As some may be aware, Ice Hockey Victoria conducted a number of meetings over a number of months with club representatives last year in an effort to solve a number of challenges the sport faced. After these consultations, a restructure of the Winter season was tabled by the executive using the feedback gathered at these meetings. As such, Winter will run with 4 Divisions with Premier League (formally Premier A) becoming the only checking division.
The divisions will be as follows:
The removal of checking from the 2nd tier is in line with IIHF trends including countries such as Canada and USA who often only have checking at the top levels. Further to this, it provides a more progressive and simpler pathway for players and adds higher levels for our growing women’s membership to compete in.