– Starting goaltender Petri Pitkänen has left the club and is returning to Finland due to visa requirements. The Mustangs have announced they are looking into options to get him back to the club and are expected to provide an update shortly. Backup Aleksi Toivonen is likely to fill the starting position in the mean time.
– The Ice have announced the signing of Swedish forward Filip Petersson for the upcoming season. Petersson is currently the captain of Tranås AIF, a team in the Swedish Hockeyettan. During the 2017-18 season he has recorded 34 points in 41 games.
– The Mustangs have signed Finnish goaltender Petri Pitkänen for the 2018 season. Pitkänen last played in the AIHL during 2014 for the CBR Brave where he completed the regular season with a 0.906 save percentage. During his time away from the AIHL Pitkänen has spent three seasons with KeuPa HT of the Mestis, the most recent being the 2016-17 season. For more information see the announcement from the club
– The Northstars have signed three Sydney Bears players for the 2018 season, forwards Tomas Landa and Richard Tesarik and defenceman Patrick Ward. Landa has played six seasons in the AIHL and has recorded 234 points in 134, all for the Sydney Bears. Tesarik will be playing in his seventh AIHL season, having previously played three seasons for both the Ice Dogs and Bears. He currently has 72 points from 111 games. Ward’s 2018 season will be his sixth having previously played two with the Ice Dogs and three for the Bears. He currently has 56 points from 131 games. For more information see the announcement from the club
The Melbourne Mustangs have won the 2014 Goodall Cup final after defeating the Melbourne Ice 6-1 today at the Medibank Icehouse. The win earns the Mustangs their first Goodall Cup who also won the H Newman Reid Trophy this season after finishing first in the regular season.
Melbourne Ice 1 – 6 Melbourne Mustangs (15:00, 31 August 2014, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card
The 2014 individual awards were also announced today with the Mustangs and Sydney Ice Dogs winning two of the awards each and the Ice and CBR Brave taking home one apiece.
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.
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
KeuPa HT of the Finnish Suomi-sarja league have announced that their goaltender Petri Pitkänen will play for the CBR Brave in the upcoming 2014 AIHL season. The Brave had previously announced that they had signed two Finnish imports but had not announced the names of the players. Pitkänen has been playing in the Suomi-sarja since 2011 and recently attended try-outs for Mestis club LeKi before being released back to KeuPa HT.