National Teams

2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge: Australia win Game 3

The Australian national team have won the third and final game of the 2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge, beating New Zealand 6-3. Despite the loss New Zealand win the series two games to one. To watch the games see the NZIHL’s YouTube channel.

– Australia 2-4 New Zealand (19:00, 6 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)
– Australia 1-6 New Zealand (19:00, 7 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)
– Australia 6-3 New Zealand (19:00, 8 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)

2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge: New Zealand win Game 2

The New Zealand national team have won the 2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge after defeating Australia 6-1 in Game 2. New Zealand now hold an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three game series with the final game set for tonight. For livestreaming see the NZIHL’s YouTube channel.

– Australia 2-4 New Zealand (19:00, 6 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)
– Australia 1-6 New Zealand (19:00, 7 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)

2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge: Australia lose opener

The Australian national team have lost their opening game of the 2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge, losing to New Zealand 2-4. The teams return to action today for Game 2 of the three game series. For livestreaming see the NZIHL’s YouTube channel.

– Australia 2-4 New Zealand (19:00, 6 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)

Roster released for 2018 Winter Games NZ

Ice Hockey Australia have released the Australian men’s national team roster for the upcoming 2018 Winter Games NZ‘s Trans-Tasman Challenge. Australia will take on New Zealand in a three game series in Queenstown from 6 September to 8 September 2018.

For more information see the announcement from Ice Hockey Australia and for livestreaming see the NZIHL’s YouTube channel.

Defenceman
Zachary Boyle (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Robert Haselhurst (Newcastle Northstars)
Shannon McGregor (Sydney Ice Dogs)
Michael McMahon (Melbourne Mustangs)
Lliam Webster (C) (Melbourne Ice)
Jamie Woodman (Perth Thunder)

Forwards
Ellesse Carini (Sydney Ice Dogs)
Tyler Kubara (CBR Brave)
Jordan Kyros (Perth Thunder)
Robert Malloy (A) (Newcastle Northstars)
Kai Miettinen (CBR Brave)
Patrick Nadin (Newcastle Northstars)
Thomas Powell (A) (Melbourne Ice)
Tomek Sak (Perth Thunder)
Vadim Virjassov (Melbourne Mustangs)
Kieren Webster (Perth Thunder)
Christopher Wong (Melbourne Ice)

Goaltenders
Charlie Smart (Newcastle Northstars)
Alexandre Tetreault (CBR Brave)

Staff
– Head Coach: Brad Vigon
– Assistant Coach: Matti Luoma
– Team Manager: Ian Webster
– Assistant Manager: Val Webster
– Medical Trainer: Michael Botes
– Team Leader: Andrew McDowell

Change to the Australian men’s para team roster

The Australian Para Ice Hockey Association have added Geoff Cook to the Australian men’s para ice hockey team roster following the withdrawal of Kelvin Mickelson due to injury.

Australia will participate in Pool C of the 2018 World Para Ice Hockey World Championships in November.

Australian men’s para team roster released

The Australian Para Ice Hockey Association have released the roster for the inaugural 2018 Australian men’s para ice hockey team. Australia will participate in Pool C of the 2018 World Para Ice Hockey World Championships in November.

For more information see the Australian Para Ice Hockey Association Facebook page.

– Greg Ball
– Darren Belling
– Chris Cassin
– Marty Jackson
– Theo Joos
– Tomas Klein
– Jarred Liddicoat
– Zelk Markovic
– Kelvin Mickelson
– Xavier Player
– Jason Sauer
– Bill Siegloff
– Mark Soyer

Staff
– Head Coach: Gary Farmer
– Assistant Coach: Ben Stadtmiller
– General Manager: Emma Poynton
– Chef de Mission: Andrew McDowell

Ruck named head coach of Australian U20 team

Ice Hockey Australia have named David Ruck as head coach of the Australian men’s under-20 team for the upcoming 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ruck replaces Andrew Petrie in the position with Petrie having coached the team at the 2018 U20 World Championships.

In addition David Ferrari will return as the teams assistant coach.

Australia to compete in the 2018 Winter Games NZ

Australia will return to New Zealand in September to compete in the 2018 Winter Game NZ’s Trans-Tasman Challenge. The series will see the Australian men’s national team take on New Zealand at the Queenstown Ice Arena on 6, 7 and 8 September 2018. Australia won the 2017 Challenge two games to one, beating New Zealand 4-3 in a shootout in the final match. For more information see the Winter Games NZ website

For livestreaming see the NZIHL’s YouTube channel.

2018 World Championships: Australia finish second

The Australian men’s national team have lost to the Netherlands 2-9 in their final game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Goaltender Anthony Kimlin faced 66 shots, saving 57, and was named best Australian player of the game. He was also named the best Australian player of the tournament and selected as the tournaments best goaltender. In other games of the day China defeated Belgium 5-2 and Serbia beat Iceland 5-2. Australia finish the tournament in second place while the Netherlands finish at the top of the standings and are promoted back to Division I Group B for 2019. Iceland finish in last place and are relegated to Division II Group B.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 2-9 Netherlands (16:30, 29 April 2018, IJssportcentrum). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Netherlands 5 5 0 0 0 15
Australia 5 3 1 0 1 11
Serbia 5 3 0 1 1 10
China 5 2 0 0 3 6
Belgium 5 1 0 0 4 3
Iceland 5 0 0 0 5 0

2018 World Championships: Australia beat China

The Australian men’s national team have beat Serbia 5-4 in a shootout in their fourth game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Forward Tommy Powell was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day China defeated Iceland 3-1 and the Netherlands beat Belgium 10-2. Australia remains second in the standings while the Netherlands lead with twelve points. Australia take on the Netherlands today for their final game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2012 World Championship Division I Group B tournament where Australia lost 2-6.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 5-4 SO Serbia (20:00, 28 April 2018, IJssportcentrum). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Netherlands 4 4 0 0 0 12
Australia 4 3 1 0 0 11
Serbia 4 2 0 1 1 7
China 4 1 0 0 3 3
Belgium 4 1 0 0 3 3
Iceland 4 0 0 0 4 0