Auckland Mako Announce First Batch of Players & Staff

February 26, 2021

The Auckland Mako NZIHL team are proud to announce the first batch of players and staff which will form part of the 2021 squad.

 

The names released so far are:

 

Staff:

Andreas Kaißer – Co-Head Coach

A.J. Spiller – Co-Head Coach

Wayne Curtis – Manager

Valerie Chan – Physio

 

Mentor Players:

Paris Heyd – Dunedin

Joe Orr – Dunedin

Matt Schneider – Queenstown

Callum Burns – Queenstown

Robbie Banks – Canterbury

A.J. Spiller – Auckland

Justin Daigle – Auckland

Nick Craig – Auckland

Andrew Hay – Auckland

 

We look forward to sharing more information with you about our Under 23 aged players soon.

 

The team roster is comprised of Under-23 aged players from around the country, who are the future of the NZIHL, along with current NZIHL veterans you all know and love, who will act as mentors for the younger players.

 

The mentor players will rotate throughout the season, so not everyone on this list will be involved in every game.

 

Mentor players explained:

Example: If a mentor player normally plays for the Dunedin Thunder, and the Dunedin Thunder play against the Auckland Mako, then the Dunedin mentor player will play for the Dunedin Thunder instead of the Auckland Mako; the mentor player will be replaced by another mentor player from a different region.

 

Under 23 players explained:

Example: If an under 23 aged player normally plays for the Canterbury Red Devils, and the Canterbury Red Devils play against the Auckland Mako, then the Canterbury Red Devils under 23 aged player will play for the Canterbury Red Devils instead of the Auckland Mako; the under 23 aged player will be replaced by another under 23 aged player from one of the other four NZIHL teams.

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