Melbourne Ice/Melbourne Mustangs
– The Ice have announced that goaltender Jaden Pine-Murphy has left the club to join the Melbourne Mustangs in order to push for their starting goaltender position. Pine-Murphy played 72 games for the Ice from 2013 to 2018, averaging a save percentage of 0.890. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Ice have announced the signing of Sandy Gardner, Brent Laver and Glen Mayer as assistant coaches for the upcoming 2019 season. Gardner moves into the role having acted as interim head coach for the second half of the 2018 season, while Laver takes on the position having been development coach for the past two seasons. Mayer returns to the club, having previously been an assistant coach from 2014 to 2016.
– The Ice’s second annual pre-season Hockey Festival, Hockey X, will be held on 29-31 March 2019 and will feature four AIHL clubs, a Queensland All-Star team and the New Zealand men’s national team.
The Australian Ice Hockey League have released the schedule for the upcoming 2019 season. The regular season will start on 20 April and run through to 25 August followed by the playoffs weekend on 31 August and 1 September at a location to be announced.
For more details see TheAIHL.com.
The AIHL have announced that Rob Bannerman has stepped down from his position as Commissioner of the league due to a career move in the United States. Bannerman has held the position for the past six years. A replacement is yet to be announced. For more information see the announcement from the league.
– The Ice have announced the signing of Brad Vigon to the position of head coach. Vigon replaces interim coach Sandy Gardner who had been in the role since June 2018 after the departure of Peter Ekroth. Vigon previously coached the Melbourne Mustangs from 2013 to 2015 and is the current head coach of the Australian men’s national team.
– Johan Steenberg will join the club in 2019 as Director of Operations. Steenberg previously served as the Ice’s goaltending coach from 2014 to 2017 before joining the CBR Brave in 2018 as Director of Player Development and Player Personnel. For more information see the statement released by the Steenberg on the Brave’s website.
– The Ice have announced the formation of the Melbourne Ice University (MIU) brand which will be used for their ice hockey education and academy styled programs. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The AIHL Podcast have announced that forward Vladimir Rubes has retired from the league following the conclusion of the 2018 season. Rubes played 16 seasons for the Bears from 2000 to 2018 and represented Australia at the World Championships on eight occassions between 2000 and 2009.
– The Brave have announced the re-signing of Wehebe Darge for the 2019 season. The signing will see Darge enter his third season with the club since moving across from the Adelaide Adrenaline before the start of the 2017 season. Before joining the Brave Darge played seven seasons with the Adrenaline from 2009 to 2016. For more information see the announcement from the club.