Sydney Bears

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Sydney Bears
Penrith Bears logo.png
City Baulkham Hills, New South Wales
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Founded 1982
Home arena Sydney Ice Arena
Colours                    
General manager Wayne Hellyer
Head coach Australia Vladimir Rubes
Captain Australia Michael Schlamp
Website Bearsden.com.au
Franchise history
1982–1997 Macquarie Bears
1997–2007 Sydney Bears
2007–2009 AIHL Bears
2010– Sydney Bears
Championships
Regular season titles 2 (2002, 2008)
Conference Championships 0
Goodall Cups 2 (2002, 2007)

The Sydney Bears are a semi-professional ice hockey team based in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, who are members of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). They have won two Goodall Cup championships since their founding in 2000, most recently in 2007. The Bears are one of the original three teams that founded the AIHL in 2000, along with the Adelaide Avalanche, and Canberra Knights. The Bears play out of the Sydney Ice Arena, having previously played at the Penrith Ice Palace.

Team history[edit]

The Bears were founded in 1982 and were originally known as the Macquarie Bears.[1] Due to the upcoming formation of a national league the team changed its name to the Sydney Bears in 1997.[1] In 2007 the team separated away from its junior club operations and were renamed the AIHL Bears. After the split the team remained affiliated with the junior club, which kept the name of the Sydney Bears Ice Hockey Club.[1] In 2010 the AIHL Bears were reverted to their old name, Sydney Bears.

The Bears are two-time winners of the Goodall Cup and won the AIHL championship in 2002 and 2007. The Bears were one of three teams that founded the AIHL in 2000, along with the Adelaide Avalanche and Canberra Knights. Although the Bears did not win the championship in either year, they won the Goodall Cup tournament in 2001 in Newcastle, the last time the Cup was awarded independently of the AIHL.

Logo worn from 2000-2007. Changed when the Bears moved to Penrith

In 2002, the Bears defeated the Avalanche in the Goodall Cup final for their second consecutive Cup and their first and only AIHL championship to date. Four members of the Bears - Tyler Lovering, Brett Nelson-Bond, Vladimir Rubes and Murray Wand - were named to the Mighty Roos roster for the 2006 Division II World Championships in New Zealand. In 2007 the team announced they would move to Penrith for the 2007 AIHL season at which time, dropping "Sydney" to become The Bears, or AIHL Bears. For the start of the 2010 season the Bears reverted to their previous name of Sydney Bears.[2]

2011 Season[edit]

The Bears commenced the 2011 season on 16 April with a home opener against the newest addition to the AIHL, The Mustangs. Bears rookie forward Lucian Hackett scored the first goal of the season on his debut. Other Bears players making their debut were Laurie Mock, and import Kurtis Dulle.[3] The Bears struggled to record a win in their first five games, however their roster was not yet at full strength. The Bears were missing goaltender Sheldon Baerg, forward Tony Demelinne who was representing Netherlands at the IIHF World Championship Division I,[4] and defenceman Jordan Hale who was competing in the Royal Bank Cup with the Camrose Kodiaks.[5]

With the 2011 Roster finally at full strength with the arrival and clearance of their import players, the Bears made their way to Melbourne. The Bears showed signs of improvement in their game against the Melbourne Ice, losing 3-4 to them in the shootout.[6] The Bears also lost import Jordan Hale to a season ending lower body injury. The Bears then went on to record their first win of the season against the The Mustangs in a thrilling 5-3 victory, with newly acquired import Tony Demelinne displaying some of his puck handling skills and recording 4 points during the game.[7]

However The Bears game seemingly unravelled, experiencing huge losses to the Knights, BlueTongues and Ice. However bouncing back in June recording a win against the Newcastle North Stars, ending their winning streak and starting a 3 game win streak of their own. The month of June saw the Bears 3-2-0, and they reached a peak position of 7th in the standings.

Currently the Bears sit 8th in the ladder, with 12 points.

2012 season[edit]

In February 2012 the Sydney Bears announced that they were leaving the Penrith Ice Palace as their home arena and were returning to play their games at the Sydney Ice Arena in Baulkham Hills where they had previously played from 2003 to 2006.[8]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W T1 OTW OTL L GF GF Pts Finish Playoffs
2001 16 7 1 - - 8 70 74 15 2nd Lost Goodall Cup final, 7–10 (Adelaide Avalanche)
2002 15 12 1 - - 2 90 54 25 1st Won Goodall Cup final vs. Adelaide Avalanche
2003 6 1 0 - - 5 23 34 2 5th Did not qualify
2004 29 8 6 1 4 10 68 71 31 3rd Lost in Semifinals, 4-5 (West Sydney Ice Dogs)
2005 26 11 0 2 1 12 96 100 38 4th Lost in Semifinals, (Adelaide Avalanche)
2006 28 15 - 1 1 11 133 101 48 5th Did not qualify
2007 28 14 - 4 2 8 112 84 49* 4th Won Semifinals 4-5 (Adelaide Avalanche)
Won Goodall Cup, 4-3 in OT (Newcastle North Stars)
2008 28 20 - 0 1 7 134 118 61 1st Lost in Semifinal, 7-5 (Newcastle North Stars)
2009 24 1 - 3 0 20 66 140 9 7th Did not qualify
2010 24 12 - 8 1 3 41 83 92 3rd Lost Semifinal, 1-2 (Melbourne Ice)
2011 28 2 - 2 3 21 83 151 13 8th Did not qualify
2012 24 9 - 2 1 12 92 93 32 3rd, Bauer Did not qualify
2013 28 7 - 0 1 20 73 120 22 7th Did not qualify
1 As of the 2006 AIHL season, all games will have a winner.
* The Bears were penalised 3 competition points for icing players that had not been officially cleared to play by the IIHF and IHA.

Championships[edit]

Goodall Cup: 2002, 2007
V.I.P. Cup: 2008

Players[edit]

Roster[edit]

Team roster for the 2013 AIHL season[9][10]

# Nat Name Pos Date of Birth Acquired Birthplace
3 Australia Steven Adams D 23 June 1979 2009 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
91 Australia Saxon Air F 25 March 1995 2011 Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia
47 Australia Spencer Austin D 5 March 1992 2011 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
10 Australia Bale, JonJon Bale F 4 June 1986 2013 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
35 Australia Jan Bejcek F 24 February 1977 2013 Litvínov, Czechoslovakia
90 Australia Paul Bond D 16 December 1983 2013 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
25 Australia Slavomir Boris D 31 May 1988 2012 Hriňová, Czechoslovakia
1 Australia Jake Burgess G 26 June 1994 2013
14 Australia Scott Clemie F 16 December 1994 2011 Scunthorpe, England, United Kingdom
84 Australia Esposito, AdrianAdrian Esposito F 1 February 1985 2004
44 New Zealand Idoine, LyleLyle Idoine F 7 July 1988 2013 Remuera, New Zealand
38 Latvia Renars Kazanovs G 27 October 1984 2013 Riga, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR
34 Australia Rhett Kelly G 29 June 1994 2013
6 Australia Martin Kolos D 31 August 1981 2013 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
84 Czech Republic Jan Koubek F 23 September 1991 2013
33 Czech Republic Tomas Landa F 25 August 1983 2012
1 United States Ryan Lowe G 30 November 1983 2013 Redondo Beach, California, United States
60 Australia Silvan Maedev F 1988 2013
12 Australia Lukas Manco D 26 October 1992 2009 Dolný Kubín, Czechoslovakia
19 Australia Nelson-Bond, BrettBrett Nelson-Bond F 26 June 1983 2001
24 Australia Ben O'Driscoll F 14 October 1986 2013 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
1 Australia Joshua O'Neil G 24 August 1982 2013 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
15 Australia Robert Pasminka D 10 February 1977 2013
1 Australia Luke Read G 7 July 1984 2013 Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
20 Australia Rubes, VladimirVladimir Rubes F 8 September 1970 2000 Prague, Czechoslovakia
11 Australia Schlamp, MichaelMichael Schlamp F 30 January 1981 2007 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
38 Australia Francisco Sevilla G 30 November 1980 2013 San Diego, California, United States
97 Australia Kane Spence F 21 October 1991 2012 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
94 Australia Branden Stobbs F 27 January 1990 2012 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
4 Australia Todd, CameronCameron Todd F 21 July 1994 2012 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
8 Australia Jim Zvonicek F 21 August 1988 2010 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Notable players[edit]

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

Top 10 franchise All-Time points scorers [11]

Note: GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; TP = Points; * = current Bears player

Player GP G A TP
Vladimir Rubes* 193 129 210 339
Vladan Stransky 137 100 149 249
Murray Wand 170 70 75 145
Roberto Franchini 85 42 53 95
Michael Schlamp* 83 36 56 92
Brett Nelson-Bond* 184 41 50 91
Andy Luhovy 46 31 40 71
Tomas Landa 25 20 42 62
Paul Shumak 162 32 29 61
Joshua Gribben 42 20 26 46

Top 5 franchise All-time Points Per Game

Note: GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; TP = Points; PPG= Point-Per Game * = current Bears player

Player GP G A TP PPG
Vit Stransky 15 22 18 40 2.667
Tony Demelinne* 14 16 20 36 2.571
Tomas Landa 25 20 42 62 2.489
Vladan Stransky 137 100 149 249 1.818
Vladimir Rubes* 193 129 210 339 1.756

Current Staff[edit]

  • President/General Manager – Wayne Hellyer
  • Team Manager – Neil McFadden
  • Assistant Team Manager - Robert Palmer
  • Head coach – Vladimir Rubes
  • Bench coach – Steve Austin
  • Secretary – Laurie Mock
  • Treasurer – Lorelle Cross
  • Game Day Ticketing -
  • Time Keepers – Marichu Liddicoat & Warwick Griffith

Arena[edit]

Home games are played at the Penrith Ice Palace in Penrith, on the western outskirts of Sydney, New South Wales. The team previously played at the Sydney Ice Arena in Baulkham Hills, but announced they would move to Penrith for the 2007 AIHL season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The History of The Sydney Bears Ice Hockey Club". The Sydney Bears Ice Hockey Club. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ "2010 AIHL Regular Season". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Buck wild night for The Bears". Game Recap 16 April 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Netherlands Entry List 2011". Entry List By Team 2011. IIHF World Championship DIV I Group A. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Corbett, Graeme. "Snakes strive for RBC record book". 
  6. ^ Australian Ice Hockey League. "Boxscores: May 14th 2011 - Sydney Bears vs Melbourne Ice". Australian Ice Hockey League Boxscores. AIHL. 
  7. ^ Nelson-Bond, Brett. "Bears Run Over Mustangs for Win". Game Recaps. 
  8. ^ Lambert, Peter (19 February 2012). "Bears in the Hills". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Sydney Bears". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  10. ^ "Sydney Bears". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  11. ^ "Franchise All-Time Points". Elite Hockey Prospects. 

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