Melbourne Mustangs

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Melbourne Mustangs
2018 AIHL season
Mustangs IHC Logo.png
City Melbourne, Victoria
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Founded 2010
Operated 2010-Current
Home arena O'Brien Group Arena
Colours               
Owner(s) Australia John Belic
Australia Andrew McDowell
General manager Canada Rod Johns
Head coach Canada Maxime Langelier-Parent
Website mustangs.theaihl.com
Franchise history
2010–2012 Mustangs IHC
2012–present Melbourne Mustangs
Championships
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.

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. 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.[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. Maxime Langelier-Parent took over head coaching duties in 2018.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Champions Runners-up Third Place
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 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

Championships[edit]

Champions (1): 2014
Premiers (1): 2014

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Team roster for the 2018 AIHL season[14][15]

2018 AIHL Melbourne Mustangs Roster
# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
49 Australia Matthew Anderson F R 27 2018 Australia
23 Australia Jamie Bourke (A) F R 27 2013 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
21 New Zealand Bradley Apps RW/LW R 22 2018 Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom
10 Australia Gavin Birchler F L 19 2017 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
19 Australia Damian Bright D R 30 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5 United Kingdom Ben Davies C R 27 2018 Cardiff, Wales
8 Australia Andrew Erzen F L 28 2018 Australia
18 Canada Brett Ferguson LW L 28 2018 Vibank, Saskatchewan, Canada
24 Australia Mitchell Humphries F R 25 2017 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
51 Australia Sean Jones F L 33 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
55 New Zealand Jermaine Joyce D L 24 2018 Christchurch, New Zealand
52 Latvia Ņikita Kolesņikovs D L 25 2018 Jelgava, Latvia
77 Australia Paul Lazzarotto F 24 2017 Australia
15 Australia Jackson McCoy D R 27 2011 Townsville, Queensland, Australia
29 Australia Brendan McDowell (A) C/LW L 26 2012 Australia
25 Australia Michael McMahon (C) D L 24 2016 Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
89 United States Patrick O'Kane F L 29 2013 Hollis, New Hampshire, United States
16 Australia Troy Robertson D R 28 2017 Australia
11 Australia Matt Stringer F R 25 2011 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
35 Australia Aleksi Toivonen G L 22 2018 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
13 Australia 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 [16] 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.[17]

Inactive players[edit]

Players who haven't played in the last five games and players who have left mid-season

# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Status
85 Australia Stephen Belic D R 31 2011 Hasn't played since 10 June 2018[18]
22 Australia Luke Fisher F L 29 2016 Hasn't played since 19 May 2018[19]
2 Australia Michael McDowell D R 29 2011 Hasn't played since 13 May 2018[20]
31 Australia Nicholas Novysedlak G L 22 2017 Backup goaltender last dressed 15 June 2018[21]
54 Finland Petri Pitkänen G L 26 2018 Left 12 July 2018 due to personal reasons[22]

Former players[edit]

Club staff[edit]

Current as of 08 May 2018 [23]

2018 AIHL Melbourne Mustangs Staff
Position Name
Head Coach Canada Maxime Langelier-Parent
Assistant Coach Australia Jon Moses
Assistant Coach Australia Damian Holland
Team Manager Australia Mick Burslem
Equipment Manager Australia Daniel Hall
Strength & Conditioning Coach Australia Keira Dunwoody
Physiotherapist Australia Michael Killip
Doctor Australia Dr Cherry Lau
Hockey Operations Coordinator Australia Andrew McDowell
Hockey Operations Administration Australia Wendy Jones

Leaders[edit]

Team captains[edit]

The first team Captain for the Melbourne Mustangs was Shane Hardy, his Alternate Captains were Scott Corbett and Stephen Belic.[24]

Year Captain Alt Captain One Alt Captain Two
2011 Australia Shane Hardy Canada Scott Corbett Australia Stephen Belic
2012 Australia Shane Hardy Canada Scott Levitt Australia Christopher James
2013 Australia Sean Jones Australia Brendan McDowell Australia Andrew Belic
2014 Australia Sean Jones Australia Brendan McDowell United States Patrick O'Kane
2015 Australia Sean Jones Australia Brendan McDowell United States Patrick O'Kane
2016 United States Patrick O'Kane Australia Sean Jones Australia Jamie Bourke
2017 Australia Michael McMahon Australia Jamie Bourke Australia Brendan McDowell
2018 Australia Michael McMahon Australia Jamie Bourke Australia Brendan McDowell

Head coaches[edit]

The first Head Coach for the Melbourne Mustangs was Steve Laforet.[25]

# Manager From To
1 AustraliaCanada Steve Laforet 2011 2012
2 AustraliaUnited States Brad Vigon 2013 2015
3 Australia Michael Flaherty 2016 2017
4 Canada Maxime Langelier-Parent 2018 Current

Franchise player records[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season.[26]

# Player Seasons Pos GP G A Pts PIM
1 Australia Jamie Bourke 2011, 2013-18 F 143 113 111 224 590
2 United States Patrick O'Kane 2013-18 RW 139 104 104 208 64
3 Australia Brendan McDowell 2012-18 C/LW 150 53 67 120 72
4 Australia Sean Jones 2011-18 F 137 37 52 89 137
5 Estonia Vadim Virjassov 2012-13, 2015-18 F 111 40 45 85 103
6 Australia Joseph Hughes 2014-15 RW 45 39 31 70 135
7 Sweden Viktor Gibbs Sjödin 2014-15 D/F 47 24 45 69 105
8 United States Jack Wolgemuth 2013-14 D 51 20 47 67 125
9 Australia Andrew Belic 2011-17 F 161 24 33 57 150
10 United States Jeff Grant 2014-15 F 47 9 46 55 34

All-time most appearances[edit]

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.[27]

# Player Seasons Pos RS GP PS GP
1 Australia Matt Stringer 2011-18 C 169 3
2 Australia Andrew Belic 2011-17 F 161 3
3 Australia Brendan McDowell 2012-18 C/LW 150 3
4 Australia Jamie Bourke 2011, 2013-18 F 143 3
5 United States Patrick O'Kane 2013-18 RW 139 2
6 Australia Sean Jones 2011-18 F 137 3
7 Australia Jackson McCoy 2011-13, 2015-18 D/F 117 1
8 Australia Damian Bright 2011-18 D 116 3
9 Estonia Vadim Virjassov 2012-13, 2015-18 F 111 1
10 Australia Stephen Belic 2011-18 D 107 2

Broadcasting[edit]

TV:
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.[28]
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.[29]

References[edit]

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