Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Andrew Petrie to the position of head coach for the 2018 season. The announcement comes a month after Petrie left the position of head coach at the Newcastle Northstars. Petrie replaces Christopher Blagg in the position with Blagg taking on the role of club president. Petrie previously coached the Ice Dogs in 2014 and coached the Northstars from 2015 to 2017. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Mustangs have announced that Michael Flaherty will not return to the position of head coach for the 2018 season. Flaherty served as head coach during the 2016 and 2017 seasons and was an assistant in 2015. His replacement and the new coaching lineup is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– Andrew Petrie has stepped down from the position of head coach after three seasons at the club. Timing constraints and tenure length were cited as the reason for the departure. Petrie joined the Northstars in 2015 and coached the club to two Goodall Cup wins in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. A replacement for the position has yet to be decided. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– Goaltender Dayne Davis will not return to the club for the 2018 season due to business and family commitments. Davis joined the Ice for the 2017 season after two seasons with the North Stars. He finished the regular season with a save percentage of 0.907 from 22 games and the playoffs with a save percentage of 0.940 from two games.
The Australian Ice Hockey League have announced the details for the 2018 AIHL All-Star Weekend. The two day event is set to be held on 2 and 3 June 2018 at the Adelaide Ice Arena with the skills competition on the 2nd followed by the all-stars game on the 3rd. APA Group will return for the fourth year in a row as the presenting sponsor. The two teams for 2017 will be captained by the Adelaide Adrenaline’s David Huxley and Josef Rezek, replacing Jamie Bourke of the Melbourne Mustangs and the Melbourne Ice’s Lliam Webster.
The 2017 AIHL playoffs have finished with the Melbourne Ice defeating the CBR Brave 4-1. The win gives the Ice their fourth Goodall Cup and their first since 2012. The Ice progressed to the final after defeating the Melbourne Mustangs 4-2 in the semifinals while the Brave defeated the Perth Thunder 6-2 in their semifinal. For the fifth year running the finals are sponsored by Air Canada.
The Melbourne Ice’s Sebastian Ottosson was named the finals most valuable player. Also announced was Skaters Network Local Player of the Year which was awarded to Joey Hughes of the Melbourne Ice.