As we near the end of the 2022 playing year, here’s a snapshot of your nationwide ice hockey community!
📅 Youngest registered player: 3 years 15 days
🍰 Oldest registered player: 79 years 3 months 1 day
🌏 Nationalities represented: 63
✈ Players born overseas: 44%
🇳🇿 Players born in New Zealand: 56%
The 2022 year saw NZIHF membership grow by 13%, primarily in our Learn to Play and Junior age groups. We gained +4 positions on the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)’s global membership ranking, now placed 29/81 for total player numbers.
Female participation continues to grow in the sport, with New Zealand ranked 15th globally, for the percentage of female players involved in the sport (21%).
The continued growth and presence of ice hockey throughout New Zealand wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers putting in an immeasurable amount of time behind the scenes – thank you for all your support!