The Melbourne Glaciers are currently training to prepare for their first games of the new-format Australian Junior Ice Hockey League. The schedule was released yesterday.
In 2016, Ice Hockey Australia announced changes to the AJIHL which allowed the league to expand into 2 additional states and 1 territory. Joining the regular season competition were the Brisbane Blitz, Adelaide Generals and Canberra Junior Brave. The previous year, these 3 teams existed in a AJIHL Tier 2 tournament, where the winner would be awarded the wildcard spot directly into the AJIHL playoffs. This season, these teams now enter the main regular season competition for the first time.
To accommodate the growth into more cities within Australia, the League travel format was divided into a multiple weekend tournament format and the league taking on a conference structure.
The Melbourne Glaciers will continue to represent Victorian junior talent in the AJIHL with the Melbourne Whalers not taking part in this season. In Western Australia, the same thing has taken place where the Perth Sharks will be the only team to compete in the AJIHL this season and the Perth Pelicans will also not take part this year.
With all of our Victorian talent now consolidated into a single team, we hope that this year will be the year that the AJIHL Champions Trophy will be brought back to Victoria for the first time.
The Glaciers begin by meeting the Adelaide Generals in Cockburn Ice Arena on the 26th of January @3pm.
Schedule listed below:
*times in ( AWST )
@3:00pm – Adelaide Generals vs Melbourne Glaciers (Cockburn Ice Arena)
@8:00am – Melbourne Glaciers vs Perth Sharks (Cockburn Ice Arena)
@6:15pm – Perth Sharks vs Adelaide Generals (Cockburn Ice Arena)
@8:00am – Adelaide Generals vs Melbourne Glaciers (Cockburn Ice Arena)
@4:45pm – Melbourne Glaciers vs Perth Sharks (Xtreme Ice Arena)
@7:00am – Perth Sharks vs Adelaide Generals (Perth Ice Arena)
Image: Richard Costello