Newcastle Northstars

AIHL and AWIHL clubs feature in Australasia’s Best Sporting Team 2019

The CBR Brave, Sydney Sirens and Melbourne Ice Women have all ranked in the Top 25 of the Australasia’s Best Sporting Team 2019 list produced by Platinum Asset Management and GAIN LINE Analytics. The CBR Brave ranked highest for ice hockey coming in at ninth and was the only AIHL club featured. The Sydney Sirens and Melbourne Ice Women ranked 21st and 23rd respectively. The Newcastle Northstars dropped out of the Top 25 after ranking 19th in the 2018 list.

Further information:
Australasia’s Best Sporting Team 2019
Best Sporting Team 1994-2018
Brave emerge as Canberra’s best team in Gain Line Analytic study by Chris Dutton

Newcastle Northstars 2019 club awards

The Newcastle Northstars held their 2019 Club Awards yesterday. For more information see the article from the Newcastle Star’s Ellie-Marie Watts.

– Most Valuable Player: Sammy Banga
– Best Defensive Player Award: Dayne Davis
– Most Improved Player Award: Richard Tesarik
– Most Dedicated Player Award: Robert Malloy
– Tony Huntley Award for Best Australian Player: Charlie Smart
– Coaches’ Award: Josh Secomb

Northstars sign Kiliwnik

Defenceman Thomas Kiliwnik has debuted for the Newcastle Northstars in their 9 June game against the Sydney Ice Dogs. Kiliwnik spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Brisbane Blitz in the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League where he recorded eight points in 15 games. For more information see the 7 June article from the Newcastle Herald.

Northstars sign Phillips and Simpson

The AIHL Podcast have announced two new import signings for the Newcastle Northstars – defenceman Trey Phillips and forward Luke Simpson.

Phillips spent the 2018-19 season playing in the ECHL for the Jacksonville IceMen and Fort Wayne Komets where he recorded eleven points from 42 games. Simpson started his 2018-19 season off with Mount Royal University in the U Sports system before signing with the Lacombe Generals of Allan Cup Hockey West.

Both players are expected to arrive on 6 June. For more information see the Episode 8 of the AIHL Podcast.

Smach leaves the Northstars

Czech forward Ondrej Smach has left the Newcastle Northstars line-up following their game against the Melbourne Ice on 26 May. The departure of Smach and the injury to Dominik Gabaj leaves the club short two imports however they are expected to announce replacements in June. Smach played ten games for the Northstars, recording five goals and ten assists.

Source: Australian Ice Hockey League: Matt Wetini answers call for Newcastle Northstars after season-ending injury to Dominik Gabaj by Josh Callinan, Newcastle Herald

Northstars recall Wetini

The Newcastle Northstars have announced that they’ve recalled defenceman Matt Wetini from their East Coast Super League (ECSL) club. Wetini comes into the line-up following a season ending injury to Dominik Gabaj.

Wetini has played four games for the North Stars ECSL this season, recording five assists. He has competed in a total of 235 AIHL games from 2010 to 2018, accumulating 63 points. For more information see the article from the Newcastle Herald.

Northstars sign Schultz

The Newcastle Northstars have announced the signing of forward Connor Schultz for the 2019 season, replacing Tim Stanger who is out with a shoulder injury. Schultz spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Sydney Sabres in the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League where he recorded nine points in 15 games. He has also represented Australia at the 2018 and 2019 U18 World Championships. For more information see the article from the Newcastle Herald.

Former Northstar and Blue Tongues player Micheal Blackwell passes away

The Newcastle Northstars have announced the death of former player Micheal Blackwell. Blackwell played three seasons in the Australian Ice Hockey League, two for the Northstars in 2003 and 2007 and one for the Gold Coast Blue Tongues in 2008. For more information see the announcement from the club.