Students in the past have started with absolutely no skating or hockey ability and have quickly progressed to playing for our competitive team.
Practices and games are held at Alpine Ice Sports Centre. Our coach is Mason Kennedy (OC 2015), who is an Ice Black, and Assistant Captain of the Canterbury Red Devils. Trainings are held from Term 1 – Week 1, Term 4.
Beginners are recommended to attend either the CIHA Learn to Play sessions on Friday evenings (the first two sessions are free), or the Christchurch High School League practices on Wednesday afternoons, to build up their ability.
Keen students in Year 8 are recommended to attend the Learn to Play sessions on Friday afternoons in preparation for joining the team in Year 9. They are also invited to train with the team on Thursday evenings.
We enter a competitive mixed team of girls and boys from Years 9–13 in the Christchurch High School League (played on Saturdays in Term 2 and Term 3), which St Andrew’s regularly wins. Our team also competes at the Winter Tournament in Dunedin, plays against the Canterbury U16 side, and has a game against Old Collegians in Term 4.
Ice hockey is a unique, inclusive sport, where boys and girls of all year levels participate together, and everyone in the team gets to play.
St Andrew’s has a long history of excelling in ice hockey. In 2017, three members of our team were selected as New Zealand representatives and also played for the top Canterbury teams (Canterbury Men’s Red Devils and the Canterbury Women’s Devilettes). Another two players represented Canterbury in the Under 16 team.
Six Old Collegians were also members of the Canterbury Red Devils and Canterbury Devilettes in 2017.
Three Old Collegians were members of the Ice Blacks in 2017, and Daisy Hopkins (Year 12) played for the New Zealand Women’s Ice Fernz team.
Co-ordinator: Dr Heidi McIlroy – HMC@stac.school.nz