIHF President, to enhance our on and off-ice capabilities. Andy is a strong supporter of IHA as we are to the NZIHF; our collective desire is to see our two countries thrive as hockey nations, fostering increased growth and opportunities. In addition to the Trans-Tasman All-Star game, which will simply be spectacular for our players and our fans, we are partnering together with referee swaps, training camps and marketing. We believe that we have an opportunity to improve our players and our on and off-ice officials like never before, with a goal to see our nationally certified coaches and officials reach the IIHF international standards to represent their country at future world championship events. 2022 will be fantastic year and a start to an increased level of partnership and support for our two countries” stated Grove Bennett, President IHA.

“The Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) and the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL) have been in operation for 20 and 15 years respectively (not including Covid restricted seasons). Both leagues are the premier senior men’s ice hockey leagues in their respective nations and share many synergies. They bring with it a significant fan base that contributes to the development and promotion of ice hockey at IHA and NZIHF. Working with Grove Bennett, President at IHA, has brought with it a significant opportunity to enhance our two countries global awareness through our collective appointments to IIHF committees with increased communication and development strategies” stated Andy Mills, President NZIHF.


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IHA Elected Director Nominations

Recently, Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) announced that they would be accepting applications for three elected director positions. Applications have since closed for the positions and the directors will be elected at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. We are pleased to provide details for each of the applicants based on their submissions.

Mr Derek Bideshi

I am a passionate hockey player with 30+ years of experience, in both ice and inline, who would love to continue to contribute to the sport and help its growth in Australia. As a Director, I would bring my player experience as well as direct experience in finance, corporate governance, and risk management. I am a senior finance professional with public company experience who has worked on and with Boards for years. My roles cover finance, audit, and reporting, but also risk management, including experience in all five steps of the process. I work closely with the Board of Directors of my current employer and am comfortable with the requirements of governance. I will also be completing the Corporate Directors Course with the AICD in March 2022.

I also enjoy working as part of a larger team to advance the goals of an organisation that I feel strongly about. I am a collaborative team member who thrives on ideas and execution.

Mr Simon Holmes

Ice Hockey in Australia is confronted by many challenges ranging from geography, through incumbent knowledge to finance. Any future direction will not only require in depth understanding of the challenges within the Australian ice hockey landscape but a broader comprehension of the scope of opportunities from a professional business and sport perspective.

As a qualified professional possessing broad business assessment, analysis and reporting delivery experience I offer over 30 years of Accounting, Management and Marketing experience in addition to a similar time span as a team leader, coach and mentor within ice hockey. Through evaluation, development and implementation of a wide array of programs, policy and procedures that embody self-empowerment, personal responsibility and accountability, I have successfully contributed in many forms of decision-making systems and dynamics within Business and International Sport.

Mr Michael Juste

It is with pleasure that l submit my nomination for a Board Director’s position at Ice Hockey Australia. I am drawn to this nomination given my extensive experience and passion for technology, driving excellence and utilising technology as an enabler business growth. The opportunity to join this organisation and help shape their technology & Services journey is compelling.

Over the years, I have learned that executive position carries much more responsibilities than just being a leader of an organisation. It is about building relationships, communities within an organisation and empowering the teams to do their best work. My background and experience demonstrates my ability to do just that.

Ms Rachel Kogiopoulos

A qualified and experienced Business Services Manager and Board member with over 15 years’ management experience both in Australia and Internationally. Effectively combines strong technical, problem-solving and planning capabilities to deliver on duties quickly and efficiently. Having developed excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to communicate professionally, enjoys leading a successful and productive team.

Ms Gill McLean

In considering the role of director I believe I bring the following:

  • The ability to focus on the material issues and not sweat the small stuff
  • The ability to focus on the big picture and the future rather than looking back, other than to take on the learnings from the past
  • Ability to deal with the pressure from external sources, and being able to stay cool in the face of pressure and trusting my own capabilities when dealing with adversity
  • Ability to influence effectively and can articulate the key issues and provide critical insight on the issues at
  • Ability to respect alternative viewpoints as its critical to provide multiple perspectives on any key

I have a passion for Ice Hockey and what it brings to the players lives, the culture in the sport is one of inclusion and fosters a strong sense of belonging and team spirit.

I have a high level of integrity and a strong sense of what is right for the members and have extensive experience in governance, financial matters, and board experience.

I consider myself to be an ideal candidate for the IHA board.

Ms Jane Woodlands

A passionate people, program and project leader, Jane thrives on the fast pace and complex problem solving landscapes of high performance sport. A curious, diligent strategist, she is equally focused on attention to detail as the big picture vision and enjoys being integral in an organisations’ journey to thrive, and transitioning from good to great.

An ice hockey enthusiast, she has been involved as a parent/volunteer from beginner through to national programs, and hockey academies and leagues in Canada and the US.

Jane has served on committees and advisory groups for National Sporting Organisations in Netball, AFL and Squash in:

  • Coaching Development
  • Long Term Athlete Development
  • National Program Design
  • Innovations
  • Competitions and Rules
  • Integrity
  • Compliance
  • Reconciliation Action Plan

She is currently a member of Deakin University’s Master of Applied Science Advisory Board, and recently served on South Australian National Football League’s Commission.

Jane’s career spans from teacher, professional coach, author, consultancy business director and most recently leading and managing elite sports developments in AFLW and Super Netball. She is an experienced international presenter in high performance culture and leadership. Jane’s vision, drive and dedication to success reflect her personal values of excellence, integrity and authenticity.


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IIHF Marketing and IIHF Asia Oceania Committee Appointments


Ice Hockey Australia 
(Trading name of Ice Hockey Australia Limited)
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PRESS RELEASE: IIHF Marketing & IIHF Asia Oceania Committee Appointments

Ice Hockey Australia is pleased to announce that the IIHF has confirmed the nominations of Mr. Grove Bennett to the IIHF Marketing Committee and Ms. Shae Gañac to the IIHF Asia Oceania Committee. The term of the appointments is to 2026, respectively.

The IIHF has recently undergone a change in leadership with the election of Mr. Luc Tardif as the newly elected IIHF President. The Asia Oceania Committee is chaired by IIHF Vice President Mr. Aivaz Omorkanov. Whereas the work in any IIHF committees must be neutral and contribute to the further development of Ice Hockey globally, IHA will be actively involved and work with many countries together.

“It is very important that we work in the Asia and Oceania region closely together and such cooperations will then benefit everyone. One of the main purposes of our work in the Asia and Oceania region as well as globally is that we want to raise the level of participation, reach out to new/untapped markets, and make Ice Hockey everywhere stronger. The IIHF and me personally are looking forward to our cooperation with Grove Bennett, Shae Gañac and IHA overall, and the expertise they bring into our committees to reach these goals” said IIHF Vice-President for the Asia and Oceania region Mr. Aivaz Omorkanov.

“The opportunity to serve on an IIHF committee as an expert is exceptional not only for IHA but the Asia Oceania region. To be involved with the new direction that is being set by Luc Tardif and Aivaz Omorkanov will further enhance IHA’s and the Asia Oceania Region’s position on the global stage. I would like to congratulate Shae on her appointment to the Asia Oceania Committee and know that she will do an amazing job representing our region and IHA with passion and pride at every turn. I look forward to working with the IIHF closer, in particular Aivaz, and assisting in the forward movement and development of our great game and thank them for their trust and confidence.” Stated Mr Grove Bennett, President IHA

The IHA Board of Directors and the IHA community wish to congratulate Grove and Shae on their appointments.

Ice Hockey Australia
Grove Bennett
President / Director


IHA Participation in the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championships 2022


Ice Hockey Australia 
(Trading name of Ice Hockey Australia Limited)
ABN: 77 106 538 293 ACN: 629 477 890
Level 1, 105 Pearl River Road
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia
T: +61 488 428 808
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PRESS RELEASE: Australian National Team Participation World Championships 2022, Senior Womens, IIHF Division II, Group B, March 22 – Croatia

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2022 IIHF Division II,
Group B, Women’s World Championships. IHA had hoped to send our first team overseas since the
COVID outbreak, and we are disappointed to have to make this announcement.

After extensive consultation with team staff and our Chief Medical Officer, the IHA Board of Directors
made the decision that we are unable to participate in these events due to several reasons.

Our decision was based on the following:

• Australian Government advice remains at “Do not travel due to the health risks from the
COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel” in countries with high to
extreme infectious or exposure rates. (

• There remains uncertainty around quarantine requirements for returning residents. This
requirement carries with it significant financial cost and would unreasonably extend the time
required for our players, coaching staff, and officials to participate in these events.

• The current situation regarding COVID-19 in Australia, along with the associated lockdowns
and domestic travel restrictions has significantly impacted team selection and preparations.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Australia is rapidly changing with the Omicron variant spreading rapidly
through the Australian community we are faced with many challenges in assembling the Australian Team. With continuing unknowns factors we are left with the unfortunate decision of withdrawing
our team for the health and wellbeing of all our players and staff.

IHA remains in constant contact with the IIHF regarding our participation and wishes to thank them for their continued support and appreciation of our current circumstances.

We look forward to seeing our players participating in our “Green & Gold” soon.

Grove Bennett
President / Director
Ice Hockey Australia
+61 488 428 808


Applications for IHA Nominations Committee

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IHA is seeking expressions of interest for two independent members of the IHA Nominations Committee, one elected by the voting members and one elected by the Board.


Find attached a nomination form for the position.  IHA will advertise the role through the IHA website, applicable job boards and online platforms. Please feel free to circulate amongst your membership and wider community.  Applications are required to be submitted to by Tuesday 4 January 2022.


Once all applications are received, a summary of candidates will be circulated to all Member Associations together with instructions on the MA voting process for the member elected position.  The election is expected to be held within two weeks of nominations being received.