Month: December 2015

Australian Women withdrawn from World Championships

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has announced that Ice Hockey Australia has withdrawn the Australia national women’s team from the upcoming 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships. Australia was set to compete in the Division II Group B tournament in Ankara, Turkey from 29 February to 6 March. The withdrawal means Australia will be relegated to the Division II Group B Qualification tournament for 2017. It is currently unknown why the team was withdrawn with Ice Hockey Australia yet to make an announcement.

For more information see the announcement from the IIHF.

Kuprowsky appointed Bears head coach for 2016

The Sydney Bears have announced that Ron Kuprowsky has been promoted to the head coach position for the upcoming 2016 season after Vladimir Rubes stepped down in October due to family commitments. Kuprowsky joined the Bears last season as an assistant coach under Vladimir Rubes and was formally the head coach of the Sydney Ice Dogs from 2010 to April 2014.

For more information on the appointment see the announcement by the Bears.

Kuprowsky also recently helped train the Army Knights, a team in the Australian Defence Force Ice Hockey Association. For more information see the article by Bernard McNamara at TheAIHL.com.

Mustangs promote Flaherty to head coach

The Melbourne Mustangs have announced the promotion of Michael Flaherty to the head coach position for the upcoming 2016 season. Flaherty was an assistant coach to the recently departed Brad Vigon last season and has previous coaching experience in the AJIHL and as an assistant coach for the Finnish national inline hockey team. Assisting Flaherty will be Jon Moses and Damian Holland, both former representatives of the Australian national team.

Front Office changes will see Myles Harris take over the position of Vice President from Andrew McDowell as he steps down to focus on the position of Director of Hockey Operations. The Mustangs also announced the appointment of Hamish Jones to the position of Marketing Manager.

For more information see the article from the Mustangs.

Cockburn Ice Arena to host Sharks and Pelicans in 2016

The new Cockburn Ice Arena opened to ice hockey for the first time on 17 December. The Australian Junior Ice Hockey League’s Perth Pelicans and Perth Sharks will split their home games out of Cockburn Ice Arena and the Xtreme Ice Arena in 2016 with Cockburn hosting four regular season games and the first Western Australian semifinal match.

For more information on Cockburn Ice Arena see their website

2015-16 AJIHL season: Round 8

Round 8 of the 2015-16 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League has finished with the Melbourne Glaciers defeating the Melbourne Whalers 4-2 at the O’Brien Group Arena. Following their win the Glaciers extend their lead at the top of the standings and are now ten points ahead of the second placed Sydney Wolf Pack. The AJIHL now breaks for the Christmas period and the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament and will resume on 22 January with the Whalers taking on the Glaciers.

For more information see the leagues Facebook page including the full seasons schedule.

Round 8 results:

  • Melbourne Glaciers 4 – 2 Melbourne Whalers (13:15, 19 December 2015, O’Brien Group Arena).
    Game Card

Standings at the end of Round 8:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Glaciers 9 8 0 1 0 25
Sydney Wolf Pack 7 5 0 0 2 15
Perth Pelicans 9 4 0 1 4 13
Perth Sharks 9 3 1 0 5 11
Sydney Sabres 7 3 0 0 4 9
Melbourne Whalers 9 0 1 0 8 2

Adrenaline sign Walsh as head coach

Adelaide Adrenaline have announced the signing of Trevor Walsh as head coach for the upcoming 2016 season. Walsh replaces Ryan O’Handley who stepped down from the position due to family commitments and took on the roles of Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. Walsh represented Australia from 2004 to 2006 and played for the Adelaide Avalanche, Adelaide Adrenaline (then the Adelaide A’s) and Gold Coast Blue Tongues for a total of 117 AIHL games.

For more information see the announcement from the club.

Australian U18 Women’s roster announced for World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) have announced the Australian Women’s under-18 team roster for the upcoming 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships. Australia will compete in the Division I Qualification tournament in Spittal an der Drau and Radenthein, Austria from 7 January to 11 January 2016. The tournament will also mark the teams debut at the World Championship having previously only competed in exhibition series. Olivia Fruzynski, who was initially selected for the team, is currently injured and it not expected to compete however will travel with the team as a reserve.

For more information on the team see the article on the players from Melbourne by Docklands News or the article on the team announcement by the IHA.

You can also follow the team on their Facebook page

Goaltenders
– Keesha Atkins (WA) (Brisbane Goannas)
– Tianna Wiesler-Elaya (NSW)

Skaters
– Celeste Adams (WA)
Natalie Ayris (A) (SA) (Adelaide Adrenaline)
– Lara Azzopardi (NSW) (Sydney Sirens)
– Abi Brown (QLD) (Brisbane Goannas)
– Isobel Cantrill (VIC)
– Ebony Chandram-Rama (VIC) (Melbourne Ice)
– Taylor Cookson (WA)
– Emily Davis-Tope (VIC) (Melbourne Ice)
– Olivia Fruzynski (injured) (WA)
– Sophie Gillen (WA)
Christiarn Hall (C) (NSW) (AIK 2)
– Charlotte Kelly (QLD) (Brisbane Goannas)
– Eiland Kenyon (ACT)
– Isla Malcolm (WA)
Cleo Mayer (NSW)
Courtney Poole (WA)
– Sara Sammons (WA)
– Emily Sweeney (WA)
Kate Tihema (A) (SA) (Adelaide Adrenaline)

Staff
– Head Coach: Tamra Jones (SA)
– Assistant Coach: Jo Frankenberger (WA)
– Manager: Teresa Moriarty (QLD)
– Team Physio: Kelly Costa (QLD)
– Equipment Manager: Jim Jones
– Chef de Mission: Mark Stephenson (NSW)

2015-16 AJIHL season: Round 7

Round 7 of the 2015-16 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League has finished with wins for the Melbourne Glaciers, Perth Sharks, Perth Pelicans and Sydney Wolf Pack. The Glaciers remain on top of the standings, seven points clear of the second placed Wolf Pack. Next week consists of just one game with the Glaciers taking on the Whalers at the O’Brien Group Arena.

For more information see the leagues Facebook page including the full seasons schedule.

Round 7 results:

  • Melbourne Glaciers 3 – 2 Perth Pelicans (16:30, 12 December 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena).
    Game Card
  • Melbourne Whalers 2 – 4 Perth Sharks (18:00, 12 December 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena).
    Game Card
  • Melbourne Whalers 1 – 5 Perth Pelicans (10:00, 13 December 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena).
    Game Card
  • Melbourne Glaciers 4 – 1 Perth Sharks (11:45, 13 December 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena).
    Game Card
  • Sydney Sabres 3 – 4 Sydney Wolf Pack (19:30, 13 December 2015, Penrith Ice Palace).
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Standings at the end of Round 7:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Glaciers 8 7 0 1 0 22
Sydney Wolf Pack 7 5 0 0 2 15
Perth Pelicans 9 4 0 1 4 13
Perth Sharks 9 3 1 0 5 11
Sydney Sabres 7 3 0 0 4 9
Melbourne Whalers 8 0 1 0 7 2

Bears to host Ice in Brisbane double header

The Australian Ice Hockey League have announced that the Sydney Bears will host the Melbourne Ice in two games in Queensland during the 2016 regular season. The games will be held 14 and 15 May at Iceworld Boondall and Iceworld Acacia Ridge respectively. The games will be the first AIHL matches to be held in Queensland since the Gold Coast Blue Tongues were suspended by the league in 2012.

For more information see the announcement on TheAIHL.com.