The replacement for the Australian Hockey League has been unveiled.
Tasmanian Tigers captain Eddie Ockenden joined six counterparts from around the country to help launch Hockey One - a new elite domestic competition which the sport's national body is billing as "the beginning of an exciting new era for the code in Australia".
Triple Olympian Ockenden, who also captains the Kookaburras, described the concept as "a fantastic new approach for hockey".
Incorporating a new concept, format, clubs and rules, the competition for men's and women's teams promises to provide new access for fans with three home matchdays for every club.
The first edition will feature the Tigers plus Adelaide Fire, Brisbane Blaze, Canberra Chill, HC Melbourne, NSW Pride and Perth Thundersticks each playing six home-and-away matches from late September before a finals series in mid-November.
We are very proud to have the Tiger on our uniformsTasmanian captain Eddie Ockenden
Men's and women's competitions will be played in a double-header format.
"It will be really accessible for everyone to watch and I'm looking forward to it," added Ockenden, who led his state to its sole AHL title in 2014.
"We love playing for our state and are very proud to have the Tiger on our uniforms.
"We really do feel home support in Tassie. There are not too many sport teams able to do that.
"The AHL triumph was amazing and one of the highlights of my whole career."
Hockey Australia chief executive Matt Favier said Hockey One "unifies and celebrates" a "truly gender equal sport" and replaces the AHL as the elite domestic competition and pathway for future Hockeyroos and Kookaburras.
"The feedback we received from numerous surveys and research conducted in recent years with Australian hockey fans, players and officials has shown there is an appetite for a new approach to our domestic hockey league, much like other sports have adopted such as cricket's Big Bash League," he said.
"Hockey as a game is a fantastic entertainment product and we want to showcase that to the wider Australian public. This is a major step forward in terms of visibility and exposure for hockey."
The schedule for the inaugural Hockey One season will be confirmed in due course along with information on rules and signings.
Matches will be live streamed on Kayo Sports and finals shown on Fox Sports.