Published Mon 11 Mar 2024

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) is proud to announce the selection of a formidable national men’s team set to compete in the upcoming World Championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, commencing on April 21, 2024. The Mighty Roo’s promise an exciting brand of hockey with seasoned veterans and promising young talents, representing the best of Australian ice hockey.

The selection process has been meticulous, with a focus on assembling a team capable of making a significant impact on the international stage. With the belief in a balanced roster comprising both experience and youthful vigour, the team will first compete in the annual Trans-Tasman Series against New Zealand, 15-17 March, O’Brien Icehouse, Melbourne.

Head coach Matti Luoma said – “The excitement within the team is palpable as we embark on this campaign. We have a group of dedicated players who are eager to represent their country with pride and determination. The blend of experience and youth brings a unique energy to the team, and we are confident in our ability to compete at the highest level.”

Prior to their campaign in Belgrade, the Mighty Roo’s will embark on a pre-tournament camp in Slovakia, where they will fine-tune their skills and strategies, fostering team cohesion for the challenges ahead with two games against Team Croatia, who they will eventually meet in the World Championships only days later.

IHA is thrilled to announce the initial roster consisting of 20 talented players, with an additional two spots to be filled following the Trans-Tasman Series against New Zealand, scheduled for March 15-17. This series promises to be a rigorous test, and the final additions will undoubtedly enhance the team’s depth and competitiveness.

In addition to the exciting World Championship team, IHA welcomes Daniel Pataky and Nathaniel Benson to the Trans-Tasman Series team, recognising their exceptional talents and contributions through the AIHL season. Congratulations to both players on this well-deserved opportunity.

IHA General Manager Adam Woolnough -“The emergence of young talent within Australian ice hockey is truly exciting. It not only puts pressure on established players to perform at their best but also underscores the depth of talent in our country. Playing for Australia is not just about individual skill; it’s about embodying the national identity and forging a deep connection to representing our country on the international stage.”

Woolnough added, “Our group is resilient and united in their mission. The Mighty Roo’s are prepared to face any challenges that come their way, both on and off the ice. With a strong sense of camaraderie and a shared determination, the next four weeks are as exciting as it gets as we near the World Championships.”

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM – Division IIA, Belgrade, April 2024

Cameron Todd, Casey Kubara, Jordan Kyros, Julian Fodor, Kieren Webster, Mackenzie Caruana, Mitchell Henning, Strat Allen

Tyler Kubara, Vadim Virjassov, Alexander Wardlaw, Bayley Kubara, Ethan Hawes. James Woodman, John Kennedy Jr

Michael McMahon, Nicholas Christensen, Robert Malloy, Aleksi Toivenen, Anthony Kimlin

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