Melbourne Ice

Melbourne Ice 2018 roster

The Melbourne Ice have announced their roster for the 2018 season.

New to the team are Dylan Anderson, Mitchell Bonollo,
Michael Breedveld, Declan Bronte, Nathan Cachia, Mac Caruana, Jeremy Chai, James Downie, Nate Fleming, Jacob Haley, Sam Hodic, Michael James, Devon Krogh,
Jesse Moore, Issac Norris, Joseph Nyamuka, Christian Pansino, Maksim Shneider, Jacob Smith, Benjamin Suter, Josh Velez and Elijah West-Testa

While players dropped from the roster include Kristoffer Backman, Paul Baranzelli, Jérémy Brown, Ethan Cornford, Niklas Dahlberg, Dayne Davis, Kevin Dow, Darcy Flanagan, Viktor Gibbs Sjödin, Joseph Hughes, Bobby Lipsett and Sebastian Ottosson

Goaltenders
Michael Breedveld
James Downie
Michael James
Jayden Pine-Murphy

Defence
Declan Bronte
Jack Carpenter
Nate Fleming
Todd Graham
Jacob Haley
Devon Krogh
Issac Norris
Benjamin Suter
Lliam Webster
Marcus Wong

Forwards
Dylan Anderson
Matt Armstrong
Jason Baclig
Mitchell Bonollo
Tyrone Bronte
Nathan Cachia
Mac Caruana
Jeremy Chai
Rob Clark
Scott Corbett
Cas Delsar
Sam Hodic
Dillon Lawrence
Austin Mckenzie
Jesse Moore
Joseph Nyamuka
Christian Pansino
Thomas Powell
Maksim Shneider
Jacob Smith
Josh Velez
Elijah West-Testa
Chris Wong

AIHL news: 20 April 2018

Adelaide Adrenaline
– New signing: Adam Piett. Position: Defence. More information.

Melbourne Ice
– New staff: Peter Ekroth. Takes on the position of head coach replacing Charles Franzén who was in the position during the 2017 season. More information.
– Staff changes: Charles Franzén. Moves from the head coach position to Director of Coaching and Player Development. More information.

Newcastle Northstars
– Staff changes: Garry Doré, Ray Sheffield, Joey Theriault will share the coaching duties after the parting ways with former head coach Andrew Petrie in October 2017. Doré remains as the general manager and previously coached from 2012 to 2014. Sheffield and Theriault have been an assistant coaches for the past two seasons. More information.

Sydney Bears
– New signing: Michael Burns. Position: Forward. More information.
– New signing: Chad Smith. Position: Forward. 2017-18: Fife Flyers (EIHL) – 50 games, 1 point, Kirkcaldy Kestrels (SNL) – 8 games, 14 points. More information.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– New signing: Curtis Skip. Position: Goaltender. 2017-18: University of Alberta-Augustana (CCAA). More information.
– New sponsor: The Ranch Hotel. Official post game venue for 2018. Replaces TGI Fridays Macquarie Centre which was the clubs venue in 2017. More information.

AIHL news: 18 April 2018

Adelaide Adrenaline
– New signing: Sebastian Andersson. Position: Goaltender. 2017-18: Hammarby IF (Hockeyettan) – 17 games, 0.907 save percentage. More information

CBR Brave
– New team staff: Johan Steenberg. Takes on the roles of Director of Player Development and Player Personnel. Formerly the goaltending coach of the Melbourne Ice (2014-2017). More information

Perth Thunder
– New signing: Pier-Olivier Grandmaison. Position: Forward. 2017-18: Corsaires de Nantes (FFHG Division 1) – 34 games, 48 points

Sydney Ice Dogs
– New signing: Bryan Kolodziejczyk. Position: Forward. 2017-18: Albatros de Brest (FFHG Division 1) – 40 games, 50 points. More information
– New sponsor: Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park. New sponsor for the 2018 season. More information
– The Ice Dogs have partnered with Cheapskate Hockey to create a line of merchandise and a third jersey. The alternative jersey will feature a redesigned bulldog logo.

Sydney Ice Dogs (2018 alternative)

Hockey Festival: Melbourne 2018

The Melbourne Ice have won the 2018 Hockey Festival’s Warrior Cup, defeating the Melbourne Mustangs 3-2 in the final. The Hockey Festival was hosted at the O’Brien Group Arena by the Melbourne Ice with a round-robin on day one and the playoffs on day two. The top two teams of the round-robin advanced to the final while the bottom two played off for third. The Mustangs finished on top of the standings at the end of day one but fell to the Ice in the final. The Adelaide Adrenaline defeated the CBR Brave in their playoff to pick up third place.

Round robin
– Melbourne Ice 1-2 Melbourne Mustangs (12:00, 14 April 2018)
– CBR Brave 0-3 Melbourne Ice (13:00, 14 April 2018)
– Adelaide Adrenaline 3-1 CBR Brave (14:00, 14 April 2018)
– Melbourne Mustangs 3-4 SO Adelaide Adrenaline (15:00, 14 April 2018)
– Melbourne Mustangs 3-1 CBR Brave (16:00, 14 April 2018)
– Melbourne Ice 6-2 Adelaide Adrenaline (17:00, 14 April 2018)

Playoffs
– Third place: CBR Brave 2-4 Adelaide Adrenaline (13:00, 15 April 2018)
– Final: Melbourne Ice 3-2 Melbourne Mustangs (14:30, 15 April 2018)

Standings

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Mustangs 3 2 0 1 0 7
Melbourne Ice 3 2 0 0 1 6
Adelaide Adrenaline 3 1 1 0 1 5
CBR Brave 3 0 0 0 3 0

AIHL news: 13 April 2018

Adelaide Adrenaline
– New signing: Harley Anderson. Position: Forward. 2017-18 season: Brisbane Blitz (AJIHL) – 14 games, 22 points. More information
– Re-signing: Glen Forbes-White. Position: Goaltender. Second season with the club, 1 AIHL game, 0.813 save percentage. More information.

CBR Brave
– New signing: Ainars Podzins. Position: Forward. 2017-18 season: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL) – 32 games, 20 points; Metallurg Novokuznetsk (VHL) – 13 games, 1 point. More information
– New signing: Channing Bresciani. Position: Defence. 2017-18 season: University of Manitoba (U Sports) – 24 games, 8 points. More information
– New signing: Chris Leveille. Position: Forward. 2017-18 season: Laval Rocket (AHL) – 6 games, 1 point; Brampton Beast (ECHL) – 64 games, 51 points. More information.
– New sponsor: The Signal Co. Wireless. New major sponsor, previously a player and post-game sponsor.

Melbourne Ice
– New signing: Dillon Lawrence. Position: Forward. 2017-18 season: Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL) – 39 games, 6 points. More information

Sydney Bears
– Re-signing: Tyerell Clare. Position: Defence. Fourth season with the club, 71 AIHL games, 11 points.
– Re-signing: Adrian Esposito. Position: Forward. Fourteenth season with the club, 248 AIHL, 66 points.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– Re-signing: Strat Allen. Position: Forward. Fourth season with the club, 58 AIHL games, 67 points. More information.

AIHL news: 12 April 2018

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced the signing of Canadian Caleb Apperson for the 2018 season. Apperson spent the first half of his 2017-18 season playing for Laurentian University in the U Sports system where he recorded 12 points in 18 games. At the end of February Apperson signed with the Birmingham Bulls of the Southern Professional Hockey League where he currently has four points from 13 games. For more information see the announcement from the club
David Huxley, Sean Greer and Graham Charbonneau have all announced that they will not be playing for the Adrenaline in the 2018 season. For more information see the announcement from the club

CBR Brave
– The Brave have announced the re-signing of Jordon Brunt, Mitchell Henning, Bayley Kubara, and Alex Tétreault
Jayden Lewis has re-signed with the Brave, having last played for the club in 2015. Lewis has spent the last two seasons playing junior hockey in Finland. In the 2017-18 season Lewis played for KaKiPo U20 and PaiHa U20 and currently has 10 points from 21 games.
Dary Flanagan has signed with the Brave having spent last season playing for the Melbourne Ice. The 2018 season will be Flanagan’s third in the AIHL, having previously played for the Mustangs in 2016.
– For more information see the announcement from the club

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have re-signed Brian Funes and Jeremy Vasquez for the 2018 season. Funes will return for his third season with the Bears and eighth in the AIHL having previously played for the Ice Dogs from 2011 to 2015. Vasquez returns for his third season with the club. For more information see the announcement from the club

AIHL news: 11 April 2018

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced the re-signing of Steve Best and the signing of Quenton Tombleson and Tyler Leeming for the 2018 season. Best will return for his sixth season with the club, having so far recorded 15 points in 78 games. Tombleson spent the 2017 season playing for the Adelaide Falcons in the South Australian Premier League where he recorded 15 points in 17 games. Leeming also spent his 2017 season playing in the Premier League where he recorded 62 points from 14 games for the Adelaide Red Wings. For more information see the announcement from the club

CBR Brave
The Brave have announced the signing of forward Hayden Dawes for the upcoming season. Dawes has spent the 2017-18 season playing for Lindenwood University in the American Collegiate Hockey Association system where he currently has 16 points from 24 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Melbourne Ice
Tempur Australia and the Ice have reached an agreement which will see Tempur be the clubs naming rights sponsor for the next three seasons. Captain Lliam Webster has been appointed as the teams brand ambassador. For more information see the announcement from the club

Newcastle Northstars
– The Northstars have signed a deal with Warners at the Bay to be their post-game venue for the 2018 season. For more information see the announcement from the club

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have signed Canadian defenceman Graeme Strukoff for the 2018 season. Strukoff has spent the 2017-18 season playing for HC 07 Detva in the Tipsport Liga and prior to that spent two seasons in the Southern Professional Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club