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    Nzihl 2013

    Figured we might as well get this started.
    Got inspired the truely amazing signing by Canterbury Red Devils as they've secured former NHL and Russian national team player Andrei Nikoloishin...is it just me or will this guy absolutely tear this league apart? I mean he pretty much did just that to the Ukrainian league just last season.

    Story: http://reddevils.co.nz/news/club-new...the-red-devils



    I have to admit i fell for it initially despite the huge banner underneath it, bloody aprils fool's

    Either way on a more serious note it probably isn't a bad time to get this thread started anyway with Canterbury Red Devils having announced their real roster as well.

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    Well the NZIHL is underway and we have had one round so far.
    Photos for the League including games will appear here
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nzihf/c...7633500156744/

    As usual the nzihl.com website (updated and much improved for 2013) has all the team links, schedules, rosters stats.

    After Round 1 - Stampede is in the lead with win with a regular time vs Swarm and an overtime loss to Swarm the next day.
    West Auckland Admirals had a bye and plays their first game in 3 hours vs the Canterbury Devils.
    In the South Island last week the Devils and the Thunder shared spoils - 3 points each.

    P Team Pts
    1 Stampede 4
    2 Thunder 3
    3 Red Devils 3
    4 Swarm 2
    5 Admirals 0

    The quality of the imports is a step up in 2013, and this is noticeable on the stats after Round 1.
    I have also been fortunate to see some of the AIHL games in Australia - and observe the two leagues. There are also a number of imports into the NZ Teams who have played in the Australia league in prior years.

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    Interesting view from Matt Canaday

    http://www.odt.co.nz/sport/ice-hocke...proving-import

    Ice hockey: NZ players improving: import
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    Canadian goaltender Matt Canaday at the Dunedin Ice Stadium. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
    Canadian goaltender Matt Canaday at the Dunedin Ice Stadium. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
    Canadian import Matt Canaday believes the standard of New Zealand ice hockey is getting better.

    Canaday (22) played for the Canterbury Red Devils two years ago and has noted a lift in the quality of the players after joining the Dunedin Thunder this year.

    ''The standard has gone up considerably in the last two years,'' he said.

    ''The local New Zealand players have raised their standards and the import players are getting better and better every year. It's pretty good hockey that is played here now.''

    Canaday joined the Thunder this year because of his admiration for coach Janos Kaszala, who was in charge of the Red Devils two years ago.

    The goaltender played in the Kazakhstan league before coming back to New Zealand.

    ''It is a professional league in Kazakhstan, but it is still an amateur league here,'' Canaday said.

    ''When more sponsors come on board, they will be able to pay imports and the league will start moving up in the world ranking.''

    Canaday is enjoying life in Dunedin more than he did with the Red Devils in Christchurch.

    ''I was in Christchurch during the earthquakes and the city is more lively here,'' he said.

    ''The team is very close and we are all good friends in the team. It is not as cliquey as it was with the Red Devils in Christchurch.''

    Canaday is keen to play in Hungary or France in the next northern hemisphere winter. If that happens, he will return to Dunedin next year.

    Ice hockey is a very physical game in North America, while the European game is more about finesse and ice skills.

    ''It is a mix here. You have a lot of European guys and they know how to dance on the ice with the puck.

    ''But when you have a couple of North American guys, like the Red Devils have, it's pretty crash and bang.

    ''The referees miss a lot of things and you are not allowed to fight because of the International Ice Hockey Federation rules.

    ''Because of that, there is a lot more anger on the ice and it leads to more penalties than back in Canada, where you can work it out with the guy you are not having a good time with.

    ''It's really more of a North American style here. There is more hitting than in Europe.''

    The rinks in Europe are a lot bigger than in New Zealand.

    ''There is a lot more room to skate. Dunedin has more space than other rinks in New Zealand and it helps our European players, who are able to skate around players.

    ''Christchurch has a very small rink. It is a more physical game on small rinks.''

    Canaday believes the Dunedin Thunder can reach the final of the national league this year.

    ''Stealing the three points from the Red Devils in the second game last weekend gave the team a real boost,'' he said.

    ''We can skate with the best of them. We are looking to go all the way this year.''

    The Thunder plays a doubleheader against the Botany Swarm at the Dunedin Ice Stadium this weekend. Games start at 5.10pm today and 4.10pm tomorrow. The Southern Stampede has the bye.

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    hockeysverige.se has started a blog about hockey in New Zealand written by Marcus Bengtsson who is playing with Canterbury Red Devils this year.

    It is good to see that Swedish hockey fan sites have started picking up on the more "exotic" hockey events around the world. Hockeysverige.se also had a blog from South Africa during the DIII WC down there.
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    Thx for posting that. I have seen a number of local articles written, profiling the incoming players for the season - none in swedish :-)

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    Highlights here of the first game between the Canterbury Red Devils & Dunedin Thunder:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P0H4OVk8iEk

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    Thx Marc the team at Slapshot productions are doing a great job http://www.youtube.com/user/SlapshotProds?feature=watch
    There are also Livestream of some games.

    An observation from across the tasman - refereeing is the same quality on both side of the tasman...

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    The league looks like it has really improved the level of play by a lot in just the past couple of years. Playing with higher quality imports, and playing more games, has obviously improved the skill of the native New Zealanders. Congrats to the NZ federation....well done. The league is very good quality now and the videos are a pleasure to watch. I dream of seeing the Israeli league be this good one day.

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    The Canterbury Red Devils won their second NZIHL title in a row, winning the championship of the five team league by defeating the Dunedin Thunder 7-3 in the championship game.

    Full recap from the IIHF site:

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...ash=4b10281ff0

    The league consists of Canterbury, Dunedin, Botany Swarm, Southern (Queenstown?) Stampede and West Auckland Admirals.

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