The Sydney Ice Dogs have announced the re-signing of forward Grant Toulmin for the upcoming 2019 season. Toulmin joined the Ice Dogs in 2016 and has recorded 121 points from 69 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Sydney Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Canadian forwards Paul Crowder and Tim Crowder. The two brothers have been playing the 2018-19 season in the Elite Ice Hockey League with Paul currently signed with Fife Flyers and Tim with Coventry Blaze. For more information see the announcement from the club.
AMP Capital have announced that they will no longer go ahead with the planned demolition of the Macquarie Ice Rink. Community consultation instead led to AMP Capital announcing that any future development to Macquarie Centre will include an Olympic-sized ice rink. For more information see the announcement from Macquarie Centre.
The Newcastle Northstars have signed Newcastle Rescue and Consultancy as their new naming rights sponsor for 2019 through to 2021. The club will now be known as the Newcastle Rescue Northstars. Newcastle Rescue was previously a gold level sponsor for the club and replaces Proski as the naming rights sponsor. Proski will continue to support the club at their gold level of sponsorship. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Sydney Ice Dogs have announced the signed of American goaltender Garrett Bartus for the 2019 season. Bartus has spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in the ECHL where he currently has a save percentage of 0.891 from 22 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The application to demolish the Macquarie Ice Rink in 2020 has been put on hold following community reaction. AMP Capital, the owners of the Macquarie Centre where the rink is located, will now seek consultation from the community and stakeholders before coming to a final decision. For more information see the announcement from the Sydney Ice Dogs.
– The Thunder have announced the signing of defenceman Robert Haselhurst for the upcoming 2019 season. Haselhurst spent the 2018 season playing for the Newcastle Northstars and previously played got the Thunder from 2013 to 2017. He has recorded 68 points from 146 AIHL games since 2013.
It has been announced that the Macquarie Ice Rink, home of the Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs, will be demolished in 2020. The planned demolition will however have no impact on the 2019 AIHL season with both clubs playing their full home schedule out of Macquarie. No announcement has yet been made on where the two clubs will be based for the 2020 season.
Melbourne Ice/Melbourne Mustangs
– The Ice have announced that goaltender Jaden Pine-Murphy has left the club to join the Melbourne Mustangs in order to push for their starting goaltender position. Pine-Murphy played 72 games for the Ice from 2013 to 2018, averaging a save percentage of 0.890. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Ice have announced the signing of Sandy Gardner, Brent Laver and Glen Mayer as assistant coaches for the upcoming 2019 season. Gardner moves into the role having acted as interim head coach for the second half of the 2018 season, while Laver takes on the position having been development coach for the past two seasons. Mayer returns to the club, having previously been an assistant coach from 2014 to 2016.
– The Ice’s second annual pre-season Hockey Festival, Hockey X, will be held on 29-31 March 2019 and will feature four AIHL clubs, a Queensland All-Star team and the New Zealand men’s national team.