Hockey stars hit the ice

The country's top ice hockey players were on show at the weekend as the opening round of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League got under way in Christchurch.

Canterbury's Red Devils faced off against defending champions, the Skycity Stampede from Queenstown, in a tightly-fought contest.

But the Red Devils had a secret weapon, 16-year-old rising international star Jacob Carey who was back in New Zealand during his off-season.

He is in his second season for the Red Devils.

At the age of 13, he was identified as a standout talent and received a scholarship to the prestigious A21 Academy in Canada.

Carey wants to be the first Kiwi to play in North America's National Hockey League.

In spite of his efforts, the SkyCity Stampede proved too strong for the Red Devils, winning 5-3.

- By Geoff Sloan
- Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air
Video footage supplied by Pāho Films Aotearoa NZ

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