|2018 AIHL season|
|League||Australian Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||O'Brien Group Arena|
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. 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.
|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 semifinals 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|
|2017||28||11||2||3||12||104||113||40||4th||Lost semifinal vs. Melbourne Ice, 2–4|
- Champions (1): 2014
- H Newman Reid Trophy (replaced the V.I.P. Cup)
- Premiers (1): 2014
|23||Jamie Bourke (A)||F||R||27||2013||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|21||Bradley Apps||RW/LW||R||22||2018||Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom|
|10||Gavin Birchler||F||L||19||2017||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|19||Damian Bright||D||R||30||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|5||Ben Davies||C||R||27||2018||Cardiff, Wales|
|18||Brett Ferguson||LW||L||28||2018||Vibank, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|24||Mitchell Humphries||F||R||25||2017||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|51||Sean Jones||F||L||33||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|55||Jermaine Joyce||D||L||24||2018||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|52||Ņikita Kolesņikovs||D||L||25||2018||Jelgava, Latvia|
|15||Jackson McCoy||D||R||27||2011||Townsville, Queensland, Australia|
|29||Brendan McDowell (A)||C/LW||L||26||2012||Australia|
|25||Michael McMahon (C)||D||L||24||2016||Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|89||Patrick O'Kane||F||L||29||2013||Hollis, New Hampshire, United States|
|11||Matt Stringer||F||R||25||2011||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|35||Aleksi Toivonen||G||L||22||2018||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia|
|13||Vadim Virjassov||F||L||31||2015||Kohtla-Järve, Estonia|
French Canadian defenceman, Charles-Olivier Roussel, was announced as an import signing for the Mustangs for the 2018 AIHL season on 4 March 2018  but due to an injury it was announced on 21 April 2018 that Roussel would therefor be unable to link up for the Mustangs for the 2018 AIHL season.
Players who haven't played in the last five games and players who have left mid-season
|85||Stephen Belic||D||R||31||2011||Hasn't played since 10 June 2018|
|22||Luke Fisher||F||L||29||2016||Hasn't played since 19 May 2018|
|2||Michael McDowell||D||R||29||2011||Hasn't played since 13 May 2018|
|31||Nicholas Novysedlak||G||L||22||2017||Backup goaltender last dressed 15 June 2018|
|54||Petri Pitkänen||G||L||26||2018||Left 12 July 2018 due to personal reasons|
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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- "Ruthless Mustangs snatch maiden Goodall Cup". Australian Ice Hockey League.
- "Melbourne Mustangs 2017-18 Roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
- "Melbourne Mustangs Roster". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
- "Welcome Charles-Olivier Roussel". mustangs.theaihl.com. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
- "AIHL news: 21 April 2018". icehockeynewsaustralia.com. 2018-04-21. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
- "Stephen Belic". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
- "Luke Fisher". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
- "Michael McDowell". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
- "Melbourne Mustangs @ Melbourne Ice". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
- "Petri Pitkänen". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
- "Melbourne Mustangs Off-Ice Team". mustangs.theaihl.com. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
- "AJIHL Rosters Finalised". Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- "Mustangs Ice Hockey". Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- "Melbourne Mustangs All-time Top Points Scorers". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
- "Franchise All-time Stats - GP - Melbourne Mustangs". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
- Brodie, Will (2013-04-17). "Ice hockey gets pay TV boost". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
- "AIHL TV". Australia Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-05-09.