This is an exciting time for Wellington sport because the recent construction of a permanent ice rink has marked the birth of competitive ice hockey in Wellington.
There are two opportunities for youth to play ice hockey in Wellington. Every Sunday at 4:30pm (excluding school holidays) there are skills training for beginners. These trainings are run by a coach who previously played in the New Zealand National Ice Hockey League as well as Canadian coaches. For youth aged 13+, there is a youth team which plays in the Bear league on Tuesday evenings. Cost: The Sunday trainings are $15 a session and are payable at the rink. New players are always welcome! For ongoing attendance, players must also be registered members of WIHA (65$/year for youth). The costs for the bear league are available on that page. Click here to register as a club member. Equipiment: Full gear is required for all ice time run by WIHA. To support new players joining this great sport, we have a large selection of gear available to borrow for players of all ages and sizes - please get in touch and we'll see if we can sort you out some gear. For more information, see our equipment page. Safety: Ice hockey has a reputation for being a rough sport, however, it is relatively safe due to all the equipment that players are required to wear. Furthermore, it is rare to have leagues in New Zealand that have ‘full contact’, or ‘checking’; only top New Zealand leagues allow full contact, so it will not be permitted in any Wellington ice hockey for the foreseeable future. Location: 25 Blenheim Street, Upper Hutt 5018 Trials: There are no trials at this stage, just sign up and come along for a go.