Month: March 2016

2016 Wilson Cup: North Stars forfeit Game 4

The Newcastle North Stars have been forced to forfeit their upcoming game against the Sydney Bears due to a lack of players. A scheduling conflict with their East Coast Super League (ECSL) club meant the North Stars would not have a full team to travel to Penrith to take on the Bears. As a result of the forfeit the game has been declared a 5-0 to the Bears. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Game 3 between the Ice Dogs and the North Stars will go ahead as normal.

Schedule:
– Game 1: Sydney Bears 2 – 1 Sydney Ice Dogs (18:15, 19 March 2016, Penrith Ice Arena)
Game Card
– Game 2: Sydney Ice Dogs 5 – 1 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 20 March 2016, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
Game Card
– Game 3: Newcastle North Stars – Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 2 April 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Game 4: Sydney Bears 0 – 5 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 3 April 2016, Penrith Ice Palace) – Forfeit
– Game 5: Newcastle North Stars – Sydney Bears (17:00, 9 April 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Game 6: Sydney Ice Dogs – Sydney Bears (17:00, 10 April 2016, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
– Final: Team 1 v Team 2 (16 April 2016, 17:00, 16 April 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)

Standings after Game 1, 2 and 4:

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
Sydney Bears 2 2 0 0 0 7 1 6
Sydney Ice Dogs 2 1 0 0 1 6 3 3
Newcastle North Stars 2 0 0 0 2 1 10 0

AIHL news: 31 March 2016

CBR Brave
– The Brave have announced the signing of Mathieu Guertin for the 2016 season. Guertin has spent the last two seasons playing for Trois-Rivières Blizzard of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey. He also previoulsy played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport system. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Perth Thunder
The Perth Thunder will live broadcast their home games for the 2016 season via the Mixlr platform. The commentary team will be made up of Jordan Scardetta, Luke Worthington, Rick Hotzak and Chris McRae. For more information see the announcement from the club

Sydney Bears
The Bears have reached a deal that will see at least two of the teams home games broadcast on Hawkesbury Radio 89.9fm. The games which will be broadcast have yet to be confirmed. The Bears will also continue to broadcast their games on their normal Mixlr stream.

Update on the Adelaide Ice Arena and AIHL schedule changes

The South Australian Ice Sports Federation have reached an agreement that will see a new ice surface created for the Adelaide Ice Arena’s large rink in four weeks. The large rink had to be closed in February for repairs and it was initially unclear how long the closure would last.

Following the news the AIHL has announced some changes to the 2016 schedule. Newcastle will now play Perth on 23 April, moving forward their second away game against the Thunder which was originally scheduled for 17 July. Adelaide’s home game against Newcastle on 23 April along with the home games against Perth on 30 April and 1 May are to be rescheduled for a later date.

For more information see the release from the Adrenaline.

Schedule changes:
– Newcastle North Stars – Perth Thunder (16:30, 23 April 2016, Perth Ice Arena)

Schedule changes to be announced:
– Newcastle North Stars – Adelaide Adrenaline (TBA, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Perth Thunder – Adelaide Adrenaline (TBA, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Perth Thunder – Adelaide Adrenaline (TBA, Adelaide Ice Arena)

AIHL news: 30 March 2016

Newcastle North Stars
– The North Stars have announced the signing of Connor McLaughlin for the 2016 season. McLaughlin has spent the 2015-16 season playing for the University of Alberta-Augustana in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association with fellow North Star teammates Scott Swiston and Beau Taylor. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have announced the signing of goaltender Anthony Kimlin for the upcoming 2016 season. Kimlin is currently playing for the Whitby Dunlops of the a Allen Cup Hockey league and has been with the team since 2011. He last played in the AIHL for the Sydney Ice Dogs during the 2013 season where he was named Goalkeeper of the Year. Kimlin will also be representing Australia at the upcoming World Championships in Mexico which starts on 9 April. For more information see the announcement by the club.

AIHL news: 29 March 2016

CBR Brave
The Brave have announced the signing of Geordie Wudrick for the upcoming 2016 season. Wudrick spent last season playing for the Newcastle North Stars where he scored 96 points in 30 games and was named both the regular season and playoffs MVP. During the AIHL off-season Wudrick returned to play for the Louisiana IceGators of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

AIHL news: 28 March 2016

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Todd Stephenson for the upcoming 2016 season. Stephenson joins his brother Scott in returning to the Ice Dogs lineup after both retired at the end of the 2013 AIHL season. Stephenson has competed in 225 games for the Ice Dogs from 2004 to 2013 and is also a former member of the national team playing in 32 games from 2007 to 2014. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 25 March 2016

Melbourne Ice
– The Ice have announced the signing of Joey Hughes for the upcoming 2016 season. Hughes previously played for the Ice from 2005 to 2013 before leaving the team in June 2013. In 2014 he joined the Melbourne Mustangs where Hughes has spent the last two seasons. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Melbourne Mustangs
– It has been announced that defenceman Vinnie Hughes has retired from the AIHL due to family commitments. Hughes played for the Melbourne Ice from 2004 to 2013 before joining the Mustangs for the 2014 season. Hughes competed in a total of 213 AIHL games and recorded 67 points. The official retirement will be held on 23 April in front the two Melbourne teams season opening game. For more information see the announcement from the Melbourne Ice.

AIHL news: 24 March 2016

CBR Brave
– The Brave have announced the re-signing of Tyler Kubara and the signing of his brother Casey Kubara for 2016. Tyler joined the Brave last season where he scored 15 points in 27 games and during the off-season has been playing for Lindenwood University in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Casey joins the Brave from the Atlanta Jr. Knights of the Elite Division of the United States Premier Hockey League.

Newcastle North Stars
– The North Stars have announced the re-signing of Scott Swiston for the upcoming 2016 season. Swiston joined the North Stars last season, playing in 19 games and scoring 33 points. During the AIHL off-season Swiston returned to play at the University of Alberta Augustana. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Gretzky to host 2016 Ice Hockey Classic

It has been announced that Wayne Gretzky will host the 2016 Ice Hockey Classic which is set to begin on 17 June in Melbourne. As part of the endorsement the promoters have created a competition to win a meet and greet with Gretzy during the Sydney leg of the series.

For more information see the article from the Daily Telegraph and for series dates see the Ticketek website.

AIHL news: 23 March 2016

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have announced the signing of Geoff Irwin for the upcoming 2016 season. Irwin last played for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL during the 2014-15 season and has previously played for ECHL clubs the Las Vegas Wranglers, Ontario Reign and Idaho Steelheads. For more information see the announcement from the club.