Perth Thunder

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Perth Thunder
2017 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 Ruck
Captain Australia Jamie Woodman
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 in Perth, Western Australia. They are members of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). The team plays its home games at the Perth Ice Arena, located in the suburb of Malaga. The Thunder were founded in 2010 and joined the AIHL, first in 2011 as a provisional member and then 2012 as a full member. The team's best result in the regular season has been second place in the 2016 season. The Thunder have qualified for the playoffs on three occasions with the most recent being in 2016. On all three occasions they have been knocked out during the semifinals.

History[edit]

The Perth Thunder were founded in 2010. On 28 November 2010, Perth Thunder were granted a provisional licence 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 travelled 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 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 semifinal vs. Newcastle North Stars, 1–6
2014 28 9 2 2 15 94 94 33 7th Did not qualify
2015 28 14 1 4 9 125 104 48 3rd Lost semifinal vs. Melbourne Ice, 0–1
2016 28 16 4 1 7 96 73 57 2nd Lost semifinal vs. Newcastle North Stars, 2–3 (OT)
2017 28 16 3 3 6 110 75 57 2nd Lost semifinal vs. CBR Brave, 2–6

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Team roster for the 2017 AIHL season[19][20]

# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
28 Canada Jessyko Bernard F R 26 2016 Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada
20 Australia Robert Bird D 30 2017 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
36 Canada Benjamin Breault F L 29 2016 Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
16 Australia Jonathon Bremner F R 27 2012 Perth, Western Australia
2 Australia Jamie Campbell D L 21 2015 Perth, Western Australia
24 New Zealand Andrew Cox (A) F R 27 2012 Auckland, New Zealand
35 Canada Peter Di Salvo G L 27 2017 Oakville, Ontario, Canada
55 Australia Daniel Göransson (A) D L 32 2016
3 Australia Robert Haselhurst D R 25 2013 Perth, Western Australia
17 Australia Liam Jeffries F L 28 2012 Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
8 Australia David Kudla D R 27 2012 Perth, Western Australia
26 Australia Simon Kudla F R 27 2017 Perth, Western Australia
23 Australia Jordan Kyros F R 25 2012 Perth, Western Australia
15 Australia Lyndon Lodge F R 20 2015 Perth, Western Australia
33 Australia Mark McCann G R 22 2015
10 Australia Jaymie McDonnell F 25 2017
42 Canada Christian Ouellet F R 26 2017 Alma, Quebec, Canada
1 Australia Dathan Pleiter G L 21 2016
25 Australia Alastair Punler D R 21 2015 Kallaroo, Western Australia
9 Australia Jake Ruck F L 19 2017
21 Australia Tomek Sak F R 22 2015 Canning Vale, Western Australia
14 Australia Shaun Tobin F R 23 2017 Perth, Western Australia
11 Australia Cameron Walsh F L 28 2017 Perth, Western Australia
12 Australia Kieren Webster F R 20 2014 Perth, Western Australia
1 Australia Levon Wilson G 45 2017
4 Australia Samuel Wilson F R 32 2012 Perth, Western Australia
27 Australia Jamie Woodman (C) D R 23 2014 Kardinya, Western Australia

Team captains[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

  • Stan Scott, 2012–2013[23]
  • Dylan Forsythe, 2014 (April–May)[24]
  • Stan Scott, 2014 (interim)[17]
  • Dave Kenway, 2015–2016[25][26]
  • Dave Ruck, 2017–present[27]

General managers[edit]

  • Stan Scott, 2012–present[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  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. 
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  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". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  20. ^ "Perth Thunder". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  21. ^ "Samuel Wilson". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  22. ^ "Jamie Woodman". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  23. ^ a b "Stan Scott". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  24. ^ "Dylan Forsythe". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  25. ^ "Dave Kenway". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  26. ^ Kenway, Dave (2016-11-09). "Statement: Dave Kenway". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  27. ^ "Club Statement: Dave Ruck". Perth Thunder. 2016-11-15. Archived from the original on 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2016-11-16. 

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