There is a great way to watch hockey – to watch it live at the game! Depending on the time of year and the game day experience you are after, there are several ways of watching live hockey in Sydney. There are competitions in winter and summer across the various rinks in Sydney, Central Coast & Hunter areas. Compared to North American experiences, watching live hockey is low cost entertainment. However, the rinks are not dedicated sporting stadiums for watching hockey.


Australian NHL fans have also been known to travel to North America to watch NHL games. NHL TV provides Australians with the North American TV experience. There are also limited locations which promote live viewing of games at a common location and time. [NHL TV – More Info] [NHL Watch Party – More Info]


Each year, Sydney and Melbourne host an exhibition game between US & Canada during the Australian winter. Various players from the NHL, AHL & ECHL travel to Australia during the North American off-season combine to give the Australian fans an NHL type experience in larger stadiums. Further information will be added here closer to the dates (June 2017).



Locally, there are many games that you can watch ranging from beginners and children through to various levels of adult play to elite level state and national competitions. Of most interest to hockey fans in Sydney are the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL), East Coast Super League (ECSL), Australian Junior Ice Hockey League (AJIHL) & Australian Womens Ice Hockey League (AWIHL). Other competitions are not usually watched by spectators who are not involved in the competitions.


  • Who – Elite level Australian & international men (15 years & older). National competition.
  • When – April to August (Australian winter season). 28 games per team, weekend Finals series.
  • Entry: Varies (maximum around $20).
  • Local Teams: Sydney Bears, Sydney Ice Dogs, Newcastle North Stars
  • Other Teams: Adelaide Adrenaline, CBR Brave, Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs, Perth Thunder
  • Administered by AIHL Commission in conjunction with Ice Hockey Australia & state associations
  • [AIHL]

  • Who – Elite/high level Australian men (age/eligability restrictions apply). NSW only competition.
  • When – March to September (Australian winter season)
  • 2017 teams and format to be advised
  • Entry: Free
  • Administered by Ice Hockey NSW
  • [ECSL]


  • Who – Elite/high level Australian men (age/eligability restrictions apply). National competition.
  • When – December to March (Australian summer season)
  • Local Teams: Sydney Sabres, Sydney Wolf Pack
  • Other Teams: Adelaide Generals, Brisbane Blitz, CBR Brave, Melbourne, Perth
  • Entry: Free
  • Administered by Ice Hockey Australia & state associations
  • [AJIHL] Note – Website not updated


  • Who – Elite/high level Australian & international women. National competition.
  • When – November – February (Australian summer season)
  • Local Teams: Sydney Sirens
  • Other Teams: Adelaide Rush, Brisbane Goannas, Melbourne Ice
  • Entry: Varies (maximum $10)
  • Administered by Ice Hockey Australia & state associations
  • [AWIHL]


Page last updated 05 January 2017