– Newcastle has changed their name from the Newcastle North Stars to the Newcastle Northstars, dropping the space as part of a minor re-branding. The change aligns the club with the New South Wales registered club, the Newcastle Northstars Ice Hockey Club, and returns them to their original identity that they played under in the 1980s. At this time however the East Coast Super League club of the same name is still playing as the ‘North Stars’. For more information see the announcement from the club.
Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Canadian forward Stephen Johnston for the 2017 season. Johnston last played during 2015-16 season for Saint Mary’s University of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport system. Johnston was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, however he went on to play in the Ontario Hockey League for the Belleville Bulls and Windsor Spitfires before joining Saint Mary’s in 2012. For more information see the announcement from the club.