The Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs will play an exhibition game, dubbed the 2020 Bushfire Battle Appeal, on 21 February at the Macquarie Ice Rink to help raise funds for the Bushfire Appeal. The proceeds will go to both the Red Cross and the Rural Fire Service. The Bears will also be auctioning off a their special edition Bushfire Battle Appeal jerseys on the night.
– Sydney Bears – Sydney Ice Dogs (19:30, 21 February 2020, Macquarie Ice Rink)
A few weeks late on this one but the Melbourne Ice released a new logo back in December. The logo features the existing design surrounded by a blue band with the club name and establishment date. No word as of yet on whether this design will be featured on the jerseys or whether it is just for social media.
The Melbourne Ice have defeated the Melbourne Mustangs 5-2 in their Victorian Bushfire Appeal exhibition match. The event raised over $30,000, a figure which is yet to include the two teams jersey auctions. For more information see the game summary from the Melbourne Mustangs.
The Adelaide Adrenaline have announced the signing of Sami Mantere to the position of head coach. Mantere replaces Jim Fuyarchuk who resigned in October 2019. Mantere previously held the role of head coach during the 2017 season and was an assistant coach in 2018 and 2019. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs will play an exhibition game on 19 January at the O’Brien Icehouse to help raise funds for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. For more information see the announcement from the Melbourne Ice.
The Australian Ice Hockey League have released the schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. The regular season will start on 18 April and run through to 23 August followed by the playoffs weekend on 29 and 30 August at a location to be announced. The league also announced that the All-Star Game has been removed from the 2020 schedule following a request to allow more rest for the teams. A round of the 2020 season will also be dedicated to firefighters to help raise money for the Rural Fire Services and to the Red Cross.