Charlie Smart

Australian men’s roster for Victorian All-Stars games

Ice Hockey Australia have released the Australian men’s team roster for the upcoming exhibition series against the Victorian All-Stars. The two game series will be held on 15 and 16 February 2020 at the O’Brien Icehouse as part of the Icehouse’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

Further information:
Roster announcement from Ice Hockey Australia
Ticket details

The roster features some different names compared to the recently released World Championship roster. This is mainly due to those players currently playing overseas. Players unavailable are Kale Costa, Hayden Dawes, Brian Funes, Casey Kubara, Robert Malloy, Beau Taylor and Cameron Todd. The three reserves named on the roster for the series are Jonathon Bremner, Liam Manwarring and Austin McKenzie.

Roster
Matt Armstrong (Melbourne Ice)
Jonathon Bremner (Melbourne Ice)
Zachary Boyle (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Wehebe Darge (CBR Brave)
Robert Haselhurst (Perth Thunder)
Anthony Kimlin (Sydney Bears)
Lynden Lodge (Perth Thunder)
Liam Manwarring (Newcastle Northstars)
Austin McKenzie (Melbourne Ice)
Michael McMahon (A) (Melbourne Mustangs)
Kai Miettinen (CBR Brave)
Thomas Powell (A) (Melbourne Ice)
Josef Rezek (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Charlie Smart (Newcastle Northstars)
Vadim Virjassov (Melbourne Mustangs)
Kieren Webster (Perth Thunder)
Lliam Webster (C) (Melbourne Ice)
Jamie Woodman (Perth Thunder)

Staff
– Head coach: Matti Luoma
– Assistant coach: Michael Flaherty
– Team manager: Ian Webster

Australian men’s roster for 2020 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the Australian men’s team roster for the upcoming 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 19 to 25 April in Zagreb, Croatia with Australia competing against China, Croatia, Israel, the Netherlands and Spain.

Changes to the team from the 2019 World Championships include the additions of Kale Costa, Hayden Dawes, Casey Kubara and Lynden Lodge. Both Kai Miettinen and Lliam Webster return to the team after being named in 2019 but didn’t end up playing. While players dropped include Jason Baclig, Jack Carpenter, Tyerell Clare, Tyler Kubara, Mathew Lindsay and Chris Wong.

Matti Luoma replaces Brad Vigon as head coach having held the position of assistant in 2019 and Michael Flaherty comes in as the new assistant coach.

Further information:
Tournament page on IIHF.com

Roster
Matt Armstrong (Melbourne Ice)
Zachary Boyle (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Kale Costa (HC Dynamo Pardubice U20)
Wehebe Darge (CBR Brave)
Hayden Dawes (Lindenwood University)
Brian Funes (HC Lidköping)
Robert Haselhurst (Perth Thunder)
Anthony Kimlin (Sydney Bears)
Casey Kubara (Nazareth College)
Lynden Lodge (Perth Thunder)
Robert Malloy (Newcastle Northstars)
Michael McMahon (Melbourne Mustangs)
Kai Miettinen (CBR Brave)
Thomas Powell (Melbourne Ice)
Josef Rezek (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Charlie Smart (Newcastle Northstars)
Beau Taylor
Cameron Todd (University of Jamestown)
Vadim Virjassov (Melbourne Mustangs)
Kieren Webster (Perth Thunder)
Lliam Webster (Melbourne Ice)
Jamie Woodman (Perth Thunder)

Staff
– Head coach: Matti Luoma
– Assistant coach: Michael Flaherty
– Team leader: Steve Ransome
– Team manager: Ian Webster

Newcastle Northstars 2019 club awards

The Newcastle Northstars held their 2019 Club Awards yesterday. For more information see the article from the Newcastle Star’s Ellie-Marie Watts.

– Most Valuable Player: Sammy Banga
– Best Defensive Player Award: Dayne Davis
– Most Improved Player Award: Richard Tesarik
– Most Dedicated Player Award: Robert Malloy
– Tony Huntley Award for Best Australian Player: Charlie Smart
– Coaches’ Award: Josh Secomb

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