Kirk Shimmins has signed for the Southern Dogs in New Zealand to play in the 2014 National Hockey League which gets underway on Saturday with a tie against Auckland.Southern are a provincial side in NZ based in Dunedin and will hope to go one better in this years competition than 2013 when they reached the final of the NHL only to lose the title in a penalty shootout after drawing the game 2-2.
The NZ NHL is made up of eight teams drawn from four provincial areas on the north and south islands. Shimmins joined up with his new teammates on Thursday including Craig Smith from the Queensland Blades as the other International Guest Player (IGP) in the side to prepare for the first round of games in the NHL on play Auckland in a repeat of last years final.
The Dogs also feature Blacksticks goalkeeper Hamish McGregor as well as senior international Kane Russell while their Auckland opposition has the vastly experienced Ryan Archibald and the recently retired Dean Couzins as well as Marcus Child, Devon Manchester, Arun Panchia and Jared Panchia, making them a formidable foe.
After seven rounds of preliminary group matches, the men’s and women’s finals on Sunday, September 14 have also been confirmed to be live streamed through the Hockey NZ website.