Central Coast Rhinos

Dunwoodie announces his retirement

The Sydney Ice Dogs’ David Dunwoodie has announced that he will play his final AIHL game on 25 August against the Melbourne Mustangs at Macquarie Ice Rink. Dunwoodie has played in over 370 AIHL games from 2004 to 2019 with fourteen seasons at the Ice Dogs, two with the Central Coast Rhinos and one with the CBR Brave. For more information see the announcement from the club.

North Stars sign Davis and Kennedy becomes permanent resident

The Newcastle Herald has announced the Newcastle North Stars have signed former Central Coast Rhinos goaltender Dayne Davis for the upcoming season. They have also announced that John Kennedy will remain with the club and has since gained his permanent residency freeing up an import spot for 2015. For more information see the article from the Newcastle Herald.

Central Coast Rhinos Announce Plans to Re-enter AIHL

The Central Coast Rhinos have announced that they have applied to re-enter the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) for the 2015 season at this weekends annual general meeting. The Rhinos played in the AIHL between 2005 and 2008 and left before the start of the 2009 season due to a disagreement on the leagues new licensing model. They most recently played a couple of exhibition games against the Sydney Bears in 2013 and 2014.

For more information on the Rhinos history see our post from back in February.

USA Eagles Win the 2014 Australian International Ice Hockey Cup

The 2014 Australian International Ice Hockey Cup finished just over a week ago with the USA Eagles defeating the Canada Maples six games to three. The International Ice Hockey Cup runs over two weeks and features players from Canada and the USA, as well as invited players from Europe, with games played out the Erina Ice Arena and the Sydney Ice Arena. A slight name change was made for 2014 with the Canadian Maples being renamed to the Canada Maples.

For more information on the Australian International Ice Hockey Cup see their website or have a read of the brief history below.

  • Canada Maples 7 – 6 USA Eagles (17:45, 28 June 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
  • Canada Maples 9 – 8 USA Eagles (15:30, 29 June 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
  • USA Eagles 10 – 6 Canada Maples (19:30, 2 July 2014, Erina Ice Arena).
  • USA Eagles 14 – 8 Canada Maples (19:30, 3 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
  • Canada Maples 6 – 4 USA Eagles (17:45, 5 July 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
  • USA Eagles 5 – 4 Canada Maples (15:30, 6 July 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
  • USA Eagles 5 – 3 Canada Maples (19:30, 9 July 2014, Erina Ice Arena).
  • USA Eagles 7 – 2 Canada Maples (19:30, 10 July 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).
  • USA Eagles 6 – 3 Canada Maples (17:45, 12 July 2014, Sydney Ice Arena).

Scoring leaders (top 20):

# Name Team GP G A PTS PIM
8 Joseph Harcharik USA Eagles 9 12 14 26 2
22 Anton Lennartsson USA Eagles 9 10 12 22 2
57 Sean Fischer Canada Maples 9 10 9 19 2
10 Michael Raynee USA Eagles 9 8 10 18 0
24 Daniel Nielsen Canada Maples 9 9 8 17 2
21 Jonas Nilsson USA Eagles 9 7 10 17 2
77 Hannes Olander Canada Maples 9 6 10 16 0
7 Mario Passarelli USA Eagles 9 6 6 12 5
11 Gordon Campfield USA Eagles 9 7 4 11 2
32 Moritz Israel Canada Maples 9 2 6 8 2
39 Johan Ohland Canada Maples 9 2 6 8 4
6 Ricky Helmbrecht USA Eagles 6 2 6 8 6
31 Matias Sandberg USA Eagles 9 6 1 7 2
35 Lukas Vaic Canada Maples 4 4 3 7 2
38 Gerritt Bettencourt Canada Maples 9 3 4 7 0
36 Simon Nielson Canada Maples 9 2 5 7 4
71 Spencer Mehlenbacher Canada Maples 9 4 2 6 0
30 Vladislav Lapshin USA Eagles 9 3 3 6 4
24 Filip Hultberg USA Eagles 9 1 5 6 0
50 Brady Johnston Canada Maples 9 0 6 6 5

A brief history
The Australian International Ice Hockey Cup was formed in 2009 to provide a place of competition for the Central Coast Rhinos who left the AIHL after the end of the 2008 season. The 2009 season consisted of four teams; the Rhinos, Canadian Maples, USA Eagles and the Euro Stars. The Maples won the playoffs defeating the Rhinos 7 – 4. The following season the Euro Stars were replaced by the Sydney Giants and the Maples went on to win the 2010 Cup, again defeating the Rhinos in the final. In 2011 the competition grew to five teams with the addition of a second Canadian team, the Toronto Moose. This also resulted in the Canadian Maples being renamed the Montreal Maples. The USA Eagles defeated the Rhinos in the finals, winning their first title and left the Rhinos as runners-up for three years straight. The 2012 season saw the Sydney Giants disbanded, leaving four teams to contest the Cup. The USA Eagles defeated the Montreal Maples 6 – 5 in the final, while the Rhinos finished the tournament in last place. Heading into 2013 the tournament was intially set to feature the same four teams as the 2012 tournament, however due to the recent success of the International Ice Hockey Australian Tour which features Canada versus USA the tournament was reorganised. The organisers dropped both the Toronto Moose and the Central Coast Rhinos from the tournament and renamed the Montreal Maples back to their original name of the Canadian Maples. The tournament schedule featured the Maples versus the USA Eagles in eight games with the Maples winning the tournament seven games to one.