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.
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
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.
Melbourne Ice & Melbourne Mustangs
– The two teams have announced that they will take part in a exhibition game on 31 March 2016. The puck will be dropped at 20:00 at the O’Brien Group Arena. The Mustangs won last years exhibition game with a score of 9-1.
The Australian men’s national under-18 team have drawn their exhibition 3-3 against the Bulgarian men’s national under-18 team. The game was held as part of the teams training camp before the start of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division III Group A tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria which begins on 14 March. The Australian goals were scored by Ellesse Carini, Jordon Brunt and Thomas Steven.