This event has probably been and gone!
After coming within a whisker of glory in 2016, the West Auckland Admirals are ready to go all the way when the puck drops for the 2017 New Zealand Ice Hockey League on 27/28 May at the Paradice ice rink in Avondale.
Their effort last season foundered in the very last regular season game, as injuries took their toll in a narrow loss to the Dunedin Thunder which took them out of the Championship series.
The Admirals have added depth to their roster for the 2017 campaign, gaining some high profile NZ players including Dale Harrop, Remy Sandoy and Ryan Ruddle, all back from stints playing in Australia. The Admirals contributed 9 players to the Ice Blacks team that recently won a silver medal at the Division 2 World Championships held in Auckland from 4th – 9th April, which is an indicator of their competitive approach this season. In addition, they will be icing two imports from Europe and one each from Canada and the USA.
They also boast the services of several younger New Zealand players who have returned from seasons playing in the USA, with Frazer Ellis, Jake Ratcliffe and Taylor Rooney bringing high end skill to the team.
Come and support this dynamic and exciting team…. could this be it’s year….?
There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family! Remember to bring some warm clothes because it does get cold.