Where to for the AWIHL?
Have you been watching the NWHL? If you support Women’s hockey, you probably should be.
Starting in 2015/2016 the four team competition has The Boston Pride, The Buffalo Beauts,
The Connecticut Whale and the New York Riverters.
I’ve always considered my self a fan the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League, our own four
The AWIHL is a great competition and the games have a great competitive spirit.
I’ve often felt the league lacks direction. The games are great, the girls rip in and play great
hockey so I’m talking management of the game, not the players.
So what can be done to drive the game forward and raise the profile?
I really think the AIHL should have control of the AWIHL.
It would bring the elite level of the game under one umbrella, one marketing strategy would
make sense and give the AIHL and AWIHL a year long product.
I for one would love to see some of the girls in the All Star Weekend or to have their own.
I would like to see Face Cages optional and women have the option of wearing a visor.
Now I know the AWIHL runs under IIHF rules so there would need to be changes.
It should be about choices.
I would like to see the AWIHL level include body checking. It’s ok for a girl to play Bantams and
body check, but I’d like to think our elite level of women could body check. It’s not like there is
beginners out there.
Could the league have two more teams and still be competitive?
A four team competition is fine cause everyone makes the finals but the game needs growth, some thing that is not easy.
Expansion is not a dirty word and if the quality of players is there, then why not expand?
There is interest from Canberra to have a team and if they’re keen then again why not.
More women will be coming into the sport and lets have a national competition that’s progressive and keep setting the standard of an eilte league.