Behind the rivalry, there is a kind of brotherhood between Adelaide and Melbourne ice sports, a kinship linked by a common history. Bill Young's twenty-year association with St Moritz Adelaide was made possible by Melbourne developers, mirroring the making of the city's first rink in ways that were almost magical, right down to their common foundation on quad roller skating.
Eight permanent rinks in 3 states and countless touring and temporary ice floors. For a time, Burley's temples of hope ended an era of neglect, a time of despair when most of those in a position to help Australian ice sports had either gone out of business or turned a blind eye.
Taboos forbidding women in hockey only fueled a raging fire, in her case, a passion to belong in a sport in which her family was no stranger. After peewees the task of hammering out the first women's league for her state and nation was left to her father and a handful of like-minded people.
He rose through the new player development system — from the inaugural President's Trophy in '83 to his last Goodall Cup in '96 — and along the way he was in the vanguard of local players who moved overseas to further their hockey careers.
She learned to play hockey with boys, then learned to coach them. She was there at the dawn of the first local women's team, the first state women's team, the first national women's league, the first international women's team. She was a trailblazing champion who excelled all the way to a point of departure, then left the game without once looking back.
Thirty-seven years ago a new state-of-the art ice rink was the essential difference between coming first and coming last in a brand new new league. There were reasons for moving here and reasons for staying on. With time, friends became important to him.
Although it has been in his blood for a half a century, the part of David Turik's hockey career that unfolded in Australia has spanned 35 years, on and off, morphing from pro netminder to hockey entrepreneur with business partner, Rick Williams.
From a farm on the Manitoba Prairie, to grape-picking in the Barossa, he backpacked one of the longest roads ever taken by an Australian hockey coach. This career spanning over 30 years is already one of the most accomplished, certainly the most diverse, and it just keeps on truckin'.
He captained Czechoslavakia's U20 Championship team, then defected to Adelaide Australia where he was a scoring leader and a state and national representative player in not one, but two extreme sports.
We have added six new hockey biographies to the NEW Legends website — John Botterill, Pavel Bohacik, Glen Foll, Michael Harrow, Ross Noga, Ryan Switzer.
We have added five new hockey biographies — Vlad Mihal, Arto Malste, Jarrod Scott, Damian Holland and Tyler Lovering.
He captained Australia's World Championship team for so long he set the IIHF world record, then just disappeared from the world stage.
The first Australian ice floors were a by-product of ice works, born of necessity in a dry land, pioneered here, and before the International Ice Hockey Federation had even existed. They were world-class, multi-functional arenas, brilliantly conceived as publicly-listed companies.
We have updated the stats on the 2016 Div IIB World Champions in the Champions League. Follow the link and click '16' in the 'Worlds' sidebar.
The State that prided itself on developing its own players to Olympic level by the 1950s, won the Goodall Cup only once during the three decades from 1980 when the NIHL began.
It's the sixteenth year of Australia's participation in the Women's Hockey Worlds, but Glaciarium girls have been around a lot longer than that.
Waiting for Victoria to win back the Cup between the wars was like leaving the porch light on for Harold Holt, but when they did we got the first All-Australian ice hockey team.
Added the 2016 Mighty Roos who will be competing in the World Championships in Mexico City from April 9th 2016.
Once he blazed across the sky leaving trails of flame and when he fell to earth who helped him up again?
There has been pressure to commercialize the sport here each generation, every twenty or thirty years. That can be a good thing, but the intelligent way is to do it sustainably, by thinking global and acting local.
It's a battered old suitcase to a hotel someplace, and a world competitiveness we must master. Our junior and youth squads matter for as long as we want our national team to be populated by Australian-born players.
Induction of the 2015 AIHL Champions to the Champions League.
Australia's first ice hockey games were an international exchange of goodwill because for the first time hockey was able to be played against visiting teams from North America on a world-class rink in Melbourne, designed for "their" game.
She went to Sydney uni, she hung out in slummy Newtown, and she "played boys' games in skirts that were shortened to six inches above the ground.
The man who scored the first ever Goodall Cup goal was an Anzac and a well-to-do "gentleman" who didn't need to work.
Seven-times captain of the New South Wales ladies ice hockey team, she had pursued a sporting career in her youth that was nothing short of spectacular.
The biography of Philip John Rupert Steele has been added to page 6 of 'Builders'.
The biography of Peter Ross Sutherland has been added to page 6 of 'Builders'.
There was probably no man alive in the early-1940s whose father had fought with Wellington against Napoleon in 1815. Except, of course, this former president of the Victorian Ice Hockey Association and Chairman of Directors of Glaciarium Ltd.
The biography of Kurt Defris has been added to page 6 of 'Builders'.
There was one place to which a Jewish refugee did not want to flee, until eventually even that looked like heaven. Such was the experience of Kurt Defris.
From war-torn Prague, to the moors of York, this young Czech national stepped over the German border into a new life in the free world and helped Australian ice hockey to its first Olympics.
To Victorians, this former Goodall Cup champion, coach and administrator was once a Hungarian socialite, doctor of laws, lawyer, member of parliament and millionaire. The world knows him as one of the best Hungarian players of all time.
Few know that Australian and New Zealand hockey players were curtain-raisers for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Red Wings [sic] at Victoria Arena in Calgary Alberta during the 1940s.
The results of the 2015 Div IIA Worlds are in the Champions League. Click the link and choose 2015 from right-hand sidebar.
We have updated this article on the first ice rink in Queensland.
"A throne is only a bench covered with velvet," Bonaparte once said, and that was exactly how we watched Australia's very first ice sports.
In the 1960s, Franciscus van Rijswijk finished his career down under with the St Moritz Pirates then coached the Ringwood Junior Flyers.
The story of the Steele family and the second president of the Victorian Ice Hockey Association (VIHA).
The last of the site's pages have been converted to HTML 5 optimised for iOS, and we will be adding to them down the track.
Now converted to HTML 5, optimised for iOS.
Now converted to HTML 5, optimised for iOS.
Written in 2007, we have converted the first of five remaining Ice Academy articles to HTML 5, optimised for iOS. It displays better on phones and tablets.
The story of H H Kleiner and the seriously delirious St Moritz.
Commercialisation of ice hockey in Australia first occurred in Sydney in 1938. It was razor sharp and positively icy.
The enchanted legacy of the Australians who danced on ice with hockey's elite at the VIII Winter Olympics
So it's a backbeach in the summer, the chalet for the snow, from Portsea pier to the roulette wheels of Juan-les-Pins, Nan Irving played them all, and played to win.
The story of Australian ice hockey's elimination from the 1964 Olympics.
In 1938, Ken Lewis, the visiting Canadian Bears manager remarked, "We are supposed to be invincible in hockey. Of course, you must admit that the old guy from Toronto Canada, who played for New South Wales had a big part in your smart moves..."
Added 3 more new images to the NSW-ACT timeline for the years 1948, 1963, 1968.
Added 3 new images to the NSW-ACT timeline for the years 1954, 1961 and 1970.
A concise theory of game development and the noble sport of boomerangs.
What happened to Australia after a winless debut at the 1960 Olympics? The story of Australia's 2nd World Championship.
The biography of Robbie Stevenson has been added to CHAMPIONS on a new page Champions / Hockey-Men / 3
Where was Australian hockey when Britain's captain and top point scorer emigrated to Australia in 1970?
New biography added to Hockey Champions for the former Swedish goalie who represented Australia at the 1974 Worlds at Grenoble in France.
New biography added to Builders for the former IHA president who managed the 1974 Australian Worlds team at Grenoble in France with coach Elgin Luke.
The story of Cyril Lane.
Concept uniform for Brisbane Brumbies added to our article from last year on "Reducing the Bull".
The ACT and New South Wales now have their own timeline page and we will be further localising it... every senior competition team, every rink, every trophy. Click "2" next to TIMELINE on the main menus.
The third installment on the history of New South's most successful club profiles the foundation captain, Dick Groenteman (Mann).
The second installment on the history of New South's most successful club profiles the foundation player-coach, Emil Butchatsky, who played more hockey here than in his homeland or anywhere elsewhere in Europe.
Chalwin's Business Model and the Barnstorming Bombers. Viv Chalwin made an important contribution to Australian sport, not least of which was his patronage and commercialisation of the post-war ice hockey league in New South Wales.
Added new biographical details on Miklos by the Swedish historian Patrick Houda, courtesy of Birger Nordmark, along with new Wikipedia and YouTube links that have appeared since his entry was first posted.
A small collection of our most recent work on national sports team identity, both uniforms and street wear.
Sweden's own hockey historian, Birger Nordmark, recently reminded us of this Kerwin Macgrain caricature from the Sydney Morning Herald. Team captains and officials depicted are those of the return Goodall (F C Brown Shield) held in Sydney in September 1946.
The Goodall Cup had been contested in Melbourne early-August. Added to the Champions League, Timeline and Russ Carson biography.
New South Wales Ladies made a clean sweep of the 1925 Gower Cup. We have added their team photo to the page on Women's Ice Hockey.
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We have added the Fantoms HC concept to the article, "Designing the AIHL".
Meet the Melbourne girl who barnstormed all the big North American and British cities with Ice Capades for well over a decade.
The Sunshine State was last to open an ice rink to the public, years after Australia's first rinks down south had celebrated a half century of ice sports and closed. But where?
The foundation story of ice sports in the West coincided with the establishment of the first rink in Tasmania. Sady, the state's first four ice hockey clubs and controlling body were equally short-lived.
In 1931, Maclurcan became the inaugural president of Ice Skating Australia. A few years earlier in 1928 he visited Switzerland and left us with some wonderful photographs of some of the worlds best skaters of his day. We have added a selection of 14 images provided by his grandson, John.
Dunbar Poole was an important rink manager on three continents and a builder of ice sports in New South Wales for 3 or 4 months a year, most years between 1907 and 1931. His biography has been updated and expanded, including new imagery.
Born in London, he moved to Sydney, Australia where he married twice and spent the formative first decade of his professional career. He later owned an ice rink in California and became an influential figure in the Ice Skating Institute of America (ISIA) and the Chalet Division of Ice Capades.
Ice skating on the Apple Isle had its roots in the frozen tarns of the Tasmanian wilderness in the 1920s. But it is was a new wave of European immigrants that helped create Tasmania's first olympic-size ice rink and ice hockey clubs.