The AIHL have announced that Rob Bannerman has stepped down from his position as Commissioner of the league due to a career move in the United States. Bannerman has held the position for the past six years. A replacement is yet to be announced. For more information see the announcement from the league.
– The Ice have announced the signing of Brad Vigon to the position of head coach. Vigon replaces interim coach Sandy Gardner who had been in the role since June 2018 after the departure of Peter Ekroth. Vigon previously coached the Melbourne Mustangs from 2013 to 2015 and is the current head coach of the Australian men’s national team.
– Johan Steenberg will join the club in 2019 as Director of Operations. Steenberg previously served as the Ice’s goaltending coach from 2014 to 2017 before joining the CBR Brave in 2018 as Director of Player Development and Player Personnel. For more information see the statement released by the Steenberg on the Brave’s website.
The Sydney Ice Dogs have announced their 2018 club awards. For more information see the article from the club.
– Most Valuable Player: Grant Toulmin
– Highest Point Scorer: Geordie Wudrick
– Best Defenseman: Shannon McGregor
– Best Local Player: Todd Stephenson
– Most Improved: Aiden Sillato
– Coach’s Award: Tomas Manco
– Player’s Player: Curtis Skip
– Sportsmanship Award: Jonatan Ruth
– The Ice have announced the formation of the Melbourne Ice University (MIU) brand which will be used for their ice hockey education and academy styled programs. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Melbourne Mustangs held their 2018 awards night on 15 September.
– Most Valuable Player: Brett Ferguson
– Most Valuable Australian: Patrick O’Kane
– Highest Points Scorer: Ben Davies
– Best Defenceman: Michael McMahon
– Rookie of the Year: Bradley Apps
– Players’ Player: Troy Robertson
– Coaches Award: Aleksi Toivonen
– Most Improved: Matt Stringer
– Most Inspirational: Andrew Erzen
– Fan Favourite: Aleksi Toivonen
– Fan of the Year: Lucan Shortis & Melanie Shortis
– Rick Dwyer Outstanding Service Award: Hamish Jones & Amy Fulton
– A few days late reporting this but the Ice announced two of their player awards on 8 September. Declan Bronte won the 2018 best new talent award and Tommy Powell was named player of the year for the 2018 season.
– The Mustangs held their annual Players v Sponsors match today at the O’Brien Group Arena with the Sponsors winning 14-11.
– The AIHL Podcast have announced that forward Vladimir Rubes has retired from the league following the conclusion of the 2018 season. Rubes played 16 seasons for the Bears from 2000 to 2018 and represented Australia at the World Championships on eight occassions between 2000 and 2009.