2016 AIHL season

2016 Melbourne Mustangs Awards Night

The awards continue to be handed out with the Melbourne Mustangs holding their awards night on 10 September.

– Most Valuable Player: Michael McMahon
– Most Valuable Australian Player: Sean Jones
– Highest Points Scorer: Jamie Bourke
– Best Defenceman: James Isaacs
– Rookie of the Year: Corey Stringer
– Most Improved: Luke Fisher
– Most Inspirational: Ryan Ruddle
– Coaches Award: Matt Stringer
– Players’ Choice Award: Brendan McDowell
– Fan Favourite: Jamie Bourke
– MOAT’s Head, Heart, Hockey Award: Michael McMahon
– Outstanding Service Award: Rick Dwyer
– Fan of the Year: Brett Parker

2016 AIHL Awards

The AIHL have announced the winners of the 2016 Awards which were voted on by team representatives and officials. For more information see the article on TheAIHL.com

– Kendall Trophy (Most Valuable Player): Wehebe Darge (Adelaide Adrenaline)
– Goaltender of the Year: Anthony Kimlin (Sydney Bears)
– Defenceman of the Year: Jan Safar (CBR Brave)
– Rookie of the Year: Casey Kubara (CBR Brave)
– Local Player of the Year: Casey Kubara (CBR Brave)
– Coach of the Year: Brent Laver (Melbourne Ice)
– Kennedy Trophy (Playoffs Most Valuable Player): Dayne Davis (Newcastle North Stars)

Adelaide Adrenaline 2016 Awards Night

The Adrenaline held their 2016 awards night on 2 September 2016 at The Hilton Hotel. This year also saw the club introduce the “President’s Award” which is given to the member of the Adrenaline community (player, committee member, volunteer, sponsor) who displays an exemplary attitude, work ethic, passion and community spirit.

– Most Valuable Player: Wehebe Darge
– Leading Point Scorer: Wehebe Darge
– Best Defensive Forward: Cole MacMillan
– Best Defenceman: Gabriel O’Connor
– Rising Star Award: Ted Fabijan
– Unsung Hero: Peter King
– Fan’s Choice Award: Ted Fabijan
– Volunteer of the Year: Steve McGuiness
– President’s Award: Mark Beckett

2016 AIHL season: Round 17

Round 17 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Perth Thunder, Sydney Bears, Newcastle North Stars, Sydney Ice Dogs, Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs and Adelaide Adrenaline. The Ice finish the regular season off in first place, nine points clear of the second placed Thunder. Next week the 2016 Goodall Cup playoffs will be held at the O’Brien Group Arena with the two semifinals on Saturday and the final on the Sunday.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

Round 17 results:
– Perth Thunder 4 – 2 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 20 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
Game Card
– Melbourne Mustangs 1 – 2 Sydney Bears (17:00, 20 August 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
Game Card
– Adelaide Adrenaline 0 – 7 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 20 August 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
Game Card
– CBR Brave 4 – 6 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 20 August 2016, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
Game Card
– Perth Thunder 2 – 5 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 21 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
Game Card
– Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 4 SO Newcastle North Stars (16:00, 21 August 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
Game Card
– Adelaide Adrenaline 3 – 2 Sydney Bears (17:00, 21 August 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
Game Card

Standings at the end of Round 17:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 28 19 3 3 3 66
Perth Thunder 28 16 4 1 7 57
Newcastle North Stars 28 15 1 5 7 52
CBR Brave 28 15 2 2 9 51
Melbourne Mustangs 28 11 2 0 15 37
Sydney Bears 28 5 5 3 15 28
Sydney Ice Dogs 28 7 1 1 19 24
Adelaide Adrenaline 28 5 1 4 18 21

Newcastle North Stars 2016 Player Awards

The Newcastle North Stars also held their awards night on 17 August. For more information see the article by Ellie-Marie Watts

– Most Valuable Player: Connor McLaughlin
– Tony Huntley Award for Best Australian Player: Mathew Lindsay
– Best Defensive Player Award: John Kennedy
– Most Improved Player: Patrick Nadin
– Most Dedicated Player Award: Robert Malloy and Dayne Davis
– Coaches’ Award: Matt Wetini

CBR Brave 2016 Player Awards

The Brave held their 2016 players awards on 17 August.

– Bravest of the Brave: Jan Safar and Mathieu Guertin
– Best Forward: Mathieu Guertin
– Best Defender: Jan Safar
– Emerging Brave: Casey Kubara
– Player’s Player: Kai Miettinen
– Highest Points Scorer: Mathieu Guertin
– John Lewis Memorial Award: Andrew & Judy Deans
– Fans Choice: James Byers

Unice resigns as Brave head coach

The CBR Brave have announced that Josh Unice has resigned from the position of head coach position effective immediately. The decision comes after discussions between Unice, the playing group and the club on Unice’s number of personal issues outside of hockey. The clubs assistant coaches will take on the head coach responsibilities for the remainder of the season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

2016 AIHL season: Round 16

Round 16 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs, CBR Brave and Perth Thunder. Following their two wins of the round the Melbourne Ice claim the 2016 H Newman Reid Trophy after securing first place in the standings. It is the Ice’s third regular season title having last won in 2012. Next week is the final round of the regular season with all eight teams in action across seven games.

The match between the Adelaide Adrenaline and CBR Brave on 13 August also served as the second annual beyondblue Cup. The Brave won the Cup for the second year in a row defeating the Adrenaline 5-4 following a shootout. The regular season match between the two teams has been branded to help raise awareness for the beyondblue charity. Last years edition, which was held in Canberra, was won by the Brave who defeated the Adrenaline 8-2.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

Round 16 results:
– Melbourne Ice 4 – 1 Melbourne Mustangs (20:00, 11 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
Game Card
– Sydney Ice Dogs 7 – 10 Melbourne Mustangs (17:00, 13 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
Game Card
– CBR Brave 5 – 4 SO Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 13 August 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
Game Card
– Sydney Bears 0 – 2 Perth Thunder (16:30, 13 August 2016, Perth Ice Arena)
Game Card
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1 – 4 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 14 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
Game Card
– CBR Brave 6 – 5 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:00, 14 August 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
Game Card
– Sydney Bears 1 – 2 Perth Thunder (16:30, 14 August 2016, Perth Ice Arena)
Game Card

Standings at the end of Round 16:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 26 18 3 3 2 63
Perth Thunder 26 15 4 1 6 54
CBR Brave 27 15 2 2 8 51
Newcastle North Stars 26 14 1 4 7 48
Melbourne Mustangs 26 11 1 0 14 35
Sydney Bears 26 4 5 3 14 25
Sydney Ice Dogs 27 6 1 1 19 21
Adelaide Adrenaline 26 4 1 4 17 18

2016 AIHL season: Round 15

Round 15 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Ice Dogs, Perth Thunder, Melbourne Ice, CBR Brave and Newcastle North Stars. The Ice remain on top of the standings, nine points clear of the second placed Thunder. Following Sunday’s games the Brave, North Stars and Thunder all qualified for the Goodall Cup playoffs and join the Ice who qualified back in Round 12. Next week seven teams are in action across seven games while the North Stars sit the round out on a bye.

The Round also saw the Sydney Ice Dogs wearing the old Warringah Bombers jersey in their 6 August game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. The special edition jersey was part of the teams Leukaemia Fundraising Night and was dedicated to former Bombers player Matt Clark who passed away due to Leukaemia in 1995. The two teams also competed for the Matt Clark Shield, an award that was originally contested from 1995 to 2001 at the Bombers’ Matt Clark Memorial Games. For more information see the club announcement

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

Round 15 results:
– Adelaide Adrenaline 8 – 9 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 6 August 2016, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
Game Card
– Perth Thunder 4 – 3 SO Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 6 August 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
Game Card
– Melbourne Ice 10 – 9 CBR Brave (17:30, 6 August 2016, Phillip Ice Skating Centre)
Game Card
– Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 4 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 7 August 2016, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
Game Card
– Perth Thunder 4 – 3 Sydney Bears (17:00, 7 August 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
Game Card
– Melbourne Ice 3 – 4 CBR Brave (17:00, 7 August 2016, Phillip Ice Skating Centre)
Game Card
– Adelaide Adrenaline 1 – 4 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 7 August 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
Game Card

Standings at the end of Round 15:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 24 16 3 3 2 57
Perth Thunder 24 13 4 1 6 48
Newcastle North Stars 26 14 1 4 7 48
CBR Brave 25 14 1 2 8 46
Melbourne Mustangs 24 10 1 0 13 32
Sydney Bears 24 4 5 3 12 25
Sydney Ice Dogs 25 6 1 1 17 21
Adelaide Adrenaline 24 4 1 3 16 17

2016 AIHL season: Round 14

Round 14 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Newcastle North Stars, Melbourne Mustangs, Perth Thunder and CBR Brave. The Melbourne Ice remain on top of the standings, ten points clear of the second placed North Stars. This round both the Adrenaline and Bears were officially knocked out of the playoff race, leaving only the Mustangs to chase the for a top four place. Next week all eight teams are in action across seven games.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

Round 14 results:
– Sydney Bears 2 – 5 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 30 July 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
Game Card
– Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 3 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 30 July 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
Game Card
– Sydney Ice Dogs 2 – 3 Perth Thunder (16:30, 30 July 2016, Perth Ice Arena)
Game Card
– Melbourne Mustangs 3 – 2 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:00, 31 July 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
Game Card
– CBR Brave 6 – 4 Sydney Bears (17:00, 31 July 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
Game Card
– Sydney Ice Dogs 2 – 6 Perth Thunder (16:30, 31 July 2016, Perth Ice Arena)
Game Card

Standings at the end of Round 14:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 22 15 3 3 1 54
Newcastle North Stars 24 13 1 3 7 44
Perth Thunder 22 12 3 1 6 43
CBR Brave 23 12 1 2 7 43
Melbourne Mustangs 23 10 1 0 12 32
Sydney Bears 23 4 5 3 11 25
Adelaide Adrenaline 22 4 1 3 14 17
Sydney Ice Dogs 23 4 1 1 17 15