Nathan Walker made his NHL debut today for the Washington Capitals, becoming the first Australian to play in an NHL game. Walker also scored his first goal with a deflection of a shot from Devante Smith-Pelly. For more information on his debut see the article by Bernard McNamara.
Team USA have defeated Team Canada 10-6 at Hisense Arena in the final game of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. Team USA’s win tied the series at two games each following Canada’s wins in Newcastle and Sydney and the USA’s at the O’Brien Group Arena. The two teams then went into an overtime period to break the series tie with Canada scoring and claiming the series 3-2. Team Canada have now won all three editions of the Ice Hockey Classics, previously winning 3-1 in 2015 and 3-2 in 2016.
– Game 1: Team Canada 7-5 Team USA (14 June 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Game 2: Team Canada 8-5 Team USA (17 June 2017, Qudos Bank Arena)
– Game 3: Team Canada 5-8 Team USA (22 June 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 4: Team Canada 6-10 Team USA (24 June 2017, Hisense Arena)
– Team Canada defeat Team USA 1-0 in overtime following Game 4 to claim series 3-2
The Australian men’s under-18 team have lost to IK Oskarshamn J18 3-4 following a shootout in an exhibition game yesterday in Sweden. The team is currently in Sweden on a training camp before the start of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Novi Sad, Serbia which begins on 13 March.
Australian ice hockey news website HockeyDownUnder have announced that they have ceased operations effective immediately. The website cited “numerous road-blocks” in producing content as the reason for the decision. Site founder, Stats Man, will however continue his online presence via Twitter. For more information see the announcement.
Round 5 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Ice, Newcastle North Stars, Perth Thunder and the Sydney Ice Dogs. The Ice remain on top of the standings, five points clear of the second placed Thunder. Next week all eight teams are in action across eight games.
For more information on the AIHL see their website.
Round 5 results:
– Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 7 Melbourne Ice (18:00, 19 May 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1 – 3 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 21 May 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Newcastle North Stars 6 – 4 Sydney Bears (17:00, 21 May 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
– Perth Thunder 3 – 2 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 21 May 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 6 – 4 Melbourne Mustangs (16:00, 22 May 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– CBR Brave 2 – 7 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 22 May 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Perth Thunder 4 – 3 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:00, 22 May 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
Standings at the end of Round 5:
|Newcastle North Stars||9||5||1||2||1||19|
|Sydney Ice Dogs||9||2||1||0||6||8|
2016 All-Star Weekend
– The AIHL have released the preliminary rosters for the upcoming 2016 AIHL All-Star Weekend. The event is scheduled to take place at the Penrith Ice Palace on 11 June and 12 June with the two teams captained by Michael Schlamp and Matt Armstrong. For more information including the list of players see the announcement from the league.
Newcastle North Stars
– The North Stars have announced that defender David Ferrari has signed with Dunedin Thunder of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League for the 2016 season. Ferrari will continue with the North Stars until the end of May before departing for the start of the New Zealand season in June. He is however expected to return to the North Stars lineup for the 2017 AIHL season. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Thunder have announced that captain Sam Wilson is expected to miss six weeks after suffering a break in his arm in last weekends double header against the CBR Brave. Andrew Cox will take over the captaincy in his absence while Anthony Nottle will fill his place in the lineup. The injury will mean that Wilson will miss his first AIHL game since the Thunder joined the league in 2012. For more information see the club announcement.
– Fellow defender Per Daniel Goransson has also been placed on the injury list due to a slight muscle tear. He is expected to return to the lineup for the double header in Perth against the Melbourne Ice.
Round 6 of the 2016 East Coast Super League season has finished with wins for the Penrith Raptors and Reach Rebels. Following their two wins the Rebels move to the top of the standings, one point clear of the second placed Raptors. Next week the North Stars host the Sting in Newcastle and the Rebels take on the Blueline Bombers in Penrith.
For more information see the ECSL website.
Round 6 results:
– Blueline Bombers 4 – 6 Penrith Raptors (18:00, 23 April 2016, Penrith Ice Palace).
– Newcastle North Stars ECSL 3 – 9 Reach Rebels (18:30, 23 April 2016, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink).
– Reach Rebels 5 – 3 Newcastle North Stars ECSL (16:00, 24 April 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium).
Standings at the end of Round 6:
|Newcastle North Stars ECSL||5||2||1||2||5|
The Sydney Bears have announced their 2016 roster.
While dropped from the team are Alan Becken, Jan Bejcek, Paul Bond, Dale Burgess, Ellesse Carini (to Sydney Ice Dogs), Adrian Esposito (to Kagawa Icefellows), Joseph Harcharik (to Sollentuna HC), Kamil Jarina, Ales Padelek (to Peterborough Phantoms), Mario Passarelli and Luke Read
– Saxon Air
– William Cliff
– Geoff Irwin (import)
– Tomas Landa (import)
– Lachlan McKenzie
– Michael Schlamp (Captain)
– Cameron Smith
– Richard Tesarik
– Cameron Todd
– Lee Turner
– Brent Vandenberg (import)
– Luke Zvonicek
Due to the recent problems with the Adelaide Ice Arena the Adrenaline have been forced to make some schedule changes. These schedule changes have incurred some additional costs and put a bit of pressure on the club. As a result the Adrenaline are currently seeking donations to help give the club a financial boost. As an added incentive any donation over $25 will allow you to get your name on their “Man Advantage” board which will be location on the boards of the rink.
The Adrenaline’s first home game of the season is currently planned for 15 May against the Sydney Ice Dogs.
To donate, simply transfer your donation to:
Adelaide Adrenaline Ice Hockey
In the description, write your name and “Adrenaline Fundraiser”.
If you would like your name to feature on the “Man Advantage” donor board, please send a seperate email with your full name and contact number to markbearcat at gmail.com
For the original request sent out by the club see here.
For more information on the problems at the Adelaide Ice Arena see:
– 4 March 2016: Adelaide’s Main Ice Surface shut indefinitely
– 30 March 2016: Update on the Adelaide Ice Arena and AIHL schedule changes
The Australian men’s national under-18 team have lost their first game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division III Group A tournament, losing to Turkey 6-9. Goaltender James Downie was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Chinese Taipei defeated Mexico 4-2 and Israel beat Bulgaria 4-3. After the end of the fourth round Australia has dropped to second in the standings, two points behind leaders Turkey. The teams have a rest day today and return to the ice on Sunday with Australia taking on Mexico in their final game of the tournament.
- Australia 6 – 9 Turkey (13:00, 18 March 2016, Winter Sports Palace). Game Card