Sydney Ice Dogs

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Sydney Ice Dogs
2015 AIHL season
Sydney Ice Dogs Logo.png
City Liverpool, New South Wales
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Founded 2002
Home arena Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink
Colours Burgundy, blue, yellow and white
General manager Australia Anthony Wilson
Head coach Denmark Anders Jespersen
Captain Australia Brian Funes
Website http://www.icedogs.com.au/
Franchise history
2002–2009 Western Sydney Ice Dogs
2009–present Sydney Ice Dogs
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2013)
Conference Championships 0
Goodall Cups 2 (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.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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'. On 24 April 2014 the Sydney Ice Dogs head coach Ron Kuprowsky and his assistants Colin Downie and Brad Andrlon had resigned from their positions.[2] The club appointed Dion Dunwoodie as interim head coach with Mark Page and Anthony Wilson as his assistants. On 9 May 2014 the Ice Dogs signed Andrew Petrie as their new head coach.[3]

Season by season results[edit]

Season GP W T1 OTW2 OTL2 L GF GA PTS Finish Playoff
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.[4]

Championships[edit]

Goodall Cup: 2004, 2013

Roster[edit]

Team roster for the 2015 AIHL season[5][6]

# Nat Name Pos Age Acquired Birthplace
22 Canada Strat Allen F 27 2015 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
15 Australia Jamie Blazevic F 22 2012 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 Australia Jake Burgess G 20 2015 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
12 Australia Scott Clemie F 20 2015 Scunthorpe, England
11 Australia Funes, BrianBrian Funes (C) D 24 2011 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
30 United States Matt Grogan G 26 2015 Gilbert, Arizona, United States
10 Australia Sean Hamilton F 33 2015 Erin, Ontario, Canada
21 Hungary Dávid Harmati D 26 2015
8 Australia Adam Kimbley F 26 2015 Wingham, New South Wales, Australia
6 Australia Jackson Knott F 20 2015 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 Australia Jake Knott F 18 2015 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
21 Australia Ilman Lee D 21 2015 Seoul, South Korea
7 Australia McGregor, ShannonShannon McGregor (A) D 23 2008 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 Australia Daniel Pataky D 19 2015 Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
17 Australia Cameron Smith F 17 2015 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
16 Australia Jarrod Smith D 20 2015
22 Australia Kane Spence F 23 2015 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 Australia Alec Stephenson F 21 2015 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Same teams new identity". AIHL. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  2. ^ MacDougall, Andrew (2014-04-24). "Ron Kuprowsky and Sydney Ice Dogs part ways". On the Fly Hockey. Archived from the original on 2014-05-24. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  3. ^ McMurty, Andrew (2014-05-08). "Experienced Petrie joins Ice Dogs as head coach". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2014-05-24. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  4. ^ "2003 AIHL Statistics". Ice Hockey Australia. Archived from the original on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sydney Ice Dogs". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Sydney Ice Dogs". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 

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