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    Australia Australian Ice Hockey League 2014

    The new Australian Ice Hockey League Season will begin on the 12th April.

    http://www.theaihl.com/leagues/newsl...464&page=75443

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    The AIHL announces that the Canberra Knights are withdrawing from the AIHL competition, effective immediately.

    Competing teams are:

    Adelaide Adrenaline
    Melbourne Ice
    Melbourne Mustangs
    Newcastle North Stars
    Perth Thunder
    Sydney Bears
    Sydney Ice Dogs
    Cum bibam cervisiam gaudeo.

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    The Canberra Times have announced that the players are in talks with the AIHL regarding taking over the club and its license.

    http://m.canberratimes.com.au/sport/...227-33jvq.html

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    that would be a shocker, when the Knights would die! Hey, they've a long history. So far I know, they're existing more than 30 years? I hope, they can survive!
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    Real shame even if they haven't really been able to make an impact in the league in recent years, and failed to make the playoffs.

    Wasn't the Gold Coast supposed to come back with a team again as well at some point? Not heard much about that lately.

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    The players have been told that they need to rais $50,000 in order to proove to the league that they are financially sound. As a result they have started a fundraiser, http://www.mycause.com.au/page/canberraaihlteam which is currently sitting around 20%. Not sure when the cutoff is and apparently the season passes that their fans buy will count towards this goal.

    In regards to the Gold Coast team, they announced this year that they are still trying to organise funding to build a new ice rink on the Gold Coast. As a result the AIHL have kept their license suspended and they have until 2015 before their licensed is reviewed by the league.

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    According to The Canberra Times if a Canberra based team is to re-enter the league they will not be able to play as the Knights. This is due to the former owner wanting to retain his brand name. He also wants to retain his license and floated the idea of receiving compensation to account for the brand's value and goodwill if the players want to keep the Knights' trademark.

    The team has managed to raise $22k so far and will talk to the league on Monday to see if they have met the requirements. I guess if the team is successful we will see a new team playing in Canberra this year. Hopefully the league will approve their application

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    new team in Canberra supported by the province and the city!! great news! http://eurohockey.com/article/3269-c...-scenario.html

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    Good news, good luck to the new team.
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    A bit more on the new Canberra based team: http://icehockeynewsaustralia.com/20...logo-revealed/

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    The Melbourne Mustangs 2014 roster:
    http://icehockeynewsaustralia.com/20...ter-announced/

    and the Melbourne Ice's 2014 roster from the other day:
    http://icehockeynewsaustralia.com/20...ter-announced/

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    Any news about the Trans Tasman Champions League or did it become a dead project?

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    Australia Aihl almanac 2014


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    Some bad news from league, one of the teams bus has crashed on the way to a game https://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/video/w...0/bus-rollver/
    Dinamo Riga, Manchester Storm

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    Current standings and schedule - http://www.theaihl.com/leagues/sched...leagueid=11464

    Standings and scoring leaders are at the bottom of the page.

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    Video highlights from this season's games: http://www.theaihl.com/leagues/video...leagueid=11464

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    Interesting to see the new Canberra team really making an impact in their debut season, something the Canberra Knights didn't manage in their years of operation in the AIHL.

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    I think their success is directly related to their top line of offense, which is carrying their team. All three players are imports who have never played in the AIHL prior to this season.

    Two of the three played together for the University of Ottawa in the CIS this season, and the past few seasons before that. They were good producers in the CIS. The third is a Mestis (Finnish second tier) player who averaged less than half a point per game there, but is tearing up the AIHL (and is third in team scoring behind his linemates).

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    They also have the benefit of being able to play six imports instead of the normal four because two of their imports (Matthew Harvey and Jeff Harvey) are dual New Zealand/Canadian residents and so count as locals under the AIHL rules (New Zealanders count as locals)

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    Interview with Sydney Ice Dogs' Rob Malloy. He talks about the season is gong with his team, how he first got there 4 years ago, his hopes of joining the Aussie NT next season.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...a1cb6669942d35

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    Apologies if this isn't the best place, but I got linked to this: http://www.theaihl.com/leagues/newsl...464&page=83111. I think it's really awesome and telling about the impact Nathan Walker has had by this quote: "Hearing young kids at our games proclaim, 'I want to be like Nathan Walker when I grow up. I want to play in the NHL.'- Nathan’s accomplishments have had a profound impact on awareness of Australian ice hockey and that’s translated into interest for the AIHL; new fans at games, new fans watching our broadcasts and new sponsors expressing support, to name just a few."
    Twitter: @CSmeeth

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    Final regular season standings and scoring leaders can be found partway down this page: http://www.theaihl.com/leagues/newsl...leagueid=11464

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    The Melbourne Mustangs won the AIHL's championship, the Goodall Cup, by defeating cross-town rivals Melbourne Ice by a 6-1 score in the league's Grand Final game on August 31, 2014. This is their first title.

    Here is a pro-shot, very well done video looking back on their championship season; enjoy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq3qPISozUk

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    From the IIHF, reprinted here for educational, archival and discussion purposes:
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    MELBOURNE, Australia – The Melbourne Mustangs have won their first Goodall Cup as champions of the Australian Ice Hockey League, crushing the Melbourne Ice 6-1 at the MediBank Icehouse.

    A hat-trick from finals MVP Viktor Gibbs-Sjodin led the way for the ‘Stang, who finally got bragging rights over their “bigger brother” local rivals.

    Goaltender Fraser Carson stopped 29 shots for the win, in a steady display for the regular season champions.

    Coach Brad Vigon felt the team had lifted a curse by hoisting the Goodall Cup.

    “I never expected to beat them like that,” said Vigon. “To win as comprehensively as we did, it’s really a testament to the effort they put in.

    “When we played them during the season and lost, it almost felt like we had a bit of bad luck against them – like a curse – so for the guys to come out and play the way they did, and put everything on the line, it was awesome.”

    The win was especially sweet for brothers Joseph and Vinnie Hughes, and captain Sean Jones, with the former Ice forwards having been influential in that clubs’ three-peat championship side from 2010 to 2012.

    “This is massive [for the club] and to have Joey and Vinnie. They played in three finals each and provided cool, calm heads and were a calming influence in the warm-up.

    “We’ve worked hard, worked as a team to get here. This is for every guy on the bench and everyone who sits in the stands to support us every game.”

    Young gun Jamie Bourke (1G, 3A) and import Patrick O’Kane (1G, 1A) also starred for the Mustangs, with goals that swung momentum in their favour.

    A cagey opening saw both sides struggle to gain the upper hand, before Gibbs-Sjodin broke the deadlock midway through the period. The Swedish import made a nifty power move from the corner with the Ice defence occupied, and wrapped the puck past goaltender Jayden Murphy.

    While the Mustangs took a slender one-goal lead into the first break, the game really opened up after a strange incident early in the middle frame.

    With the Ice on the power play, the Mustangs defence attempted to clear the zone, only for referee Rick West to get hit by the puck, causing him to leave the game with blood flowing from his mouth.

    After the delay, and a replacement referee called in, the Ice looked to regain ascendency, but were caught flat-footed. Mustangs’ winger Bourke stole the puck off towering defenceman Jeff Smith from the ensuing face-off and raced in alone from the red line to snipe past Murphy.

    With the Ice reeling, Gibbs-Sjodin nabbed his second of the game after a scramble in the Ice’s goal mouth.

    Mustangs’ leading scorer O’Kane put his name on the scoresheet minutes later, after weaving his way through the neutral zone and ripping a wrist shot from the right point over Murphy’s shoulder.

    The Ice rarely troubled Carson, with many shots easily snared by the netminder or fizzing wide. Winger Jason Baclig had the best chance to cut the deficit, but saw his shot sail over the gaping net with Carson out of position.

    Gibbs-Sjodin sent hats cascading from the stands with his third goal early in the third period, and put to bed any thoughts of an Ice revival.

    A goal from the Ice’s captain Lliam Webster was little consolation for his side, as Andrew Belic sealed the win with a deflection from Vinnie Hughes’ point shot, with less than three minutes left in the game.

    “It’s sweet to win,” said Jones. “If you said there years ago we would win the cup, people would have laughed. We finished bottom of the table – I remember playing in Canberra and they were throwing wooden spoons at us – but a lot of hard work from Brad and the guys in the room and to win with the same core guys, is why we’ve been able to come so far in such short time.”

    Despite leading his side to three consecutive championships, Webster said the loss still hurt.

    “Whenever we’ve made it to the grand final previously we’ve won, so it’s not a nice feeling to lose,” he said.

    Coming off their own 6-1 win over the Canberra Brave in the semi-final, Webster said complacency was not a factor in the loss.

    “We didn’t have the jump that we wanted, and they played very well. They were very precise and clogged up the play.

    “There was no feeling of complacency, but unfortunately in a one-game final, when you don’t show up 100 per cent on the day, you’re not gonna get the result.”

    It has been another stellar year for the league, which has seen attendance and television viewership rise.

    The Canberra Brave warrant a special mention having risen from the ashes of the defunct Canberra Knights to become the first team from the Australian capital to reach the finals. A consortium of players banded together to help save the team, and raised the necessary funds to gain a licence.

    The expansion Perth Thunder also performed well in their third season, starting well, before tailing off.

    AIHL commissioner Robert Bannerman has high hopes for the future of the league.

    “We’re actively looking for teams and leadership for the state of Queensland and it’s been a banner season in terms of exposure, attendance and sponsorship,” said Bannerman.

    “The numbers of people attending has dramatically increased, out television ratings are up, and our marketing partners and sponsors have made significant investment.”

    Ice hockey has grown Down Under, thanks in part to the recognition and celebrity of Washington Capitals’ Australian draftee Nathan Walker, who was also in attendance at the finals series.

    TREVOR ALLEN

    AIHL Awards
    League MVP: Simon Barg, Sydney Ice Dogs
    Australian Player of the Year: David Dunwoodie, Sydney Ice Dogs
    Finals MVP: Viktor Gibbs-Sjodin, Melbourne Mustangs
    Best Defenceman: Jack Wolgemuth, Melbourne Mustangs
    Best Rookie: Jeremy Brown, Melbourne Ice
    Best Goaltender: Petri Pitkanen, Canberra Brave

    AIHL Regular Season Standings
    1. Melbourne Mustangs 54
    2. Melbourne Ice 51
    3. Canberra Brave 49
    4. Sydney Ice Dogs 47
    5. Adelaide Adrenaline 43
    6. Newcastle North Stars 35
    7. Perth Thunder 33
    8. Sydney Bears 22

    AIHL Finals Series
    Semi-final 1: Melbourne Mustangs vs. Sydney Ice Dogs 6-4
    Semi-final 2: Melbourne Ice vs. Canberra Brave 6-1
    Grand final: Melbourne Mustangs vs. Melbourne Ice 6-1

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