Bert on national ice buzz

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A queenstowner who captained the Kiwi ice hockey team at the world champs is now focusing on the national league.
Bert Haines (right), originally from Canada, led a young Ice Blacks squad through the championships in Iceland earlier this month. 

“It was a tremendous honour. I believe I’m the first non-New Zealand-born captain.” 

The Ice Blacks qualified for Divi­­­­sion 2A after a silver in Melbourne last year. But injuries to senior players meant 10 rookies were in the squad. They lost all five games. 

“It was definitely a development year but it will be a brilliant experience for them,” Haines says. 

Haines now focuses on Queens­town-based national league team Southern Stampede – the full side is announced this week. 

Queenstown Ice Hockey Club hosts the Leslie Coaching Academy, from Canada, at the ice arena from May 5-13.