The Sydney Bears have retained the Wilson Cup following their 5-3 defeat of the Sydney Ice Dogs on 4 August. The Wilson Cup is usually awarded to the winner of a pre-season tournament held between the three New South Wales based AIHL clubs. This year however the normal pre-season tournament was cancelled due to the number of players competing overseas and the relocation of the Bears and Ice Dogs to the Macquarie Ice Rink. As a result the Wilson Cup was re-purposed to be awarded to the winner of the four game regular season series between the Bears and Ice Dogs, leaving out the Northstars.
The series finished with two wins for each team and both with an equal goal difference of zero. The Wilson Cup was therefor retained by the Bears, having won the 2016 cup.
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1-0 Sydney Bears (22 April 2017)
– Sydney Bears 0-3 Sydney Ice Dogs (10 June 2017)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 2-4 Sydney Bears (15 July 2017)
– Sydney Bears 5-3 Sydney Ice Dogs (4 August 2017)
– The league have made two changes to the June fixture in order to avoid a conflict with the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. The match between the Sydney Ice Dogs and Newcastle Northstars, originally set for 17 June, has been moved to 16 June. The following weekend the match between the Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs has been moved from 24 June to 25 June. Fore more information see the schedule on the league website.
– The Mustangs have announced the signing of American goaltender James Kruger for the remainder of the 2017 season. Kruger spent the 2016-17 season playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League, lining up for the Fayetteville FireAntz, Pensacola Ice Flyers and Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. Kruger comes into the team as a replacement for Fraser Carson who is still out due to injury. For more information see the club announcement.
Melbourne Ice & Melbourne Mustangs
– The Ice and Mustangs will compete in a Showcase Charity Event alongside Team Canada and Team USA as part of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. The Showcase Event, known as the 2017 Ice Hockey Night in Melbourne, will take place on 22 June 2017 at the O’Brien Group Arena. The Ice will play alongside Team Canada and the Mustangs alongside Team USA in a 4 on 4 exhibition game. For more details see the Melbourne Ice announcement.
The Sydney Ice Dogs have unveiled their new logo in celebration of their 15th anniversary. To coincide with the release the club have also produced a short video.
– CD Dodd have increased their level of sponsorship with the Thunder for the 2017 season after becoming the clubs naming rights sponsor. CD Dodd first joined the club as a sponsor in their first season in the AIHL.
Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced that they will be radio streaming the remainder of their home games for the 2017 season. Luke Worthington will start the broadcasts at 16:30 with interviews, injury updates and breaking news. The streams can be found at Mixlr.com
– Dylan Pope will debut for the club this weekend against the Sydney Ice Dogs. Pope spent last season playing for the Adelaide Falcons in the South Australian A Grade and most recently competed in his second season with the Adelaide Generals of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League.
– Sean Greer returns to the roster for the first time this season and Graham Charbonneau returns after missing last week due to family commitments.
– For more information see the club website.
Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Canadian defenceman Rory Rawlyk for the remainder of the season. Rawlyk spent the 2016-17 season playing for ASC Corona Brasov of the MOL Liga and the Florida Everblades and Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. He has also previously competed in the American Hockey League and Elite Ice Hockey League. For more information see the article by Juno Tsalis.
– The Adrenaline have announced their captains for the 2017 season. David Huxley has been named captain with Sean Greer, Cameron Critchlow and Darren Corstens as the three alternate captains.
– The Bears have announced that The Ranch Hotel will act as their official venue sponsor for the 2017 season.
Sydney Ice Dogs
– TGI Fridays have joined the Ice Dogs as a sponsor and their Macquarie Centre restaurant will serve as the club’s post game venue. TGI Fridays have previously sponsored the Sydney Bears and the league during the 2015 season. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Sydney Ice Dogs have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 season. New additions to the team are Billy Cliff, Stephen Johnston, Damien Ketlo, James Marino, Shannon McGregor, Lachlan Shumak and Dave Upton.
While players dropped from the team are Brentin Azzopardi, Scott Clemie, Dávid Harmati, Kevin Harvey, Adam Kimbley, Joshua Kleipas, Bayley Kubara, Lukas Manco, Cian O’Reilly, Remy Sandoy, Charlie Smart, Cameron Smith, Jarrod Smith, Petr Stepanek, Alec Stephenson and Paul Swindlehurst.
#10 Billy Cliff
#13 Stephen Johnston (I)
#14 David Dunwoodie
#18 Todd Stephenson
#19 Strat Allen (I)
#20 Kane Spence
#22 Ellesse Carini
#24 Lachlan Shumak
#29 Scott Stephenson
#38 Nicholas Weiland
#66 Grant Toulmin (I)
#96 David Upton
– The Adrenaline have re-signed English forward Jamie Holland for the upcoming season. Holland joined the Adrenaline last season and recorded two points in eight games. For more information on Holland and the other imports see the article from the club.
– Peter Lambert has written a piece on their newly signed forward Zane Jones who joins the team from the Innisfail Eagles of the Chinook Hockey League. For more information see the article on the club website.
Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the re-signing of Canadian forward Strat Allen for the 2017 season. Allen first joined the club in 2015 and over his two seasons has recorded a total of 55 points in 39 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– 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.
– The Thunder have announced a partnership with MyLeadPod, an automated business reward program.
– 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.