James Downie

AIHL news: 24 June 2018

CBR Brave
Jakob Doornbos and Nickolas Eckhardt made their first appearance on the bench for the club this season with both goaltenders serving as backup in a game each against the Melbourne Mustangs. Doornbos and Eckhardt were were called up to fill in for regular backup goaltender Alex Tetrault.

Melbourne Ice
James Downie joined the team for the first time this weekend in Sydney and Newcastle. Downie started in the Ice’s game against the Sydney Ice Dogs and backed-up for Jaden Pine-Murphy in Newcastle. Downie recently returned from the United States where he has been playing for Meijer AAA Hockey 18U
Maksim Shneider has made his debut for the Melbourne Ice, lining up in the game against the Newcastle Northstars. The Russian born Shneider has been playing in the Victorian Premier League for the Melbourne Sharks where he currently has five points from six games.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have signed Kayne Fedor for their 24 June game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. The signing looks to have been made to avoid falling below the minimum number of players for a game after Ryan Lough and Fredrik Rozenberg did not return to the lineup after the 23 June match. Fedor last played in the AIHL for the Adrenaline in 2016 and is currently signed with the Adelaide Tigers in the South Australian Premier League.

AIHL news: 15 June 2018

Adelaide Adrenaline
Tyler Leeming is expected to make his debut for the club this weekend against the CBR Brave after securing his permanent residency and so allowing him to play as a local. Leeming has spent the last three seasons playing for the Adelaide Red Wings in the South Australian Premier League.

Melbourne Ice
– Forward Tyrone Bronte is unlikely to lineup for the Melbourne Ice this season due to college commitments with Bemidji State University. Bronte debuted for the club in 2017 playing two games and scoring one goal.
– His brother Declan Bronte made his debut for the Ice in tonights game against the Melbourne Mustangs, picking up an assist.
James Downie appeared in his first game for the Ice, dressing as backup to Michael James.

2018 U18 World Championships: Australia relegated

The Australian men’s national under-18 team have lost 1-7 to Lithuania in their final game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Goaltender James Downie was named best Australian player of the match and best Australian player of the tournament. In other games of the day Great Britain defeated South Korea 4-3 and Poland beat Estonia 4-3 in overtime. Australia finish the tournament in last place and are relegated to Division II Group B for 2019. Great Britain finish at the top of the standings ahead of Lithuania and gain promotion to Division I Group B for 2019.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 1-7 Lithuania (13:00, 7 April 2018, Tondiraba Icehall). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Great Britain 5 4 0 0 1 12
Lithuania 5 4 0 0 1 12
Poland 5 3 1 0 1 11
South Korea 5 2 0 0 3 6
Estonia 5 1 0 1 3 4
Australia 5 0 0 0 5 0

2018 U18 World Championships: Australia lose to South Korea

The Australian men’s national under-18 team have lost 1-4 to South Korea in their opening game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Goaltender James Downie was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day the Lithuania defeated Poland 4-3 and Great Britain beat Estonia 6-3. Great Britain lead the standings after the first round with Australia sitting in last place. Australia take on Great Britain today for their second game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2006 World Championship Division II Group B tournament where Australia lost 0-11.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 1-4 South Korea (13:00, 1 April 2018, Tondiraba Icehall). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Great Britain 1 1 0 0 0 3
South Korea 1 1 0 0 0 3
Lithuania 1 1 0 0 0 3
Poland 1 0 0 0 1 0
Estonia 1 0 0 0 1 0
Australia 1 0 0 0 1 0

AIHL news: 29 November 2017

Melbourne Ice
– The Ice have announced the signing of goaltender James Downie for the 2018 season. Downie has spent the last three seasons playing for the Sydney Bears and is currently in North America playing for playing for Meijer AAA Hockey. In the AIHL Downie currently has a save percentage of 0.844 from 17 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Melbourne Mustangs
– The Mustangs have announced the signing of Maxime Langelier-Parent as head coach for the upcoming 2018 season. Langelier-Parent joined the club last season as an import player, recording 36 points in 18 games, and also served as an assistant coach for part of the season while out with injury. Langelier-Parent replaces Michael Flaherty who served as head coach during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. For more information see the announcement from the club.

2017 U18 World Championship: Australia promoted

The Australian men’s national under-18 team have won their final game of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group B tournament, defeating Serbia 4-1. Declan Bronte was named best Australian player of the match and Tyrone Bronte was named best Australian player of the tournament. In addition James Downie was named best goaltender of the tournament. In other games of the day Spain defeated the Netherlands 5-2 and Iceland beat Belgium 3-2. Australia finish the tournament in first place and are promoted to Division II Group A for 2018. It is the second promotion in a row for the team after being promoted from Division III Group A in 2016. Belgium, who finished in last place, are relegated to Division III Group A for 2018.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

  • Australia 4-1 Serbia (20:00, 19 March 2017, Ice Rink Pionir). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 5 4 0 0 1 12
Spain 5 4 0 0 1 12
Serbia 5 3 0 0 2 9
Netherlands 5 3 0 0 2 9
Iceland 5 1 0 0 4 3
Belgium 5 0 0 0 5 0

2017 U18 World Championship: Australia defeat Spain

The Australian men’s national under-18 team have won their third game of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group B tournament, defeating Spain 4-1. Goaltender James Downie was named best Australian player of the match after saving 29 of 30 shots on goal. In other games of the day the Netherlands defeated Belgium 5-2 and Serbia beat Iceland 4-2. After the end of the third round Australia move into first place on the standings, leading the Netherlands, Spain and Serbia by three points. The teams have rest day today before returning on Saturday where Australia take on the Netherlands.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

  • Australia 4-1 Spain (16:30, 16 March 2017, Ice Rink Pionir). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 3 3 0 0 0 9
Netherlands 3 2 0 0 1 6
Spain 3 2 0 0 1 6
Serbia 3 2 0 0 1 6
Iceland 3 0 0 0 3 0
Belgium 3 0 0 0 3 0

Australia U18 Men lose to Turkey

The Australian men’s national under-18 team have lost their first game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division III Group A tournament, losing to Turkey 6-9. Goaltender James Downie was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Chinese Taipei defeated Mexico 4-2 and Israel beat Bulgaria 4-3. After the end of the fourth round Australia has dropped to second in the standings, two points behind leaders Turkey. The teams have a rest day today and return to the ice on Sunday with Australia taking on Mexico in their final game of the tournament.

For more information on the tournament, including livestream details, see the page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

  • Australia 6 – 9 Turkey (13:00, 18 March 2016, Winter Sports Palace). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Turkey 4 3 1 0 0 11
Australia 4 3 0 0 1 9
Israel 4 2 0 0 2 6
Bulgaria 4 2 0 0 2 6
Chinese Taipei 4 1 0 1 2 4
Mexico 4 0 0 0 4 0

Australians Playing Overseas

In light of the recent mentions of Ethan Cornford and Jeremy Brown we have compiled a list of Australians who have signed with a club overseas for the current 2014-15 season. The information is based of Elite Prospects website and may or may not be complete: