The Newcastle Northstars have signed Newcastle Rescue and Consultancy as their new naming rights sponsor for 2019 through to 2021. The club will now be known as the Newcastle Rescue Northstars. Newcastle Rescue was previously a gold level sponsor for the club and replaces Proski as the naming rights sponsor. Proski will continue to support the club at their gold level of sponsorship. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Thunder have announced the signing of defenceman Robert Haselhurst for the upcoming 2019 season. Haselhurst spent the 2018 season playing for the Newcastle Northstars and previously played got the Thunder from 2013 to 2017. He has recorded 68 points from 146 AIHL games since 2013.
– The Northstars have announced the signing of defenceman Matthew Price for the final round of the 2018 regular season. Price previously played for the Northstars from 2008 to 2011, scoring 35 points in 106 games and amassing 305 penalties in minutes. Price has been playing with the Northstars’ farm club in the East Coast Super League in 2018 where he currently has five points from eight games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– New staff: Peter Ekroth. Takes on the position of head coach replacing Charles Franzén who was in the position during the 2017 season. More information.
– Staff changes: Charles Franzén. Moves from the head coach position to Director of Coaching and Player Development. More information.
– Staff changes: Garry Doré, Ray Sheffield, Joey Theriault will share the coaching duties after the parting ways with former head coach Andrew Petrie in October 2017. Doré remains as the general manager and previously coached from 2012 to 2014. Sheffield and Theriault have been an assistant coaches for the past two seasons. More information.
– New signing: Michael Burns. Position: Forward. More information.
– New signing: Chad Smith. Position: Forward. 2017-18: Fife Flyers (EIHL) – 50 games, 1 point, Kirkcaldy Kestrels (SNL) – 8 games, 14 points. More information.
Sydney Ice Dogs
– New signing: Curtis Skip. Position: Goaltender. 2017-18: University of Alberta-Augustana (CCAA). More information.
– New sponsor: The Ranch Hotel. Official post game venue for 2018. Replaces TGI Fridays Macquarie Centre which was the clubs venue in 2017. More information.
The Newcastle Northstars have announced their roster for the 2018 season.
#3 Mathew Lindsay (A)
#5 John Kennedy
#8 Hamish Powell
#11 Tim Stanger
#12 Joseph Harcharik (I)
#14 Robert Haselhurst
#16 Jayson Chalker
#20 Robert Malloy (C)
#22 Sam Lawson (I)
#23 Matthew Wetini (A)
#24 Tomas Landa (I)
#25 David Ferrari
#26 Zane Jones
#27 Liam Manwarring
#43 Patrick Ward
#44 Nick Rivait (I)
#55 Richard Tesarik
#58 Hayden Sheard
#71 Shane Southwood
#91 Patrick Nadin
– The Adrenaline have announced the re-signing of Steve Best and the signing of Quenton Tombleson and Tyler Leeming for the 2018 season. Best will return for his sixth season with the club, having so far recorded 15 points in 78 games. Tombleson spent the 2017 season playing for the Adelaide Falcons in the South Australian Premier League where he recorded 15 points in 17 games. Leeming also spent his 2017 season playing in the Premier League where he recorded 62 points from 14 games for the Adelaide Red Wings. For more information see the announcement from the club
The Brave have announced the signing of forward Hayden Dawes for the upcoming season. Dawes has spent the 2017-18 season playing for Lindenwood University in the American Collegiate Hockey Association system where he currently has 16 points from 24 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– Tempur Australia and the Ice have reached an agreement which will see Tempur be the clubs naming rights sponsor for the next three seasons. Captain Lliam Webster has been appointed as the teams brand ambassador. For more information see the announcement from the club
– The Bears have signed Canadian defenceman Graeme Strukoff for the 2018 season. Strukoff has spent the 2017-18 season playing for HC 07 Detva in the Tipsport Liga and prior to that spent two seasons in the Southern Professional Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club