|2019 AIHL season|
|League||Australian Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||O'Brien Group Arena|
|Owner(s)|| John Belic |
|General manager||Rod Johns|
|Head coach||Maxime Langelier-Parent|
|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 licence 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. They next made the finals in 2017, losing to the Melbourne Ice in the semi finals.
- 1 History
- 2 Season-by-season results
- 3 Championships
- 4 Players
- 5 Club staff
- 6 Leaders
- 7 Franchise player records
- 8 Broadcasting
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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. Some big names on the inaugural team include the Belic brothers and Michael McDowell, with Nick Trusewicz a surprise cut, with concerns over a fractured eye socket. 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. Maxime Langelier-Parent took over head coaching duties in 2018.
|Season||Regular season||Finals weekend||Top points scorer|
|P||W||T||L||SW||SL||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Finish||P||W||L||GF||GA||Result||Semi-final||Goodall Cup final||Name||Points|
|2012||24||5||–||16||1||2||54||107||-53||19||5th, Easton||–||Jake Ebner||17|
|2014||28||17||–||8||–||3||108||88||+20||54||1st||2||2||–||12||5||Champion||Won 6-4 (Ice Dogs)||Won 6-1 (Ice)||Patrick O'Kane||44|
|2017||28||11||–||12||2||3||104||113||-9||40||4th||1||–||1||2||4||Semi-finalist||Lost 2-4 (Ice)||–||Jamie Bourke||47|
|2018||28||12||–||12||2||2||106||97||+9||42||4th||1||–||1||1||5||Semi-finalist||Lost 1-5 (Brave)||–||Benjamin Davies||42|
- Champions (1): 2014
- Premiers (1): 2014
|21||Bradley Apps||RW/LW||R||23||2018||Tunbridge Wells, England|
|23||Jamie Bourke (A)||F||R||28||2013||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|26||Tristan Darling||D||R||24||2019||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|20||Thomas Flack||F||R||23||2019||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|24||Mitchell Humphries||F||R||26||2017||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|7||Christian Isackson||F||R||27||2019||Pine City, Minnesota, United States|
|51||Sean Jones||F||L||34||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|9||Jaxson Lane||F||R||25||2019||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|29||Brendan McDowell (A)||C/LW||L||27||2012||Australia|
|25||Michael McMahon (C)||D||L||25||2016||Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|30||Kevin Nastiuk||G||L||34||2019||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|44||Jordan Owens||F||L||33||2019||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|37||Parker Thomas||F||R||26||2019||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|13||Vadim Virjassov||F||L||32||2015||Kohtla-Järve, Estonia|
Players who haven't played in the last five games
|85||Stephen Belic||D||R||32||2011||Hasn't played since 11 May 2019|
|10||Gavin Birchler||F||L||20||2017||Hasn't played since 19 July 2019|
|14||Michael Breedveld||G||R||19||2019||Backup goaltender last dressed 22 June 2019|
|19||Damian Bright||D||R||31||2011||Hasn't played since 21 July 2019|
|Lachlan Cincotta||D||L||16||2019||Has yet to play a game this season|
|Justin Dixon||D||R||15||2019||Has yet to play a game this season|
|Logan Gallacher||D||16||2019||Has yet to play a game this season|
|97||Lee Lambert||D||R||35||2019||Hasn't played since 2 June 2019|
|91||Maxime Langelier-Parent||F||L||31||2019||Hasn't played since 25 May 2019|
|15||Jackson McCoy||D||R||28||2011||Hasn't played since 14 July 2019|
|2||Michael McDowell||D||R||30||2011||Hasn't played since 21 July 2019|
|89||Patrick O'Kane||F||L||30||2013||Hasn't played since 14 July 2019|
|11||Matt Stringer||F||R||26||2011||Hasn't played since 27 July 2019|
|Lukas Subrt||D||L||32||2019||Has yet to play a game this season|
|Josh Van Douwen||D||R||16||2019||Has yet to play a game this season|
Current as of 08 May 2018 
The first team Captain for the Melbourne Mustangs was Shane Hardy, his Alternate Captains were Scott Corbett and Stephen Belic.
|Year||Captain||Alt Captain One||Alt Captain Two|
|2011||Shane Hardy||Scott Corbett||Stephen Belic|
|2012||Shane Hardy||Scott Levitt||Christopher James|
|2013||Sean Jones||Brendan McDowell||Andrew Belic|
|2014||Sean Jones||Brendan McDowell||Patrick O'Kane|
|2015||Sean Jones||Brendan McDowell||Patrick O'Kane|
|2016||Patrick O'Kane||Sean Jones||Jamie Bourke|
|2017||Michael McMahon||Jamie Bourke||Brendan McDowell|
|2018||Michael McMahon||Jamie Bourke||Brendan McDowell|
The first Head Coach for the Melbourne Mustangs was Steve Laforet.
Franchise player records
These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season.
All-time most appearances
These are the top-ten all-time players who have made the most appearances in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season.
Fox Sports (2013–present) - Part of the entire AIHL TV deal with Fox Sports to show one game a round, normally on Thursday's at 4:30 pm or after NHL games during NHL season.
Online video streaming:
ATC Productions (2017 - Current) - Since 2017 the Melbourne Mustangs have live streamed home matches in Melbourne on the YouTube platform through ATC Productions. The broadcast is called "AIHL TV" and is a partnership between ATC Productions, the AIHL, Melbourne Mustangs and Melbourne Ice. All matches are also available on-demand.
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- "Josh Van Douwen". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
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