2002 AIHL season

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2002 AIHL season
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Champions Sydney Bears
Top scorer Brett Hillier
Goodall Cup
Champions Sydney Bears
  Runners-up Adelaide Avalanche
AIHL seasons
← 2001
2003 →

The 2002 AIHL season is the third season of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).

League business[edit]

The 2002 season saw the league expand from three teams to six with the introduction of the Melbourne Ice, Newcastle North Stars, and the West Sydney Ice Dogs.

Regular season[edit]

Team GP W T RT L GF GA GDF PTS
Sydney Bears 15 12 1 1 2 90 54 36 25
Adelaide Avalanche 16 11 0 0 5 90 50 40 22
West Sydney Ice Dogs 15 8 1 1 6 54 48 6 17
Newcastle North Stars 16 6 0 1 10 56 95 -39 13
Canberra Knights 16 6 0 0 10 42 63 -21 12
Melbourne Ice 14 2 0 0 12 30 54 -24 4

Playoffs[edit]

The playoffs were held at Sydney's Blacktown Ice Arena. The Sydney Bears defeated the Adelaide Avalanche in the final to win the Goodall Cup. The Bears were the first team to win the Goodall Cup in the AIHL after it was transferred from the inter-state tournament.

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the ten top skaters sorted by points, then goals.[1]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM POS
Brett Hillier Newcastle North Stars 14 22 12 34 22 F
Greg Oddy Adelaide Avalanche 11 13 17 30 41 F
Thomas Mikkelsen Adelaide Avalanche 12 9 20 29 26 D
Murray Wand Sydney Bears 15 16 11 27 14 F
Michael Schlamp Newcastle North Stars 14 7 19 26 40 F
Branislav Kronika West Sydney Ice Dogs 12 8 17 25 10 F
Ray Sheffield Newcastle North Stars 13 11 14 25 4 F
Jarrko Turtainen Sydney Bears 15 8 17 25 20 F
Martin Jesko West Sydney Ice Dogs 11 12 12 24 2 F
Vladimir Rubes Sydney Bears 13 10 13 23 37 F

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage.[1]

Player Team MIP SOG GA GAA SVS% SO
Bill Benedictson Adelaide Avalanche 180:00 114 10 2.50 91.23 0
Harri Kohvakka Sydney Bears 315:00 185 22 3.14 88.11 0
Allan Mitchell West Sydney Ice Dogs 483:14 322 40 3.73 87.58 1
Brad Hunt Canberra Knights 240:00 176 23 4.31 86.93 0
Eric Lien Adelaide Avalanche 450:00 282 40 4.00 85.82 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Australian Ice Hockey League 2002 Championships: Statistics". Australian Ice Hockey League. 2002-08-02. Archived from the original on 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 

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