The Newcastle Northstars have announced the death of former player Micheal Blackwell. Blackwell played three seasons in the Australian Ice Hockey League, two for the Northstars in 2003 and 2007 and one for the Gold Coast Blue Tongues in 2008. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Gold Coast Blue Tongues AIHL license has expired after it was suspended in October 2012 due to the teams inability to secure a home venue for the 2013 season. The league has now started looking into the Brisbane market to gauge interest for the placement of a new team.
For more information see the article by Peter Lambert over at HockeyWise.