Important COVID19 Information

Dear Members, Please read this important statement from our Chief Medical Officer.

Dear IHACT Members,
There are a lot of concerns across our community about COVID-19 and the impact this may have on the upcoming hockey season. 

At this time, the season is set to go ahead as there is no advice to cancel sporting activities. In fact, keeping active, along with eating healthy food and getting enough sleep, can help you stay as health as possible over the coming months. There may come a time where some games may have to be cancelled or postponed, but this decision will be made based on the ACT Health/ACT Government advice. As the situation changes, which is happening rapidly, we will keep you updated as best we can.  

In the meantime, there are things that you can do to keep yourself and others in our hockey community healthy:

  • If you are sick, DO NOT attend training, games (whether IHACT sanctioned or drop-in), or as a spectator. Please stay home, rest and recover, and keep your germs (whatever they happen to be) to yourself. If you are concerned about your symptoms, please see your GP or call HealthDirect (1800 022 222 or visit
  • While playing, please DO NOT spit onto the ice or around the benches. Not only is it unpleasant, it also spreads germs. 
  • If you wear a mouthguard, please keep it in your mouth throughout the training/game. Taking it out, putting it down on the benches, putting back in your mouth spreads germs to you and others (and is also unpleasant). 
  • At the end of games, keep your gloves on and fist-bump rather than shaking hands. 

Outside of hockey, here are some other things you should be doing:

  • –    WASH YOUR HANDS frequently, with soap and water, for at least 20sec – so none of the ‘quick rinse and shake’ please! If washing is not an option, please use hand sanitiser. Its recommended that you wash/sanitise your hands before eating, before touching your face, after going to the toilet, and after touching any ‘frequently touched surfaces’ (door handles, hand rails, lift buttons etc). 
  • Try to stay as healthy as possible. This means eating healthy food, maintaining regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and keeping your stress/anxiety levels to a minimum. 
  • If you usually go to a gym, keep going but wipe down the equipment before and after you use it (using the wipes the gym provides). Regular exercise will keep you healthy and will also keep your stress/anxiety levels down.
  • Turn OFF the news – constantly hearing the media ‘doom and gloom’ will be adding to your anxiety. Go for a walk outside instead.  
  • Rely on factual and legitimate information from the Government websites (NOT the media or social media): ACT Health ( or the Australian Government Department of Health ( 
  • If you are feeling stressed or anxious, talk to your family and friends about how you are feeling. You can also call BeyondBlue (1300 22 46 36) or go to their website for a list of other helplines and resources (

If you are or get sick:
–    Stay home from work/school and other activities (including hockey!), and keep your germs to yourself. 
–    Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow (NOT your hands) or a tissue. 
–    If using tissues – throw these straight in the bin and then wash your hands.
–    Its also important to wash your hands frequently when you are sick. 
–    If you live with others, keep a distance from them, try to contain yourself to one area of the house, and wipe down commonly touched surfaces within the house (door handles, light switches etc) with disinfectant wipes or a cleaner that combines a detergent and disinfectant (if not available – use a detergent product first then use the disinfectant).

If we all look out for each other and do the above, we can get through the months ahead. 

Yours in hockey (and good health!),

Dr Marlena Kaczmarek
Chief Medical Officer
Ice Hockey ACT 


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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