– The Northstars have announced the signing of defenceman Matthew Price for the final round of the 2018 regular season. Price previously played for the Northstars from 2008 to 2011, scoring 35 points in 106 games and amassing 305 penalties in minutes. Price has been playing with the Northstars’ farm club in the East Coast Super League in 2018 where he currently has five points from eight games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– Goaltender Russell Brewer played in his first game for the club since 2016. Brewer was added to the Adrenaline roster to act has backup for Sebastian Andersson in their 21 July game against the Perth Thunder. Brewer was however brought into the game for the remaining 13 minutes after Andersson was pulled. Brewer has previously played three games for the club, one in 2013 and two in 2016.
– Adam Kimbley joined the team for the first time this season in their 21 July game against the CBR Brave. Kimbley has previously played 108 AIHL games from 2008 to 2016, playing for the Newcastle Northstars, Sydney Bears and most recently in the 2016 season the Sydney Ice Dogs. Kimbley has most recently been playing for the Penrith Raptors in the East Coast Super League
– The league has completed their 2016 Draft with 16 new players picked up across four teams. The Sting picked up the most with seven new players added to their roster, the Raptors picked up five, and the Bombers and Rebels took two each. For for more information see the article by the league.
– The league have also expressed their interest in expanding to Canberra with 2017 currently slated for the expansion.
– The Sydney Heat have folded and will not participate in the upcoming 2016 East Coast Super League season. The move comes after Ice Hockey NSW instructed the ECSL to reduce the league to five teams. The team are said to have plans to return in the future however it is unclear how many seasons they will be inactive.
– The Bombers have signed eight of their Heat’s former players following the teams departure from the league. For a list of names see the post on the Bombers Facebook page.
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.
Round 1 of the 2014 East Coast Super League (ECSL) season has been completed with wins for the Newcastle North Stars and the Sydney Heat. Round 2 gets underway next Saturday with the Sydney Heat taking on the Newcastle North Stars and the Sting coming up against the Penrith Raptors.
Blueline Bombers 1 – 2 Newcastle North Stars (17:30, 22 Mar 2014, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium). Game Card
Reach Rebels 2 – 3 Sydney Heat (18:30, 22 Mar 2014, Canterbury Ice Arena). Game Card
For more information on the ECSL see their website.