Adelaide To Host Australia’s First Ice Hockey League
ig news for Australian Ice Hockey fans as Adelaide will host the first professional Ice Hockey League in Australia.
The National Hockey Super League (NHSL) will comprise three teams and hope to have 15 teams by 2023.
Within the first year, the NHSL will feature three teams Noarlunga Stars, Port Adelaide Brewers and Adelaide XTream, made up of predominantly South Australian players, to then expand to a national level format next summer.
Games will be played in front of crowds at IceArena on Friday nights as the season is expected to kick-off at the beginning of November.
The league will feature a similar rulebook to the NHL as the general managers will be tasked to find a coach and draft their team from registered players.
Each general manager can contact two marquee players to build their team around; however, the player cannot be from the same club in the IHSA season.
If players want to be drafted, they must nominate themselves prior to the rest of the team being filled out at the NHSL draft in mid-October.
Draft teams, team names and lead rules will be announced soon after the draft, ready to commence the season starting in November.