Australia men's national under-18 ice hockey team

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Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationIce Hockey Australia
General ManagerPaul Kelly
Head coachStephen Laforet
AssistantsBrent Laver
CaptainDeclan Bronte
Team colors              
IIHF codeAUS
Biggest win
 Australia 38 – 1 Thailand 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 14 March 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Kazakhstan 57 – 0 Australia 
(Seoul, South Korea; March 1993)
IIHF World U18 Championship
Appearances14 (first in 2003)
Best result27th (in 2018)
IIHF Asian Oceanic U18 Championships
Appearances14 (first in 1984)
Best resultMed 2.png (2002)

The Australia men's national under-18 ice hockey team is controlled by Ice Hockey Australia and represents Australia in international under-18 ice hockey competitions. Australia plays in Division IIB of the IIHF World U18 Championships.

History[edit]

In 1984 Australia first competed in the inaugural IIHF Asian Oceanic Junior U18 Championships held in Kushiro and Tomakomai, Japan. Australia lost all six of their games being beaten by Japan, China and South Korea.[1] Australia continued to compete in the annual IIHF Asian Oceanic Junior U18 Championships missing only the 1989, 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 tournaments. In 2002 Australia competed in the final edition of the Championships which was being discontinued in favour of teams being offered a place in Division III of the IIHF World U18 Championships.[1]

In 2003 Australia competed in their first World Championships. Playing in Division III Group A Australia finished on top of the group and gained promotion to Division II for 2004.[2] The 2004 World Championship saw Australia relegated back to Division III after finishing last in Division II Group B.[3] In the 2005 tournament Australia again gained promotion back to Division II after winning all five of their games.[4]

Australia improved in the 2006 Championship finishing third in their group and staying in Division II for the 2007 tournament.[5] In 2007 Australia finished fifth in their group, avoiding relegating after finishing above Serbia with four points.[6] At the 2008 World Championship Australia lost all five of their games in Division II Group A and were relegated back to Division III.[7] In 2009 Australia won all of its Division III games and gained promotion back to Division II for 2010.[8] However Australia was again relegated back to Division III after finishing last in their group at the 2010 Division II Group B championship in Ukraine.[9]

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

For the 2019 IIHF World U18 Championship Division II Group B[10][11]

# Name Pos S/G Age Club
16 Nathaniel Benson F L 19 Adelaide Generals[12]
21 Declan Bronte (C) D R 18 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 18U[13]
9 Justin Dixon F R 16 Saints Monarchs
20 Jakob Doornbos G L 18 Melbourne Glaciers[14]
1 Jeremy Friederich G R 18 Adelaide Generals[15]
11 Zachery Gumm (A) F R 19 A21 Academy
7 Benjamin Handberg F L 18 Aldergrove Kodiaks
17 Ethan Hawes D R 18 Everett Jr. Silvertips 16U[16]
5 Marcus Hosen D L 16 Blacktown Flyers
12 Jacob Laver D R 16 Red Deer Chiefs Midget 15AA[17]
22 Reece Lukowiak F L 16 Banff Hockey Academy Prep[18]
23 Liam Mcauley F R 18 Perth Sharks[19]
24 Cooper Metcalf F R 17 Melbourne Sharks
6 Max Miller F L 18 Sydney Sabres[20]
8 Thomas Moncrieff F L 19 Sydney Sabres[21]
10 Anthony Njirich D R 18 West Coast Ice Hockey Association
4 Kalin Njirich D R 19 Perth Sharks[22]
14 Arum Rapchuk F L 17 Brisbane Blitz[23]
18 Connor Schultz F R 18 Sydney Sabres[24]
19 Mathieu Vaillancourt D R 17 Perth Sharks[25]
15 Arthur Wang (A) D R 18 Schomberg Cougars

Current team staff[edit]

For the 2019 IIHF World U18 Championship Division II Group B[10]

  • Head Coach: Stephen Laforet
  • Assistant Coach: Brent Laver
  • General Manager: Paul Kelly
  • Team Leader: Miranda Ransome
  • Equipment Manager: Rhett Kelly
  • Physiotherapist: Evan Adair

International competitions[edit]

IIHF Asian Oceanic U18 championships[edit]

IIHF World U18 championships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Müller, Stephan (2005). International Ice Hockey Encyclopaedia 1904–2005. Germany: Books on Demand. pp. 389–395. ISBN 3-8334-4189-5.
  2. ^ "2003 IIHF World U18 Championship Div III, Group A". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  3. ^ "2004 IIHF World U18 Championship Div II Group B". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  4. ^ "2005 IIHF World U18 Championship Div III". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  5. ^ "2006 IIHF World U18 Championship Div II Group B". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  6. ^ "2007 IIHF World U18 Championship Div II Group B". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  7. ^ "2008 IIHF World U18 Championship Div. II Group A". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  8. ^ "2009 IIHF World U18 Championship Div. III Group A". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  9. ^ "2010 IIHF World U18 Championship Div. II Group B". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Team Roster". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Australian men's U18 team captains". Ice Hockey News Australia. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Nathaniel Benson". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Declan Bronte". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Jakob Doornbos". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Jeremy Friederich". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Ethan Hawes". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Jacob Laver". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Reece Lukowiak". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Liam Mcauley". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Max Miller". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Thomas Moncrieff". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Kalin Njirich". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Arum Rapchuk". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  24. ^ "Connor Schultz". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Mathieu Vaillancourt". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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