The 2014 Australian International Ice Hockey Cup finished just over a week ago with the USA Eagles defeating the Canada Maples six games to three. The International Ice Hockey Cup runs over two weeks and features players from Canada and the USA, as well as invited players from Europe, with games played out the Erina Ice Arena and the Sydney Ice Arena. A slight name change was made for 2014 with the Canadian Maples being renamed to the Canada Maples.
For more information on the Australian International Ice Hockey Cup see their website or have a read of the brief history below.
- Canada Maples 7 – 6 USA Eagles (17:45, 28 June 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
- Canada Maples 9 – 8 USA Eagles (15:30, 29 June 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
- USA Eagles 10 – 6 Canada Maples (19:30, 2 July 2014, Erina Ice Arena).
- USA Eagles 14 – 8 Canada Maples (19:30, 3 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
- Canada Maples 6 – 4 USA Eagles (17:45, 5 July 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
- USA Eagles 5 – 4 Canada Maples (15:30, 6 July 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
- USA Eagles 5 – 3 Canada Maples (19:30, 9 July 2014, Erina Ice Arena).
- USA Eagles 7 – 2 Canada Maples (19:30, 10 July 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
- USA Eagles 6 – 3 Canada Maples (17:45, 12 July 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
Scoring leaders (top 20):
|8||Joseph Harcharik||USA Eagles||9||12||14||26||2|
|22||Anton Lennartsson||USA Eagles||9||10||12||22||2|
|57||Sean Fischer||Canada Maples||9||10||9||19||2|
|10||Michael Raynee||USA Eagles||9||8||10||18||0|
|24||Daniel Nielsen||Canada Maples||9||9||8||17||2|
|21||Jonas Nilsson||USA Eagles||9||7||10||17||2|
|77||Hannes Olander||Canada Maples||9||6||10||16||0|
|7||Mario Passarelli||USA Eagles||9||6||6||12||5|
|11||Gordon Campfield||USA Eagles||9||7||4||11||2|
|32||Moritz Israel||Canada Maples||9||2||6||8||2|
|39||Johan Ohland||Canada Maples||9||2||6||8||4|
|6||Ricky Helmbrecht||USA Eagles||6||2||6||8||6|
|31||Matias Sandberg||USA Eagles||9||6||1||7||2|
|35||Lukas Vaic||Canada Maples||4||4||3||7||2|
|38||Gerritt Bettencourt||Canada Maples||9||3||4||7||0|
|36||Simon Nielson||Canada Maples||9||2||5||7||4|
|71||Spencer Mehlenbacher||Canada Maples||9||4||2||6||0|
|30||Vladislav Lapshin||USA Eagles||9||3||3||6||4|
|24||Filip Hultberg||USA Eagles||9||1||5||6||0|
|50||Brady Johnston||Canada Maples||9||0||6||6||5|
A brief history
The Australian International Ice Hockey Cup was formed in 2009 to provide a place of competition for the Central Coast Rhinos who left the AIHL after the end of the 2008 season. The 2009 season consisted of four teams; the Rhinos, Canadian Maples, USA Eagles and the Euro Stars. The Maples won the playoffs defeating the Rhinos 7 – 4. The following season the Euro Stars were replaced by the Sydney Giants and the Maples went on to win the 2010 Cup, again defeating the Rhinos in the final. In 2011 the competition grew to five teams with the addition of a second Canadian team, the Toronto Moose. This also resulted in the Canadian Maples being renamed the Montreal Maples. The USA Eagles defeated the Rhinos in the finals, winning their first title and left the Rhinos as runners-up for three years straight. The 2012 season saw the Sydney Giants disbanded, leaving four teams to contest the Cup. The USA Eagles defeated the Montreal Maples 6 – 5 in the final, while the Rhinos finished the tournament in last place. Heading into 2013 the tournament was intially set to feature the same four teams as the 2012 tournament, however due to the recent success of the International Ice Hockey Australian Tour which features Canada versus USA the tournament was reorganised. The organisers dropped both the Toronto Moose and the Central Coast Rhinos from the tournament and renamed the Montreal Maples back to their original name of the Canadian Maples. The tournament schedule featured the Maples versus the USA Eagles in eight games with the Maples winning the tournament seven games to one.