WIHA Mid Year Announcement

It has been an extremely busy start to the year for Wellington Ice Hockey. From opportunities for adult and youth beginners to get on the ice, to learning the ins and outs of the game as members of the Bear Division, through to playing faster paced hockey in the Fours Division and the growth of Women’s hockey, it is so inspiring to see all the hard work of so many individuals to build the breadth of our hockey community. It brings a smile to my face just thinking of everyone enjoying the great game of Ice Hockey. With our current season wrapping up at the end of June, it’s time to start looking ahead at what's in store for the rest of the year.

Happy Winter!

WIth so much happening, ther are a few pieces we want to highlight:

  • Registration for Winter Season

  • Referee Training

  • Gear Updates

  • Bearginner classes

  • Intermediate / Advanced Hockey Training

Winter Season

Registration is now open for the winter/spring season for both divisions!  Bear: August 10 - November 16 Fours: August 8 - November 14 Jerseys: This year WIHA are ensuring we have complete sets of jerseys for each team which will be handed out at the start of the season, with players responsible for returning or replacing them at the conclusion of the season. Helmets: As per IIHF rules, players must wear a helmet with chin strap properly fastened.  Players born after Dec. 31, 1974 must wear a visor. Cost:  The early-bird fee to play in either division is $300 for players who register by July 12th. For players registering after July 12th, fees will be $345. All players playing in either division must also be registered members of WIHA.

Register here for the upcoming season 

If you have any questions, please get in touch via the WIHA website

Referee Training

One of the big focuses for WIHA this year has been developing our referee program. We recently conducted a workshop with Paul Taillon, Referee-in-Chief for the Auckland Ice Hockey Association with good attendance from both Bear and Fours refs. We will be organising some follow up on-ice and classroom sessions in the coming months, more details to follow. In the meantime, please get in touch if you’d like to participate in referee training. It is free and we’re always happy to have new faces join.

Gear

As part of our mission to grow Ice Hockey in Wellington we’ve been steadily growing our stocks of gear that we can lend out to new and returning players. This year we have purchased many helmets, shin pads, gloves and shorts, as well as a full set of adult goalie gear. We are currently working on improving our storage at the rink so that we can continue to expand our collection of gear. This also builds towards our objective of providing open sessions for Wellingtonians to come and try out ice hockey as every week we are now getting more inquiries from interested people.

Bearginner classes

On Tuesday 20 July, 27 July and 3 August, we will be running Ice Hockey Bearginners classes. This is open to all the players in the Bear League and any player wanting to try hockey and get ready for the next season.

Classes will be starting at 7:30pm and going until 9pm

Each class will cover skating, passing, puck handling and Hockey sense and each lesson will be finished with a 20 minute scrimmage.

Classes will be run by Frosty Spots own Zark Zheung and Matt Kent. And help from Bear League legends Shelley Winters, Amy Flower and Luke Catherall. 

$15.00 per person, including skates and equipment.

Intermediate / Advanced Hockey Training

On Sun July 11th @6:15pm, Wed Jul 21st @7pm, Sun Aug 1st @6:15pm we will be running Intermediate/Advanced hockey skillz training. The sessions will be a mixture of: power skating, positional play, and passing/playmaking.Registration will be required for these sessions to ensure we have the numbers. To reserve your spot, please register here

Get in touch

All in all it has been a great year so far and there is lots of exciting hockey on the horizon. As always, if you have any questions, concerns or contributions you’d like to make, please feel free to have a chat with myself or another member of the board or flick us a message through the website.

Looking forward to seeing you at the rink soon,

Mischa Saunders

President Wellington Ice Hockey Association

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