Newcastle Northstars

2017 AIHL season: Round 1

Round 1 of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Adelaide Adrenaline, CBR Brave, Sydney Ice Dogs and Perth Thunder. The Brave take the lead in the standings, two points clear of the second placed Ice Dogs. Next week seven teams are in action across six games while the Mustangs sitting out the round on a bye.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 1 results:
– Newcastle Northstars 3-4 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 22 April 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– CBR Brave 4-2 Melbourne Mustangs (17:00, 22 April 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1-0 Sydney Bears (17:00, 22 April 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– CBR Brave 4-3 SO Melbourne Mustangs (16:00, 23 April 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Newcastle Northstars 2-3 Perth Thunder (16:30, 23 April 2017, Perth Ice Arena)

Standings at the end of Round 1:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
CBR Brave 2 1 1 0 0 5
Sydney Ice Dogs 1 1 0 0 0 3
Perth Thunder 1 1 0 0 0 3
Adelaide Adrenaline 1 1 0 0 0 3
Melbourne Mustangs 2 0 0 1 1 1
Newcastle Northstars 2 0 0 0 2 0
Sydney Bears 1 0 0 0 1 0
Melbourne Ice 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated 23 April 2017

AIHL news: 19 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenlaine
– The Adrenaline have re-signed English forward Jamie Holland for the upcoming season. Holland joined the Adrenaline last season and recorded two points in eight games. For more information on Holland and the other imports see the article from the club.

Newcastle Northstars
– Peter Lambert has written a piece on their newly signed forward Zane Jones who joins the team from the Innisfail Eagles of the Chinook Hockey League. For more information see the article on the club website.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the re-signing of Canadian forward Strat Allen for the 2017 season. Allen first joined the club in 2015 and over his two seasons has recorded a total of 55 points in 39 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Northstars announce 2017 roster

The Northstars have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 season. New additions to the team are Joe Harcharik, Zane Jones, Steven Kuhn, Matt Marantz, Felix-Antoine Poulin, Hayden Sheard and Charlie Smart. While players dropped from the team are Dayne Davis, Brandon Greenside, Josh Harris, Connor McLaughlin, Harley Quinton-Jones, Scott Swiston and Brandon Wong.

Goaltenders
#31 Charlie Smart
#33 Nick Mizen

Defensemen
#3 Mathew Lindsay (A)
#5 John Kennedy Jr
#16 Jayson Chalker
#20 Robert Malloy (C)
#22 Matt Taylor
#23 Matt Wetini (A)
#25 David Ferrari
#44 Felix-Antoine Poulin (I)
#58 Hayden Sheard

Forwards
#8 Hamish Powell
#9 Matt Marantz (I)
#11 Tim Stanger
#12 Joe Harcharik (I)
#15 Beau Taylor
#24 Jonatan Ruth
#26 Zane Jones
#27 Liam Manwarring
#71 Shane Southwood
#91 Pat Nadin
#96 Steven Kuhn (I)

Staff

Head Coach: Andrew Petrie
Assistant coach: Joey Theriault

AIHL news: 13 April 2017

CBR Brave
– 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.

Perth Thunder
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.

Newcastle Northstars
– 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.

Sydney Bears
– 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.

AIHL news: 12 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
Power Play Sports have re-signed as the official equipment supplier of the Adrenaline for the upcoming season.

Newcastle Northstars
– The Northstars have announced the signing of Canadian defenceman Felix-Antoine Poulin for the 2017 season. Poulin has spent the 2016-17 playing for the Dundee Stars in the Elite Ice Hockey League where he has recorded 51 points in 55 games. Prior to joining Dundee Poulin spent a season and a half with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 7 April 2017

Newcastle Northstars
– The Northstars have announced the signing of American forward Joseph Harcharik for the 2017 season. Harcharik has spent the 2016-17 season playing for the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Ice Hockey League where he recorded 39 points in 53 games. Harcharik returns for his second season in the AIHL, previously playing for the Sydney Bears during the 2015 season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the re-signing of Canadian forward Grant Toulmin for the upcoming season. Toulmin competed in 21 games for the Ice Dogs last season, recording 15 goals and 16 assists. During the AIHL offseason Toulmin has competed in the Polska Hokej Liga for GKS Katowice and Orlik Opole before moving to the MOL Liga to play for DVTK Jegesmedvék. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 6 April 2017

Newcastle Northstars
– Newcastle has changed their name from the Newcastle North Stars to the Newcastle Northstars, dropping the space as part of a minor re-branding. The change aligns the club with the New South Wales registered club, the Newcastle Northstars Ice Hockey Club, and returns them to their original identity that they played under in the 1980s. At this time however the East Coast Super League club of the same name is still playing as the ‘North Stars’. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Canadian forward Stephen Johnston for the 2017 season. Johnston last played during 2015-16 season for Saint Mary’s University of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport system. Johnston was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, however he went on to play in the Ontario Hockey League for the Belleville Bulls and Windsor Spitfires before joining Saint Mary’s in 2012. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Wilson Cup unlikely for 2017

The Sydney Bears have announced that it unlikely that the Wilson Cup tournament will be held in 2017 citing a high workload in relation to their move to the Macquarie Ice Rink. The Wilson Cup was founded in 2007 as a pre-season tournament for the New South Wales based AIHL clubs. The tournament has been held on six occasions, from 2007 to 2009 and 2014 to 2016. The Bears won the 2016 edition, defeating the Sydney Ice Dogs 3-1 in the final.

North Stars sign Smart, drop Davis

The Newcastle North Stars have announced the signing of goaltender Charlie Smart for the upcoming 2017 season. Smart spent last season playing for the Sydney Ice Dogs and has been playing for the Bozeman Icedogs of the North American 3 Hockey League in the offseason. The signing of Smart comes after last seasons starting goaltender Dayne Davis declined to re-sign citing interest from other clubs. Smart joins Nicholas Mizen on the roster. Mizen played five games last season for the North Stars and has been playing for the Steele County Blades of the United States Premier Hockey League’s Elite Division during the offseason. For more information see the announcement from the club.