Medibank Icehouse

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Medibank Icehouse
MEDIBANK-ICEHOUSE.jpg
Location 105 Pearl River Road, Docklands, Melbourne, 3008
Capacity 1000
Surface 61 metres (200 ft) × 30 metres (98 ft) with a corner radius of 4.2 metres (14 ft)
Opened 12 February 2010
Tenants
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (2010-present)
Australia men's national ice hockey team (2010-present)
Melbourne Ice (2010-present)
Melbourne Mustangs (2010-present).

The Medibank Icehouse (also known as The Icehouse.) is an ice sports and public skate centre, located in the Docklands precinct of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia.[1]

Facilities[edit]

The Bradbury Rink is open to public skating every day of the week. It is also used for Figure Skating and Curling.

The Icehouse contains two Olympic-sized ice rinks, specialist winter sports gym and is the new home of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia.[2][3] Rink 1, which features stadium seating for around 1,000 people, and fully glassed boards suitable for ice hockey, is known as the Henke Rink, named in honour of Australian ice sports champion Geoffrey Henke AO.[4] Rink 2, used mostly for public skating, is named the Bradbury Rink, after the Bradbury family – the most well-known member, Steven Bradbury, was a short-track speedskater who won the 1,000 m Gold Medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and his father John and brother Warren were both also heavily involved in ice sports.

The rink is home to both Victorian-based ice hockey teams competing in the Australian Ice Hockey League, the Melbourne Ice and Mustangs IHC.[5][6] Other facilities include a Pro-shop, The St Moritz Bar and the Igloo Café.

Events[edit]

The Henke Rink is used year round for Ice Hockey and Speed Skating.

Since opening in early 2010, the Medibank Icehouse has played host to many events. As well as hosting all home games of Melbourne Ice and Mustangs IHC in the AIHL (Australian Ice Hockey League), It also held the 2010 and 2011 AIHL Goodall Cup. Both of these AIHL Goodall Cup Finals saw Melbourne Ice win the Cup.

In April 2011 Medibank Icehouse hosted the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II. Team Australia won the championship playing against Belgium, Mexico, New Zealand, and Serbia.

Other events that have been held here include the 2010 Australian Figure Skating Championships, National Speed Skating Championships, Victorian Figure Skating Championships and an annual Christmas Show.

In February 2012 Medibank Icehouse Henke rink was transformed from a hockey rink to a world class short track rink which hosted the 2012 World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships. This saw skaters aged 19 years and under, traveling from over 30 countries to compete in the 500 meters, 1000 meters, 1500 meters, 1500 meters super final and a team effort in the 3000 meters relay. Three junior world records were broken during this event.

Location[edit]

It is located at 105 Pearl River Road, in the Docklands precinct of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Ice Sports Centre - Department of Planning and Community Development, Government of Victoria. Retrieved 2010-04-01
  2. ^ About Us - National Ice Sports Centre. Retrieved 2010-04-01
  3. ^ Australian Olympic Winter Sports Institute - National Ice Sports Centre. Retrieved 2010-04-01
  4. ^ Official naming of the Henke Rink - National Ice Sports Centre, 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2010-04-01
  5. ^ Melbourne Ice homepage. Retrieved 2010-04-01
  6. ^ Mustangs IHC homepage. Retrieved 2011-04-24

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°48′45″S 144°56′08″E / 37.8123777°S 144.9355674°E / -37.8123777; 144.9355674