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)
Newcastle North Stars
– The North Stars have announced the re-signing of Scott Swiston for the upcoming 2016 season. Swiston joined the North Stars last season, playing in 19 games and scoring 33 points. During the AIHL off-season Swiston returned to play at the University of Alberta Augustana. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Australian men’s national under-20 team lost their second game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division II Group B tournament, losing to Spain 3-9. Forward Casey Kubara was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Romania defeated Belgium 6-2 and Serbia shutout China 10-0. After the end of the second round Australia sit in fifth place, trailing leaders Romania by six points. The teams now have a rest day and return to the ice on Wednesday with Australia taking on Belgium.
The Australian men’s under-20 team have lost their second game of the 2015 IIHF U20 World Championship Division II Group B tournament, losing to Croatia 2-4. Casey Kubara was named the best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day Belgium defeated Iceland 6-2 and Spain beat Serbia 7-0. After round two of the tournament Australia remains in fourth place with only a single point and are now five points behind the leaders Spain and Croatia. The teams will return to competition of Tuesday following todays rest day.
Reach Rebels’ Casey Kubara has headed to the United States to attend a tryout with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League. Kubara has spent the last two seasons playing in the East Coast Super League and the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League and has played one game for the Sydney Ice Dogs during the 2012 AIHL season.
The Australian National under-18 team competed in an exhibition game yesterday against Czech team HC Vítkovice Steel U18. Australia lost the game 2-8, with the teams goals coming from Anthony Barnes, off an assist from Kieren Webster, and second scored by Hayden Sheard, with the assist from Casey Kubara. HC Vítkovice took the lead early in the game scoring two goals in the first period. By the second period HC Vítkovice had extended their lead, scoring another three in response to Australia’s one. The third period finished in similar fashion with the Czech team again putting on three goals to Australia’s one.
The team have one more day of training in Ostrava before they travel to Sofia, Bulgaria for the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group A tournament.