Above state level hockey, there are various national level competitions featuring teams from across Australia. These competitions are:

  • Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) – Winter 
  • Australian Womens Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) – Summer 
  • Australian Junior Ice Hockey League (AJIHL) – Summer 

 

The Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) is an elite level national level full contact competition featuring Australian & international men (15 years & older) . Games are played between April to August (Australian winter season). Each team plays 28 games in the regular season (14 home games & 14 away games).  Games are usually played on Saturday & Sunday afternoons. In 2018, there are also selected games played on Friday night. The AIHL competition is administered by AIHL Commission in conjunction with Ice Hockey Australia & state associations. Like other levels of hockey in Australia, the AIHL is run by volunteers at all levels.

 

The current form of the AIHL was established in 2000 with Sydney Bears, Canberra Knights (now CBR Brave) & Adelaide Avalanche (now Adelaide Adrenaline) being the original teams. The current champions are the Melbourne Ice. Newcastle North Stars won the AIHL consecutively in 2015 & 2016.

 

  • Local Teams: Sydney Bears, Sydney Ice Dogs, Newcastle Northstars
  • Other Teams: Adelaide Adrenaline, CBR Brave, Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs, Perth Thunder

 

Sydney Bears are the last remaining original member club of the Australian Ice Hockey League in its original form. In 2017, Sydney Bears returned to their spiritual home at the Macquarie Ice Rink.  In their long history, there have been several changes to name and home arena. Bears won the Goodall Cup in 2002 & 2007.


In 2017, Bears finished in 6th place. Finishing on 33 points but 7 points away from 4th place & Finals, they won 12 games (8 in regulation time, 3 in shootout) but lost 17 (14 in regulation time, 3 in shootout).


Bears are the current holders of the Wilson Cup which is usually a pre-season competition between Bears, Ice Dogs & Northstars. In 2017, the games were not played in pre-season. Bears & Ice Dogs competed in Wilson Cup as a part of the Battle Of Sydney games. Both teams won 2 games each however the Bears were awarded the trophy.


For the first time in 2017, Bears lost the Air Canada Cup (Canada Day Classic against Melbourne Ice in Melbourne).


NOTE - Schedule & dates below including graphic provided to fans & teams by the AIHL. Times, dates, venues subject to change. 



Key dates:

  • 21 April - Season Opener (v CBR Brave in Canberra)
  • 5 May - First Battle Of Sydney (v Ice Dogs)
  • 6 May - First home game of season (v CBR Brave)
  • 2/3 June - All Star Weekend (Ice Arena, Adelaide)
  • 24 August - Final Battle Of Sydney (v Ice Dogs)
  • 25 August - Final home game of season (v Melbourne Mustangs)
  • 1/2 September - Finals Weekend (venue & teams TBA)


Battle Of Sydney (all games at Macquarie):

  • Saturday 5 May, 5pm (Ice Dogs home game)
  • Saturday 26 May, 5pm (Bears home game)
  • Friday 13 July, 7.30pm (Bears home game)
  • Friday 24 August, 7.30pm (Ice Dogs home game)


Fly away road games:

  • 19/20 May - Melbourne (Ice Saturday, Mustangs Sunday)
  • 23/24 June - Adelaide
  • 30 June, 1 July - Melbourne (Ice Saturday, Mustangs Sunday)
  • 4/5 August - Perth


Drive away road games (Canberra, Newcastle):

  • 21 April, 5.30pm - Canberra
  • 21 July, 5.30pm - Canberra
  • 22 July, 4pm - Newcastle
  • 12 August, 4pm - Newcastle







Section last updated 29 January 2018

Sydney Ice Dogs entered the Australian Ice Hockey League in 2009 as the West Sydney Ice Dogs, based at the then Blacktown Ice Rink. Rebranding as the Sydney Ice Dogs for the 2009 season and beyond, they spent many years at the Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink until moving to Macquarie Ice Rink with the Sydney Bears for the 2017 season.


The club have won 2 Goodall Cups, winning in 2004 & 2013.


NOTE - Schedule & dates below including graphic provided to fans & teams by the AIHL. Times, dates, venues subject to change. 


Key dates:

  • Saturday 21 April - Season Opener & home opener (v Newcastle Northstars)
  • Saturday May 5 - First Battle Of Sydney (v Sydney Bears)
  • 2/3 June - All Star Weekend (Ice Arena, Adelaide)
  • Friday 24 August, 7.30pm - Final Battle Of Sydney (v Sydney Bears)
  • Sunday 26 August, 5pm - Final home game (v Melbourne Mustangs)
  • 1/2 September - Finals Weekend (venue & teams TBA)



Battle Of Sydney (all games at Macquarie):

  • Saturday 5 May, 5pm (Ice Dogs home game)
  • Saturday 26 May, 5pm (Bears home game)
  • Friday 13 July, 7.30pm (Bears home game)
  • Friday 24 August, 7.30pm (Ice Dogs home game)


Flyaway road trips:

  • 28/29 April - Adelaide
  • 12/13 May - Perth
  • 16/17 June - Melbourne (Mustangs Saturday, Ice Sunday)
  • 21/22 June - Melbourne (Ice Saturday, Mustangs Sunday)
  • September 2/3 - Finals Weekend (venue to be determined)


Driveaway road trips:

  • Sunday 6 May, 4pm - Newcastle
  • Sunday 1 July, 4pm - Newcastle
  • Sunday 29 July, 5pm - Canberra
  • Saturday 11 August, 5.30pm - Canberra





Section last updated 29 January 2018

Newcastle Northstars entered the Australian Ice Hockey League in 2002 & are based at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium near Warners Bay (Lake Macquarie). They have won the Goodall Cup in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2016.




Section last updated 14 November 2018

 

Periods 1 & 2 are 15 minutes long while Period 3 is 20 minutes long (15/15/20). All periods are Stop Time. If scored are tied at the end of period 3, a shootout applies in regular season. There is an Ice cut between all periods.  There are a maximum 6 imports (non Australian/New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents) per team allowed with only 4 imports allowed to play per game per team. Import goal tenders allowed. Imports must not be paid (same applies to Australian players) but teams can assist with employment, travel and accommodation. Imports who become citizens or permanent residents of Australia no longer count as an import at that point.

 

Competition points:

  • Regulation Win (W): 3 points
  • Shootout Win (SOW): 2 points
  • Regulation Loss (L): 0 points
  • Shootout Loss (SOL): 1 point.

 

The Finals series consists of the top 4 teams over a single weekend. Semi Final 1 is 1 v 4 & Semi Final 2 is 2 v 3, both on Saturday. The winners play in the Grand Final on Sunday. Sudden death overtime applies on Finals weekend. The winner becomes the AIHL Champions & the winners of the Goodall Cup. The Goodall Cup is one of the oldest trophies in hockey. It was formerly awarded to the winning state of the Australian National Championships before the AIHL was formed.

 

The Australian Junior Ice Hockey League (AJIHL) is an elite/high level Australian mens (age/eligibility restrictions apply) competition where full contact is allowed. AJIHL is held during the Australian summer (usually November/December – March/April) which is not in parallel with the Australian Ice Hockey League (AHIL) which enables players to play in both competitions.  AJIHL is administered by Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) in conjunction with IHNSW & the other state organisations.

 

To help promote and develop players before possibly playing at AIHL level, there is age & eligibility restrictions. It is also a good lead up to Australian team selections in World Championships. The Sydney based AJIHL teams are not linked or affiliated with the Sydney based AIHL teams. New players are initially drafted onto one of the Sydney teams after taking part in a tryout before the season starts.

 

There are 2 teams in Sydney (Wolf Pack & Sabres) with teams in Melbourne (Glaciers), Brisbane (Blitz), Adelaide (Generals) & Perth (Sharks).

 

 

The Australian Womens Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) runs between November & March (including a Xmas/New Year break during the Australian summer. It is an elite womens competition where contact is allowed however deliberate checking is not. Import skaters are allowed however import goal tenders are not allowed. AWIHL is administered by Ice Hockey Australia & the relevant state associations.

 

All games are 3 x 20 minute stop time periods. During the regular season, games tied at the end of regulation time go directly to a shootout. Overtime is added for finals series matches. 

 

There are 5 teams in the competition in Sydney (Sydney Sirens), Adelaide (Adelaide Rush, formerly Adelaide Adrenaline), Brisbane Goannas, Melbourne Ice & Perth Inferno. On a game weekend, two teams play each other on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning (Sunday afternoon in Melbourne). With the addition of 5th team Perth Inferno, each team no longer hosts all teams & also no longer goes to all other venues. 

 

The Finals series in March features the top 4 teams with the draw worked out by the finishing positions in the regular season. There are two Semi Finals on Saturday. The winners of the two Semi Finals play in the Grand Final later on Sunday. The two Semi Finals losers play prior to the Grand Final in the Bronze Medal game.

 

Australian AWIHL players usually also play in womens or mixed competitions in the Australian winter at club level. All games are streamed via AWIHL Live.

 

Competition points:

  • Regulation Win (W): 3 points
  • Shootout Win (SOW): 2 points
  • Regulation Loss (L): 0 points
  • Shootout Loss (SOL): 1 point.

 

Page last updated 17 November 2018