Joseph Hughes (ice hockey)

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Joseph Hughes
Joseph Hughes 2015.png
Joseph Hughes profile image taken in 2015.
Born (1984-07-03) 3 July 1984 (age 32)
Springvale, VIC, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
AIHL team
Former teams
Melbourne Ice
Melbourne Mustangs
Pensacola Ice Flyers
National team  Australia
Playing career 2000–present

Joseph "Joey" Hughes (born 3 July 1984) is an Australian ice hockey player currently playing for the Melbourne Ice in the Australian Ice Hockey League. Previously in his career he had played for the Melbourne Mustangs in the AIHL and the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League after playing his college hockey for The College of St. Scholastica Saints.

Playing career[edit]

Hughes first played for the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the British Columbia Hockey League in the 2000-01 season.[1] For the start of the 2002-03 season he moved to the Trail Smoke Eaters of the same league where he played for two seasons.[1] Following the end of the 2003-04 season Hughes returned to Australia and joined the Melbourne Ice of the Australian Ice Hockey League but didn't play a single game during the entire 2004 AIHL season. Hughes rejoined the Cowichan Valley Capitals to compete in the 2004-05 season and then following the end of the season again returned to Australia to play for the Melbourne Ice.[1]

Following the end of the 2005 season in Australia Hughes joined The College of St. Scholastica's ice hockey team who compete in NCAA's Division III.[1] He continued to play for St. Scholastica and the Melbourne Ice until the end of the 2007 AIHL season. Hughes completed his 2007-08 season with St. Scholastica but didn't return to Australia to play for the Ice. In 2008 he started his fourth season with St. Scholastica.[1] Following the end of the season Hughes was picked up by the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League where he played 39 games in the 2009-10 season before returning to Australia to rejoin the Ice for the start of the 2010 AIHL season.[1]

Hughes was first called up to represent Australia in 2000 where he joined the national under-20 team to compete at the 2000 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[2] In 2004 Hughes moved up to the national senior team to compete at the World Ice Hockey Championships.[3] In 2011 Hughes represented Australia for the sixth time at the World Ice Hockey Championships. During the championships Hughes recorded the most goals and points and was named the top forward for the 2011 Division II Group A tournament.[4][5][6] The following year Hughes represented Australia at the 2012 IIHF World Championship Division I Group B tournament being held in Krynica, Poland. Australia finished last and were relegated to Division II Group A for the following year while Hughes recorded three assists during his five games.[7]

The announcement that Hughes was leaving the Melbourne Ice was made on June 22, 2013, on the Melbourne Ice website.[8] Though the announcement made by the Melbourne Ice referred to this being a 'retirement', Hughes had simply left the team with the intention to continue playing and immediately had offers from other teams in the AIHL.

In December 2014 he attended the Melbourne Mustangs's first training session of the 2014 pre-season along with his brother, Vincent who had also left the Melbourne Ice at the same time as Joey.[9] In March 2014 Hughes was named in the Mustangs team.[10]

The 2014 AIHL season would prove to be the Melbourne Mustangs finest season, where they won their first Goodall Cup making that Hughes' fourth.

On 24 March 2016, the Melbourne Ice announced the return of Joseph Hughes to the team and included an official apology for the error of prematurely announcing their retirement in 2013 when he left the team as well as a tribute to his accomplishments to date.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hughes was born on 3 July 1984 in Springvale, Victoria, Australia.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Joseph Hughes
Medal record
Representing  Australia
Ice hockey
Ice Hockey World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Jaca Division II Group A
Silver medal – second place 2005 Zagreb Division II Group A
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Auckland Division II Group B
Silver medal – second place 2007 Seoul Division II Group B
Gold medal – first place 2008 Newcastle Division II Group B
Gold medal – first place 2011 Melbourne Division II Group A
Regular season and playoffs
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000-01 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 45 6 5 11 17
2002-03 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 56 8 20 28 128
2003-04 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 50 16 13 29 172 8 1 1 2 15
2004 Melbourne Ice AIHL 0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 56 19 24 43 161
2005 Melbourne Ice AIHL 5 6 9 15 24
2005-06 College of St. Scholastica NCAA III 26 6 6 12 0
2006 Melbourne Ice AIHL 10 6 5 11 41
2006-07 College of St. Scholastica NCAA III 28 6 11 17 0
2007 Melbourne Ice AIHL 14 8 11 19 73
2007-08 College of St. Scholastica NCAA III 22 0 4 4 0
2008-09 College of St. Scholastica NCAA III 24 1 4 5 0
2009-10 Pensacola Ice Flyers SPHL 36 9 11 20 90 3 0 1 1 13
2010 Melbourne Ice AIHL 13 11 4 15 22
2011 Melbourne Ice AIHL 28 25 31 56 121 2 3 3 6 0
2012 Melbourne Ice AIHL 18 18 20 38 142 2 1 2 3 8
2013 Melbourne Ice AIHL 12 11 12 23 34
2014 Melbourne Mustangs AIHL 24 20 17 37 53 2 1 2 3 0
2015 Melbourne Mustangs AIHL 21 19 14 33 82
International
Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Australia U20 2000 IIHF World U20 Championship Pool D 4 1 2 3 6
2004 Australia 2004 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A 5 3 4 7 10
2005 Australia 2005 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A 5 3 3 6 14
2006 Australia 2006 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B 5 5 0 5 0
2007 Australia 2007 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B 4 4 5 9 8
2008 Australia 2008 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B 3 0 0 0 0
2011 Australia 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A 4 7 4 11 4
2012 Australia 2012 IIHF World Championship Division I Group B 5 0 3 3 29

Awards[edit]

Australia
AIHL

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Joseph Hughes". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  2. ^ "2000 IIHF World Junior U20 Championship Pool D Player Statistics". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  3. ^ "2004 IIHF World Championship Div II Group A". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Goal Scoring Leaders" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Scoring Leaders" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Best Players Selected by the Directorate" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  7. ^ "2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Div. I Group B". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Retirement of the Hughes Brothers". Melbourne Ice. Archived from the original on 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  9. ^ Meister, Chris (2013-12-15). "Hughes Brothers Lassoed In?". Hewitt Sports Network. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  10. ^ "2014 Melbourne Mustangs Team Announcement". Melbourne Mustangs. 
  11. ^ Matthews, Kade (24 March 2016). "Hughes Brothers Announcement". Melbourne Ice. Retrieved 25 March 2016.