Perth Thunder

Thunder appoint Breault as head coach

The Perth Thunder have announced the signing of Ben Breault to the position of head coach. Breault replaces Dave Ruck who resigned on 5 February. He will also remain on the playing roster as the clubs fifth import. Breault is currently the head coach of the AJIHL’s Perth Sharks. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Ruck steps down as Thunder head coach

The Perth Thunder have announced resignation of Dave Ruck from the head coach position after three seasons. Ruck leaves the club with 53 wins from 88 games as well as being named the 2017 AIHL Coach of the Year. A heavy workload from coaching and his job is quoted as the reason for the departure. For more information see the announcement from the club.

2020 AIHL schedule released

The Australian Ice Hockey League have released the schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. The regular season will start on 18 April and run through to 23 August followed by the playoffs weekend on 29 and 30 August at a location to be announced. The league also announced that the All-Star Game has been removed from the 2020 schedule following a request to allow more rest for the teams. A round of the 2020 season will also be dedicated to firefighters to help raise money for the Rural Fire Services and to the Red Cross.

Further information:
AIHL Facebook post
2020 season schedule

Thunder reveal NAIDOC Week jersey

The Perth Thunder have revealed their NAIDOC Week jersey. The jerseys are designed by aboriginal artist Aaron Sutton and aim to promote NAIDOC 2019 “Voice Treaty Truth – Let’s work together for a shared future”.

For more information on the NAIDOC Week game see the announcement from the club and for jersey auction details and more pictures see the clubs second announcement.

NAIDOC Week jersey

Thunder sign Gilmour

The Perth Thunder have announced the signing of Canadian forward Jake Gilmour for the remainder of the 2019 season. Gilmour last played in 2016-17 for the Niagara Falls Canucks in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League where he recorded 20 points from 38 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Perth Thunder 2019 roster

The Perth Thunder have released their roster for the 2019 season.

New players to the team include Rob Haselhurst (Newcastle Northstars), Louick Marcotte (Rivière-du-Loup 3L), Shaun TobinShaun Tobin, Keven Veilleux (Rivière-du-Loup 3L) and Nico Vikstén (SaPKo)

While dropped from the roster are Robert Bird, Jonathon Bremner (Melbourne Ice), Peter Di Salvo (Quad City Storm), Pascal Gemperli (EHC Frauenfeld), Kaden Goulds, Pier-Olivier Grandmaison (Rapid City Rush), Joshua Healey, Simon Kudla, Mark McCann, Thomas Munro (Melbourne Ice), Landon Oslanski (Lacombe Generals), Rhys Pelliccione (Perth Sharks), Levon Wilson and Nicholas Windle

#3 Rob Haselhurst
#7 Jaymie McDonnell
#8 David Kudla
#11 Louick Marcotte (I)
#12 Kieren Webster
#14 Shaun Tobin
#15 Lynden Lodge
#17 Liam Jeffries
#19 Jason McMahon
#21 Tomek Sak
#23 Jordan Kyros
#24 Andrew Cox (A)
#25 Alastair Punler
#27 Jamie Woodman (C)
#32 Jake Ruck
#36 Ben Breault (I) (A)
#44 Keven Veilleux (I)

#1 Evan Bowater
#31 Nico Vikstén (I)

– Head Coach: David Ruck
– Assistant Coach: Chris Kostopoulos
– Team Manager: Richie Lamb

Thunder sign Marcotte

The Perth Thunder has announced the signing of Canadian forward Louick Marcotte for the 2019 season. Marcotte spent the 2018-19 season playing for Rivière-du-Loup 3L in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey where he recorded 33 points from 34 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.