National Teams

Australian men’s roster released for 2018 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the roster for the Australian men’s national team for the upcoming 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 23 April to 29 April in Tilburg, The Netherlands with Australia competing against Belgium, China, Iceland, the Netherlands and Serbia.

Goaltenders
Anthony Kimlin (Sydney Bears)
Charlie Smart (Newcastle Northstars)

Defencemen
Jack Carpenter (Melbourne Ice)
Brian Funes (HC Lidköping)
Per Daniel Goransson (CBR Brave)
Rob Haselhurst (Perth Thunder)
Mat Lindsay (Newcastle Northstars)
Robert Malloy (Newcastle Northstars)
Michael McMahon (Melbourne Mustangs)
Lliam Webster (Melbourne Ice)

Forwards
Matt Armstrong (Melbourne Ice)
Billy Cliff (Sydney Ice Dogs)
Wehebe Darge (Drakkars de Caen)
Kai Miettinen (CBR Brave)
Thomas Powell (Melbourne Ice)
Josef Rezek (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Beau Taylor (Daysland Northstars)
Richard Tesarik (Sydney Bears)
Cameron Todd (University of Jamestown)
Kieren Webster (EHC Arosa)
Chris Wong (Boro/Vetlanda)
Jamie Woodman (Perth Thunder)

Staff
– Head Coach: Brad Vigon
– Assistant Coach: Matti Luoma
– Team Leader: Steve Ransome
– Team Manager: Ian Webster
– Equipment Manager: Petr Cirkl
– Doctor: Daniel George
– Physiotherapist: Ashleigh Trupiani
– Chiropractor: Rod Weiland

Australian Women’s roster released for 2018 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the roster for the Australian women’s national team for the upcoming 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 31 March to 6 April in Maribor, Slovenia with Australia competing against Great Britain, Mexico, the Netherlands, North Korea and Slovenia.

Australia finished last at the 2017 Division II Group A tournament and was initially set for relegation however a change to the Championship tournament halted all relegation for 2017 and 2018. The IIHF announced at the 2017 annual congress that they would expand the Championship tournament from eight to ten teams. To accommodate this change relegation was halted until 2019 across all levels of the World Championships.

Goaltenders
Ashleigh Brown (Brisbane Goannas)
Michelle Coonan (Lindenwood-Belleville)

Defence
Kelly Costa (Brisbane Goannas)
Remi Harvey (Sydney Sirens)
– Sash-Marie Irvine
Amelia Matheson (Sydney Sirens)
Hollie McFadden (Sydney Sirens)
Rylie Padjen (Melbourne Ice)
Veronica Watson (Brisbane Goannas)

Forwards
Natalie Ayris (Adelaide Rush)
– Michelle Clark
Stephenie Cochrane (Sydney Sirens)
Sharnita Crompton (Sydney Sirens)
Sharna Godfrey (Sydney Sirens)
– Rebecca Horrocks
Nicole Jones (Melbourne Ice)
Lucy Parrington
Sara Sammons
Shiarna Tarasenko (Sydney Sirens)
Kate Tihema (Lindenwood-Belleville)
Kristelle Vanderwolf (Sydney Sirens)

Staff
– Adrianna Cann
Jeff Helbren
– Alicia Kelly
Stuart Philps
Jaden Pine-Murphy
Don Reddish

Australian U18 final roster for 2018 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the final roster for the Australian men’s national under-18 team for the upcoming 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 1 April to 7 April in Tallinn, Estonia with Australia competing against Estonia, Great Britain, Lithuania, Poland and South Korea.

Ethan Hawes and Thomas Kiliwnik have btoh been added, having previously not been announced on the extended roster. Players cut for the final roster include Andrew Chen, Thomas Moncrieff and Gabriel Veyt

Goaltenders
Jakob Doornbos (Sydney Wolf Pack)
James Downie (Meijer AAA Hockey 18U)
Jeremy Friederich (Adelaide Generals)

Defence
Declan Bronte (Ontario Hockey Academy U17)
– Ethan Hawes
Joey Gunner (Sydney Wolf Pack)
– Anthony Njirich
Kalin Njirich (Perth Sharks)
Arthur Wang (Richmond Hill Coyotes Mn Mgt AAA)

Forwards
James Barton (Sydney Sabres)
Kale Costa (HC Slovan Usti nad Labem U16)
Zachery Gumm (A21 Academy)
Thomas Kiliwnik
Calvin Kwan (Sydney Sabres)
Connor Lee (Iowa Wild AAA U16)
Yannic Lodge (Richmond Generals)
– Liam McAuley
Max Miller
Damon Parolin (Melbourne Glaciers)
Jack Ransome (Sydney Wolf Pack)
Jake Riley (A21 Academy)
Connor Schultz

Reserves
Ben Handberg
Christian Pansino (Melbourne Glaciers)

Staff
– Headh Coach: Steve Laforet
Brent Laver
Paul Kelly
– Miranda Ransome
Johan Steenberg
– Cherine Weiland

2018 U20 World Championships: Australia finish with a loss

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost 1-6 to China in their final game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Findlay Wood was named best Australian player of the match and Aiden Sillato was named best Australian player of the tournament. In other games of the day Israel defeated New Zealand 5-0 and Bulgaria beat Iceland 3-2. Australia finish the tournament in fifth place, Israel finishes in first place and New Zealand finishes last. As a result Israel is promoted to Division II Group B for 2019 and New Zealand is relegated to Division III Qualification.

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

– Australia 1-6 China (20:00, 28 January 2018, Winter Sports Palace). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Israel 5 5 0 0 0 15
China 5 3 0 0 2 9
Bulgaria 5 3 0 0 2 9
Iceland 5 2 0 1 2 7
Australia 5 1 1 0 3 5
New Zealand 5 0 0 0 5 0

2018 U20 World Championships: Australia lose to Bulgaria

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost 5-7 to Bulgaria in their fourth game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Defenceman Bayley Kubara was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Israel defeated Iceland 6-2 and China beat New Zealand 11-2. After four rounds Australia have dropped down to fifth place in the standings, trailing the leaders Israel by seven points. The teams have a rest day today before returning on Sunday where Australia take on China. The last time these two teams met was at the 2016 Division II Group B World Championship tournament where Australia won 8-2.

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

– Australia 5-7 Bulgaria (20:00, 26 January 2018, Winter Sports Palace). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Israel 4 4 0 0 0 12
Iceland 4 2 0 1 1 7
China 4 2 0 0 2 6
Bulgaria 4 2 0 0 2 6
Australia 4 1 1 0 2 5
New Zealand 4 0 0 0 4 0

2018 U20 World Championships: Australia lose to Israel

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost 4-7 to Israel in their third game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Forward Jake Ruck was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Iceland defeated New Zealand 13-3 and China beat Bulgaria 10-4. After three rounds Australia have dropped down to third place in the standings, trailing the leaders Israel by four points. Australia take on Bulgaria today in their fourth game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2010 Division III World Championship tournament where Australia won 11-1.

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

– Australia 4-7 Israel (13:00, 25 January 2018, Winter Sports Palace). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Israel 3 3 0 0 0 9
Iceland 3 2 0 1 0 7
Australia 3 1 1 0 1 5
China 3 1 0 0 2 3
Bulgaria 3 1 0 0 2 3
New Zealand 3 0 0 0 3 0

2018 U20 World Championships: Australia defeat New Zealand

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have won their second game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament, beating New Zealand 6-3. Forward Findlay Wood was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Iceland defeated China 2-1 and Israel beat Bulgaria 4-3. After two rounds Australia have moved up the standings into second place, trailing the leaders Israel by one point. The teams have a rest day today before returning on Thursday where Australia take on Israel.

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

– Australia 6-3 New Zealand (16:30, 23 January 2018, Winter Sports Palace). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Israel 2 2 0 0 0 6
Australia 2 1 1 0 0 5
Iceland 2 1 0 1 0 4
Bulgaria 2 1 0 0 1 3
China 2 0 0 0 2 0
New Zealand 2 0 0 0 2 0

2018 U20 World Championships: Australia beat Iceland

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have won their opening game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament, beating Iceland 2-1 in overtime. Goaltender Alex Tetreault was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Israel defeated China 3-2 and Bulgaria beat New Zealand 5-3. Bulgaria lead the standings after the first round with Australia sitting in third place. Australia take on New Zealand today for their second game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2010 Division III World Champship tournament where Australia won 5-1.

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

– Australia 2-1 OT Iceland (13:00, 22 January 2018, Winter Sports Palace). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 0 3
Israel 1 1 0 0 0 3
Australia 1 0 1 0 0 2
Iceland 1 0 0 1 0 1
China 1 0 0 0 1 0
New Zealand 1 0 0 0 1 0

Australia U20 lose second exhibition game

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost their second exhibition game 5-10 against HC Litomerice‘s B team. The match was concluded after the end of the second period as a precaution following a couple of minor injuries. To increase game readiness for the goaltenders Alex Tetreault was in net for Australia and Sebastian Woodlands in net for Litoměřice. The team have their final training session today, then fly out to Sofia on Saturday for the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament.

– Australia U20 5-10 HC Stadion Litoměřice “B” (18 January 2018, Lovosice)

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Australia U20 lose to HC Litomerice B

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost their exhibition game 3-9 against HC Litomerice‘s B team. The game is being held as part of the teams training camp in Litomerice, Czech Republic before the start of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria which begins on 22 January. The team have one more exhibition game scheduled before the end of the training camp.

– Australia U20 3-9 HC Stadion Litoměřice “B” (17:00, 15 January 2018, Kalich Arena)
Game Summary (in Czech)

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