NZIHL June 4, 2024  90

Jordan Challis Joins The Skycity Stampede

The team’s newest addition of talented forward Jordan Challis to their roster adds even more depth to the champion side. Challis, known for his exceptional speed and goal-scoring ability, has already made a name for himself in the southern club, with 2 goals and 2 assists from 4 games. His skill on the ice and impressive track record makes him a valuable addition to the Stampede, and fans are eager to see more of him.

The ex-West Auckland Admirals player together with his wife and kids has recently relocated from Auckland to Queenstown, embracing all the opportunities Queenstown has in store for him.

Photo thanks to James Allan Photography – https://jamesallan.co.nz/

“We’ve always had the goal to end up in Queenstown. My parents lived in Wānaka for a while, so I spent a bit of time down here when I was younger,” explains Challis. “I’ve been coming down [to Queenstown] for 20-odd years for hockey and knew this was the lifestyle we wanted for our family.”

Stampede head coach, Cameron Frear, expressed enthusiasm about having Challis on board. He noted that his talent and work ethic will undoubtedly strengthen the team and contribute to their success in the upcoming season.

“We’re excited to have Jordan Challis join the SkyCity Stampede this year. With over 200 NZIHL games and more than 50 for the Ice Blacks, his experience and skill will be a great asset to our team,” says Frear. “His vision, passing, and competitive edge, along with his depth of knowledge and big-game experience, are invaluable. We hope that his addition will make our team stronger in our quest to win the Birgel Cup this year.”

Challis has expressed excitement about joining the Stampede, citing the team’s strong reputation and the opportunity to contribute to their continued success. “I’m excited for the season and being part of the Stampede. I hope to contribute towards the team’s success however I can and share my experience with the younger guys. I love hockey more than ever – 17th season in the NZIHL and just as fired up now as I was for my first game in the league.”

Photo thanks to James Allan Photography – https://jamesallan.co.nz/

“Massive thanks and shout out to my sponsor for this season, Freeman Roofing Queenstown. and a big thank you to my family for their continued support over the past decades – mum, dad, my wife, Libby-Jean and my boys, Cruz and Miller. I couldn’t do without it.”

Be sure to mark your calendars and secure your tickets, because this upcoming season is shaping up to be an unforgettable one for Skycity Stampede fans. The addition of Jordan Challis adds to an already exhilarating and action-packed season, and Stampede fans are counting down the days until they can see their favourite team in action once again.

This weekend the Skycity Stampede host the Auckland Mako at Queenstown Ice Arena.

Photos thanks to James Allan Photography – https://jamesallan.co.nz/