Sydney Ice Dogs
|Sydney Ice Dogs|
|City||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|League||Australian Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink|
|Colours||Burgundy, blue, yellow and white|
|Head coach||Ron Kuprowsky|
|2002–2009||Western Sydney Ice Dogs|
|2009–present||Sydney Ice Dogs|
|Regular season titles||1 (2013)|
|Goodall Cups||1 (2004, 2013)|
The Sydney Ice Dogs are a semi-professional ice hockey team in the Australian Ice Hockey League. The team plays its home games at the Liverpool Catholic Club’s ice rink in New South Wales, a suburb of south-western Sydney.
The Ice Dogs (along with the Melbourne Ice and Newcastle North Stars) were part of a three-team expansion to the AIHL in 2002, joining the original teams Adelaide Avalanche (who disbanded in 2008), Canberra Knights and Sydney Bears.
Ice hockey in Western Sydney goes back to 1981, when the Blacktown Flyers were a foundation member of the New South Wales Superleague. While lasting for thirteen seasons, this league struggled to gain stability and folded, to be reborn in 1994 as the ECSL, however it too would be disbanded in 2000 with Western Sydney having no representative in the newly formed AIHL.
The region returned to the national ice hockey map in 2002 when the Ice Dogs joined the AIHL. John Wilson, owner of the Blacktown Ice arena funded the team and Anthony Wilson (his son) captained, managed and recruited for the team. The teams' first season was a success despite missing the semi-finals, finishing third out of six teams. It was not enough to make the finals, however, with a four-team playoff series would not be introduced until the 2003 season.
The Ice Dogs finished third in 2003 as well, but made the final after defeating the second-placed Adelaide Avalanche to reach the Goodall Cup final in 2003, before losing the championship game 4-1 to Newcastle. They would have their revenge in 2004, as both teams again squared off for the Cup and the Ice Dogs won 3-1. The 18-year-old goaltender Gabriel Robledo was instrumental in Ice Dogs Finals win. A healthy rivalry between the Ice Dogs and the North Stars arose from these two championship games. 2 star imports that season was John Heinen and Martin Jesko.
At the start of the 2009 season the team was renamed to "Sydney Ice Dogs", dropping the Western part of the title. This also coincided with the complete redesign and re-launch of their website early in the 2009 season. Updated news and feature articles were a regular offering via the dedicated blog named, "Give a Dog a Blog". In 2010, the website promises of a new section for video highlights of home games tentatively named 'Ice Dogs TV'.
Season by season results
|2002||15||8||1||–||–||6||54||48||17||3||Did not qualify|
|2003||7||4||0||–||–||23||38||24||8||3||Won semi-finals vs. Adelaide Avalanche
Lost in Goodall Cup final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 4–1
|2004||19||11||0||0||2||6||92||71||32||2||Won semi-finals vs. Sydney Bears, 5–4
Won Goodall Cup final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 3–1
|2005||26||11||1||2||2||10||105||110||40||3||Lost in semi-finals vs. Newcastle North Stars|
|2006||28||18||–||1||0||9||95||82||56||3||Lost in semi-finals vs. Adelaide Avalanche, 2–5|
|2007||28||10||–||7||1||10||105||93||42||6||Did not qualify|
|2008||28||15||–||4||1||8||126||91||54||2||Won semi-finals vs. Melbourne Ice, 2–1
Lost Goodall Cup final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 1–4
|2009||24||10||–||1||2||11||87||90||34||5||Did not qualify|
|2010||24||4||–||0||3||17||74||120||15||7||Did not qualify|
|2011||28||17||–||2||0||9||124||90||55||3||Lost in semi-finals vs. Newcastle North Stars, 2–5|
|2012||24||12||–||1||2||9||96||99||40||2nd, Bauer||Lost in semi-finals vs. Melbourne Ice, 2–6|
|2013||28||18||–||3||1||6||117||80||61||1||Won semi-finals vs. Melbourne Ice, 4–2
Won Goodall Cup final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 6–3
- 1 As of the 2006 AIHL season, all games will have a winner.
- 2 OTW and OTL include shootout wins and shootout losses respectively.
- 3 One of these losses was a double points game which would give the total of seven games played.
|#||Nat||Name||Pos||Date of Birth||Acquired||Birthplace|
|22||Paul Baranzelli||F||19 March 1980||2012|
|24||Simon Barg||F||16 March 1983||2013||Ajax, Ontario, Canada|
|15||Jamie Blazevic||F||27 October 1992||2012|
|1||Dale Burgess||G||27 August 1980||2013||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia|
|31||Dylan Burgess||G||26 June 1994||2013|
|10||Cliff, BillyBilly Cliff (A)||F||10 October 1992||2008||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|14||Dunwoodie, DavidDavid Dunwoodie||D/F||13 November 1985||2007||Hamilton, New Zealand|
|11||Funes, BrianBrian Funes||D||3 January 1991||2011||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|1||Kimlin, AnthonyAnthony Kimlin||G||20 January 1990||2013||Ipswich, Queensland, Australia|
|Casey Kubara||F||6 April 1996||2012||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|21||Tyler Kubara||F||28 November 1994||2012||Wombarra, New South Wales, Australia|
|8||Manco, TomasTomas Manco (A)||D||19 January 1988||2007||Brezno, Czechoslovakia|
|20||Robert Malloy (C)||D/F||20 November 1986||2011||Cheshire, Connecticut, United States|
|7||Shannon McGregor||D||25 May 1991||2008||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|25||Eric McKenna||F||23 May 1986||2013||Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Steven Naidovski||D||28 May 1994||2013||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Matthew Pease||F||20 September 1972||2012||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|23||Matt Puntereri||F||17 June 1985||2013||Wampum, Pennsylvania, United States|
|9||Joel Rhodes||D||30 January 1986||2012||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Cameron Rose||D||14 October 1994||2012|
|12||Sekura, ChristopherChristopher Sekura||F||31 October 1975||2013||Taber, Alberta, Canada|
|6||Shane Southwood||F||20 April 1991||2013||Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia|
|2||Daniel Spina||D||8 September 1992||2012||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|16||Alec Stephenson||F||8 December 1993||2012||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|19||Stephenson, ScottScott Stephenson||F||12 July 1985||2007||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|18||Stephenson, ToddTodd Stephenson||F||9 June 1988||2004||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|5||Frantisek Vlasek||D||9 May 1988||2012|
|4||Patrick Ward||D||10 January 1984||2013||Kirkcaldy, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|3||Wilson, AnthonyAnthony Wilson||D||20 August 1973||2003||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
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- "2003 AIHL Statistics". Ice Hockey Australia. Archived from the original on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
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- "Sydney Ice Dogs Active Roster". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
- "Sydney Ice Dogs Reserve Roster". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-05-07.