CANBERRA.— Local girls and women ice hockey players are about to face-off as part of a worldwide non-stop marathon ice hockey game involving players from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Europe and North America.

Billed as the Global Girls Game under the auspices of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the initiative comes for the first time to Canberra Saturday (subs: 16 Feb).

“Local players from IHACT’s women’s competition will take to the ice at 3.45pm as part of a weekend-long game between the Team Blue and Team White whose players come from all over the world,” said IHACT women’s director Jodie Cochrane.  “It all starts early Saturday in Auckland and we’re the next game before it continues westward around the globe.”

The Global Girls Game aggregate score since its inception has Team Blue leading Team White 134 to 129 goals.

“Women’s ice hockey in Canberra is growing in both player numbers, and in player skills, with Canberrans competing  at national league level, in national championships and at world championship level with two ACT players recently selected to play in the Australian U18 women’s team (,” Cochrane said.

“It’s really exciting for Canberra to host a Global Girls Game this year.

“The growing numbers of female ice hockey players in Canberra is amazing to see in our junior ranks and with our four local women’s teams. We had record numbers at tryouts for the Canberra Pirates women’s ice hockey team, and have some amazing young talent coming through the ranks.

“It’s great to see the ice hockey community come together to support us with this first fundraiser the 2019 season and we’re expecting a good crowd for Saturday’s game at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre,” she added.

Who: Canberran girls and women ice hockey players play in global ice hockey marathon

What: International Ice Hockey Federation’s Global Girls Gameinitiative in Canberra for the first time.

When: Saturday 16 Feb 2019 – 3.45pm puck drop  

Where: Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre – 1 Irving St, Phillip.

Further information, interviews:  

Jodie Cochrane, IHACT Women’s Director

New Ice Sports Facilities Options Paper Released

Ice Hockey ACT would like to say a big thank you to the ACT Ice Sports Federation and the ACT Government for putting together a partnership that continues to work for the advancement of ice sports. 

We’re excited to see the release of this report and look forward to working with the ice sports community, as well as potential partners, sponsors and investors, to bring a new facility into being so that we can continue to grow ice hockey in the capital region.

Options for Canberra’s ice sports facilities

Today the ACT Government released the ACT Ice Sports Facility Options Analysis Report which explores the merit of three different options for future ice sports facilities in Canberra.
Commissioned by the ACT Government in August 2017 and compiled by Lockbridge, the report looked at how big the rink (or rinks) would need to be, the size of the parcel of land required, facility program requirements, capital cost, operating costs and potential funding scenarios.
To inform the report, Lockbridge consulted with representatives from the local and interstate ice sports industry, including operators in Melbourne and Perth.
Over the past 16 months the government also worked closely with the ACT Ice Sports Federation to clarify the type of facility that would meet the needs of our ice sports community, create economic opportunities through competition and other events, and enable Canberrans to stay active and healthy.
The government will open an Expression of Interest (EOI) process in early 2019 seeking interest from suitably qualified and experienced parties to design, construct, operate and maintain a new ice sports facility in the ACT.
The EOI will specify that the government will consider providing some financial and/or non-financial contributions to support the establishment of the facility, noting the Territory doesn’t intend to directly own or be the primary funding source for a new ice sports facility.
The EOI will not specify a fixed location for any future ice sport facility, and the process will request that interested parties identify a suitable location.
The ACT Government will also specify a range of core facility requirements and conditions that will need to be addressed by interested parties.
The Ice Sports Facility Options Analysis Report can be found here.
For all enquiries relating to the future EOI process contact:
David Jeffrey
A/g Deputy Director, Sport and Recreation
Economic Development
Chief Ministers, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
ACT Government
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