The Newcastle Northstars have signed John Kennedy as head coach for the 2019 season. Kennedy’s signing as head coach replaces the Northstars associate coach program that was in place in 2018. Ray Sheffield and Joey Theriault, who were associate coaches last season, will continue on as assistant coaches. Garry Doré, the teams third associate coach, steps away from coaching to focus solely on his general manager role. Kennedy played 121 games in the AIHL from 2012 to 2018 where he recorded 96 points. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Newcastle North Stars also held their awards night on 17 August. For more information see the article by Ellie-Marie Watts
– Most Valuable Player: Connor McLaughlin
– Tony Huntley Award for Best Australian Player: Mathew Lindsay
– Best Defensive Player Award: John Kennedy
– Most Improved Player: Patrick Nadin
– Most Dedicated Player Award: Robert Malloy and Dayne Davis
– Coaches’ Award: Matt Wetini
The Newcastle North Stars have announced their imports for the upcoming 2015 season.
- Luke Moffatt – American forward drafted 197th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Currently playing for the Storhamar Dragons in the GET-ligaen
- Jan Safar – Czech defenceman currently playing for the Fayetteville FireAntz in the Southern Professional Hockey League
- Geordie Wudrick – Canadian forward drafted 88th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Currently playing for the Louisiana IceGators in the Southern Professional Hockey League
- Dayne Davis – Canadian goaltender most recently played for the Whitby Dunlops in the 2012-13 Allan Cup Hockey league season. Played nine games for the Sydney Bears in 2009 and finished with a save percentage of 0.846
The four new imports join American John Kennedy who will start his third season with the North Stars and is expecting to gain an Australian permanent residency in the coming months. Davis, like Kennedy is also working towards his permanent residency.
For more information see the Newcastle Herald’s article by Josh Leeson.
The Newcastle Herald has announced the Newcastle North Stars have signed former Central Coast Rhinos goaltender Dayne Davis for the upcoming season. They have also announced that John Kennedy will remain with the club and has since gained his permanent residency freeing up an import spot for 2015. For more information see the article from the Newcastle Herald.
Some headlines from the week:
- Bianca Musico talks to the Sydney Ice Dogs Tim Noting
- The CBR Brave have announced 2014 Team Awards. Petri Pitkanen won the Most Valuable Player award, Stephen Blunden was named the teams best forward, Matthew Harvey the best defender and Aaron Clayworth won the Players’ player and Coaches’ awards. Anton Kokkonen won he fan’s choice award, Mark Rummukainen won the John Lewis Memorial Award and Kai Miettinen was named the teams best under-23 player. For more information see The Canberra Times article by Lee Gaskin.
- The Newcastle North Stars have also announced the winners of their 2014 Team Awards. John Kennedy won the Most Valuable Player award, Robert Starke was named the teams best forward, Ray Sheffield the most dedicated player and Matt Wetini was named the most improved player and won the Tony Huntly Award for Best Aussie Player, while assistant coach Joey Theriault won the Coaches’ Award.
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