|City||Auckland, New Zealand|
|League||New Zealand Ice Hockey League |
2021 – present
|Home arena||Paradice Avondale & Paradice Botany Downs|
|Colors||Grey, light grey, black, white |
|General manager||Wayne Curtis|
|Head coach|| Andreas Kaißer & |
The Auckland Mako are an ice hockey team in Auckland, New Zealand, that plays in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League, the top tier of the sport in New Zealand. The team is based in Auckland and play their home games at both Paradice Avondale and Paradice Botany Downs, alternating between the two.
History[edit | edit source]
Founded in 2021, the Auckland Mako are the sixth team to join the New Zealand Ice Hockey League, and the first to do so since the Dunedin Thunder joined the four foundation clubs in 2008 and will begin play in the 2021-22 season. The Mako will split their home games between Auckland's two ice rinks in Avondale and Botany Downs, and will travel around the country to play away games against NZIHL opposition. The teams roster will mainly be made up of players under the age of 23, with additional veteran 'mentor' players to provide leadership, in order to help provide younger players with a pathway into the NZIHL.
On February 26, 2021 the Mako announced that they would have two Co-Head Coaches, Andreas Kaißer & A.J. Spiller, both of whom have former NZIHL experience. Spiller was also announced to be one of the nine initial mentor players.
Team[edit | edit source]
The Mako are a unique team in that they do not have any contracted players, rather they are made up primarily of U-23 players contracted to other NZIHL teams. In the event that the Mako play against the players contracted team, the player will play for their contracted team and not the Mako. In addition to the U-23 players, there will be a smaller group of older players to provide leadership. These players will also be contracted to other NZIHL teams and will play on the same terms as the U-23 players. Due to the rotational nature of the teams roster, and the fact that they will be playing fewer games than the other NZIHL teams, Mako games will not count towards NZIHL standings, and they will be not be eligible for the play-offs, however, individual player stats will be tracked.
References[edit | edit source]
- Auckland Mako on NZIHL (english). New Zealand Ice Hockey League.
- New Zealand Ice Hockey League Announce Launch of New Team, Auckland Mako (english). New Zealand Ice Hockey League.
- NZIHL expands to include Auckland Mako Under-23 team (english). New Zealand Sports Wire (February 3, 2021).
- Auckland Mako Announce First Batch of Players & Staff (english). Auckland Mako (February 26, 2021).
- About Us - Auckland Mako Under-23 team (english). Auckland Mako.
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|New Zealand Ice Hockey League|
|Teams||Auckland Mako · Botany Swarm · Canterbury Red Devils · Dunedin Thunder · Southern Stampede · West Auckland Admirals|
|Seasons||2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 |
2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 ·
2020 · 2021
|Related articles: IIHF · New Zealand National team · New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation|
|Ice hockey in New Zealand|
|Leagues||New Zealand Ice Hockey League Botany Swarm - Canterbury Red Devils - Dunedin Thunder - Skycity Stampede - West Auckland Admirals|
|National teams||Men's - Women's - Men's under-20 - Men's under-18 - Women's under-18|
|Other articles||New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation -Trans-Tasman Champions League|