|2017 AIHL season|
|League||Australian Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||O'Brien Group Arena|
|Owner(s)||John Belic & Andrew McDowell|
|General manager||Rod Johns|
|Head coach||Michael Flaherty|
|Regular season titles||1 (2014)|
|Goodall Cups||1 (2014)|
The Melbourne Mustangs are a semi-professional ice hockey team based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. They are members of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). The team plays its home games at the O'Brien Group Arena, located in the suburb of Docklands. The Mustangs' were founded in 2010 as the Mustangs IHC and joined the AIHL the following season. They changed their name to the Melbourne Mustangs in 2012 after a license condition had been lifted by the league. The Mustangs' best result in the regular season was the 2014 season where they finished in first place and claimed the H Newman Reid Trophy. The 2014 season is also the only season the Mustangs have progressed to the playoffs, which they went on to win and claim their first Goodall Cup.
The Mustangs IHC were founded in 2010. During the 2010 AIHL season the Mustangs competed in six exhibition games against ice hockey teams around Australia, including games against the Gold Coast Blue Tongues, the Gold Coast Grizzlys, and Perth Thunder. Following the closure of the 2010 season the AIHL granted a licence to the Mustangs to join the league and compete in the 2011 AIHL season. Steve Laforet was named coach and Shane Hardy team captain for the 2011 season. However, on 23 June, it was announced that Laforet had resigned for "personal reasons" and assistant coach, Doug Stevenson would take over the head coach role.
The Mustangs lost their first game in the AIHL 4–8 against the Melbourne Ice. The game was the season opener and was played at the home stadium of both teams in Docklands, Victoria. The team finished sixth after the regular season, ahead of the Canberra Knights and the Sydney Bears.
For the start of the 2012 AIHL season the Mustangs changed their name to the Melbourne Mustangs after the AIHL lifted a condition that prohibited the use of "Melbourne" in their team name. The restriction was originally put in place to protect the brand of the Melbourne Ice. . Also the club announced that Bill Wilkinson would be their head coach. Midway through the season though Wilkinson was fired as head coach and replaced by former head coach Steve Laforet. In December 2012 the club announced that they had appointed Brad Vigon as head coach, replacing Steve Laforet who had been fired at the end of the 2012 season. The club also revealed their new logo for the start of the 2013 season featuring a redesigned mustang horse, holding an ice hockey stick.
Coach Brad Vigon stepped down at the end of 2015, with his assistant Michael Flaherty taking over as head coach for 2016.
|2011||28||8||2||1||17||107||132||29||6th||Did not qualify|
|2012||24||5||1||2||16||54||107||19||5th, Easton||Did not qualify|
|2013||28||12||4||2||10||118||103||46||5th||Did not qualify|
|2014||28||17||0||3||8||108||88||54||1st||Won semi-finals vs. Sydney Ice Dogs, 6–4
Won Goodall Cup final vs. Melbourne Ice, 6–1
|2015||28||11||3||2||12||139||105||41||6th||Did not qualify|
|2016||28||11||2||0||15||89||102||37||5th||Did not qualify|
|3||Matt Beattie||D||R||24||2017||Morristown, New Jersey, United States|
|4||Andrew Belic||F||R||28||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|85||Stephen Belic||F||R||30||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|85||Gavin Birchler||F||L||18||2017||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|23||Bourke, JamieJamie Bourke (A)||F||R||26||2013||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|19||Damian Bright||D||R||29||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|1||Fraser Carson||G||L||23||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|14||David Foster||D||R||20||2016||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|1||Damian Holland||G||48||2017||Morphettville, South Australia|
|Humphries, MitchellMitchell Humphries||F||R||24||2017||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|51||Jones, SeanSean Jones||F||L||32||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|56||Anton Kokkonen||F||L||27||2017||Turku, Finland|
|41||James Kruger||G||L||25||2017||Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States|
|16||Maxime Langelier-Parent||F||L||29||2017||Léry, Quebec, Canada|
|15||Jackson McCoy||D||R||26||2011||Townsville, Queensland, Australia|
|29||McDowell, BrendanBrendan McDowell (A)||F||L||25||2012||Australia|
|25||Michael McMahon (C)||D||L||23||2016||Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|31||Nicholas Novysedlak||G||L||21||2017||Queensland, Australia|
|89||Patrick O'Kane||F||L||28||2013||Hollis, New Hampshire, United States|
|97||Corey Stringer||F||R||19||2015||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|11||Matt Stringer||F||R||24||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|13||Vadim Virjassov||F||L||30||2015||Kohtla-Järve, Estonia|
|53||Tom Voller||F||R||22||2013||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
The first team Captain for the Melbourne Mustangs was Shane Hardy, his Alternate Captains were Scott Corbett and Stephen Belic.
- 2010-11 Shane Hardy (C), Scott Corbett (A), Stephen Belic (A)
- 2011-12 Shane Hardy (C), Scott Levitt (A), Christopher James (A)
- 2012-13 Sean Jones (C), Brendan McDowell (A), Andrew Belic (A)
- 2013-14 Sean Jones (C), Brendan McDowell (A), Patrick O'Kane (A)
- 2014-15 Sean Jones (C), Brendan McDowell (A), Patrick O'Kane (A)
- 2015-16 Patrick O'Kane (C), Sean Jones (A), Jamie Bourke (A)
- 2016-17 Michael McMahon (C), Jamie Bourke (A), Brendan McDowell (A)
The first Head Coach for the Melbourne Mustangs was Steve Laforet.
- 2010-11 Steve Laforet
- 2011-12 Steve Laforet
- 2012-13 Brad Vigon
- 2013-14 Brad Vigon
- 2014-15 Brad Vigon
- 2015-16 Michael Flaherty
- 2016-17 Michael Flaherty
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