Perth Thunder

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Perth Thunder
2014 AIHL season
Perth Thunder Logo.png
City Perth, Western Australia
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Founded 2010
Operated 2011–present
Home arena Perth Ice Arena
Colours               
General manager Australia Stan Scott
Head coach Australia Stan Scott
Captain Australia Samuel Wilson
Website Perththunder.com.au
Championships
Regular season titles 0
Conference Championships 0
Goodall Cups 0

The Perth Thunder are a semi-professional ice hockey team based at the Perth Ice Arena in Western Australia. They are members of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

History[edit]

The Perth Thunder were founded in 2010. On 28 November 2010, Perth Thunder were granted a provisional license with the AIHL for the 2011 season, with the intention of entering the league to compete as the ninth team in the 2012 AIHL season.[1][2] In 2011 the Thunder played a number of exhibition games against several AIHL teams. In May the Thunder travelled to Adelaide to compete in two games against the Adelaide Adrenaline. They drew the first game 2–2 and won the second 3–0.[3] In June the Melbourne Ice travelled to Perth to compete in two games against the Thunder at the Cockburn Ice Arena. The Ice won the first game 4–3 and lost the second game 3–6 after letting in six goals to none in the final period.[4][5] In September the Newcastle North Stars traveled to Perth to play the Thunder in a two game series.[6] The Thunder won both the first and second game 4–2.[7] On 16 October 2011 the AIHL voted to include the Perth Thunder as the ninth team to join the league.[8]

Playing in their inaugural season the Thunder finished fourth in the Easton conference, missing out on the Goodall Cup playoffs.[9] Following the end of the season the 2012 club awards were announced. Ken Rolph was named MVP, Aaron Wilson was named best defenceman, Samuel Wilson best local player, and David Kudla won the most improved award.[10] The Thunder finished the 2013 AIHL season in third place, qualifying for their first Goodall Cup playoff series.[11] The team were drawn against the Newcastle North Stars for the semi-final and lost the game 1-6, ending their finals campaign.[12] During the off season the team added Robert Cox to its board as a partner and director.[13] Prior to the start of the 2014 season Stan Scott announced that he had stepped down as head coach in order to focus on the General Manager operations of the club. Scott was replaced by Dylan Forsythe as head coach and but remained on the coaching panel as an assistant.[14] The club also announced that Goodlife Health Clubs had signed on as a new major sponsor and gold level sponsor, C.D. Dodd Scrap Metal Recyclers have increased their sponsorship to become a platinum level sponsor.[15][16] After eight games into the 2014 season it was announced that Forsythe had stepped down as head coach effective immediately for unknown reasons. Stan Scott agreed to take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[17] Part way through the season the club secured watch maker Haigh and Hastings as another major sponsor.[18]

Season by season results[edit]

Season GP W SOW SOL L GF GA PTS Finish Playoff
2012 24 10 0 2 12 81 80 32 4th, Easton Did not qualify
2013 28 17 1 1 9 127 114 54 3rd Lost semi-final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 1–6

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Team roster for the 2014 AIHL season[19][20]

# Nat Name Pos Date of Birth Acquired Birthplace
16 Australia Jonathon Bremner (A) F 27 September 1990 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
24 New Zealand Andrew Cox (A) F 6 September 1990 2012 Auckland, New Zealand
12 Australia Del Basso, RiccardoRiccardo Del Basso D 24 April 1988 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Canada Mathieu Dugas G 26 February 1988 2014 L'Assomption, Quebec, Canada
29 Australia Lew Fellowes G 2013
19 Canada Justin Fox F 18 March 1987 2014 Whitby, Ontario, Canada
11 Australia Kaden Goulds F 1990 2014
28 Australia Jordan Grover D 16 June 1995 2014 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
11 Australia Robert Haselhurst D 27 September 1992 2013 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
8 Canada Colby Hauser F 20 October 1982 2012 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
10 Australia Greg Hyde F 5 October 1989 2014 Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
17 Australia Liam Jeffries F 3 February 1989 2012 Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
14 Australia Kudla, DavidDavid Kudla D 21 October 1990 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
15 Australia Simon Kudla F 21 October 1990 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
23 Australia Kyros, JordanJordan Kyros F 24 February 1992 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Finland Aku Nevalainen F 22 December 1991 2014 Hollola, Finland
22 Australia Anthony Nottle D 15 January 1991 2012
Finland Kim Ranta-Aho F 26 August 1992 2014 Lahti, Finland
25 Australia Chris Roach F 2 July 1976 2012 Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
9 Australia David Ruck F 6 November 1969 2012 Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Australia Ethan Savage G 1986 2014 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
1 Australia Michael Smart G 26 June 1991 2013 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
7 Canada Stefan, StuartStuart Stefan F 28 February 1989 2014 Simcoe, Ontario, Australia
25 Australia Shaun Tobin F 27 October 1994 2014
2 United States Corey Toy D 9 August 1988 2014 Round Hill, Virginia, United States
20 Australia Kieren Webster F 12 July 1997 2014
4 Australia Wilson, SamuelSamuel Wilson (C) F 26 April 1985 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
27 Australia Jamie Woodman D 31 August 1994 2014 Kardinya, Western Australia, Australia
5 Australia Young, BradleyBradley Young F 20 July 1988 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Team captains[edit]

For more details on team captains in ice hockey, see Captain (ice hockey).


Head coaches[edit]

  • Stan Scott, 2012–2013[22]
  • Dylan Forsythe, 2014 (April–May)[23]
  • Stan Scott, 2014–present (interim)[17]


General managers[edit]

  • Stan Scott, 2012–present[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Australian Ice Hockey League". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Foreman, Glen (4 December 2010). "Perth Thunder granted license for 2012 season of national ice hockey league". PerthNow (Sunday Times). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Latest News". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Latest News". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Thundering into the AIHL". Melbourne Ice. Archived from the original on 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Game Times". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Coaches Report Perth Thunder vs Newcastle". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  8. ^ Watts, Ellie-Marie (22 October 2011). "Thunder rolls into AIHL". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "2012 Regular Season Standings". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  10. ^ Robinson, Chris (2012-08-30). "Ken Rolph named club MVP at Perth Thunder awards night". PerthNow. Archived from the original on 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  11. ^ Meister, Chris (2013-09-04). "Perth To Thunder The Finals". Hewitt Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  12. ^ Tonks, Craig (2013-09-08). "Fire in the Sky". Hewitt Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Robert Cox Invests in Thunders Vision". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  14. ^ "Dylan Forsythe Replaces Stan Scott as Thunder Head Coach". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2014-04-10. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  15. ^ "Goodlife Health Clubs on Board". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  16. ^ "Thunder Sign Toy". Ice Hockey News Australia. Archived from the original on 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  17. ^ a b "Perth Thunder coach steps down". On the Fly Hockey. 2014-05-23. Archived from the original on 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  18. ^ "News Round-up". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2014-06-06. Archived from the original on 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  19. ^ "Perth Thunder". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Perth Thunder". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Samuel Wilson". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  22. ^ a b "Stan Scott". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  23. ^ "Dylan Forsythe". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 

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