Month: September 2015

AJIHL kicks off 31 October

The Australian Junior Ice Hockey League is scheduled to commence its fourth season on 31 October. Ice Hockey Australia had announced that the league would be expanding to Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory for the 2015-16 season however these plans appear to have been shelved, with the league staying unchanged at six teams.

A full schedule has yet to be released but we will make it available as soon as it becomes possible.

2015 ECSL Playoffs: Semifinals

The semifinals of the 2015 East Coast Super League playoffs have finished with the Reach Rebels and the Sting advancing to the finals series which kicks off on 3 October at the Canterbury Ice Arena. The semifinals are a two game series with the winner being determined on a cumulative aggregate format. In Semifinal A the Rebels defeated the Raptors in both games and finished with an aggregate score of 12-1. In Semifinal B the Sting finished with an aggregate score of 10-6 after defeating the North Stars in both of their games.

For more information on the ECSL see their website.

Semifinal A

  • Penrith Raptors 1 – 5 Reach Rebels (18:30, 26 September 2015, Canterbury Ice Arena).
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  • Reach Rebels 7 – 0 Penrith Raptors (19:30, 27 September 2015, Canterbury Ice Arena).
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  • The Rebels defeat the Raptors 12-1 on aggregate.

Semifinal B

  • Sting 4 – 3 Newcastle North Stars ECSL (15:45, 26 September 2015, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium).
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  • Newcastle North Stars ECSL 3 – 6 Sting (17:45, 27 September 2015, Canterbury Ice Arena).
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  • The Sting defeat the North Stars 10-6 on aggregate.

National under-20 team roster announced for 2016 U20 World Championships

The roster of the Australian national under-20 team has been announced for the upcoming 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division II Group B in Novi Sad, Serbia. The tournament will run from 17 January to 23 January 2016 and includes teams from Belgium, China, Romania, Serbia and Spain. The team is expected to leave Australia on 8 January for a training camp in Litomerice, Czech Republic.

Team roster:

Team officials:

  • Martin Jones (VIC) – Chef de Mission
  • Markus Frankenberger (WA) – Head Coach
  • Josef Rezek (SA) – Assistant Coach
  • Ben Salcinovic (NSW) – Team Physio
  • John Lavery (NSW) – Equipment Officer
  • TBC – Team Manager

2015 ECSL season: Round 24

Round 24 of the 2015 East Coast Super League season has finished with wins for the Reach Rebels, Blueline Bombers and the Sting. The Rebels finish on top of the standings, two points clear of the Sting, and claim the regular season title for the second year in a row. Next week the playoffs get underway with the Sting taking on the Newcastle North Stars and the Rebels playing the Penrith Raptors.

For more information on the ECSL see their website.

Round 24 results:

  • Reach Rebels 7 – 3 Sting (18:30, 19 September 2015, Canterbury Ice Arena).
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  • Blueline Bombers 7 – 6 Penrith Raptors (17:00, 20 September 2015, Penrith Ice Palace).
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  • Sydney Heat 2 – 6 Sting (18:45, 20 September 2015, Penrith Ice Palace).
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  • Reach Rebels 7 – 4 Sydney Heat (19:30, 21 September 2015, Sydney Ice Arena).
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Standings at the end of Round 24:

Team GP W T L PTS
Reach Rebels 20 14 3 3 31
Sting 20 14 1 5 29
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 20 12 2 6 26
Penrith Raptors 20 8 2 10 18
Blueline Bombers 20 4 1 15 9
Sydney Heat 20 2 3 15 7

2015 AIHL All-Star Weekend

The 2015 AIHL All-Star Weekend has finished with Team Schlamp defeating Team Bales 7-3 in the All-Star Game. Michael Schlamp of the Sydney Bears and Brian Bales of the Newcastle North Stars led the two teams in the inaugural event which was held at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Newcastle. Patrick O’Kane of the Melbourne Mustangs was awarded most valuable player for the match and received a $5,000 cash prize. The Melbourne also received a $4,000 cash prize as the club of the most valuable player. A trophy, the McCormack Cup, will be commissioned during the off-season for the winner of the most valuable player award and is named after AIHL fan and supporter Mick McCormack who put forward the cash prizes.

For more information on the Weekend including the team rosters see the article on TheAIHL.com.

Skills Competition: List of Participants

All-Star Game

  • Team Schlamp 7 – 3 Team Bales (13:00, 13 September 2015, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium). Game Card

2015 ECSL season: Round 23

Round 23 of the 2015 East Coast Super League season has finished with wins for the Sting and the Reach Rebels. Sundays game between the Sydney Heat and Newcastle North Stars was cancelled for unknown reasons and was expected to be rescheduled, however the final decision was to split the points due to the upcoming playoffs. The Sting remain on top of the standings, even on points and goal difference with the Rebels. Next week five of the six teams are in action across four games, with the North Stars sitting out the round on a bye.

For more information on the ECSL see their website.

Round 23 results:

  • Sting 4 – 2 Blueline Bombers (18:30, 12 September 2015, Canterbury Ice Arena).
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  • Sydney Heat – Newcastle North Stars ECSL (18:15, 13 September 2015, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium).
    Game Cancelled. Game declared a 0-0 draw and the points were shared.
  • Penrith Raptors 2 – 10 Reach Rebels (19:30, 14 September 2015, Sydney Ice Arena).
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Standings at the end of Round 23:

Team GP W T L PTS
Sting 18 13 1 4 27
Reach Rebels 18 12 3 3 27
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 20 12 2 6 26
Penrith Raptors 19 8 2 9 18
Sydney Heat 18 2 3 13 7
Blueline Bombers 19 3 1 15 7

Australian Women’s national team appoints new head coach

Canadian Lindsay McAlpine has been hired as the new head coach of the Australian Women’s national team, replacing Lee Brown who has held the position since 2014. McAlpine is expected to join the team for their first training camp in December.

For more information see the article on AWIHL.com.au.

2015 ECSL season: Round 22

Round 22 of the 2015 East Coast Super League season has finished with wins for the Newcastle North Stars and Penrith Raptors while the North Stars and Reach Rebels played out a one-all draw. The Sting remain on top of the standings, edging out both the Rebels and North Stars only on goal difference. Next week all six teams are in action across three games.

For more information on the ECSL see their website.

Round 22 results:

  • Newcastle North Stars ECSL 1 – 1 Reach Rebels (18:30, 5 September 2015, Canterbury Ice Arena).
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  • Blueline Bombers 1 – 4 Newcastle North Stars ECSL (17:30, 6 September 2015, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium).
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  • Sydney Heat 2 – 6 Penrith Raptors (19:30, 7 September 2015, Sydney Ice Arena).
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Standings at the end of Round 22:

Team GP W T L PTS
Sting 17 12 1 4 25
Reach Rebels 17 11 3 3 25
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 19 12 1 6 25
Penrith Raptors 18 8 2 8 18
Blueline Bombers 18 3 1 14 7
Sydney Heat 17 2 2 13 6

Medibank Icehouse becomes the O’Brien Group Arena

Melbourne’s Medibank Icehouse has been renamed the O’Brien Group Arena following the signing a 25-year lease deal. The O’Brien Catering Group took over the lease on 1 September from Grollo Leisure and Tourism, which has run the venue since it opened in 2010.

For more information see the article from The Sydney Morning Herald by Alana Schetzer.