Perth Thunder

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Perth Thunder
2015 AIHL season
Perth Thunder Logo.png
City Perth, Western Australia
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Founded 2010
Operated 2011–present
Home arena Perth Ice Arena
Colours               
General manager Australia Stan Scott
Head coach Australia Dave Kenway
Captain Australia Samuel Wilson
Website Perththunder.com.au
Championships
Regular season titles 0
Conference Championships 0
Goodall Cups 0

The Perth Thunder are a semi-professional ice hockey team based at the Perth Ice Arena in Western Australia. They are members of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

History[edit]

The Perth Thunder were founded in 2010. On 28 November 2010, Perth Thunder were granted a provisional license with the AIHL for the 2011 season, with the intention of entering the league to compete as the ninth team in the 2012 AIHL season.[1][2] In 2011 the Thunder played a number of exhibition games against several AIHL teams. In May the Thunder travelled to Adelaide to compete in two games against the Adelaide Adrenaline. They drew the first game 2–2 and won the second 3–0.[3] In June the Melbourne Ice travelled to Perth to compete in two games against the Thunder at the Cockburn Ice Arena. The Ice won the first game 4–3 and lost the second game 3–6 after letting in six goals to none in the final period.[4][5] In September the Newcastle North Stars traveled to Perth to play the Thunder in a two game series.[6] The Thunder won both the first and second game 4–2.[7] On 16 October 2011 the AIHL voted to include the Perth Thunder as the ninth team to join the league.[8]

Playing in their inaugural season the Thunder finished fourth in the Easton conference, missing out on the Goodall Cup playoffs.[9] Following the end of the season the 2012 club awards were announced. Ken Rolph was named MVP, Aaron Wilson was named best defenceman, Samuel Wilson best local player, and David Kudla won the most improved award.[10] The Thunder finished the 2013 AIHL season in third place, qualifying for their first Goodall Cup playoff series.[11] The team were drawn against the Newcastle North Stars for the semi-final and lost the game 1-6, ending their finals campaign.[12] During the off season the team added Robert Cox to its board as a partner and director.[13] Prior to the start of the 2014 season Stan Scott announced that he had stepped down as head coach in order to focus on the General Manager operations of the club. Scott was replaced by Dylan Forsythe as head coach and but remained on the coaching panel as an assistant.[14] The club also announced that Goodlife Health Clubs had signed on as a new major sponsor and gold level sponsor, C.D. Dodd Scrap Metal Recyclers have increased their sponsorship to become a platinum level sponsor.[15][16] After eight games into the 2014 season it was announced that Forsythe had stepped down as head coach effective immediately for unknown reasons. Stan Scott agreed to take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[17] Part way through the season the club secured watch maker Haigh and Hastings as another major sponsor.[18]

Season by season results[edit]

Season GP W SOW T SOL L GF GA PTS Finish Playoff
2012 24 10 0 2 12 81 80 32 4th, Easton Did not qualify
2013 28 17 1 1 9 127 114 54 3rd Lost semi-final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 1–6
2014 28 9 2 0 2 15 94 94 33 7th Did not qualify

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Team roster for the 2015 AIHL season[19]

# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
16 Australia Jonathon Bremner F R 24 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
28 Australia Jamie Campbell D L 19 2015 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
24 New Zealand Andrew Cox (A) F R 24 2012 Auckland, New Zealand
19 Canada Luc Daigneault F 31 2015 Varennes, Quebec, Canada
12 Australia Del Basso, RiccardoRiccardo Del Basso D R 27 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
11 Australia Kaden Goulds F 25 2014
30 United States Guggenberger, MarkMark Guggenberger G R 26 2015 Richfield, Minnesota, United States
3 Australia Robert Haselhurst D R 22 2013 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
2 United States Alex Hudson F R 27 2015 Corona, California, United States
10 Australia Greg Hyde F R 25 2014 Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
17 Australia Liam Jeffries F L 26 2012 Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
6 Finland Toni Kluuskeri F R 24 2015 Uusikaupunki, Finland
14 Australia Kudla, DavidDavid Kudla D R 24 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
23 Australia Kyros, JordanJordan Kyros F R 23 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
26 Australia Mitchell Levitt D 2015
15 Australia Lyndon Lodge F R 17 2015
20 Australia Mark McCann G L 19 2015
22 Australia Anthony Nottle D R 24 2012
2 Australia Alastair Punler D R 19 2015 Kallaroo, Western Australia, Australia
9 Australia David Ruck F 45 2012 Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
20 Australia Tomas Sak F R 20 2015 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
21 Australia Kieren Webster F R 17 2014
29 Australia Daniel Wilkinson G L 2015
4 Australia Wilson, SamuelSamuel Wilson (C) F R 30 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
27 Australia Jamie Woodman D R 20 2014 Kardinya, Western Australia, Australia
5 Australia Young, BradleyBradley Young (A) F R 26 2012 Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Team captains[edit]

For more details on team captains in ice hockey, see Captain (ice hockey).

Head coaches[edit]

  • Stan Scott, 2012–2013[21]
  • Dylan Forsythe, 2014 (April–May)[22]
  • Stan Scott, 2014 (interim)[17]
  • Dave Kenway, 2015–present[23]

General managers[edit]

  • Stan Scott, 2012–present[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Australian Ice Hockey League". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Foreman, Glen (4 December 2010). "Perth Thunder granted license for 2012 season of national ice hockey league". PerthNow (Sunday Times). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Latest News". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Latest News". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Thundering into the AIHL". Melbourne Ice. Archived from the original on 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Game Times". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Coaches Report Perth Thunder vs Newcastle". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  8. ^ Watts, Ellie-Marie (22 October 2011). "Thunder rolls into AIHL". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "2012 Regular Season Standings". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  10. ^ Robinson, Chris (2012-08-30). "Ken Rolph named club MVP at Perth Thunder awards night". PerthNow. Archived from the original on 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  11. ^ Meister, Chris (2013-09-04). "Perth To Thunder The Finals". Hewitt Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  12. ^ Tonks, Craig (2013-09-08). "Fire in the Sky". Hewitt Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Robert Cox Invests in Thunders Vision". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  14. ^ "Dylan Forsythe Replaces Stan Scott as Thunder Head Coach". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2014-04-10. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  15. ^ "Goodlife Health Clubs on Board". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  16. ^ "Thunder Sign Toy". Ice Hockey News Australia. Archived from the original on 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  17. ^ a b "Perth Thunder coach steps down". On the Fly Hockey. 2014-05-23. Archived from the original on 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  18. ^ "News Round-up". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2014-06-06. Archived from the original on 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  19. ^ "Perth Thunder". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  20. ^ "Samuel Wilson". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  21. ^ a b "Stan Scott". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  22. ^ "Dylan Forsythe". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  23. ^ "Dave Kenway". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 

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