Gold Coast Blue Tongues
|Gold Coast Blue Tongues|
|City||Bundall, Gold Coast, Queensland|
|League||Australian Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||Gold Coast Iceland|
|Colours||Green, blue and white|
|General manager||Dave Emblem|
|Head coach||Peter Nixon|
|2005–2007||Brisbane Blue Tongues|
|2008–2015||Gold Coast Blue Tongues|
|Regular season titles||0|
The Bartercard Gold Coast Blue Tongues, formerly known as the Brisbane Blue Tongues was a former semi-professional ice hockey team in the Australian Ice Hockey League. The team played its home games at the Iceland in Bundall, Gold Coast, Queensland.
The Blue Tongues, along with the Central Coast Rhinos, were part of the AIHL's expansion for the 2005 season. The name Blue Tongues is a reference to the blue-tongued lizard which is found in large numbers in the Brisbane suburbs. The lizard is featured in the team's logo.
On 6 June 2006, the Blue Tongues announced that former NHL forward Rob Zamuner would join the team for at least the remainder of the 2006 season. Zamuner is a veteran of 13 NHL seasons and has played for such teams as the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning.
At the start of the 2007 season the Blue Tongues signed former New York Islanders draft pick Tyrone Garner to replace leaving veteran goaltender Milan Novysedlak. Garner made his NHL debut in the 1998/99 season, playing 3 games for the Calgary Flames. In the time since Garner has played in the AHL, ECHL and in Germany.
In 2008, the Blue Tongues announced their relocation from the Ice World in Boondall, Queensland to Iceland Bundall, Gold Coast, Queensland, for sponsorship reasons and to bring the players closer together, due to many of the import players already living on the Gold Coast. However, this was not without its difficulties, as the small Iceland rink, according to its owners, was never intended for senior ice hockey, and there were complaints from rival teams and from the league about the suitability and safety of the venue. This all came to a head in 2011 and 2012, with one match called off in each season due to the surface being deemed unplayable. The team was evicted from the rink by its owners after the second cancellation, forcing at short notice the relocation of its last seven home matches in the 2012 season to Iceworld in Acacia Ridge, Brisbane, with the matches played at 10:30pm, a better time unable to be negotiated with the rink due to the short notice of the relocation. The club intended the move to Brisbane to be temporary, and intended to return to the Gold Coast when able to do so. In October 2012 the team's license was suspended due to the team being unable to secure a home venue for 2013.
On 23 November 2013, it was announced that the team will remain on hiatus for the 2014 season, with aims on returning to the AIHL in 2015, possibly in Brisbane. However, by 2015, those hopes never materialized and the team's license has expired.
|2005||26||8||1||4||0||13||104||104||33||7th||Did not qualify|
|2006||28||10||0||1||0||17||117||114||32||6th||Did not qualify|
|2007||28||15||–||0||4||9||107||101||461||5th||Did not qualify|
|2008||28||8||–||0||3||17||104||154||27||7th||Did not qualify|
|2009||24||13||–||1||3||7||108||86||44||4th||Lost semifinal vs. Newcastle North Stars, 3–5|
|2010||24||9||–||1||1||13||84||107||30||5th||Did not qualify|
|2011||28||13||–||1||2||12||120||115||43||5th||Did not qualify|
|2012||24||10||–||0||3||11||81||85||33||3rd, Easton||Did not qualify|
- 1 - The AIHL imposed the loss of 3 competition points to the Blue Tongues as a result of the playing unregistered player Jani Pekkarinen.
Players and personnel
|#||Nat||Name||Pos||Date of Birth||Acquired||Birthplace|
|10||Jon Bale||F||4 June 1986||2005||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|4||Greg Bay||D||2 April 1989||2012||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|22||Marco Bertossa||D/F||12 April 1974||2008||Zurich, Switzerland|
|44||Adam Blanchette||D||21 February 1986||2012||Berlin, Connecticut, United States|
|7||Jeremy Brucker||F||8 December 1989||2012|
|11||Andreas Camenzind||F||1 February 1982||2012||Wettingen, Switzerland|
|6||Jack Conner||F||7 March 1989||2008||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|14||Matt Courtney||F||9 April 1983||2011|
|16||Etienne Du Toit||F||5 December 1985||2012||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|1||Kane Easterbrook||G||23 June 1988||2011|
|9||Adam Geric||F||21 March 1989||2011||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|30||Alain Giauque||G||18 August 1985||2012|
|14||Alexander Hall||F||11 May 1990||2011||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|27||Ross Howell||D/F||4 November 1979||2006||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|8||Matthew Johnson||F||3 February 1992||2011|
|1||Anthony Kimlin||G||20 January 1990||2012||Ipswich, Queensland, Australia|
|55||Carter Lawrence||F||25 February 1996||2012||Kennedy, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|13||Mike McRae||F||6 December 1981||2010||Berkley, Michigan, United States|
|88||Jordan Millen||F||1995||2012||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|66||Casey Minson||D/F||10 October 1985||2012||Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia|
|1||Nicholas Novysedlak||G||11 August 1995||2012|
|24||Ben O'Driscoll||F||14 October 1986||2012||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|19||Matt Papineau||F||26 January 1988||2012||Belle River, Ontario, Canada|
|55||Tom Pesce||D||11 October 1991||2012||Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States|
|22||James Sanford||D||18 June 1984||2012||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada|
|5||Ben Spillane||D||26 November 1981||2005||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|8||Cameron Trew||D||16 August 1989||2008||Queenstown, New Zealand|
Notable former players
During the 2007 AIHL season Brisbane Blue Tongues home games were broadcast on the Brisbane community television station Briz 31 (UHF Channel 31). During the 2008 AIHL season, the Gold Coast Blue Tongues games were broadcast live over the internet and also on the Brisbane community television station Briz 31 (UHF Channel 31). All the games were filmed by Blue Tongues supporter Mike Crowhurst from Cunning Crow Productions and commentated by Blue Tongues Team Assistant Adrian Barclay. In 2009 there were no broadcast games.
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