The Australian Ice Hockey League have announced the team captains and coaches for the 2019 All-Star Weekend. Team North will be captained and coached by the Sydney Bears Michael Schlamp and Ron Kuprowsky respectively. Team North will be made up of players from the CBR Brave, Newcastle Northstars, Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs. Team South will have Perth Thunders’ Jamie Woodman as its captain and Dave Ruck as coach. Team South will be made up of players from the Adelaide Adrenaline, Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs and Perth Thunder. The 2019 All-Star Weekend will be held on 14 and 15 June 2019 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. For more information see the announcement from the league.
The 2018 AIHL-All Star Weekend got underway yesterday with the Skills Competition being held at the Adelaide Ice Arena. The Adelaide Adrenaline and Sydney Bears both claimed two of the seven competitions each with the Newcastle Northstars, Perth Thunder and Sydney Ice Dogs all picking up one.
For more information see the article by Alex Jacobs and Alyssa Longmuir
– Air Canada Fastest Skater: Jamie Woodman (Perth Thunder) – 12.53 seconds
– APA Group Breakaway Challenge: Josef Rezek (Adelaide Adrenaline)
– Ola Shooting Accuracy: Nick Rivait (Newcastle Northstars) – 12.65 seconds
– Rifle Media Stickhandling: Charlie Adams (Sydney Bears) – 18.15 seconds
– Skaters Network Hardest Shot: Nathan Chiarlitti (Sydney Ice Dogs) – 154 km/h
– Create Apparel Elimination Shootout: Sebastian Andersson (Adelaide Adrenaline)
– Goaltender Race: Anthony Kimlin (Sydney Bears)
– The Brave have announced new and returning sponsors for the 2017 season. Returning sponsors include allinsure, Coordinate, McDonald’s ACT, and Anytime Fitness who has increased their support to be a major sponsor. The clubs new sponsor is the Tuggeranong Hyperdome who comes on as a major sponsor for 2017. The ACT Government and Active Canberra will also continue their support of the National League Team Program.
– Jamie Woodman will take over the captaincy for the 2017 season. Woodman replaces Sam Wilson in the position who has held it since the club joined the league in 2012. Andrew Cox will return as one of the clubs alternate captains, while Per Daniel Goransson replaces Jordan Kyros as the second alternate captain. For more information see the announcement from club.
– The Northstars have announced the signing of Canadian forward Steven Kuhn for the 2017 season. Kuhn has spent the 2016-17 season playing for Bisons de Neuilly-sur-Marne of the French Division 1 where he has recorded 20 points in 24 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Bears have announced the signing of Canadian forward Tyler Noseworthy for the 2017 season. Noseworthy has spent the 2016-17 season playing in the Federal Hockey League, Southern Professional Hockey League, and the North East Senior Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Southern Suns have won the 2016 Ultimate Ice Hockey Championship (UIHC) two games to one and claim their first tournament title. The Suns lost the opening game of the tournament continuing the Northern Stars unbeaten streak from 2015 where they won all three games and claimed the inaugural UIHC Cup. The Suns however bounced back winning Game 2 at the Perth Ice Arena before claiming the series in Game 3 at the Cockburn Ice Arena. The Suns defenceman Jamie Woodman was named the tournaments most valuable player.
For more information on the tournament see the website.
– Game 1: Northern Stars 4 – 2 Southern Suns (15 October 2016, Cockburn Ice Arena).
Game Recap. MVP: Jonathon Bremner
– Game 2: Northern Stars 2 – 3 Southern Suns (22 October 2016, Perth Ice Arena).
Game Recap. MVP: Rob Haselhurst
– Game 3: Northern Stars 2 – 6 Southern Suns (29 October 2016, Cockburn Ice Arena).
Game Recap. MVP: Andrew Cox
Some headlines from the week:
- Dan Hamer talks to the Melbourne Ice’s Jeremy Brown
- The CBR Brave’s Mathieu Ouelette, Melbourne Mustangs’ Jack Wolgemuth and Sydney Ice Dogs’ Simon Barg have been named as the nominees for the 2014 MVP Award.
- The Brave’s Petri Pitkanen, Perth Thunder’s Mathieu Dugas and the Sydney Bears’ Daniel Palmkvist have been named as the nominees for the 2014 AIHL Golie of the Year Award
- The Adelaide Adrenaline’s Niko Suoraniemi, the Mustangs’ Jack Wolgemuth and Newcastle North Stars John Kennedy have been named as the nominees for the 2014 AIHL Defenceman of the Year Award.
- The Melbourne Ice’s Jeremy Brown, the Thunder’s Jamie Woodman and the North Stars’ Hayden Sheard have been named as the nominees for the 2014 AIHL Rookie of the Year Award.
- The Sydney Bears’ held their 2014 Team Awards night yesterday. Ben DiMarco won the most valuable player award, Sean Hamilton Steen was named the Best Forward, Spencer Austin the Best Defenceman, Jarrod Smith the Rookie of the Year and Daniel Palmkvist won the Chad Martin Award for Impact Player of the Year