The Brave have announced that forward Ainars Podzins has left the club in order to begin pre-season training in France. Podzins played 17 games for the Brave, scoring a total of 35 points. For more information see the announcement from the club.
iceHQ, a new ice arena in Victoria, is set to open tomorrow. The arena is located in the suburb of Reservoir and will be the third for the state after the O’Brien Group Arena and Oakleigh’s Olympic Ice Skating Centre. iceHQ’s ice sheet is 60 metres x 26 metres and the arena has a combined seating and standing capacity of 500. For more information see their For more information see the Facebook page
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.
– 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)
– 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)
– 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
The AWIHL have announced that they will stream the 17 February exhibition game between the Sydney Sirens and Perth Inferno. The streaming will be provided by Thought Fox Media Group with commentary by Eric Brookes. The Sydney Sirens will host the Inferno in a two game exhibition series on 17 and 18 February at the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink and Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink. The exhibition games are part of the Inferno’s bid to enter the AWIHL for the 2018-19 season.
– Perth Inferno – Sydney Sirens (17:00, 17 February 2018, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Perth Inferno – Sydney Sirens (10:00, 18 February 2018, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
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.