Tasmania looking to enter the AIHL by 2020

A Tasmanian entry into the Australian Ice Hockey League could be expected by the 2020 season following plans to build an Olympic-sized ice hockey rink in the State. Ice Rinks Adelaide have joined Tasmanian ice hockey promoter Tony Moldenhauer as a backer in-principle to build a multi-purpose ice hockey arena. The project however isn’t expected to start for two to three years due to Ice Rinks Adelaide’s current project in South Australia. Possible sites for the future arena include Burnie, Devonport and Launceston. For more information see the article by The Examiner’s Andrew Mathieson.

Will Brodie’s Reality Check

The book launch for Will Brodie’s Reality Check was held today and it is now available for purchase via in paperback format. The book covers Brodie’s travels in the Australian Ice Hockey League and is published by Combiner Publishing.

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Brave sign Unice

The CBR Brave have announce their third signing for the 2015 season with goaltender Josh Unice joining the team. Unice is currently playing for the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League and has previously played in the ECHL and the Slovak Extraliga. He has also represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championship and 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship, and was drafted 86th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Thunder sign Kluuskeri

The Perth Thunder have announced their second signing for the 2015 season with Toni Kluuskeri joining the team. Kluuskeri is currently playing for Dunkerque in the French Division 1, the countries second highest league. He has previously played in the Finish Liiga, Mestis league and the Ligue Magnus, as well as representing the Finland national under-20 team.

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Kenway appointed head coach of the Thunder

The Perth Thunder have announced the appointment of Dave Kenway to the head coach position. Kenway steps up from his role as assistant coach, replacing Stan Scott who returns to focus on the general manager duties at the club. Scott stepped into an interim head coach position for the remainder of the 2014 season after Dylan Forsythe resigned a little over one month into the season.

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Thunder sign Caputo

Perth Thunder have signed Australian John Caputo for the 2015 season. Caputo has represented Australia at the 1992 IIHF Asian Oceanic Junior U18 Championship and the 2000 IIHF Men’s InLine Hockey World Championship. He has also played for the Macquarie Bears (now the Sydney Bears), winning the 1993 NSW Super League Championship, and most recently returned to ice hockey to play for the Northern Vikings in the Western Australia Super League.

Ice Dogs appoint Jespersen as new Head Coach

The Sydney Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Anders Jespersen as their new head coach for the 2015 season. Jespersen started his coaching career in 2010 as a goaltending coach and most recently was the head coach of the Oman national team. Jespersen replaces Andrew Petrie who resigned back in September 2014 to take on the head coach position at the Newcastle North Stars.

Thunder sign Judson

The Perth Thunder have announced the signing of Luke Judson for the upcoming 2015 season. Judson is currently playing for the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL and has previously played for three other ECHL clubs since turning pro in 2013 – San Francisco Bulls, Idaho Steelheads and the Tulsa Oilers.

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North Stars Sign Danberg

The third team to reveal a signing via the AIHL website are Newcastle North Stars with Canadian Cody Danberg joining the club for the 2014 season. Danberg has spent the last six seasons playing for the University of Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA’s Division I and has previously played for the Nanaimo Clippers in the British Columbia Hockey League.