CBR Brave

2017 AIHL season: Round 1

Round 1 of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Adelaide Adrenaline, CBR Brave, Sydney Ice Dogs and Perth Thunder. The Brave take the lead in the standings, two points clear of the second placed Ice Dogs. Next week seven teams are in action across six games while the Mustangs sitting out the round on a bye.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 1 results:
– Newcastle Northstars 3-4 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 22 April 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– CBR Brave 4-2 Melbourne Mustangs (17:00, 22 April 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1-0 Sydney Bears (17:00, 22 April 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– CBR Brave 4-3 SO Melbourne Mustangs (16:00, 23 April 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Newcastle Northstars 2-3 Perth Thunder (16:30, 23 April 2017, Perth Ice Arena)

Standings at the end of Round 1:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
CBR Brave 2 1 1 0 0 5
Sydney Ice Dogs 1 1 0 0 0 3
Perth Thunder 1 1 0 0 0 3
Adelaide Adrenaline 1 1 0 0 0 3
Melbourne Mustangs 2 0 0 1 1 1
Newcastle Northstars 2 0 0 0 2 0
Sydney Bears 1 0 0 0 1 0
Melbourne Ice 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated 23 April 2017

AIHL news: 21 April 2017

CBR Brave
– The Brave have announced their captains for the 2017 season. Mark Rummukainen has been named captain with Jordan Gavin and Jan Safar as the two alternate captains.

Sydney Ice Dogs
Reach Crane Trucks have re-signed as a major sponsor with the Ice Dogs for the 2017 season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 13 April 2017

CBR Brave
– The Brave have announced new and returning sponsors for the 2017 season. Returning sponsors include allinsure, Coordinate, McDonald’s ACT, and Anytime Fitness who has increased their support to be a major sponsor. The clubs new sponsor is the Tuggeranong Hyperdome who comes on as a major sponsor for 2017. The ACT Government and Active Canberra will also continue their support of the National League Team Program.

Perth Thunder
Jamie Woodman will take over the captaincy for the 2017 season. Woodman replaces Sam Wilson in the position who has held it since the club joined the league in 2012. Andrew Cox will return as one of the clubs alternate captains, while Per Daniel Goransson replaces Jordan Kyros as the second alternate captain. For more information see the announcement from club.

Newcastle Northstars
– The Northstars have announced the signing of Canadian forward Steven Kuhn for the 2017 season. Kuhn has spent the 2016-17 season playing for Bisons de Neuilly-sur-Marne of the French Division 1 where he has recorded 20 points in 24 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have announced the signing of Canadian forward Tyler Noseworthy for the 2017 season. Noseworthy has spent the 2016-17 season playing in the Federal Hockey League, Southern Professional Hockey League, and the North East Senior Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club.

CBR Brave announce 2017 roster

The Brave have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 season. New additions to the team are Brian Bales, Corey Banks, Matt Buskas, Will Bourgault, Nick Eckhardt, Dominic Jalbert, Bayley Kubara and Toby Kubara. While players dropped from the team are Art Bidlevskii, Zachary Boyle, Nicola Brandi, Harrison Byers, Timothy Cox, Matthew Gilpin, Mathieu Guertin, Ryan Johnson, Matti Luoma, Luke Moore and Neal Prokop.

Goaltender
#20 Alexandre Tetreault
#35 Aleksi Toivonen
#38 Nickolas Eckhardt

Forwards
#13 Luke Philps
#15 Casey Kubara
#16 Tyler Kubara
#18 Mitchell Henning
#19 Jordan Gavin
#21 Jordon Brunt
#42 Brian Bales
#64 Kai Miettinen
#73 Stephen Blunden (I)
#77 Tom Letki
#85 Toby Kubara
#88 Geordie Wudrick (I)
– Corey Banks
Will Bourgault

Defenceman
#7 Bayley Kubara
#12 Mark Rummukainen
#17 James Byers
#24 Jan Safar (I)
#25 Matt Buskas (I)
#71 Dominic Jalbert (I)
#81 Matthew Harvey

AIHL news: 11 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced the signing of Zachary Boyle for the 2017 season. Boyle spent the 2016 season playing for the CBR Brave where he recorded nine points in 29 games. Boyle previously played for the Adrenaline in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced a partnership with MyLeadPod, an automated business reward program.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have signed American forward Jackson Brewer for the upcoming 2017 season. Brewer spent the 2016-17 season playing for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) where he recorded 41 points in 43 games. During the 2015-16 season Brewer spent time at three other SPHL clubs, the Knowville Ice Bears, Huntsville Havoc and Macon Mayhem, and was loaned out briefly out the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Canadian goaltender Damien Ketlo for the upcoming season. Ketlo spent the 2016-17 playing in his fifth season for the University of Lethbridge of the U Sports system, recording a 0.881 save percentage in six games. Prior to joining the University of Lethbridge Ketlo had a brief stint with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL in the 2011-12 season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 28 March 2017

CBR Brave
– The Brave have signed Canadian defenceman Dominic Jalbert for the upcoming 2017 season. Jalbert has spent the 2016-17 season playing for Pionniers De Chamonix-Morzine of the Ligue Magnus where he recorded 29 points in 44 games. 2016-17 was Jalbert’s third season in the Ligue Magnus and has previously played in the Ligue Nord-AmĂ©ricaine de Hockey and the ECHL. For more information see the announcement from the club

AIHL news: 24 March 2017

CBR Brave
– The Brave have revealed their new jerseys for the upcoming 2017 season which includes a new design for their away jersey. For more information see their Facebook page.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced the signing of goaltender Peter Di Salvo for the 2017 season. Di Salvo previously played six games for the Thunder during the 2015 season where he was signed on an interim basis to cover for the injured Mark Guggenberger. Di Salvo has spent the 2016-17 season playing for the Mississippi RiverKings in the Southern Professional Hockey League as well as being loaned out to the Wichita Thunder and Allen Americans of the ECHL. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the return of defenceman Shannon McGregor for the 2017 season. McGregor last played for the Ice Dogs in 2015 before taking a year out from the AIHL. McGregor has played in a total of 193 games for the Ice Dogs, recording a total of 34 points. He is also a former member of the Australian national team, competing at the World Championships in 2014 and 2015. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Brave appoint Rob Starke as head coach

The CBR Brave have announced the signing of Rob Starke to the position of head coach. Starke replaces Josh Unice who left the club in mid-August last year. Starke formally played for the Newcastle North Stars before retiring at the end of the 2015 season. He has also represented Australia on three occassions and was head coach of the Australian under-18 team in 2007.

For more information see the announcement from the Brave.

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)

2016 AIHL playoffs

The 2016 AIHL playoffs have finished with the Newcastle North Stars defeating CBR Brave 2-1. The win gives the North Stars their sixth Goodall Cup, successfully defending their title from last year. The North Stars progressed to the final after defeating the Perth Thunder 3-2 in the semifinals while the Brave defeated the Melbourne Ice 4-3 in their semifinal. For the fourth year running the finals were sponsored by Air Canada.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

– SF1: CBR Brave 4 – 3 Melbourne Ice (15:00, 27 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– SF2: Newcastle North Stars 3 – 2 Perth Thunder (18:00, 27 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– GF: Newcastle North Stars 2 – 1 CBR Brave (15:00, 28 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)