Ah, so you miss hockey, do ya? You’ve come to the right place.
It’s hockey season on the other side of the globe right now. The AIHL, or Australian Ice Hockey League (yes, the “I” is necessary) is under way, and the Melbourne Ice are pursuing their third straight league championship.
Inspired by 24/7, they decided to document the progress of the team throughout the season, and honestly, I’m hooked.
Three episodes are out (all about five minutes long), and there’s three to go.
This is a League where players don’t get paid to play, but ho-ly, do they ever care a lot. It makes for some compelling footage, and the hockey actually looks decent. The icing on the cake comes from cameos by Doug Wilsons Sr. and Jr., and of course, all the glorious Aussie accents.
Fun fact: I was going to spend a summer down there playing in that League when I was in college, but couldn’t get clarification if I’d lose my NCAA eligibility or not, and didn’t want to risk it.
I left out the short intro (if you want to see it, you can check it out here, along with the new episodes as they’re released), but the other three episodes are below.
The videos are like Lays chips in the Messier days – betcha can’t watch just one.