The East Coast Superleague is New South Wales senior contact
competition and is run under the direction of a committee of the New
South Wales Ice Hockey. An amalgam of the former Junior and Senior A
divisions the league was created to bridge the gap between junior
hockey and the national leagues, providing an avenue for those players
seeking to make the move into the national leagues but also giving
those who wish to play competitive contact hockey the opportunity.
To maximize competitiveness the Sydney based league teams are
based on a draft system keeping the teams, within the league, to a
balance ensuring close competitive hockey.
The East Coast Superleague plays a 20 game season with 2 game
semi final series and a 3 game final series, the only Australian league to play a multi game post season, and drawn regular time play off games are
determined by over time not penalty shoot outs, another rarity in
The ECSL is an Open Age Male competition, minimum age of 17, with each team comprising of not less than 40% of players 25 year or under as at 31 December of registration year
Although Sydney based, 2005 saw the Newcastle Northstars enter the
ECSL placing their national league farm team into the competition.
2019 sees the ECSL enter its 17th season looking to build further on
the success already achieved and further fulfill its primary aim of
improving the quality of New South Wales and Australian ice hockey.
The ECSL started in 2002 with four teams, expanded to six teams in
2005 but in 2018 is at five teams.
We have seen the withdrawal of the Ice Breakers in 2011 (Replaced by the Reach Rebels), the Central Coast Vipers in 2012. In 2014 the Blueline Bombers were introducted into the league restoring the league back to six teams, however in 2015 we saw the merge between the Heat & Bombers resulting in a loss of one team from the competition but as a result a stronger & closer competition. In 2020 we hope to see the CBR Brave join the league.
Joining a Team
To apply to enter the Entry Draft you will need to phone or email the
president or vice president. Details in the contacts page.