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By LUCY WORMALD

A new Queenstown-based ice hockey team will join the recently-formed Pacific Hockey League (PHL) next year.

Mountain Scene understands the Queenstown Rush will recruit from the local talent pool, playing out of Queenstown Ice Arena.

The PHL is independent from the New Zealand Ice Hockey League – which the local SkyCity Stampede regularly dominates, winning four championships since 2015 – and will see a trans-Tasman ‘‘best of the best’’ clash on the ice.

With the slogan ‘‘a league by players – for players’’, PHL chief executive Andrew Petrie promises ‘‘a truly inclusive hockey community.’’

Queenstown ice hockey veteran Cam Trew says the league is in the process of finalising details and more information will be available in due course.

Teams from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Australia’s Central Coast and Melbourne will compete in this year’s inaugural season, with Queenstown Rush to join their ranks next winter.

lucy.wormald@scene.co.nz