Month: February 2014

Knights Looking to Raise $50,000

The Canberra Knights have announced that they are required to raise $100,000 by 20:00 AEST 3 March 2014 to be readmitted to the league. $50,000 is expected to come from season memberships while the other $50,000 is being sought by a public fundraiser via the Mycause.com.au website.

The league has also set the requirements of the team being able to field a competitive team and have a rink in which to train and play their games. Team officials are currently in talks with the former owner who is also the owner of their home rink, the Phillip Ice Skating Centre. Talks are also in place with the ACT government in regards to retaining the funding of $29,000.

For more information see The Canberra Times article by Lee Gaskin.

And head over to the Mycause.com.au website and help the Knights reach their target of $50,000.

Players Look to Take Control of the Knights

The Canberra Times have announced that the Canberra Knights players have approached the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) to take on the club license and revive the team. Club owner, John Raut yesterday announced that the Knights would fold due to financial costs, lack of players and poor performance. Talks, headed by captain Mark Rummukainen, are scheduled to be held today with the AIHL deputy commissioner Alex Lata. The ACT Government has announced that if successful the $29,000 in funding would continue to be paid to the club regardless of ownership.

For more information see the article from The Canberra Times by Lee Gaskin.

Canberra Knghts Fold

The Canberra Knights announced today that the team has folded and would withdraw from the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL), effective immediately. The club owner cited financial costs, lack of local players and consistently poor performance as the reasons behind the teams closure. This move leaves the AIHL with seven teams to compete in the upcoming 2014 season. The League has yet to advise on what changes will be made to the 2014 schedule.

For more information see The Canberra Times article by Lee Gaskin.

AJIHL: Round 14 & PLAYOFFS

The final game of the regular season was played between the Sydney Sabres and the Sydney Wolf Pack. The Sabres lost the game but finished the regular season in first place, taking their first regular season title. The playoffs also got under way with two of the state finals being held. In the Western Australian State final the Perth Pelicans beat the Perth Sharks to advance to the AJIHL finals, while the Melbourne Whalers defeated the Melbourne Glaciers in the Victorian State final to advance.

The Sabres and Wolf Pack will compete on 1 March to decide the winner of the New South Wales State final before the three winners advance to Melbourne for the AJIHL finals.

Results for the round:

  • Game 42: Sydney Wolf Pack 7 – 4 Sydney Sabres (17:00, 22 Feb 2014, Penrith Ice Palace)
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  • VIC SEMIFINAL: Melbourne Whalers 5 – 3 Melbourne Glaciers (17:00, 22 Feb 2014, Medibank Icehouse)
    Game Card
  • WA SEMIFINAL: Perth Pelicans 7 – 4 Perth Sharks (17:30, 22 Feb 2014, Xtreme Ice Arena)
    Game Card
  • Standings at the end of the season:

    Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
    Sydney Sabres 14 9 1 1 3 30
    Melbourne Whalers 14 8 0 0 6 24
    Melbourne Glaciers 14 6 1 0 1 20
    Perth Pelicans 14 6 0 2 6 20
    Sydney Wolf Pack 14 6 1 1 6 21
    Perth Sharks 14 3 1 0 10 11

    Melbourne Ice 2014 Roster Announced

    The Melbourne Ice are the first team to announce their roster for the upcoming 2014 Australian Ice Hockey League season. On the list are seven new inclusions for the team while eleven players have been cut including the Hughes brothers who left the team midway through the season. The two new import signings of Scott Corbett and Tim Johansson replace the 2013 signings of Chris Frank and John Gordon. Corbett last played for the Ice in the 2008 season and was an alternate captain for the Mustangs during the 2011 season. Ross Howell returns to the Ice having last played for the team in 2004 and had been playing for the Gold Coast Blue Tongues up until they were suspended from the league. Sean Hamilton last season played for the Perth Thunder but announced his move to Melbourne at the start of February. Other new signings include Melbourne Glaciers Sam Hodic, Richard Ashton, Sonny Bal and Jeremy Brown.

    There has been no mention of the future of the players cut from the Melbourne Ice’s team apart from the Hughes brothers who are expected to be signed by the Melbourne Mustangs after attending the Mustangs tryouts earlier this year. Players cut from the team include Caleb Butler, Andrew Crowther, Andrew Erzen, Chris Frank, John Gordon, Joseph Hughes, Vincent Hughes, Glen Mayer, Dylan Moore, Dahlen Phillips and Mike Thorburn.

    For more information see the AIHL’s article where they discuss the team with Melbourne Ice President, Emma Poyton.

    Wilson Cup Revived

    It has been announced that the Wilson Cup will be held in March, returning from a four year hiatus. The Wilson Cup was first competed in 2007 and involves the New South Wales based teams of the Australian Ice Hockey League. The tournament will consist of the Newcastle North Stars, Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs. The first game is scheduled for March 16 with the North Stars up against the Bears at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium.

    The Central Coast Rhinos who previously competed in the AIHL and Wilson Cup will not return to defend their 2009 title.

    For more information see the article by Ellie-Marie Watts at Northstars.com.au and for more information on the tournament see the Wikipedia entry.

    Ferrari Returns for 2014

    As reported by Hewitt Sports, Newcastle North Stars defenceman David Ferrari is set to return for the start of the 2014 season. Ferrari sat out the entire 2013 season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament while playing ice hockey in Calgary, Alberta. During the 2013 season Ferrari was signed by the North Stars as an assistant coach and set up the North Stars Academy, along with team mate John Kennedy, a program created to help develop future talent for the team.

    Read more over at Hewitt Sports Network

    AJIHL: Round 13

    Three games were held for round 13 of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League (AJIHL). The Perth Sharks hosted the Perth Pelicans and the Melbourne teams played a double header at the Medibank Icehouse. The final round will be held next week to end the 2013-14 AJIHL regular season with the two Sydney teams up against each other in the only game. Meanwhile the Melbourne and Perth teams are holding the their state semi-finals next week to determine who will go through to the finals.

    Results for the round:

  • Game 39: Melbourne Glaciers 1 – 3 Melbourne Whalers (18:15, 15 Feb 2014, Medibank Icehouse).
    Game Card
  • Game 40: Perth Sharks 2 – 7 Perth Pelicans (17:45, 15 Feb 2014, Medibank Icehouse).
    Game Card
  • Game 41: Melbourne Whalers 2 – 0 Melbourne Glaciers (17:04, 16 Feb 2014, Medibank Icehouse).
    Game Card
  • Standings at the end of the round:

    Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
    Sydney Sabres 13 9 1 1 2 30
    Melbourne Whalers 14 8 0 0 6 24
    Melbourne Glaciers 14 6 1 0 1 20
    Perth Pelicans 14 6 0 2 6 20
    Sydney Wolf Pack 13 5 1 1 6 18
    Perth Sharks 14 3 1 0 10 11

    AWIHL: Round 8

    With the final round of the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) complete we now move on to the playoffs. Four games were played with Adelaide Adrenaline playing a double header against the Melbourne Ice and the Sydney Sirens hosting the Brisbane Goannas. With their two wins the Melbourne Ice finish the regular season in first place and take the regular season title.

    Results for the round:

  • Game 21: Adelaide Adrenaline 0 – 4 Melbourne Ice (16:30, 15 Feb 2014, Ice Arena).
    Game Card
  • Game 22: Sydney Sirens 7 – 2 Brisbane Goannas (17:45, 15 Feb 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
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  • Game 23: Adelaide Adrenaline 0 – 8 Melbourne Ice (10:00, 16 Feb 2014, Ice Arena).
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  • Game 24: Sydney Sirens 4 – 5 Brisbane Goannas (09:56, 16 Feb 2014, Liverpool Catholic Club).
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  • Standings at the end of the round:

    Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
    Melbourne Ice 12 10 1 0 1 32
    Adelaide Adrenaline 12 7 1 0 4 23
    Brisbane Goannas 12 3 0 0 9 9
    Sydney Sirens 12 2 0 2 8 8

    Sean Hamilton Heads East

    Sean Hamilton MovePerth Thunder player Sean Hamilton has announced via Twitter that he is heading to Melbourne to attend a training camp with the Melbourne Ice. Hamilton joined the Thunder back in their inaugural 2012 season but didn’t make his debut until the 2013 season. Playing as a reserve import the Canadian born forward gained his Australian residency in August 2013 and became eligible to play for the Thunder as a local player. Hamilton finished his first season with five goals and an assist in thirteen games.