The Newcastle Northstars have announced the signing of Canadian forward Francis Drolet for the 2019 season. Drolet spent his 2018-19 season playing for Diables Rouges de Briançon in the FFHG Division 1 where he recorded 55 points from 38 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Newcastle Northstars have announced the re-signing of Czech forward Tomas Landa for the 2019 season. Landa has played six seasons in the AIHL, five with the Sydney Bears and one with the Northstars. Since joining the league in 2013 he has recorded 249 points from 148 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Newcastle Northstars have defeated their East Coast Super League affiliate, the Newcastle North Stars, 10-2 in a practice match at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium.
– Newcastle Northstars 10-2 Newcastle North Stars ECSL (14 April 2019, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
The Newcastle Northstars have signed John Kennedy as head coach for the 2019 season. Kennedy’s signing as head coach replaces the Northstars associate coach program that was in place in 2018. Ray Sheffield and Joey Theriault, who were associate coaches last season, will continue on as assistant coaches. Garry Doré, the teams third associate coach, steps away from coaching to focus solely on his general manager role. Kennedy played 121 games in the AIHL from 2012 to 2018 where he recorded 96 points. For more information see the announcement from the club.
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.