AMP Capital have announced that they will no longer go ahead with the planned demolition of the Macquarie Ice Rink. Community consultation instead led to AMP Capital announcing that any future development to Macquarie Centre will include an Olympic-sized ice rink. For more information see the announcement from Macquarie Centre.
The application to demolish the Macquarie Ice Rink in 2020 has been put on hold following community reaction. AMP Capital, the owners of the Macquarie Centre where the rink is located, will now seek consultation from the community and stakeholders before coming to a final decision. For more information see the announcement from the Sydney Ice Dogs.
It has been announced that the Macquarie Ice Rink, home of the Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs, will be demolished in 2020. The planned demolition will however have no impact on the 2019 AIHL season with both clubs playing their full home schedule out of Macquarie. No announcement has yet been made on where the two clubs will be based for the 2020 season.
– The AIHL Podcast have announced that forward Vladimir Rubes has retired from the league following the conclusion of the 2018 season. Rubes played 16 seasons for the Bears from 2000 to 2018 and represented Australia at the World Championships on eight occassions between 2000 and 2009.
The Sydney Ice Dogs have won the 2018 Wilson Cup after winning the series against the Sydney Bears 3-1. The Wilson Cup is awarded to the winner of the four game regular season series between the Bears and Ice Dogs. Previously the Wilson Cup was contested for in a pre-season tournament between the New South Wales based clubs before it was re-purposed to its current form last season.
– Sydney Bears 1-5 Sydney Ice Dogs (5 May 2018)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 3-2 SO Sydney Bears (26 May 2018)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 0-5 Sydney Bears (13 July 2018)
– Sydney Bears 2-7 Sydney Ice Dogs (24 August 2018)
The Australian Ice Hockey League have announced the winners of the final threee awards for the 2018 season. The Sydney Bears took out two categories with Anthony Kimlin named goaltender of the year and Ron Kuprowsky named coach of the year. The CBR Brave took out the remaining category with Wehebe Darge named Skaters Network local player of the year.
For details on how the voting process works see the release from the AIHL.
– Goaltender Russell Brewer played in his first game for the club since 2016. Brewer was added to the Adrenaline roster to act has backup for Sebastian Andersson in their 21 July game against the Perth Thunder. Brewer was however brought into the game for the remaining 13 minutes after Andersson was pulled. Brewer has previously played three games for the club, one in 2013 and two in 2016.
– Adam Kimbley joined the team for the first time this season in their 21 July game against the CBR Brave. Kimbley has previously played 108 AIHL games from 2008 to 2016, playing for the Newcastle Northstars, Sydney Bears and most recently in the 2016 season the Sydney Ice Dogs. Kimbley has most recently been playing for the Penrith Raptors in the East Coast Super League
– The Bears have released images of their LGBTIQA+ Pride Game jersey which they will wear on 19 August against the Adelaide Adrenaline. The game will be the Bears second annual Pride Game and this year they will be partnering with Sydney based charity Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW. For more information, including how the buy the jerseys, see the announcement from the club
– Jakob Doornbos and Nickolas Eckhardt made their first appearance on the bench for the club this season with both goaltenders serving as backup in a game each against the Melbourne Mustangs. Doornbos and Eckhardt were were called up to fill in for regular backup goaltender Alex Tetrault.
– James Downie joined the team for the first time this weekend in Sydney and Newcastle. Downie started in the Ice’s game against the Sydney Ice Dogs and backed-up for Jaden Pine-Murphy in Newcastle. Downie recently returned from the United States where he has been playing for Meijer AAA Hockey 18U
– Maksim Shneider has made his debut for the Melbourne Ice, lining up in the game against the Newcastle Northstars. The Russian born Shneider has been playing in the Victorian Premier League for the Melbourne Sharks where he currently has five points from six games.
– The Bears have signed Kayne Fedor for their 24 June game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. The signing looks to have been made to avoid falling below the minimum number of players for a game after Ryan Lough and Fredrik Rozenberg did not return to the lineup after the 23 June match. Fedor last played in the AIHL for the Adrenaline in 2016 and is currently signed with the Adelaide Tigers in the South Australian Premier League.
– 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.