Luke Zvonicek

Sydney Bears and Ice Dogs player announcements

Following tonights Wilson Cup opener both the Sydney Ice Dogs and the Sydney Bears have revealed some new player signings as well as a good majority of returning players for the Sydney Bears.

New signings for the Sydney Ice Dogs:

  • Kane Spence – from the ECSL’s Sting. Previously played for the Sydney Bears.
  • Strat Allen – Canadian centre who has previously played for Queens University.
  • Alec Stephenson – from the Sydney Bears. Previously played for the Ice Dogs in 2012 and 2013.
  • Bryan Costa – from the ECSL’s Reach Rebels and the AJIHL’s Sydney Sabres.
  • Ilman Lee – from the ECSL’s Blueline Bombers. Represented Australia at the 2015 IIHF World U20 Championships.
  • Jake Burgess – from the AJIHL’s Sydney Wolf Pack

New signings for the Sydney Bears:

  • Patrick Ward – from the Sydney Ice Dogs.
  • Luke Zvonicek – from the ECSL’s Blueline Bombers and the AJIHL’s Sydney Sabres.
  • Richard Tesarik – from the Sydney Ice Dogs.
  • Charles Frazer – from the ECSL’s Newcastle North Stars and the AJIHL’s Sydney Wolf Pack.
  • Lachlan Allport – from the ECSL’s Penrith Raptors and the AJIHL’s Sydney Sabres.
  • Thomas Cooney – American forward currently playing for Arizona State University. Recently drafted by the Blueline Bombers in the 2015 ECSL Draft
  • Kevin Engström – Swedish winger from Göta/Traneberg in the Swedish Division 2 league
  • Jonathan Bjurestam – Swedish winger who last played for Husum HK in the Swedish Division 2 league
  • Dale Burgess – from the Sydney Ice Dogs

Returning players for the Bears include Steven Adams, Michael Schlamp, Jan Bejcek, Paul Bond, Spencer Austin, Adrian Esposito, Lee Turner, Saxon Air and Luke Read

Australia U18 win World Championship Division III Group A

The Australian under-18 team have won the gold medal of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group A tournament after defeating New Zealand 6-0 in their final game. The win which saw Australia finish the tournament three points clear of Israel in second place and earned them promotion to the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship Division II Group B tournament. Australia took the lead early in the game with Hayden Sheard scoring the second minute. Sheard scored again in the eigth minute and Jake Knott got one past the New Zealand goaltender to finish the first period 3-0. Australia doubled their lead in the second period with goals from Kieren Webster, Luke Zvonicek and Casey Kubara. The third period remained scoreless with the game ending 6-0 and Nicholas Mizen recording the Australia’s only shutout of the tournament. Luke Zvonicek was named best Australia player for the game.

  • Australia 6 – 0 New Zealand (20:00, 30 Mar 2014, Winter Sports Palace, Sofia). Game Card

In the other games of the day Chinese Taipei beat Mexico 2-1 and Israel finished with a 7-2 win against Bulgaria. Australia finished the tournament in first place on 12 points followed by Israel, Chinese Taipei, Bulgaria, Mexico and New Zealand. Following the completion of the tournament awards were handed out by the IIHF directorate with Daniel Pataky being named the Best Defenceman of the tournament. Best goaltender went to Bulgaria’s Dimitar Videnov and Ilya Spektor of Israel won the Best Forward award. Casey Kubara was selected by the coaches as Australia’s best player of tournament.

For more information see the IIHF website.