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2023 National U18 Men’s Team – IIHF World Championships

2023 National U18 Men’s Team – Announcement

Ice Hockey Australia proudly presents the U18 Men’s Team representing Australia in the IIHF Division II Group B World Championships held in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 27th March – 2nd April 2023. 

Congratulations to all players for this fantastic opportunity, you will represent the ice hockey community and our country with pride. All the best to our coaches and staff who will be part of the journey for our emerging ice hockey athletes.

You have displayed resilience and commitment to ice hockey that is so inspirational. Your support network of family, friends, carers, coaches, mentors, and everyone that has helped along the way – are all proud of you. We wish you all the very best for a successful tournament in Bulgaria!

National U18 Men’s Team
Bodie Jerome – Braden Costa – Brayden Maybee – Connor Wardlaw – Tyrone Oxlade – Ryan Duchemin

Daniel Koudelka – Daniel O’Handley – Finlay Gordon – Ivan Kuleshov – Vince Bond – Tom Forrest

Jed Lake – Jesse Thompson – Lachlan Sucher – Livan Du Toit – Ronan Hoy

Luka Ouimette – Mac Tutton – Matthew Nikitin – Mikko Rippon – Ruben Nalos

Benjamin Warden – Bryce Hodges – David Quinn – Hunter Boland – Jack Mollee – Julian Friederich

Keenan Nelson – Nikita Loria – Timothy McGrath – Tyler Colev – Zander Greyling – Justin Baxter


2023 National Championships – UPDATE

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) and the National Championships ‘Tournament Committee’ are pleased to confirm the following IHA tournament locations and dates for 2023:

  • Western Australia – Women’s Tournament April 20th to 23rd
  • South Australia – McCrae-Williamson Jamboree (11U) June 9th to 12th
  • Western Australia – Kurt Defris (15U) Tournament July 20th to 23rd
  • VIC – Phil Ginsberg (13U) Tournament August 2nd to 5th (O’Brien Icehouse)

We are continuing to work with Member Associations for Syd Tange (18U) and Jim Brown/ Para ice hockey championships on locations. 

We are very pleased to announce that Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) Futures and Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL), along with IHA, will award two awards per tournament. The ‘AIHL Best and Fairest Award’ will be given in “recognition of the best individual talent who plays with safety and fairness” along with a $400 gift certificate from AIHL Futures. The AWIHL ‘Award of Excellence’ will be in recognition of the best female individual talent and fair player of the tournament” along with a $400 gift certificate.


Ice Hockey Australia is calling for nominations for its WMU18 team to represent Australia at the IIHF Division II, Group B, World Championships held in Sofia, Bulgaria, 27th March – 2nd April 2023.

We are looking for players who have continued to develop high-performance skills, gameplay, fitness and attitude, and who believe that they are ready to perform at the international level of competition.

All eligible players with the ability, drive, and commitment to represent Australia at the highest level are encouraged to apply.


Tournament Details:

20th March: Depart for Sofia, Bulgaria (TBC)

21st – 26th March: Training Camp, Sofia, Bulgaria (TBC)

27th – 2nd April: IIHF Division II Group B World Championship

3rd April: Depart Sofia, Bulgaria

4th April (TBC): Arrive in Australia


Essential IHA Selection Criteria:

  • Must have played or been selected for a State team at either of the 2022 De Fris or Tange tournaments, played in the AJIHL showcase competition or equivalent overseas IIHF-sanctioned league.
  • -Overseas players must submit video footage along with their coaches contact information.

-Must have been a registered IHA Member from July 1, 2022

-Must have a valid Australian passport with 6 months validity at time of tournament



-Selected players must commit to all pre-departure fitness, skill and conditioning programs as set by the coaching and performance staff

-All players must be fully compliant with requested reporting, paperwork, team meetings and any other off-ice performance requirements as requested or set by the Coach, Medical Staff, Team Manager or IHA.



-The program’s cost is estimated to be no more than $5500 for each player. This includes all flights and ground transport, accommodation in Bulgaria and meals (NOTE: this does not include equipment, extra snacks or spending money, which will be at the player’s expense).

-Players are encouraged to apply for State and Local government and other eligible individual sporting grants to assist with the offset of these costs.



Selection of this team will be via the below application form (survey monkey) and be assessed by a panel consisting of, but not limited to, the Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and an additional IHA High Performance accredited coach.



Please apply by answering the questions in the link below

We look forward to receiving your application by 1 Jan 2023



IHA National Teams Staff



Expressions of Interest are being called for the critical role of strength & conditioning coach for the IHA National Women’s Team to lead and manage the physical preparation for the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Division II Group B World Championships.

Duties include working with the National Head Coach, IHA National Women’s Team, and high-performance stakeholders to:
o Design and deliver quality, tailored ‘on and off ice’ programs for the IHA National Women’s Team to optimise their holistic strength and conditioning preparation in the lead up to the World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa, 20th-26th February 2023

  • Proposed Dates (schedule tbc):
  • • 13th February (TBC) – Team departs Australia for Cape Town
  • • 14th February (TBC) – Pre-competition training camp, Cape Town
  • • 20th – 26th February – Division II Group B World Championships, Cape Town
  • • 27th February – Team departs Cape Town for Australia and home states
  • If you have S&C experience in ice hockey (or other relevant sport/s) at an elite team level, we would love to hear from you!
  • Applications:
    • Please apply via email to outlining:
    o Your ice hockey (or other sport/s) S&C coaching qualifications and experience
    in the provision and application of strength & conditioning/physiological services
    o Experience and proven success in high-performance team sport environments
    o Proven success in utilizing strength & conditioning / physiology knowledge for planning, periodisation, and managing elite athletes nationally and remotely at a senior level
    o Leadership qualities you possess that would complement a high-performance environment
    o Confirmation of a Working with Children Check (or State equivalent) or willingness to get one
    o Willingness to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols and recommendations
    o Two referees with relevant contact details

    Your application can be in dot point form and does not need to be longer than one A4 page.
    By applying, it is assumed that you will uphold the IHA Code of Conduct at all times and be an ambassador for Australia.

  • NOTE – This is a non-travelling role to Cape Town
  • We are committed to honouring our past, succeeding in the present and shaping a prosperous future for our IHA high performance athletes.
  • We look forward to receiving your application by Friday 23rd December 2022.