The 2018 AIHL playoffs have finished with the CBR Brave defeating the Sydney Bears 4-3 in overtime. The win gives the Brave their first Goodall Cup since joining the league in 2014. The Brave progressed to the final after defeating the Melbourne Mustangs 5-1 in the semifinals while the Bears defeated the Perth Thunder 3-0 in their semifinal. For the sixth year running the finals are sponsored by Air Canada.
The CBR Brave’s Trevor Gerling was named the playoffs most valuable player and Wehebe Darge was named the Skaters Network local player of the finals.
– SF1: Melbourne Mustangs 1-5 CBR Brave (15:00, 1 September 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– SF2: Perth Thunder 0-3 Sydney Bears (18:00, 1 September 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– GF: Sydney Bears 3-4 OT CBR Brave (15:00, 2 September 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
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.
– The Brave have announced the re-signing of Wehebe Darge for the 2019 season. The signing will see Darge enter his third season with the club since moving across from the Adelaide Adrenaline before the start of the 2017 season. Before joining the Brave Darge played seven seasons with the Adrenaline from 2009 to 2016. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Adrenaline have announced that the radio station 1079 Life as signed on as the club’s official media partner for 2017. The deal will include a live broadcast of at least one Adrenaline game this season as well as regular interviews with players, staff and volunteers. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Australian men’s national team won their third game of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament, defeating Spain 5-3. Forward Wehebe Darge was named best Australian player of the match after recording two assists and finishing with a plus-3 rating. In other games of the day the Serbia defeated Belgium 9-2 and Iceland beat Romania 2-0. At the end of the third round Australia have moved into first place, two points ahead of the second placed Iceland. Australia take on Romania today in their fourth game of the tournament.
The AIHL have announced the winners of the 2016 Awards which were voted on by team representatives and officials. For more information see the article on TheAIHL.com
– Kendall Trophy (Most Valuable Player): Wehebe Darge (Adelaide Adrenaline)
– Goaltender of the Year: Anthony Kimlin (Sydney Bears)
– Defenceman of the Year: Jan Safar (CBR Brave)
– Rookie of the Year: Casey Kubara (CBR Brave)
– Local Player of the Year: Casey Kubara (CBR Brave)
– Coach of the Year: Brent Laver (Melbourne Ice)
– Kennedy Trophy (Playoffs Most Valuable Player): Dayne Davis (Newcastle North Stars)
The Adrenaline held their 2016 awards night on 2 September 2016 at The Hilton Hotel. This year also saw the club introduce the “President’s Award” which is given to the member of the Adrenaline community (player, committee member, volunteer, sponsor) who displays an exemplary attitude, work ethic, passion and community spirit.
– Forward Wehebe Darge has re-signed with the club for the 2016 season. Darge will line up for his seventh season with the Adrenaline having recently returned from playing for IHC Leuven in the BeNeLiga where he recorded 55 points in 21 games.
– Hi-Tec Oils will continue as a major sponsor of the Sydney Bears for the 2016 season. Hi-Tec Oils is an Australian manufacturer of lubricants for automotive, industrial agricultural, transport and heavy equipment applications.