Representative Hockey:

There are four national representative leagues, U14, U17 ,U20 and Woman’s (NZWIHL). This is serious ice hockey so players are expected to make a total commitment as the emphasis is on winning. Teams will fly around the country at weekends playing one another.

Four teams compete in this league, Queenstown, Dunedin, Canterbury and Auckland. Auckland representatives are selected by coaches from the local club competition. The team is coached for a large part of the season before competition which generally takes part during the mid to end of the season. Members of playing away teams are billeted by the home team players except during the finals weekend when teams stay together in prearranged accommodation. Girls are eligible to compete in this league.

Four teams compete in this league, Queenstown, Dunedin, Canterbury and Auckland. Auckland representatives are selected by coaches from the local club competition. The team is coached for a large part of the season before competition which generally takes part during the mid to end of the season. Members of playing away teams are billeted by the home team players except during the finals weekend when teams stay together in prearranged accommodation. U14 players with the necessary skills can play in this league if selected. Girls are eligible to compete in this league.

Three teams compete in this league, Southern, Canterbury and Auckland. Auckland representatives are selected by coaches from the local club competition. The team is coached for a large part of the season ahead of competition which generally takes part towards the end of the season. There is no billeting in this league with players staying in pre arranged accommodation. Girls are not eligible to compete in this league except as goalies.

Three teams compete in the Women’s league throughout New Zealand – Auckland, Dunedin and Canterbury.

The team practices, which are open to all females who are interested, are not held for a large part of the regular season. The practices start around the second half of October and go through until the finals weekend, and ultimately depend on the timing of the playing season.

The minimum age to play in this league is 13 years old.

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