|Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM|
Josh Hay has has been an integral member of the Botany Swarm ever since their inaugural season in the NZIHL in 2005. Josh's biggest asset has always been his speed which has created plenty of headaches for opposing defensemen and goalies. Josh had a particularly strong season in 2006, carrying his team to the 2006 NZIHL Finals where he was named Finals MVP. Josh was also a huge offensive asset when the team won 4 titles in 5 years during 2007 to 2011. His solid play also saw him named Botany Swarm MVP for the 2008 season. In his 9th season with the Swarm, Josh has become the team's all-time leading goal scorer, with 52 goals. Adding 48 assists sees him currently second in all-time points for the team. Against the Dunedin Thunder this past weekend, Josh celebrated both his 100th NZIHL game and 100th NZIHL point, a truly remarkable feat.
Josh has also represented New Zealand at elite level since 2006, at the time the youngest player to wear the Ice Blacks Jersey at just 17. During this time Josh has won 2 Division 3 World Championship gold medals and 2 Division 2 silver medals. He is 5th in all-time goals (13), 8th in all-time assists (10), 6th in all-time points (23) and 5th in all-time games played (37).
Josh was also one of the first young New Zealanders to play a high level of hockey overseas, representing the Swedish town of Linkoping for 3 seasons from 2003-2005, paving the way for many other young kiwis to follow their dreams overseas.
Congratulations to Josh for both his 100th NZIHL game and 100th NZIHL point. At just 24 years of age, and with so much acheived so far, Josh has the potential to further cement himself as a true legend of New Zealand hockey.