Perth Thunder

Thunder announce 2017 roster

The Perth Thunder have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 season. New additions to the team are Robbie Bird, Peter Di Salvo, Simon Kudla, Jake Ruck, Shaun Tobin and Cameron Walsh. While players dropped from the team are Zane Cunliffe, Michael Dorr, Dale Harrop, Sean Hamilton, Thomas Heemskerk, David Mahood, Anthony Nottle and Daniel Wilkinson. The club’s fourth import is expected to be announced soon.

Goaltenders
#1 Dathan Pleiter
#33 Mark McCann
#35 Peter Di Salvo (I)

Defencemen
#2 Jamie Campbell
#3 Robert Haselhurst
#8 David Kudla
#20 Robbie Bird
#25 Alastair Punler
#27 Jamie Woodman (C)
#55 Per Daniel Goransson (A)

Forwards
#4 Sam Wilson
#9 Jake Ruck
#11 Cameron Walsh
#12 Kieren Webster
#14 Shaun Tobin
#15 Lynden Lodge
#16 Jonathon Bremner
#17 Liam Jeffries
#21 Tomek Sak
#26 Simon Kudla
#23 Jordan Kyros
#24 Andrew Cox (A)
#28 Jessyko Bernard (I)
#36 Benjamin Breault (I)

Staff
Head Coach: David Ruck
Assistant Coach: Darin Bryce

AIHL news: 13 April 2017

CBR Brave
– The Brave have announced new and returning sponsors for the 2017 season. Returning sponsors include allinsure, Coordinate, McDonald’s ACT, and Anytime Fitness who has increased their support to be a major sponsor. The clubs new sponsor is the Tuggeranong Hyperdome who comes on as a major sponsor for 2017. The ACT Government and Active Canberra will also continue their support of the National League Team Program.

Perth Thunder
Jamie Woodman will take over the captaincy for the 2017 season. Woodman replaces Sam Wilson in the position who has held it since the club joined the league in 2012. Andrew Cox will return as one of the clubs alternate captains, while Per Daniel Goransson replaces Jordan Kyros as the second alternate captain. For more information see the announcement from club.

Newcastle Northstars
– The Northstars have announced the signing of Canadian forward Steven Kuhn for the 2017 season. Kuhn has spent the 2016-17 season playing for Bisons de Neuilly-sur-Marne of the French Division 1 where he has recorded 20 points in 24 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have announced the signing of Canadian forward Tyler Noseworthy for the 2017 season. Noseworthy has spent the 2016-17 season playing in the Federal Hockey League, Southern Professional Hockey League, and the North East Senior Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 11 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced the signing of Zachary Boyle for the 2017 season. Boyle spent the 2016 season playing for the CBR Brave where he recorded nine points in 29 games. Boyle previously played for the Adrenaline in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced a partnership with MyLeadPod, an automated business reward program.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have signed American forward Jackson Brewer for the upcoming 2017 season. Brewer spent the 2016-17 season playing for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) where he recorded 41 points in 43 games. During the 2015-16 season Brewer spent time at three other SPHL clubs, the Knowville Ice Bears, Huntsville Havoc and Macon Mayhem, and was loaned out briefly out the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Canadian goaltender Damien Ketlo for the upcoming season. Ketlo spent the 2016-17 playing in his fifth season for the University of Lethbridge of the U Sports system, recording a 0.881 save percentage in six games. Prior to joining the University of Lethbridge Ketlo had a brief stint with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL in the 2011-12 season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 24 March 2017

CBR Brave
– The Brave have revealed their new jerseys for the upcoming 2017 season which includes a new design for their away jersey. For more information see their Facebook page.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced the signing of goaltender Peter Di Salvo for the 2017 season. Di Salvo previously played six games for the Thunder during the 2015 season where he was signed on an interim basis to cover for the injured Mark Guggenberger. Di Salvo has spent the 2016-17 season playing for the Mississippi RiverKings in the Southern Professional Hockey League as well as being loaned out to the Wichita Thunder and Allen Americans of the ECHL. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the return of defenceman Shannon McGregor for the 2017 season. McGregor last played for the Ice Dogs in 2015 before taking a year out from the AIHL. McGregor has played in a total of 193 games for the Ice Dogs, recording a total of 34 points. He is also a former member of the Australian national team, competing at the World Championships in 2014 and 2015. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 16 March 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced the re-signing of forward Cole MacMillan for the 2017 season. MacMillan joined the Adrenaline in 2016 and recorded seven goals and 18 assists in his 27 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced that forward Jessyko Bernard will return for the 2017 AIHL season. Bernard record 44 points, including 17 goals for the team last season and has been playing for Albatros de Brest of the French Division 1. For more information see announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 2 February 2017

Melbourne Ice
– The Ice have announced the return of forward Jeremy Brown for the upcoming season. Brown last played for the Ice in 2015, scoring 20 points in 17 games. During the 2015-16 season Brown played for the Chambly Forts and Granby Inouk of the Quebec Junior Hockey League before signing with the Windsor Wild of the Ligue Hockey Senior A Mauricienne for 2016-17.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced the re-signing of Benjamin Breault for the 2017 season. Breault recorded 52 points, including 26 goals for the team last season and has been playing for Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5 in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey during the AIHL’s off-season. For more information see the announcement from the Thunder.

Thunder announce 2017 assistant coaches and support staff

The Perth Thunder have announced a near unchanged coaching and support staff team for the upcoming 2017 season. The only change to the team, besides the earlier appointment of Dave Ruck as head coach, is the addition of a full-time strength and conditioning coach position which will be filled by Matt Mahood. Darin Bryce and Chris Kostopolous return as the teams assistant coaches, Richie Lamb as team manager, Dave Tran as head trainer and Hayley Rawson as massage therapist.

For more information see the announcement from the club.

Thunder sign Ruck as head coach

Perth Thunder have announced the signing of Dave Ruck as head coach for the upcoming 2017 season. Ruck replaces Dave Kenway who stepped down from the position due to family and work commitments and took on the role of Director of Hockey. Ruck previously played for the Thunder from 2012 to 2015, recording 35 points in his 81 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.