Come to Melbourne’s first ever Hockey Festival to launch the 2018 Ice Hockey Winter Season. Four Australian Ice Hockey League teams, eight games and only one champion.

To launch the 2018 season Melbourne Ice is hosting the Adelaide Adrenaline, CBR Brave and Melbourne Mustangs. Watch the best of the best fine tune for the season ahead and dine with all the AIHL players on Saturday night as they raise funds for local junior hockey.

Concussions are a huge challenge for many sports and thanks to our event partner, Stop Concussions, we will be holding the very first educational concussion forum for all Ice Hockey Victoria players, coaches, officials parents and the attending AIHL teams, putting ice hockey ahead of any other sport in Australia.

The Hockey Festival begins on Saturday 14th April, 2018 at O’Brien Group Arena with a FREE concussion seminar presented by Natalie Perkins BSc (Anat.& Ex.Phys), BAppSc (PHTY), Director of Bodyworks Physiotherapy and the official Australian Ambassador of StopConcussions Foundation. This course is free for all Ice Hockey Victoria and Edge of Excellence players, parents, officials, coaches and volunteers.

The seminar will include:

  1. Definition of concussion
  2. Signs and symptoms of a concussion
  3. Basic pathophysiology (ie. what happens in a concussion)
  4. Immediate management of concussion (what “rest” means)
  5. Common clinical trajectories of concussion
  6. Concussion rehabilitation
  7. Return to play
  8. Busting the myths according to the latest research


Later that evening there will be a charity dinner held in the St. Moritz Bar at the O’Brien Group Arena where the funds raised will go towards the Ice Hockey Victoria Junior program and Stopconcussions. You can dine with the players of the Australian Ice Hockey League and a jersey from each team will be auctioned off.

Charity Dinner

Where: St Moritz Bar in O’Brien Group Arena
When: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $35/head

Book your seat at the table here !


Off Ice Officials Course

Ice Hockey Victoria

Off Ice Officials Course for Scorers and Timekeepers

Where: O’Brien Group Arena
When: Wednesday 18th April, 2018.
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

This course will cover scoring IHV games on esportsdesk and managing penalties.To register your attendance email Maureen at and you will be sent confirmation and information about what to bring on the night.

Melbourne Dragons – 2018 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series

The Melbourne Dragons fly off to Canberra this weekend in what will be their third year
participating in the Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series, they begin their season at the
Phillip Ice Skating Centre competing against the Adelaide Valkyries, Brisbane Stars, Canberra
Pirates and Sydney Bombers.
The team roster was announced earlier this month, welcoming some new and familiar faces
back to the Dragons, along with the exciting announcement of a Dragons development
squad. This year we bid farewell to one of the Dragons Maki Katsuyama as she heads back
home to Japan. Two Dragons from the 2017 squad, Christine Dutton and Ketta Scheuerlein
were selected to play with the Melbourne Ice Women’s squad, and favourite matte helmet
coloured fierce goalie Paula Keen was selected to play for the Sydney Sirens.
The Melbourne Dragons finished in third place in the 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show
Case Series defeating the Canberra Pirates at the O’Brien Group Arena in Melbourne in a
shootout and claiming the Bronze. This year the team are working hard and have their heart
set on the gold.
The Dragons are ready and eager to battle the other states to represent their home state,
Melbourne. Following the two tryout sessions which were held at each of the Melbourne
rinks and the observation at training sessions, this looks to be the Dragons strongest team
to date. “Remember you are playing for your state, the logo on your chest, give it 110%” –
Coach Lawrie Pigot.
Unfortunately, Lawrie will not be able to join the team in Canberra due to a personal
commitment, but has been a key element in prepping the team and will certainly be missed
over the weekend. Emma Poynton has stepped in and will lead the team into battle. Coach
Poynton brings a wealth of knowledge from her years of playing Ice Hockey and her
background in sports development, and no doubt the team will be in good hands. Emma
and the team are being supported by team managers, Shelley Alexander and Ruth Brooks
who have been working day through night and doing a tremendous amount of work behind
the scenes to get the team ready to go!
Pride Tape and Purple Dragons Pucks are also being sold by the team to assist with the costs
in participating in the tournament. Thank you to all the supporters, family, and friends for
your overwhelming support to date.

– Gabby Aston
– Stephanie Bell
– Amanda Blondin
– Dana Ciernohorsky
– Shelly Clarkson
– Caroline Dean

– Lauren Diduszko
– Natalie Efimoff
– Debra Hansberry
– Lauren McNabb
– Norelle Owen
– Emily Page
– Ketta Scheuerlein
– Paige Scully
– Tara Scully
– Marie Stella
– Samantha Bennett
– Sarah Kneebone
Development squad
– Emma Heggie
– Alethea Jones
– Sarah McNabb
– Georgia Sobol
– Lianora Taralrud-Bay
– Amelia Wales

2018 Winter Draft Information

To allow more time for players to register, we have moved the Winter Draft to April 4th at 8PM. Revised information below.

Winter Draft 2018

The 2018 Winter Draft will be held on the 4th of April at 8.00PM and 9.15PM. The 8.00PM session is intended for those entering higher divisions however you will be advised of your session by IHV officials before the date.

All players registering for the draft has 2 compulsory prerequisites.

1) IHV Insurance.

Please go to and register for a Draft PS membership. This is a compulsory registration to cover your insurance on the ice. If you are not selected in the draft this will be eligible for aa refund.

2) Registration for draft

The following survey must be completed to register for the draft before the 1st April 2018.

This provides clubs with information about your hockey experience and allows IHV to complete the check in process to the draft.

When arriving at your allocated time on the 4th, please arrive at least 30 minutes or more for the check in process as many players may arrive at once. Check in for the 8.00PM session will close at 7.30PM and 8.45PM for the 9.15PM session. You will not be allowed on the ice until the check in process is complete.

Further to this, please note that those players looking to enter Premier A level only and who are not Australian residents require a IIHF International Transfer Card at a cost of $660 before the season start. By entering the draft and completing the registration if you fall under these conditions you accept this fee.

If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to contact

2018 Coaching Positions Available

IHV are currently seeking Expressions or Interest for the following 2018 Coaching Positions.

To express interest in any of the following positions, please send email to with an up to date Resume of your coaching experience and the specific role/s for which you are applying and the reason for which you believe you should be considered for the position, by 31st March 2018.

House League Coaches

U12 – Coaches

U15 – Coaches

U21 (non-checking) – Coaches

U21 (checking) – Coaches


State Coaches

U14 – Ginsberg Head Coach

U16 – DeFris Head Coach

U18 – Tange Head Coach

Open Men’s – Brown Head Coach


To assist with understanding 2018 scheduling, the following are expectations of dates and times that you will be expected to be available.


U12 (Sat/Sun 12:00pm – 1:30pm)

U15 (Sat/Sun 4:15pm – 6:30pm)

U21 NON-CHECKING (Training & Games will rotate around a few days and times. Mon nights at OBGA. Tue nights at OAKL as well as Sat & Sun late afternoons at OAKL and Sat & Sun early afternoons at OBGA)

U21 CHECKING ( Training & Games will rotate around a few days and times. Mon nights at OBGA. Tue nights at OAKL as well as Sat & Sun late afternoons at OAKL and Sat & Sun early afternoons at OBGA)

U14 Ginsberg (15th – 19th Aug in Melb)

U16 DeFris  (1st – 5th Aug in Canberra)

U18 Tange (18th – 21st Jul in Newcastle)

Open Brown – (26th – 29th Sep in Perth)

*Note: State trainings will usually be between 8-12 weeks before tournament dates, dependent on ice availability.

Requirement 1: All Coaches, Managers or Trainers for all positions must have a valid WCC – Working with Children Check and a copy needs to be forwarded to the Coaching Director & Secretary of IHV


Requirement 2: It is the responsibility of all Coaches to hold a valid and up to date coaching accreditation and register applicably on esportsdesk and pay the applicable fee.