Canterbury Win NZWIHL

Canterbury are the new National Women’s Ice Hockey League champions but their title win came with a little controversy in Gore on Monday.

Canterbury lost their final game 2-5 in the round-robin competition against Auckland at the Ice Sports Southland rink at Gore on Monday but was awarded the championship on points differential..

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MVP Canterbury:  
2015 – 2016 – Bridie Gibbings  # 19
MVP Auckland: 
2015 – 2016 – Helen Murray  # 6
MVP Southern:  
2015 – 2016 – Adele Costello  # 12
Top Points Scorer
2015 – 2016 – Marisa Blanco  # 14 Canterbury
2015 – 2016 – Emma Kloss  # 6  Canterbury
Best Forward
2015 – 2016 – Hannah Shields  # 18  Auckland
Best Defence
2015 – 2016 – Eve Anderson  # 10  Canterbury
Best Goaltender
2015 – 2016 – Jaimee Wood  # 20  Southern
Most Sportswoman
2015 – 2016 – Hannah Shields  # 18  Auckland
League MVP
2015 – 2016 – Helen Murray  # 6  Auckland


From the desk of the NZWIHL General Manager:


“The NZWIHL this season was a well fought battle between Canterbury Devilettes  and Auckland Steel over the wholerround robin with it ending on the final weekend with both teams on the same wins/loses/points etc.  On 2 teams questioning the interpretation of the NZWIHL Events Manual differently – ‘Goal Differentiation’ clause 1.4 advise and clarification was sort from the NZIHF and NZIHF National Portfolio Holder to make a final ruling on the winner this ending with Canterbury Devilettes being declared the winners of the 2015 – 2016 NZWIHL Season.
Commiserations to Auckland Steel who fought hard to win the final game pushing it to a goal differential decision.
Southern Storm this year were very much in a rebuilding fase with a large number of their players under 16 years of age.  Look out for this team in the future.  They will be a force to be reckoned with.
Congratulations to the Canterbury Devilettes  who have worked hard over the last few years to re establish themselves as a winning combination who have consistantly this year also displayed and presented themselves in a very professional and sportswomen like manner. Well done Canterbury Devilettes.”

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