HIGHLIGHTS: New Zealand U18s and Turkey go down to the wire

Looking to bounce back quickly from their OT loss to Israel in game 1, the New Zealand Under-18s were up against Turkey in their second game of the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Div3A World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

With both sides exchanging scoring chances in a close contest, it would take some last-minute heroics to decide a winner.

New Zealand now have a day to recover before facing Mexico next at midnight NZ time Friday. Watch the highlights above for a wrap of the action.

Main photo: James Allan

HIGHLIGHTS: New Zealand U18s and Israel close in tournament opener

The New Zealand Under-18s got their mission for gold underway overnight with a closely fought battle against Israel at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Div3A World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Israel opened the scoring before the New Zealand powerplay was able to grab a lead with their opponents racking up the penalties. A surge of offence in the second period would lead to overtime for the decider.

Watch the highlights above for a wrap of the action. New Zealand face Turkey next at 3:30am NZ time tonight.

Main photo: James Allan

Ice Fernz rookie Terryn Bruce’s position swap already a success

While the 2019 Ice Fernz squad features an experienced and battle-tested leadership group hungry to win a gold medal, there’s also a strong rookie presence this year with six.

For Terryn Bruce, who was initially named as part of the non-travelling squad before receiving the late call up, the feeling of representing New Zealand at the senior level for the first time is surreal.

“This is my first year playing with the Ice Fernz, very excited. It’s my first time going to Austria and Romania, so I can’t wait to play with the team and see the sights, all that kind of stuff,” said Bruce.

While Terryn has previously played for the NZ Under-18s, the Bruce family name will be familiar amongst inline hockey circles as well. Her father Bruce represented the country as recently as last year, playing in-goal during the Vets World Championship in the Czech Republic.

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Terryn’s father Gary Bruce (pictured front row, 4th in) and the NZ Vets inline hockey team.

In the NZWIHL, Terryn plays for the Auckland Steel and this year her coach Rachel Park, who also happens to be the new national head coach, issued Bruce a challenge – to shift from the blue line and play forward instead.

“Yeah, it’s been a bit of a change,” Terryn joked. “I think I played pretty well. I enjoyed it, definitely a different challenge. Playing forward was really exciting being in the thick of it.”

When comparing her stats during this transition phase, the numbers would suggest that the experiment has indeed worked as intended.

Playing 12 games on the backend during the 2018 season, Terryn scored two assists, registered two shots and was a -2. Then as a forward in 2019, playing the same amount of games she scored 4 goals, 1 assist, while taking 23 shots and finishing up as a +6.

In a campaign where the Steel’s dominance of the league was being challenged by the inevitable 2019 champion Southern Storm, that level of progress should be encouraging for the young Aucklander and Coach Park stands behind the decision.

“She’s an absolute force in front of the net. She draws in players, draws in the penalties and you just can’t get her out of there so it’s great,” said Park.

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Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Bruce isn’t the only Ice Fernz rookie that has changed positions to fit within Park’s system for the upcoming IIHF Division 2B Women’s World Championship in Brasov, Romania.

Danielle Strayer has come off a strong NZWIHL season with the Storm, finishing as the top-ranked goaltender with an undefeated 5-0 record, .959 SV%, 1.02 GAA plus a shutout against Auckland. However with Grace Harrison and Lochlyn Hyde already taking up the two goalie spots, Strayer has been challenged by the head coach to play defence instead.

That sort of decision-making has the potential to turn into a stroke of genius for Park if either Harrison or Hyde fall to injury or illness and need to be rested – Strayer can serve as an emergency backup without missing a step.

It’s a vision that the players are getting behind and they’re not afraid to test themselves if that means the Ice Fernz become a stronger side for it.

“It’s really different learning the systems all over again as a forward instead of a D, but it’s good because you have a lot of support on the ice as opposed to when you’re (playing) defence or goalie – you’re the last port of call. As long as you backcheck and rectify the mistake, you’ll be sweet,” said Bruce.

There is a definite air of excitement amongst the team, one that will serve them well if the Ice Fernz manage to gel together during their six-day training camp in St Polten, Austria. If everything clicks there, then the possibility of coming home with a gold medal around their neck is an obtainable goal for this 22-strong squad.

2019 Ice Fernz Game Schedule

April 1: NZ v Chinese Taipei at 11pm
April 3: NZ v Iceland at 2:30am
April 5: NZ v Turkey at 2:30am
April 6: NZ v Romania at 6am
April 7: NZ v Croatia at 11pm

Depending on the availability of live streams, Puck Yeah will have game highlights available on our YouTube channel.

Main photo: Paul Harrison

NZIHF appoint Director of Women’s Hockey ahead of Ice Fernz campaign

The future of women’s hockey is currently at the forefront of discussion in North America – the growing success of the CWHL and NWHL sees the topic of an inevitable merger for a singular national women’s hockey league coming up more and more.

Here in New Zealand, it’s no different – except for the scale of operations of course. A recent Puck Yeah poll suggests that the majority of local hockey fans would support an expanded NZWIHL when the time is right.

The key factor there is developing a deep enough talent pool. One that can eventually become sustainable with the next generation coming through and challenging the current guard for roster spots on the national women’s team, the Ice Fernz.

That is going to require some serious recruiting and promotional efforts by the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation when the sport remains on the outside looking in compared to other female codes in this country.

While the NZWIHL is beneficial in preparing our nation’s best, the season passed by between late January and early March this year with little fanfare – if you blinked, you missed it. The mainstream media coverage was severely lacking, but don’t blame the big four of TVNZ, Mediaworks, Stuff and NZME for that. If the NZIHF isn’t proactive in promoting their product, then what chance does the women’s game have of enjoying a higher profile?

For the women’s league to achieve the level of success seen by their Australian counterparts at the AWIHL, let alone the CWHL or NWHL, there needs to be an all-in attitude from those involved to make the NZWIHL more visible.

Well, proactivity is here. The NZIHF have recently appointed Victoria Buckley as their new Director of Women’s Hockey.

Buckley’s credentials include Canterbury Minor Ice Hockey President and Secretary. During her time as CMIH President, Buckley was instrumental in implementing the NZIHF’s ‘First Shift’ initiative in the region, along with establishing a Mites league (Under-8s) to address the need for those new age-group players to have their own competition.

That ‘can do’ attitude and ability to get things done could be hugely beneficial for New Zealand women’s ice hockey going forward. But for now, the attention turns to the Ice Fernz.

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Come April 1 the Fernz begin their World Championship campaign against last year’s silver medalists Chinese Taipei. NZ will also face Iceland, Turkey, Romania and Croatia in their bid to win gold and gain promotion to the IIHF’s Division 2 – Group A.

Today the team departs for a training camp in Austria before proceeding onto Brasov, Romania for the real deal.

Puck Yeah recently interviewed new Ice Fernz head coach Rachel Park for a podcast that will be released next Wednesday. The Ontario native also runs the bench for the Auckland Steel team that features a strong contingent of national representatives for both ice and inline.

One player of note that Park is excited to have on her roster is Jasmine Horner-Pascoe – the Auckland forward finished second in NZWIHL scoring this year with 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) in 12 games.

The new head coach praised Horner-Pascoe’s puck-handling abilities, “Her hands are just magical. She’s full of surprising dangles and I’d even say she’s probably the best I’ve seen on the ice in terms of a female player (in New Zealand) with those kinds of hands.”

The return of Helen Murray is another highlight of what Park considers to be a very solid roster despite a 25% attrition rate, describing the captain as someone who is ‘consistent on the ice and a great leader.’

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New Zealand’s offence is further bolstered by the return of Caitlin Heale.

Heale came out with top scoring honours in last year’s tournament with 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists). Across just five games, those numbers highlight what this side is capable of and can be the difference between a medal placing and relegation. But after a disappointing fourth-place finish in 2018, the Ice Fernz will be out to prove they deserve that elusive IIHF promotion.

The turning point could come from the goal crease. The addition of Grace Harrison to the goalie ranks, alongside Lochlyn Hyde, sees a strong tandem in play with the number one starting role up for grabs at training camp.

Hyde finished the 2019 NZWIHL season with a .914 save percentage and 2.73 goals against average over nine games with the Steel – good enough to finish third in goaltending ranks behind the Southern Storm’s dynamic duo of Jordan Wichman and Danielle Strayer, who is making the switch to defence for the Fernz.

Grace Harrison recently wrapped up her senior season at St. Lawrence University with a 9-7-5 record while enjoying a .922 SV%, 2.18 GAA and two shutouts. That stat line remained relatively consistent throughout her 96-game NCAA Division I career with a GAA reaching as low as 1.62 and a top SV% of .923 – both coming from her sophomore year.

Harrison was exceptionally dominant in net this past January. Amounting a staggering .970 SV% and 0.76 GAA while going undefeated with a 3-0-1 record, her performance was recognised by the Women’s Hockey Commissioners’ Association with the ‘National Goalie of the Month’ award.

Coach Park sees Harrison’s collegiate experience as being invaluable to the team. “As a goaltender you see the entire ice. She’s going to be able to identify what’s breaking down, what’s working and also (bringing) that leadership perspective. The girls really appreciate what she’s been able to accomplish over there,” Park stated.

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To be successful in this tournament Park believes the team needs to ‘mesh as a squad and get on the same system’ while also working on being more aggressive on the puck to match the increased intensity of international hockey, plus learning to counter their opponent’s tactics more effectively to create stronger scoring chances.

After my interview with Rachel Park wrapped up I felt like I came away from it having learnt more about the current state of the women’s game and hopefully you will too.

The Ice Fernz are an important part of growing the game in New Zealand, and as a country that loves to back a winner, a gold medal in Romania would go a long way to raising the team’s profile on the nation’s busy sporting landscape.

2019 Ice Fernz Traveling Squad

Forwards:
Harriet Fuller, Kirstin Gerken, Hope Gregory, Abbey Heale, Caitlin Heale, Jasmine Horner-Pascoe, Helen Murray, Caitlin Orr, Jemma Read, Reagyn Shattock, Hannah Shields.

Defence:
Terryn Bruce, Hannah Cross, Jaime Jones, Rebecca Lilly, Rikki-Lee McLean, Rachael Neville-Lamb, Ashley Richmond, Danielle Strayer, Krystie Woodyear-Smith.

Goalies:
Grace Harrison, Lochlyn Hyde

2019 Ice Fernz Game Schedule

April 1: NZ v Chinese Taipei at 11pm
April 3: NZ v Iceland at 2:30am
April 5: NZ v Turkey at 2:30am
April 6: NZ v Romania at 6am
April 7: NZ v Croatia at 11pm

Depending on the availability of live streams, Puck Yeah will have game highlights available on our YouTube channel.

Main Photo: Elvar Freyr

PUCK YEAH 52: This Team Is Ruining My Life with Steve Dangle

From hockey YouTuber, to podcaster, sports broadcaster, and now a published author – the media career of Steve ‘Dangle’ Glynn has enjoyed a strange path that is both fascinating and inspiring.

Dangle is a noted Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and while they are the team that is “ruining his life,” he joins the podcast this week to talk about the humbling process of writing his first book, being involved with Sportsnet’s coverage of the NHL’s trade deadline day, and other recent highlights.

His book ‘This Team Is Ruining My Life (But I Love Them)’ is available now from Booktopia and Book Depository for New Zealand and Australia.

This episode is dedicated to the 50 people who lost their lives on March 15th 2019 in the Christchurch terrorist attacks. Kia kaha, Christchurch.

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Dangle on the desk with Sportsnet’s Caroline Cameron.

New Zealand Under-18s set sights on Bulgaria

Today the New Zealand Under-18s will be living the hockey dream for the next two weeks as they fly out to Romania for training camp ahead of the 2019 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Competing in the ‘Division 3 – Group A’ tier, New Zealand will be up against Israel, Turkey, Mexico, Iceland and hosts Bulgaria with their first game taking place on March 26 at 3:30am (NZ time). Full team schedule is listed below.

Earlier this week I interviewed Head Coach Steve Reid via Messenger to find out how things are shaping up for the Under-18s.

Last year the Under-18s played in a 3-team tournament which New Zealand won to gain promotion to Div 3A, how much of an adjustment is it for the team to go from a small competition like that to a standard IIHF format? Does that change how the team prepares?

Yeah absolutely, the longer tournament is a first for some of these boys. They will need to look after themselves while we are away, eat well, drink lots of water and keep their vitamins up. They will need to recover and look after their bodies, which we will help them with along the way.

From a coaching point of view it means we rely on every player to play their part and for every line to fulfil their role. In a short two-game tournament you can ride your top two lines if you want, this year we can’t. 

During the tournament you’ll face Israel, Turkey, Mexico, Iceland and Bulgaria. At the under-20 and senior levels, these are the countries that NZ will often face. In your experience has their style of play changed much through the years?

Turkey have really evolved over the last 3-4 years as they have had a consistent federation head coach. The other teams have for the most part continued their same styles.

Aside from winning the gold medal and advancing NZ to the next IIHF division, what is the ultimate goal for an age-group team like the Under-18s?

Our core goal is to win gold you’re right, but bigger than that is we are preparing these guys for higher honours. Nothing beats seeing players climb the age groups and then ultimately playing for the Ice Blacks. 

Before heading overseas has the team been able to get together for training camps over the summer months? And what takeaways or learnings did you come away with afterwards?

We had a mini camp in Dunedin late February – this gave us a good chance to bring the guys together, start work on combinations and also our systems. The uptake was great and I know everyone is looking forward to flying out.

How would you describe the current talent pool available in this age group for New Zealand?

Second to none. I’ve been coaching NZ teams for eight years now and collectively this is the most talented age group I’ve ever worked with. Don’t get me wrong, we have had great youth players in the past, but this team is exciting and I’m really looking forward to taking them to the world stage. 

Traveling and playing in these tournaments isn’t cheap, did your final team selection have to change much due to those factors?

Every other year I say yes to this question, but this year we have been able to secure great flights and a great training venue in Romania.

Nick Flight (Team Manager) and Csaba Kercso-Magos Snr (Assistant Coach) have been great – Nick locked our flights in and we are actually travelling to a hometown of Csaba’s so he has been able to twist a few arms for great deals. 

Finley Forbes returns for another year in the crease, would you consider him your number one starter for the tournament and how would you rate his development over the past twelve months?

Finley is a great goalie and a kid who has heaps of potential. He has lots of hockey ahead of him, we are really lucky to have two quality goalies in Finley and Rhett Wilson.

Rhett has a lot to prove with a year out of the game, so I’m looking forward to these two friends battling for the top spot. It’s great to have confidence in both guys though. 

Outside of the goal crease, who are some standout players in the 2019 squad?

From our few days in Dunedin, Alex Regan, who is captaining the team this year, is looking solid on the back-end and also scary good on the rush. Josh Hurley is looking sharp along with the Auckland line of Christian Regan, Lachlan Butler and Max Vesper who definitely know how to find the net. 

Where will the U18s training camp be held prior to the tournament and what do you think are the key things that need to be worked on to achieve a podium result?

We are training in Gheorgheni, Romania for 7-8 days, it’s about a 3-4 hour bus trip from Bucharest.

To succeed it’s a case of coming together as a team, buying into our systems, repeating as many times as possible and talking about all the variables. Last but not least, FUN. If we keep it fun and enjoyable everyone will work harder.

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New Zealand U18 Game Schedule

March 26: NZ v Israel at 3:30am
March 27: NZ v Turkey at 3:30am
March 29: NZ v Mexico at 12am
March 30: NZ v Iceland at 12am
April 1: NZ v Bulgaria at 2:30am

Depending on the availability of live streams, Puck Yeah will have game highlights available on our YouTube channel.

Photos: Matt Bennell

PUCK YEAH 51: Southern Storming with Kellye Nelson & Angelique Mawson

The NZWIHL has wrapped up the 2019 season with the Southern Storm claiming the championship, ending both the Auckland Steel’s dominance and their own losing streak.

A highlight of their bounce back campaign has been the play of Minnesota native Kellye Nelson, who ran away with the league scoring race tallying 35 points in 12 games (25 goals, 10 assists). She joins the podcast this week to talk about the Storm, life in Queenstown, and how she came to be in a VISA commercial with Team USA star Hilary Knight.

Along with Kellye, we wrap up this week’s episode with Storm head coach Angelique Mawson, who also coaches the New Zealand Women’s Under-18 team that will be competing at the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia next month.

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PUCK YEAH 50: Strength and Conditioning with Chris Eaden

It’s our 50th episode! And to celebrate we’re talking fitness with the man behind the successful Eaden Project gym, Chris Eaden.

Chris is a big impact player in New Zealand ice hockey. Whether it be his strength and conditioning role with the NZIHF to prepare national teams for competition, being the Canterbury Red Devils captain, or the fact that he’s the all-time leading scorer in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League with 203 goals in 168 games.

Away from the rink he’s making a difference in Christchurch by introducing Cantabrians to a healthy lifestyle.

This week he joins the podcast to chat about how training for hockey has evolved as the game gets faster, getting the Ice Blacks fit for IIHF Worlds, and the struggles of being on a rebuilding team after years of success.

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PUCK YEAH 49: Meet The Foxes

We’re celebrating all things love on this week’s edition of the podcast!

January saw New Zealand Inline Ferns captain Tara Tissink marry the love of her life, Courtney Fox – whom just happens to be the Ferns team manager.

Together the newlywed Foxes join the podcast to talk about their big day and how preparations are shaping up for the Inline Ferns ahead of the 2019 World Roller Games in Barcelona.

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What’s happening with Puck Yeah in 2019?

Dear reader,

I thought it was about time I gave you an update on the state of Puck Yeah and what’s happening with the website and podcast that I like to call ‘New Zealand’s home of hockey’ for 2019.

Well first of all, we’re based out of Australia now. My wife Sarah and I have packed up our lives in Auckland and moved across the ditch to Sydney after she was offered an incredible job opportunity that had to be taken – the crazy thing is this all started to happen a week after our wedding, so there’s been a couple big life decisions of late.

And yes, my Puck Yeah podcast co-host Joe Durie was one of my groomsmen – he looks pretty decent in a suit I might add.

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Upon learning this news, those I am close with amongst New Zealand’s ice hockey community firstly congratulated Sarah and I on our recent wedding and secondly, a recurring question was asked: what does that mean for Puck Yeah and the NZIHL’s media coverage?

Rest assured Puck Yeah will continue on! The way our coverage of the 2018 NZIHL season was received was overwhelmingly positive and it meant a lot to me personally knowing that all those hours of hard work were being appreciated by the very people it’s intended to benefit: the hockey players, the teams and their fans.

There is one thing that will change however.

As of last Sunday I notified the NZIHL and the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation that after some careful consideration I would be stepping back from my volunteer role as their Media Director.

Truth be told I became burnt out last season and I had to let some things fall by the wayside in an effort to preserve my mental health. There just wasn’t enough hours in the week to do everything I wanted to do for the NZIHL and Puck Yeah, which is my own doing really – so I prioritised the league’s needs to make sure games were being promoted and seen live or online through YouTube.

Now that those media operations are in a good place, I feel like I can step aside and focus on what’s important to me – I’ve put a lot of my own time and money into the Puck Yeah brand over the past two years and we’re starting to really see that pay off, so from 2019 onwards that will be my priority.

This means that there is one or two volunteer positions now available to help the NZIHL with their social media needs for the 2019 season, running from mid-May to mid-August.

If this is something that interests you then don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself to find out more via our contact form – it’s a great way to gain valuable experience to help get your foot in the door elsewhere. And I’ll still be onhand to answer any technical questions as best as I can from Australia.

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Joe asking Justin Daigle the hard questions under the bleachers

So, what about Puck Yeah for 2019?

While evaluating where we currently stand as a news and social media service, Joe and I took into consideration any constructive feedback we received last year, starting with…

THE PODCAST

Looking back on 2018, the one thing that I wish we hadn’t done was let the podcast disappear for an extended break, twice. With so many stories to share and players we want to interview, Joe and I are determined to not let that happen in 2019.

This week we started off the new season with a bang recording a fresh Rick Parry interview after the shock news dropped that the veteran goalie would be joining the Botany Swarm after spending the past five years with the West Auckland Admirals.

There’s plenty more to come with a new episode out next week featuring an interview with New Zealand Inline Ferns captain Tara Fox and team manager Courtney Fox, whom recently tied the knot.

We’re also looking at ways to make podcasts a more visual experience where possible.

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The brand new Rodecaster Pro makes podcasting between Australia & New Zealand so much easier for us!

DOCUMENTARIES

Puck Yeah will be releasing at least two documentaries this year – the first one being a feature on how ice hockey is growing in Wellington following on from the disappointment of last year’s cancelled Ice Hockey Classic at Westpac Stadium, and the unique characters making it happen. Expect a trailer for that to come out in the next few weeks.

The second documentary is an ambitious project that will come from myself filming the New Zealand Ice Blacks through their intense 10-day training camp in Vail, Colorado along with the 2019 IIHF Worlds in Mexico City, where they hope to win gold and gain promotion to the next tier of international competition.

What I am trying to achieve will see Ice Blacks fans enjoy the most comprehensive coverage of the national team ever seen. But such an effort doesn’t come for free.

Needing help to cover the costs of flights, travel insurance for camera gear, plus the three weeks working freelance as a video journalist and media manager for the team, I have started up a Givealittle page – to find out more please take the time to check it out and consider making a donation. There are also corporate sponsorship opportunities available.

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Filming the Ice Blacks for The Crowd Goes Wild in 2018.

THE WEBSITE

One thing I really wanted to do last year but didn’t have the time for was implement a new section for this website that would be dedicated to tracking NZIHL stats.

My aim is that it can be a valuable resource for the community, namely the volunteer livestream commentators, with the required info available with a simple click – so I’m open to hearing suggestions of what you would like to see from this.

The NZIHL use the IIHF’s Hydra system which displays information using PDF files. It’s basic, it works, but having to download those files every time you want an update (depending on your browser of choice) is a pain in the ass.

This will involve a fair amount of data entry – so if there’s anyone who has an interest in stats that wants to help out, hit us up!

It would be amazing if analytics (such as GameScore) could be part of this, but unfortunately the NZIHL does not track the necessary stats for this to happen. Although if they could start counting hits that would be great!

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Along with the podcast and the documentaries, Puck Yeah will continue to be heavily involved with providing news updates and promotions of the NZIHL, the Ice Blacks, the Ice Fernz, and plenty more NZ hockey action through our social media channels.

The game highlights, including segments like goals/saves of the week, will be back of course – making those videos is my favourite part of this whole thing.

It’s awesome to see Kiwi hockey fans bringing that passion online and I love that Puck Yeah can be a part of that. Thanks so much for taking the time to read our articles, listen to the podcast, or watch the videos we produce.

Here’s to an incredible year of New Zealand ice hockey!

Much love,
Logan Swinkels
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PUCK YEAH 48: Rick Parry enters The Hive

Puck Yeah Podcast is back in full force for 2019! And we’re starting off with some big news out of the NZIHL.

After spending the past five seasons with the West Auckland Admirals, culminating in lifting the Birgel Cup for the first time last year, goalie Rick Parry is moving across town to join the Botany Swarm.

It’s a busy time for the veteran netminder of 158 NZIHL games and 49 tests for the New Zealand Ice Blacks, recently he launched the Rick Parry Goalie Academy to help train the next generation of talent coming through.

Parry speaks with Puck Yeah’s Logan Swinkels to give an insight into why he’s making the big move for the 2019 season.

Please help support Puck Yeah with its extensive coverage of the 2019 New Zealand Ice Blacks by checking out our Givealittle page and donating today.

Main photo: Mike Froger

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In The Crease: Csaba Kercso-Magos

Csaba Kercso-Magos may have what some Kiwis consider a hard to pronounce name, but the Hungarian-born goaltender has definitely made a name for himself in the NZIHL – being awarded top goalie honours in 2017 before helping the West Auckland Admirals secure their first Birgel Cup victory in 2018.

Kercso-Magos was recently named into the 2019 New Zealand Ice Blacks squad that will play in Mexico City for the IIHF Worlds, creating a formidable tandem in net with fellow Admirals goalie Rick Parry.

He joins goalie/scientist Joel ‘Dr J’ Rindelaub for the third instalment of ‘In The Crease’.

Please help support Puck Yeah with its extensive coverage of the 2019 New Zealand Ice Blacks by checking out our Givealittle page and donating today.

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Photo: James Allan