The final round of the 2016-17 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League regular season has finished with the Sydney Sirens defeating the Adelaide Rush in both games at the Ice Arena. The Sirens finish the regular season in first place, twelve points ahead of the second placed Brisbane Goannas, and claim the regular season title. The teams now move onto the playoffs which will be held on 11 and 12 March at the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink.
The league has completed their 2017 Draft with 31 players picked up across four teams. The Penrith Raptors and Sydney Sting picked up the most with ten players each, while the Blueline Bombers picked up six and the Reach Rebels five. For the results of the draft see the announcement by the league.
In other news the ECSL announced that they are still pushing to expand into Canberra however it is unclear when this will happen.
Round 8 of the 2016-17 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Brisbane Goannas and Melbourne Ice both coming away with a win in their double-header. The standings remain unchanged at the end of the round with the Goannas locking in second place and the Ice third to the end of the regular season. Next week the Adelaide Rush host the Sydney Sirens in the final round of the 2016-17 regular season.
Ice Hockey Australia have released the Australian women’s national team roster for the upcoming 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 2 to 8 April in Gangneung, South Korea with Australia competing against Great Britain, the Netherlands, North Korea, Slovenia and South Korea. For more information see the announcement by Kayla Franchesca. Prior to the start of the tournament the team will take part in a five day training camp in Sapporo, Japan.
Following on from the Mustangs announcement the Melbourne Ice have announced that they will also compete in two exhibition games against the New Zealand men’s national team. The games will be held on 25 and 30 March at the O’Brien Group Arena, serving as New Zealand’s warm up for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament.
Hards Transport have renewed their naming rights sponsorship of the Adelaide Adrenaline for the 2017 season. Hards Transport has been the clubs naming rights sponsor since 2015. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Melbourne Mustangs will host the New Zealand men’s national team in a two game exhibition series at the O’Brien Group Arena on 24 and 28 March. The games will be held as a warm up for New Zealand who host the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Auckland from 4 to 10 April. New Zealand last visited Australia in April 2015 where they played a three game series against the Perth Thunder, losing one game to two.
Round 4 of the 2016-17 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Sydney Wolf Pack defeating the Sydney Sabres in both games of their double header at the Penrith Ice Palace. The games, which are classified as exhibition games, result in no change to the Brisbane/Sydney Conference standings.
The next known games are set to be held in Adelaide from 30 March to 1 April with a round-robin format followed by semifinals and a grand final. The Adelaide Generals and Sydney Wolf Pack are currently confirmed with other states yet to be announced. The upcoming games may also see the conference system abandoned for a single league standings. We have opted to leave it as is pending the announcement of the remaining league schedule or confirmation from the league.
Round 3 of the 2016-17 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Sydney Sabres defeating the Sydney Wolf Pack at the Penrith Ice Palace. The game, which is classed as an exhibition game, results in no change to the Brisbane/Sydney Conference standings. The two Sydney teams will battle it out again in an exhibition double header at the Penrith Ice Palace on 11 and 12 February.