Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - Submitted by Peter Lambert
New Board, New Rink, New Horizons for AIHL
The Australian Ice Hockey League board and member teams met for their Annual General Meeting on Saturday the 28th November in Melbourne, Victoria.
Following the retirement of three board members, four positions were filled with the election of new members Josh Puls, Alex Lata, Ben Keily and Sasky Stewart. Chairman Tim Frampton along with Gordon Young and Peter Lambert were re-elected.
Six of the seven current teams had representatives present, and all enjoyed a day together where they were able to plan, strategise and work on any issues around the league.
Those present were treated to a first-ever inspection of the new Docklands dual-ice facility, due to be opened in the first quarter of 2010. Prior to the AGM, the Melbourne Ice had announced they had come to an arrangement to relocate the Ice to the new ice stadium from 2010.
The Docklands rink, known as the Icehouse, encloses two full Olympic-sized ice surfaces (60m x 30m). The primary ice surface sits below approximately 900 seats and will be fully enclosed in glass barriers, making it only one of three fully-glassed rinks in Australia.
The Icehouse will be the new home of Australias Winter Olympic Institute.
Other topics discussed included IHA relations, scheduling for 2010, sponsorship, referee management and a proposed new team from Brisbane.
The 2010 AIHL schedule is due to be released early in 2010, with the season expected to resume mid to late April.
The AIHL wishes to thank Simon Clarke, Paul Gallimore and Nathan Carbone for their two to four years in service to the league as members of the board.
Photos of the day & the Icehouse are available here in our new photo album.