Melbourne Mustangs

AIHL news: 10 May 2017

Melbourne Mustangs
Quest Docklands have joined the Mustangs as a major sponsor. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced the signing Canadian forward Christian Ouellet for the 2017 season. Ouellet spent the 2016-17 season playing for Jonquière Marquis of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey where he finished 53 points from 39 regular season games. Prior to joining Jonquière Ouellet spent three seasons in the ECHL and a season in the Ligue Magnus. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 15 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have defeated the Ice Hockey South Australia All Star team 9-1 in their exhibition match at the Adelaide Ice Arena. The match was held as part of the Hockey Day in Adelaide event which also featured a live stream of an NHL match, public skating with the Adrenaline and Adelaide Rush players and a Come ‘N’ Try Hockey session.

Melbourne Mustangs
Michael McMahon will take over the captaincy for the 2017 season. MacMahon replaces Patrick O’Kane who held the position in the 2016 season. Jamie Bourke will return as one of the clubs alternate captains. Brendan McDowell and Patrick O’Kane will serve as the teams other alternate captains replacing Sean Jones.

AIHL news: 4 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced the signing of Canadian defenceman Casey Babineau for the upcoming 2017 season. Babineau has spent the last for seasons playing for the University of Prince Edward Island in the U Sports systems, recoridng a total of 16 points in 121 games. Babineau also spent four seasons playing for the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2009 to 2013. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Melbourne Mustangs
– The Mustangs have signed American forward Matthew Beattie for the 2017 season. Beattie has spent the 2016-17 season playing for Étoile Noire de Strasbourg of the Ligue Magnus, recording 18 points in 35 games. Beattie was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, however he went on to play for Yale University from 2012 to 2016. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Mustangs defeat New Zealand in Game 3 of exhibition series

The Melbourne Mustangs defeated the New Zealand national team 5-4 yesterday at the O’Brien Group Arena. The game was the third 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. The remaining game will see New Zealand face-off against the Melbourne Ice again 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 5 – 4 New Zealand (20:00, 28 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice – New Zealand (19:00, 30 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)

AIHL news: 27 March 2017

Melbourne Mustangs
– The Mustangs have announced the signing of Finnish forward Anton Kokkonen for the 2017 season. Kokkonen previously played in the AIHL for the CBR Brave in 2014 where he recorded 60 points in 26 games. Kokkonen has spent the 2016-17 playing for TuKV of the III-divisioona after playing in the Mestis and Suomi-sarja in the two seasons prior. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Mustangs defeat New Zealand in opener of exhibition series

The Melbourne Mustangs have defeated the New Zealand national team 5-4 following a shootout at the O’Brien Group Arena. Tonight’s game was the first 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 three remaining games will see New Zealand face-off against the Melbourne Ice on 25 March and 30 March and against the Mustangs again on the 28th.

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

AIHL news: 22 March 2017

Melbourne Mustangs
– The Mustangs have announced the signing of Maxime Langelier-Parent for the upcoming 2017 season. Langelier-Parent last played for LHC Les Lions of the Ligue Magnus in 2015-16 season where he recorded 20 points in 36 games. He has also previously played in the American Hockey League, ECHL and Elite Ice Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have signed Christopher Blagg to the position of head coach for ahead of the 2017 season. Blagg replaces Vladimir Rubes, who along with assistant coach Christopher Sekura, have stepped down due to family commitments. Blagg is a former member of the Australian national team, competing in eight World Championships. The club also signed Christopher Foster and Andrew Waite as assistant coaches for 2017. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Mustangs release 2017 roster

The Mustangs have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 season. Pat O’Kane is currently the only import announced for the team with the others to be announced at a later date. New additions to the team are Gavin Birchler, Paul Lazzarotto, Aubyn Martin and Nicholas Novysedlak. While players dropped from the team are Phil Bakatsoulas, Darcy Flanagan, Mark Higgins, James Isaacs, Éric Louis-Seize, Michael McDowell, Charlie Moore, Ryan Ruddle, David Sefic, Chris Slauenwhite and Thomas Steven, unless of course some of the imports return.

Goaltenders
#1 Fraser Carson
#31 Nicholas Novysedlak
#35 Jack Hayes

Forwards
#4 Andrew Belic
#9 Byron Tschuma
#10 Gavin Birchler
#11 Matt Stringer
#13 Vadim Virjassov
#22 Luke Fisher (IR)
#23 Jamie Bourke
#29 Brendan McDowell
#51 Sean Jones
#53 Tom Voller
#77 Paul Lazzarotto
#89 Pat O’Kane (I)

Defence
#8 Aubyn Martin
#14 David Foster
#15 Jack McCoy
#19 Damian Bright
#25 Michael McMahon
#85 Steve Belic
#97 Corey Stringer