Melbourne Jets Ice Hockey Club was formed from the Hakoah Ice Hockey Club in 1995. Hakoah Ice Hockey Club was founded in 1955, but its roots go back even further to the Raiders Ice Hockey Club formed in Melbourne in 1950. This club was a new home for the wave of European players who immigrated after the war, some of whom were highly skilled at both hockey and soccer.
The Raiders became Raiders-Hakoah in 1955 after setting a record for five consecutive premierships; the first as premiers of the Victorian Ice Hockey League (VIHL), and the next four as Victorian Ice Hockey Association (VIHA) premiers. Arkana IHC was also formed in 1955, sponsored by Hakoah Sports Club. All three merged in 1956 as Raiders-Hakoah-Arkana. They were simply Hakoah by 1957.
Hakoah won back-to-back VIHA Championships in 1963 and 1964. They won again in 1971, 1974 and then 1980 for the last time under the captaincy of Eric Theobald whose sons, grandson and granddaughter were still active in the sport over three decades later. In addition to these five VIHA trophies, Hakoah were also National Champions in 1963 and 1974. Czech-born Ivo Vesely (1926-2002) was coach of Hakoah in Melbourne when they won the National and their first premiership in 1963.
In 1983 Hakoah merged with the Lions IHC, which had formed four years earlier, to become Hakoah-Lions for one season, then the Rebels IHC for three seasons until they resumed as Hakoah in 1987. The club won its sixth VIHA championship in 1984, its first season as the Rebels. When Hakoah became Melbourne Jets in 1995, the club also won the VIHA championship in its inaugural season. The Theobald and Sargent families were active in the new club.
In the first decade of the new century, Ice Hockey Victoria was forced to downsize its leagues until eventually several clubs had to merge in 2009. Melbourne Jets merged with the Demons IHC to compete as the Rangers winning the 2009 IHV Premiership. The Demons & Jets de-merged in 2012 to play under their own club banners.
The Melbourne Jets Ice Hockey Club currently have about 130 active members.
We are represented in all levels of IHV Senior competition from Premier-A & Reserves to Premier C1 & C2 and in the Summer League.
The Jets were home to 4 teams over Summer season 2012/13 – Jets, Scramjets, Spirfire Fighters & Spitfire Interceptors and represented the affiliated – Pirates Ice Hockey Club.
If you are interested in playing for the Jets, please contact Veronica Theobald on VP@melbournejets.com.au or find us on Facebook by searching for our page “Melbourne Jets Ice Hockey Club”.
History courtesy of Ross Carpenter, Sep 2012