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 Australian Ice Hockey League have announced the winners of the final threee awards for the 2018 season. The Sydney Bears took out two categories with Anthony Kimlin named goaltender of the year and Ron Kuprowsky named coach of the year. The CBR Brave took out the remaining category with Wehebe Darge named Skaters Network local player of the year.
For details on how the voting process works see the release from the AIHL.
The Sydney Bears have announced that Ron Kuprowsky has been promoted to the head coach position for the upcoming 2016 season after Vladimir Rubes stepped down in October due to family commitments. Kuprowsky joined the Bears last season as an assistant coach under Vladimir Rubes and was formally the head coach of the Sydney Ice Dogs from 2010 to April 2014.
For more information on the appointment see the announcement by the Bears.
Kuprowsky also recently helped train the Army Knights, a team in the Australian Defence Force Ice Hockey Association. For more information see the article by Bernard McNamara at TheAIHL.com.