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Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League ‘Finals Series’ 2023

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) and the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) are pleased to announce the AWIHL Finals weekend, March 18th and 19th at O’Brien Icehouse, Docklands, Victoria.

The 2023 season has seen the best players in the country fight for supremacy in one of the world’s premier ice hockey competitions. The Final Series will see four teams compete over the weekend, with the Grand Final being played on Sunday 19th March.

The AWIHL Finals series is supported by the Victorian Government. 

Ice Hockey Australia and the AWIHL would like to thank their valued partners O’Brien Icehouse, SportsLink Travel and Cluch TV.

AWIHL Commissioner, Michaela Fellowes, said “We are back after missing the past two seasons; the teams are ready to contest for the Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy, it’s an exciting time for women’s ice hockey here in Australia”.

IHA’s General Manager, Adam Woolnough, said “Our women’s game is going from strength to strength, evidenced by the recent result of our World Women U18 National Team that won Gold in Division II at World Championship in the UK, and the National Women Team that won Silver in Division II at their World Championships in South Africa.

The women’s game has an opportunity to inspire the next generation of players and future stars as we target the Winter Olympics.

The journey starts domestically in Australia, we have a great competition to nurture the women’s game. We can’t wait to see the finals series play out to a full stadium of supporters at O’Brien Icehouse”.

Tickets available from:

Try Booking –

O’Brien Icehouse –  

Walk up at the door on the weekend of 18-19th March.

 For further information contact:

Adam Woolnough – GM at IHA

Michaela Fellowes, Commissioner AWIHL –

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