It’s been less than two months since the AIHL ended, but hockey season is already here again. We may be heading into the summer months, but with the IHV Summer League and the AJIHL both opening in Melbourne last weekend, it was as busy a weekend of ice hockey as you could ask for. Along with several big announcements from the AIHL’s annual general meeting, it’s been a big week for hockey – NHL lockout or not.
Just when we thought the summer was going to be a quieter period for hockey in Australia, along came the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League, apparently out of nowhere. All of a sudden we had a new league, four new teams and another competition to follow, cheer for and argue about over the summer. In reality, I’m sure, the creation of the AJIHL wasn’t quick or easy at all. However long it’s been coming, though, the announcements were well timed, and the league is a welcome addition to the hockey fan’s calendar and to the development of young hockey players in Australia.