Charlie Smart

Northstars 2017 player awards

The Newcastle Northstars held their 2017 Players Awards yesterday.

– Most Valuable Player: Joe Harcharik
– Best Defensive Player: Robert Malloy
– Tony Huntley Memorial Award for best Australian player: Mat Lindsay
– Coaches’ Award: David Ferrari
– Most Dedicated: Charlie Smart
– Most Improved: Liam Manwarring

North Stars sign Smart, drop Davis

The Newcastle North Stars have announced the signing of goaltender Charlie Smart for the upcoming 2017 season. Smart spent last season playing for the Sydney Ice Dogs and has been playing for the Bozeman Icedogs of the North American 3 Hockey League in the offseason. The signing of Smart comes after last seasons starting goaltender Dayne Davis declined to re-sign citing interest from other clubs. Smart joins Nicholas Mizen on the roster. Mizen played five games last season for the North Stars and has been playing for the Steele County Blades of the United States Premier Hockey League’s Elite Division during the offseason. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 2 April 2016

CBR Brave
– The Brave have re-signed goaltender Aleksi Toivonen for the 2016 season. Toivonen played in 11 games for the Brave last season and finished the regular season with a save percentage of 0.884. During the AIHL off-season Toivonen has been playing KaKiPo U20 in the Jr. A Suomi-sarja league were he finished with a save percentage of 0.905 from 11 games.

Melbourne Mustangs
– The Mustangs have announced the signing defenceman James Isaacs for 2016. Isaacs has spent the 2015-16 season playing for Coventry Blaze in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). 2015-16 was Isaacs third season in the EIHL having previously played three seasons in the ECHL and two in the Southern Professional Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Charlie Smart for the upcoming 2016 season. Smart spent last season playing for the Adelaide Adrenaline and finished with a save percentage of 0.894 from 23 games. During the AIHL off-season Smart has been playing in the North American 3 Hockey League for the St. Louis Jr. Blues and the Bozeman Icedogs. For more information see the announcement by the club.

Articles of interest

Below are a few article of interest posted during the week from some of the other Australian ice hockey focused websites

AIHL Stats Man

TheAIHL.com

Adrenaline sign Smart

The Adelaide Adrenaline have announced the signing of goaltender Charlie Smart for the 2015 season. Smart has been playing for the New Hampshire Fighting Spirit in the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League and last season competed in the Western Australian Super League. He has also represented Australia at the IIHF World U20 Championships and IIHF World U18 Championships.

For more information see the article by Andrew Macdougall at On the Fly Hockey.

Australia U20 defeat Iceland and take bronze

The Australian men’s under-20 team have won their final game of the 2015 IIHF U20 World Championship Division II Group B tournament, defeating Iceland 5-1. The win sees Australia jump Belgium into third in the standings and take home the bronze medal. Sam Hodic was named best Australian player of the game, while Charlie Smart was awarded best goaltender of the tournament and best player of the Australian team for the tournament. In other games of the day Serbia defeated Belgium 3-2 in overtime and Croatia beat Spain 3-2 to win the gold medal.

For more information see the IIHF website or follow the team on Facebook.

  • Australia 5 – 1 Iceland (16:30, 19 December 2014, Pabellon de Hielo). Game Card

Standings and the end of the tournament:

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Croatia 5 5 0 0 0 15
Spain 5 4 0 0 1 12
Australia 5 2 0 1 2 7
Belgium 5 1 1 1 2 6
Serbia 5 1 1 0 3 5
Iceland 5 0 0 0 5 0

Australia U20 defeat Serbia

The Australian men’s under-20 team have won their third game of the 2015 IIHF U20 World Championship Division II Group B tournament, defeating Serbia 4-2. Charlie Smart was named best Australian player of the game, his second for the tournament. In other games of the day Croatia defeated Iceland 6-3 and Spain beat Belgium 5-2. After round three of the tournament Australia remains in fourth place, five points behind the leaders Spain and Croatia. The teams return to competition on Thursday following today’s rest day.

For more information see the IIHF website or follow the team on Facebook.

  • Serbia 2 – 4 Australia (16:30, 16 December 2014, Pabellon de Hielo). Game Card

Standings after Round 3:

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Spain 3 3 0 0 0 9
Croatia 3 3 0 0 0 9
Belgium 3 1 1 0 1 5
Australia 3 1 0 1 1 4
Iceland 3 0 0 0 3 0
Serbia 3 0 0 0 3 0

Belgium defeats Australia U20 in overtime

The Australian men’s under-20 team have lost their opening game of the 2015 IIHF U20 World Championship Division II Group B tournament, losing to Belgium 2-3 in overtime. After facing 42 shots compared to his opponents 24, Charlie Smart was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day Croatia defeated Serbia 4-0 and Spain beat Iceland 8-3. After the opening round of the tournament Australia is sitting in fourth place, two points behind leaders Spain and Croatia. Australia take on Croatia tomorrow in game two of the tournament.

For more information see the IIHF website or follow the team on Facebook.

  • Belgium 3 – 2 OT Australia (13:00, 13 December 2014, Pabellon de Hielo). Game Card

Standings after Round 1:

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Spain 1 1 0 0 0 3
Croatia 1 1 0 0 0 3
Belgium 1 0 1 0 0 2
Australia 1 0 0 1 0 1
Serbia 1 0 0 0 1 0
Iceland 1 0 0 0 1 0