– The Ice have announced that Dillon Lawrence has left the club after playing his final game today against the Newcastle Northstars. No reason was given for the departure prior to the end of the season. Lawrence is the second import to leave the Ice before the end of the season with Dylan Anderson leaving earlier in the week. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Ice have announced that Dylan Anderson has left the club due to personal reasons and will not play in the remainder of the 2018 season. For more information see the announcement from the club
Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs will hold their third annual Matt Clark Memorial Shield Game on 4 August against the CBR Brave. The game is dedicated to former Bombers player Matt Clark who passed away due to Leukaemia in 1995. The club will use the event to help raise funds for Leukaemia Research. The Ice Dogs won the 2017 edition, defeating the Perth Thunder 5-3.
– The Ice have released a picture of their Canada Day jerseys which will be worn in todays game against the Sydney Bears. For a picture of the jerseys see the post on the club’s Facebook page.
– Jakob Doornbos and Nickolas Eckhardt made their first appearance on the bench for the club this season with both goaltenders serving as backup in a game each against the Melbourne Mustangs. Doornbos and Eckhardt were were called up to fill in for regular backup goaltender Alex Tetrault.
– James Downie joined the team for the first time this weekend in Sydney and Newcastle. Downie started in the Ice’s game against the Sydney Ice Dogs and backed-up for Jaden Pine-Murphy in Newcastle. Downie recently returned from the United States where he has been playing for Meijer AAA Hockey 18U
– Maksim Shneider has made his debut for the Melbourne Ice, lining up in the game against the Newcastle Northstars. The Russian born Shneider has been playing in the Victorian Premier League for the Melbourne Sharks where he currently has five points from six games.
– The Bears have signed Kayne Fedor for their 24 June game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. The signing looks to have been made to avoid falling below the minimum number of players for a game after Ryan Lough and Fredrik Rozenberg did not return to the lineup after the 23 June match. Fedor last played in the AIHL for the Adrenaline in 2016 and is currently signed with the Adelaide Tigers in the South Australian Premier League.
– Tyler Leeming is expected to make his debut for the club this weekend against the CBR Brave after securing his permanent residency and so allowing him to play as a local. Leeming has spent the last three seasons playing for the Adelaide Red Wings in the South Australian Premier League.
– Forward Tyrone Bronte is unlikely to lineup for the Melbourne Ice this season due to college commitments with Bemidji State University. Bronte debuted for the club in 2017 playing two games and scoring one goal.
– His brother Declan Bronte made his debut for the Ice in tonights game against the Melbourne Mustangs, picking up an assist.
– James Downie appeared in his first game for the Ice, dressing as backup to Michael James.
– The Ice have announced the signing of Sandy Gardner to the position of head coach for the remainder of the season. Gardner replaces Peter Ekroth who left the club at the end of May. Gardner previously held the position of head coach in 2013 and most recently was an assistant coach in 2017. He is joined by Mark Smith and Josh Velez who have also joined the coaching team as assistants. For more information see the announcement from the club
– The club have added City Mazda as a sponsor for 2018. The sponsorship will include re-branding the corporate area as the “Mazda Launch Pad”. For more information see the announcement from the club
– The coaches have been named for the upcoming All-Star Weekend. Adelaide Adrenaline head coach Jim Fuyarchuk will coach Team Boyle and Adrenaline assistant coach Sami Mantere will be the coach of Team Rezek.
– Jaden Pine-Murphy has returned the Ice’s lineup for their two games against the CBR Brave despite earlier reports of him leaving the club. Pine-Murphy backup up Michael James in the 26 May game and got the start in the 27 May game.
– The Ice and head coach Peter Ekroth have parted ways after being hired at the start of the 2018 season to replace Charles Franzén. Ekroth finishes his short tenure at the club with four wins (two in overtime) and three losses, with the Ice currently sitting in fifth after five rounds. A replacement has yet to be announced.