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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: 22 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced their captains for the 2017 season. David Huxley has been named captain with Sean Greer, Cameron Critchlow and Darren Corstens as the three alternate captains.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have announced that The Ranch Hotel will act as their official venue sponsor for the 2017 season.

Sydney Ice Dogs
TGI Fridays have joined the Ice Dogs as a sponsor and their Macquarie Centre restaurant will serve as the club’s post game venue. TGI Fridays have previously sponsored the Sydney Bears and the league during the 2015 season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Bears announce 2017 roster

The Sydney Bears have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 season. New additions to the team are Slavo Boris, Jackson Brewer, Jeremy Brucker, Robert Covino, Tyler Noseworthy, Nick Rivait and Vladimir Rubes

While players dropped from the team are Steven Adams, Spencer Austin, Dylan Burgess, Billy Cliff, Alex Henderson, Geoff Irwin, Nic Kawasaki, Ian Merwin, Luke Read, Joel Rhodes, Gabriel Robledo, Cam Smith, Lee Turner, Luke Zvonicek

Goaltenders
#1 Anthony Kimlin
#35 James Downie

Forwards
#4 Cameron Todd (A)
#11 Michael Schlamp (C)
#13 Lachlan McKenzie
#14 Robert Covino
#15 Jeremy Vazquez
#19 Saxon Air
#20 Vladimir Rubes
#24 Tomas Landa (I)
#37 Brent Vandenberg (I)
#49 Jackson Brewer (I)
#55 Richard Tesarik
#73 Tyler Noseworthy (I)
#84 Adrian Esposito
#91 Jeremy Brucker

Defenceman
#2 Brian Funes (A)
#4 Nick Rivait (I)
#16 Ryan Annesley (I)
#39 Slavomir Boris
#43 Patrick Ward
#65 Lachlan Fahmy
#97 Tyerell Clare

AIHL news: 18 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have signed Canadian defencemance Morgan McNeill as their fifth import for the 2017 season. McNeill has spent the 2016-17 season playing for Bouctouche JCs of the North East Senior Hockey League where he recorded 11 points in 27 games. McNeill had original signed with the Adelaide Red Wings to play in the South Australian Premier League however he has been picked up by the Adrenaline while they wait for their goaltender Tyler Steel to finish his season in the Southern Professional Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have announced the signing of Canadian defenceman Nick Rivait for the 2017 season. Rivait has spent the 2016-17 season playing for the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League were he recorded 21 points in 50 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

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: 11 April 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced the signing of Zachary Boyle for the 2017 season. Boyle spent the 2016 season playing for the CBR Brave where he recorded nine points in 29 games. Boyle previously played for the Adrenaline in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced a partnership with MyLeadPod, an automated business reward program.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have signed American forward Jackson Brewer for the upcoming 2017 season. Brewer spent the 2016-17 season playing for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) where he recorded 41 points in 43 games. During the 2015-16 season Brewer spent time at three other SPHL clubs, the Knowville Ice Bears, Huntsville Havoc and Macon Mayhem, and was loaned out briefly out the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Canadian goaltender Damien Ketlo for the upcoming season. Ketlo spent the 2016-17 playing in his fifth season for the University of Lethbridge of the U Sports system, recording a 0.881 save percentage in six games. Prior to joining the University of Lethbridge Ketlo had a brief stint with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL in the 2011-12 season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

AIHL news: 31 March 2017

Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of forward Billy Cliff for the 2017 season. Cliff spent the 2016 season playing for the Sydney Bears where he recorded 13 points in 24 games. Cliff previously played for the Ice Dogs from 2008 to 2014 and took a year out from hockey in the 2015 season. 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.

AIHL news: 8 March 2017

Adelaide Adrenaline
Reading Cinemas have renewed their sponsorship of the Adrenaline for the 2017 season. The Reading Cinemas logo will be featured on the sleeve of the teams jersey and as part of the deal each season ticket holder will receive a Reading Cinemas ticket.

Sydney Bears
– The Bears have revealed their new jerseys for the upcoming 2017 season. The redesign features a black home jersey and a white away jersey. See their Facebook page for images

Bears and Ice Dogs move to the Macquarie Ice Rink

The league have announced that the Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs will relocate to the newly refurbished Macquarie Ice Rink for the 2017 season. The move will be the Bears third since 2012 having played at the Penrith Ice Palace from 2006 to 2011, the Sydney Ice Arena from 2012 to 2014 and the Penrith Ice Palace again in 2015 and 2016. The Ice Dogs will relocate from the Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink. The move of the two clubs follows the recent refurbishments to the Macquarie Ice Rink which has a seating capacity of 2,200.

For more information see the league announcement by Bernard McNamara.