After the Canterbury Red Devils captured their third Birgel Cup is as many years and cemented a New Zealand hockey dynasty, the league turns its head to this weekend for their Skate of Origin; the battle between North and South Island.
Taking place on South Island soil down in Dunedin, the best of both islands will be playing once again for the Glass Family Shield. The South Island could have their own three-peat on their hands if they capture the win this year. Make it hard for them to win it North players!
The NZIHL also had gave out their end of season awards following the championship match. The Stampede’s Matt Schneider cleaned house as he picked up MVP for his team and the league! Not only him but the Southern Stampede did well for awards as well. Congrats to all winners on another successful NZIHL season!
MVP West Auckland Admirals – Justin Daigle
MVP Botany Swarm – Garrett Ferguson
MVP Southern Stampede – Matt Schneider
MVP Canterbury Red Devils – Chris Eaden
MVP Dunedin Thunder – Benjamin Gavoille
League MVP – Matt Schneider, Southern Stampede
Top Rookie – Harrison Marcharg, Southern Stampede
Best Defenseman – Jesse Kantanen, Dunedin Thunder
Top Goalkeeper – Michael Coleman, Canterbury Red Devils
Top Points Scorer – Mike McRae, Southern Stampede
MVP Finals – Dale Harrop, Canterbury Red Devils
The 2014 NZIHL Skate Of Origin drops the puck September 13th at 7pm local time. Get down to the Dunedin Ice Stadium and see the all-stars of New Zealand hockey!
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