AIHL news: 19 May 2016

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.

Perth Thunder
– 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.

2016 ECSL season: Round 6

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).
Game Card
– Newcastle North Stars ECSL 3 – 9 Reach Rebels (18:30, 23 April 2016, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink).
Game Card
– Reach Rebels 5 – 3 Newcastle North Stars ECSL (16:00, 24 April 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium).
Game Card

Standings at the end of Round 6:

Reach Rebels 5 3 1 1 7
Penrith Raptors 5 3 0 2 6
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 5 2 1 2 5
Sydney Sting 4 1 2 1 4
Blueline Bombers 5 1 0 4 2

Bears release 2016 roster

The Sydney Bears have announced their 2016 roster.

Into the team are Ryan Annesley, William Cliff, Brian Funes (from Sydney Ice Dogs), Geoff Irwin, Anthony Kimlin (from Whitby Dunlops), Cameron Smith and Brent Vandenberg (from Dundas Real McCoys)

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

Steven Adams
Ryan Annesley (import)
Spencer Austin
Thomas Cooney
Tyrell Clare
Charlie Frazer
Brian Funes
Patrick Ward

James Downie
Anthony Kimlin

Ron Kuprowsky (Head Coach)
– Brad Andrlon (Assistant Coach)
– Steve Austin (Assistant Coach)
Colin Downie (Assistant Coach)

Adrenaline seeking financial support

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
BSB: 035-212
Acc: 283743
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

Australia U18 Men lose to Turkey

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.

For more information on the tournament, including livestream details, see the page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

  • Australia 6 – 9 Turkey (13:00, 18 March 2016, Winter Sports Palace). Game Card


Turkey 4 3 1 0 0 11
Australia 4 3 0 0 1 9
Israel 4 2 0 0 2 6
Bulgaria 4 2 0 0 2 6
Chinese Taipei 4 1 0 1 2 4
Mexico 4 0 0 0 4 0

Australian U18 Men tie exhibition match with Bulgaria

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.

For more information on the upcoming tournament see the page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

– Australia U18 3 – 3 Bulgaria U18 (9 March 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria)