The Melbourne Ice have announced the signing of Mark Smith as general manager. Smith served as the assistant coach last season and is the current head coach of the Melbourne Ice Women’s team. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Perth Thunder have announced that forward Jonathon Bremner has left the club and will join the Melbourne Ice for the 2019 AIHL season. The move is the result of a job offer in Melbourne. Bremner played in 168 games for the Perth Thunder from 2012 to 2018, recording a total of 83 points. For more information see the announcement from the Perth Thunder.
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.
– 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 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.
– 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.
Round 18 of the 2018 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Ice Dogs, Perth Thunder, Sydney Bears, CBR Brave and Melbourne Mustangs. The CBR Brave finish the regular season on top of the standings with a record 72 points, beating the previous record of 71 by the Melbourne Ice. Perth Thunder and the Melbourne Mustangs take the final two playoff spots joining the Brave and Bears. Next week the top four teams will compete in the 2018 Goodall Cup playoffs. The semifinals will see the Brave take on the Mustangs and the Bears play the Thunder.
The final round of the regular season also played host to a couple of events. The Perth Thunder held their Blue Jersey Day on 25 August to fundraise for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. The blue jerseys were auction off as part of the fundraising. The Melbourne Ice held their Heritage Day game on 26 August. The game saw the Ice wearing a heritage themed jersey. The club also retired Vincent Hughes‘ #7 jersey as part of the celebrations.
For more information see the AIHL website.
Results (all times local)
– Sydney Bears 2-7 Sydney Ice Dogs (19:30, 24 August 2018, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Newcastle Northstars 4-5 SO Perth Thunder (16:30, 25 August 2018, Perth Ice Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 1-5 Sydney Bears (17:00, 25 August 2018, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– CBR Brave 7-0 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 25 August 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Newcastle Northstars 3-5 Perth Thunder (16:30, 26 August 2018, Perth Ice Arena)
– CBR Brave 6-2 Melbourne Ice (16:30, 26 August 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 3-2 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 26 August 2018, Macquarie Ice Rink)
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Last updated 26 August 2018
– The Ice have announced that goaltender James Downie will leave the club following their 5 August game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. Downie is returning to the United States in order to sit an entrance exam at Lancing College. For more information see the announcement from the club.