Melbourne Ice

Melbourne Ice announce 2017 roster

The Ice have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 season. New additions to the team are Kristoffer Backman, Jeremy Brown, Niklas Dahlberg, Dayne Davis, Kevin Dow, Darcy Flanagan, Viktor Gibbs Sjodin, Michael James and Sebastian Ottosson. While players dropped from the team are Troy Davenport, Andrew Erzen, Sam Hodic, Lasse Lassen, Nicholas Novysedlak, Brendan Oakes, Greg Sturrock and Chris Yule

Staff changes see Charles Franzen take over the role of head coach from Brent Laver who has moved into the position of junior development coach. Assistant coaches Steve Laforet and Glen Mayer have been dropped with former head coach Sandy Gardner coming in as their replacement.

Goaltenders
#30 Dayne Davis
#31 Jaden Pine-Murphy
#36 Michael James

Forwards
#11 Cass Delsar
#12 Tommy Powell
#16 Matt Armstrong
#18 Viktor Gibbs Sjodin (I)
#19 Chris Wong
#21 Joey Hughes
#23 Sebastian Ottosson (I)
#25 Mitchell Humphries
#28 Kristoffer Backman (I)
#57 Jason Baclig
#72 Jeremy Brown
#81 Austin McKenzie
#90 Robert Clark

Defence
#2 Lliam Webster
#3 Todd Graham
#15 Harrison Jaunozols
#17 Darcy Flanagan
#22 Marcus Wong
#27 Niklas Dahlberg (I)
#44 Kevin Dow
#46 Paul Baranzelli
#49 Bobby Lipsett
#64 Jack Carpenter

Staff
– Head Coach: Charles Franzen
– Assistant Coach: Sandy Gardner
– Goaltending Coach: Johan Steenberg
– Junior Development Coach: Brent Laver
– Team Manager: Tom Harward
– Equipment Manager: Cameron Charter
– On Ice Assistant: Nick Trusewicz
– Team Doctor: Peter Moore
– Head Trainer: James Meredith
– Athlete Performance Manager: James McConnell
– Massage Therapist: Laurie Jaques

New Zealand shutout Melbourne Ice in Game 4 of exhibition series

The Melbourne Ice have lost to the New Zealand national team 0-9 yesterday at the O’Brien Group Arena. The game was the final of four exhibition games that New Zealand are competing in as part of their training camp for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament which is set to begin in Auckland on 4 April.

Schedule
– Melbourne Mustangs 5-4 SO New Zealand (19:00, 24 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 3 – 1 New Zealand (19:00, 25 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 4 New Zealand (20:00, 28 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 0 – 9 New Zealand (19:00, 30 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)

AIHL news: 26 March 2017

Melbourne Ice
– The Melbourne Ice have signed Swedish forward Kristoffer Backman for the upcoming 2017 season. Backman has spent the 2016-17 season playing for Vimmerby HC in the Hockeyettan, recording seven points in 44 games. Prior to joining Vimmerby Backman spent three seasons with Östersunds IK, also of Hockeyettan. For more information see the article by the Vimmerby Tidning.

Ice beat New Zealand in Game 2 of exhibition series

The Melbourne Ice defeated the New Zealand national team 3-1 yesterday at the O’Brien Group Arena. The game was the second of four exhibition games that New Zealand will compete in as part of their training camp for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament which is set to begin in Auckland on 4 April. The two remaining games will see New Zealand face-off against the Mustangs again on 28 March and Melbourne Ice on 30 March.

Schedule
– Melbourne Mustangs 5-4 SO New Zealand (19:00, 24 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 3 – 1 New Zealand (19:00, 25 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs – New Zealand (20:00, 28 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice – New Zealand (19:00, 30 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)

Ice to also host New Zealand

Following on from the Mustangs announcement the Melbourne Ice have announced that they will also compete in two exhibition games against the New Zealand men’s national team. The games will be held on 25 and 30 March at the O’Brien Group Arena, serving as New Zealand’s warm up for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament.

AIHL news: 2 February 2017

Melbourne Ice
– The Ice have announced the return of forward Jeremy Brown for the upcoming season. Brown last played for the Ice in 2015, scoring 20 points in 17 games. During the 2015-16 season Brown played for the Chambly Forts and Granby Inouk of the Quebec Junior Hockey League before signing with the Windsor Wild of the Ligue Hockey Senior A Mauricienne for 2016-17.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced the re-signing of Benjamin Breault for the 2017 season. Breault recorded 52 points, including 26 goals for the team last season and has been playing for Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5 in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey during the AIHL’s off-season. For more information see the announcement from the Thunder.