NZIHL – Ice Hockey in New Zealand

Ice hockey in Wellington and just about most of New Zealand has taken root in the sports scene. Since being established in 2005 the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL) the league has grown from strength to strength. Just last year ice hockey wellington expanded with the formation of the Wellington Ice hockey Association. The NZIHL although small is highly competitive. The ice hockey season in New Zealand is off season for Northern hemisphere teams and often attracts them to events such as the Wellington Ice Hockey Classic.

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New Zealand Ice Hockey Betting Lines

There are three standard hockey betting lines moneyline, puck line and total bets. Whether you are betting on Olympic ice hockey or on a USA vs Canada ice hockey Auckland game, these are the three betting types you should understand. We have tried to break the three main ice hockey classic bets into bite sized manageable bits.  tackle the three main types of hockey bets- straight money lines, Puck lines, and, total line bets.

Moneyline – Moneyline bets or straight-line bets as they are sometimes referred to are fairly simple. Kiwi bettors only have to predict the winning team only, not scores.

Puck Line – A puckline bet is to ice hockey what a point spread bet is to other sports. The bettor must predict the score by which the one team has to win or which the underdog has to lose or win. The predicted score has to be within a set point spread or range. In ice hockey the spread is a standard 1.5

Total Bet – Also known as the over/ under, this type of bet is a prediction of the combined score from both playing teams. Bettors wager on whether they think the score will be above or below the score set by the bookmakers.

Ice Hockey NZ Teams

New Zealand Ice Hockey League consists of five teams all spread across different cities. The teams in the NZIHL include players from the Northern Hemisphere who want to keep n shape during their off season. The New Zealand season is in our winter which runs from May to September. Players from USA, Canada, France Sweden and Russia to name a few have all participated in the NZIHL.

There are no divisions in Ice hockey NZ league at national level as with other bigger sports leagues. Mainly due to the fact that the league only has five hockey teams. However, the two main islands North and South have two teams each and one team from Canterbury. Each team must have minimum 18 players on rotation and two goalies. Teams are only allowed a minimum number of exported players. This is done to encourage development of the sport in New Zealand.

Betting on Ice Hockey Wellington

Up until 2018 there was no permanent ice rink in the capital city. Quite strange considering that the city has hosted USA and Canadian off-season tournaments in New Zealand which were a hit. In 2018 the Wellington Ice Hockey Association was formed along with a permanent ice hockey rink secured we expect the game of ice hockey will grow in leaps and bounds. The city only has one ice hockey team the Wellington Seals which started off as a labour of love from local hockey fans in 2017. They formerly were practicing at am ice skating rink in Lower Hutt. We look forward to seeing their growth and progression to the NZIHL.

 

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