Melbourne Mustangs

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Melbourne Mustangs
2017 AIHL season
Mustangs IHC Logo.png
City Melbourne, Victoria
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Founded 2010
Home arena O'Brien Group Arena
Owner(s) Australia John Belic & Australia Andrew McDowell
General manager Canada Rod Johns
Head coach Australia Michael Flaherty
Franchise history
2010–2012 Mustangs IHC
2012–present Melbourne Mustangs
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.

Team History[edit]

The Mustangs IHC were founded in 2010.[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] The team finished sixth after the regular season, ahead of the Canberra Knights and the Sydney Bears.[7]

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. .[8][9] 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.[10][11] The club also revealed their new logo for the start of the 2013 season featuring a redesigned mustang horse, holding an ice hockey stick.[12]

The Mustangs finished the 2014 AIHL season in first place, then went on to win the Goodall Cup, defeating the Melbourne Ice 6-1 in the final.[13]

Coach Brad Vigon stepped down at the end of 2015, with his assistant Michael Flaherty taking over as head coach for 2016.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W SOW SOL L GF GA PTS Finish Playoff
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


Current roster[edit]

Team roster for the 2017 AIHL season[14][15]

# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
3 United States Matt Beattie D R 24 2017 Morristown, New Jersey, United States
4 Australia Andrew Belic F R 28 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
85 Australia Stephen Belic F R 30 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
85 Australia Gavin Birchler F L 18 2017 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
23 Australia Bourke, JamieJamie Bourke (A) F R 26 2013 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
19 Australia Damian Bright D R 29 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 Australia Fraser Carson G L 23 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
22 Australia Luke Fisher F L 28 2016
14 Australia David Foster D R 20 2016 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
35 Australia Jack Hayes G L 19 2015 Australia
1 Australia Damian Holland G 48 2017 Morphettville, South Australia
Australia Humphries, MitchellMitchell Humphries F R 24 2017 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
51 Australia Jones, SeanSean Jones F L 32 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
56 Finland Anton Kokkonen F L 27 2017 Turku, Finland
41 United States James Kruger G L 25 2017 Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States
16 Canada Maxime Langelier-Parent F L 29 2017 Léry, Quebec, Canada
77 Australia Paul Lazzarotto F 23 2017
8 Australia Aubyn Martin D R 31 2017
15 Australia Jackson McCoy D R 26 2011 Townsville, Queensland, Australia
29 Australia McDowell, BrendanBrendan McDowell (A) F L 25 2012 Australia
25 Australia Michael McMahon (C) D L 23 2016 Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
31 Australia Nicholas Novysedlak G L 21 2017 Queensland, Australia
89 United States Patrick O'Kane F L 28 2013 Hollis, New Hampshire, United States
Australia Troy Robertson D R 27 2017
97 Australia Corey Stringer F R 19 2015 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
11 Australia Matt Stringer F R 24 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
9 Australia Byron Tschuma F R 19 2016
13 Australia Vadim Virjassov F L 30 2015 Kohtla-Järve, Estonia
53 Australia 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.[16]

Head Coaches[edit]

The first Head Coach for the Melbourne Mustangs was Steve Laforet.[17]


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  2. ^ "Blue Tongues Playing For 2011". Southern Stars Ice Hockey. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Melbourne Mustangs News". Melbourne Musttangs. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  4. ^ "History of the Australian Ice Hockey League". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  5. ^ "Team Profile". Melbourne Mustangs. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  6. ^ "2011 AIHL Regular Season". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  7. ^ "2011 Regular Season Standings". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  8. ^ Hewitt, Andrew. "Changes aplenty at AIHL AGM". Hewitt Sports Network. Archived from the original on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  9. ^ "2012 Regular Season Standings". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  10. ^ "New Coach for Mustangs". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  11. ^ "Laforet and Mustangs sever ties". Hewitt Sports Network. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  12. ^ Jones, Hamish (2013-02-07). "Mustangs New Logo". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  13. ^ "Ruthless Mustangs snatch maiden Goodall Cup". Australian Ice Hockey League. 
  14. ^ "Melbourne Mustangs". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  15. ^ "Melbourne Mustangs". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  16. ^ "AJIHL Rosters Finalised". Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Mustangs Ice Hockey". Retrieved 21 March 2016. 

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