Sydney Ice Dogs

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Sydney Ice Dogs
2018 AIHL season
Sydney Ice Dogs Logo.png
City Sydney, New South Wales
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Founded 2002
Operated 2002-present
Home arena Macquarie Ice Rink, Macquarie Park
Colours

Navy, burgandy and white

              
General manager Australia Jason Juba
Head coach Australia Andrew Petrie
Captain Australia Scott Stephenson
Website http://www.icedogs.com.au/
Franchise history
2002–2008 Western Sydney Ice Dogs
2009–present Sydney Ice Dogs
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2013)
Goodall Cups 2 (2004, 2013)

The Sydney Ice Dogs are a semi-professional ice hockey team in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). The team was founded in 2002 as the Western Sydney Ice Dogs but changed its name to Sydney Ice Dogs in 2008. The club plays its home games at the Macquarie Shopping Centre in Macquarie, a suburb of northern Sydney.

History[edit]

The Ice Dogs (along with the Melbourne Ice and Newcastle North Stars) were part of a three-team expansion to the AIHL in 2002, joining the original teams Adelaide Avalanche (who disbanded in 2008), Canberra Knights and Sydney Bears.[1]

Ice hockey in Western Sydney goes back to 1981, when the Blacktown Flyers were a foundation member of the New South Wales Superleague. While lasting for thirteen seasons, this league struggled to gain stability and folded, to be reborn in 1994 as the ECSL, however it too would be disbanded in 2000 with Western Sydney having no representative in the newly formed AIHL.

The region returned to the national ice hockey map in 2002 when the Ice Dogs joined the AIHL. John Wilson, owner of the Blacktown Ice arena funded the team and Anthony Wilson (his son) captained, managed and recruited for the team. The teams' first season was a success despite missing the semi-finals, finishing third out of six teams. It was not enough to make the finals, however, as a four-team playoff series would not be introduced until the 2003 season.

Backing up their strong performance in 2002 the Ice Dogs again finished third in 2003. They did, however, go one step better as they reached the Goodall Cup final by defeating the second-placed Adelaide Avalanche. The Ice Dogs went down in the championship match, losing 4–1 to Newcastle. The ice Dogs would have their revenge in 2004, as both teams again squared off for the Goodall Cup and the Ice Dogs won 3-1 on the back of instrumental performances by 18-year-old goaltender Gabriel Robledo and star import players John Heinen and Martin Jesk. A healthy rivalry between the Ice Dogs and the North Stars arose from these two back to back championship games.

At the start of the 2009 season the team was renamed to "Sydney Ice Dogs", dropping the Western part of the title.[2] The club rebranding coincided with the complete redesign and re-launch of the club's website early in the 2009 season. Updated news and feature articles were a regular offering via the dedicated blog named, "Give a Dog a Blog". In 2010, the website promises of a new section for video highlights of home games tentatively named 'Ice Dogs TV'.

On 24 April 2014 the Sydney Ice Dogs head coach Ron Kuprowsky and his assistants Colin Downie and Brad Andrlon had resigned from their positions.[3] The club appointed Dion Dunwoodie as interim head coach with Mark Page and Anthony Wilson as his assistants.

On 9 May 2014 the Ice Dogs signed Andrew Petrie as their new head coach to replace the departed Ron Kuprowsky.[4] However following the conclusion of the 2014 AIHL season Andrew left his position as head coach of the Ice Dogs with one year remaining on his contract to take up the head coach position at AIHL and NSW rival club Newcastle North Stars.[5]

9 February 2015, the Ice Dogs via the AIHL announced the club had opted to play two home matches for the 2015 AIHL season against the CBR Brave in Canberra as opposed to Liverpool, Sydney. Both matches to occur in August and travel arrangements for Ice Dogs fans would be made due to the scheduling changes.[6]

28 February 2015, the Sydney Ice Dogs announced the appointment of Danish coach Anders Jespersen as their new head coach for the 2015 AIHL season. Anders linked up with the Ice Dogs following his spell as head coach of the Oman national team.[7][8]

2016 Season Ice Dogs appointed a new General Manager Jason Juba and bought a Change in direction for the Sydney Ice Dogs.[9] Negotiations with Macquarie Ice Rink in the off season delivered a new venue for the Ice Dogs in 2017.[10]

In 2017 the Ice Dogs celebrated fifteen years in the AIHL. The team produced a special edition logo for the season and retro styled playing kit to mark the milestone.[11][12]

Season by season results[edit]

Champions Runners-up Third Place
Sydney Ice Dogs AIHL All-time Results
Season GP W T1 OTW2 OTL2 L GF GA PTS Finish Playoff
2002 15 8 1 6 54 48 17 3rd Did not qualify
2003 7 4 0 23 38 24 8 3rd Won semi-finals vs. Adelaide Avalanche
Lost in Goodall Cup final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 4–1
2004 19 11 0 0 2 6 92 71 32 2nd Won semi-finals vs. Sydney Bears, 5–4
Won Goodall Cup final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 3–1
2005 26 11 1 2 2 10 105 110 40 3rd Lost in semi-finals vs. Newcastle North Stars
2006 28 18 1 0 9 95 82 56 3rd Lost in semi-finals vs. Adelaide Avalanche, 2–5
2007 28 10 7 1 10 105 93 42 6th Did not qualify
2008 28 15 4 1 8 126 91 54 2nd Won semi-finals vs. Melbourne Ice, 2–1
Lost Goodall Cup final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 1–4
2009 24 10 1 2 11 87 90 34 5th Did not qualify
2010 24 4 0 3 17 74 120 15 7th Did not qualify
2011 28 17 2 0 9 124 90 55 3rd Lost in semi-finals vs. Newcastle North Stars, 2–5
2012 24 12 1 2 9 96 99 40 2nd
(Bauer Conference)
Lost in semi-finals vs. Melbourne Ice, 2–6
2013 28 18 3 1 6 117 80 61 1st Won semi-finals vs. Melbourne Ice, 4–2
Won Goodall Cup final vs. Newcastle North Stars, 6–3
2014 28 14 2 1 11 116 97 47 4th Lost semi-finals vs. Melbourne Mustangs, 4–6
2015 28 0 1 0 27 39 209 04 8th Did not qualify
2016 28 7 1 1 19 92 139 24 7th Did not qualify
2017 28 12 0 0 16 73 81 36 5th Did not qualify
1 As of the 2006 AIHL season, all games will have a winner.
2 OTW and OTL include shootout wins and shootout losses respectively.
3 One of these losses was a double points game which would give the total of seven games played.[13]
4 The Ice Dogs were fined three competition points for multiple breaches by-law 4 which requires teams to travel with at least 15 players unless an exemption has been granted.[14]

Championships[edit]

Champions (2): 2004, 2013
Runners-Up (2): 2003, 2008
Premiers (1): 2013
Runners-Up (3): 2004, 2008, 2012

Current roster[edit]

Team roster for the 2018 AIHL season[15]

2018 AIHL Sydney Ice Dogs Roster
# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
19 Canada Strat Allen C L 31 2015 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1 Australia Ignacy Benjamin G 19 2018 Millarville, Alberta, Canada
22 Australia Ellesse Carini F L 19 2016 Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
10 Australia Billy Cliff F R 25 2017 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
14 Australia David Dunwoodie D/RW R 32 2016 Hamilton, New Zealand
77 Belgium Bryan Kolodziejczyk C L 27 2018 Liège, Belgium
8 Australia Tomas Manco D L 30 2016 Brezno, Czechoslovakia
6 Australia James Marino D R 21 2017 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
7 Australia Shannon McGregor D R 27 2017 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
33 Australia Nicholas Mizen G L 21 2018 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 Australia Daniel Pataky D L 22 2015 Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
13 Sweden Jonatan Ruth F R 32 2018
24 Australia Lachlan Shumak F R 20 2017 Picnic Point, New South Wales, Australia
25 Australia Aiden Sillato F R 18 2018 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
31 Canada Curtis Skip G L 23 2018 Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
67 Australia Alec Stephenson F R 24 2015 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
29 Australia Scott Stephenson (C) F R 33 2016 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 Australia Todd Stephenson F R 30 2016 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
66 Canada Grant Toulmin RW R 29 2016 Langley, British Columbia, Canada
23 Australia Lee Turner F R 28 2018 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
88 Canada Geordie Wudrick LW L 28 2018 Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

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
9 Canada Nathan Chiarlitti D L 26 2018 Left 11 June 2018 due to personal reasons[16]
20 Australia Kale Costa F L 16 2017 Hasn't played since 14 July 2018[17]
4 Australia Ilman Lee D R 24 2015 Hasn't played since 6 May 2018[18]
94 Australia Cameron Todd C R 24 2018 Hasn't played since 28 July 2018[19]

Club staff[edit]

Current as of 11 June 2018 [20]

2018 AIHL Ice Dogs Staff
Position Name
Head Coach United KingdomAustralia Andrew Petrie
Assistant Coach Australia Mark Gibson

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.[21]

# Player Seasons Pos GP G A Pts PIM
1 Australia David Dunwoodie 2004-05, 2007–14, 2016-18 D/RW 268 71 125 196 1220
2 Australia Todd Stephenson 2004-13, 2016-18 F 275 62 126 188 649
3 Australia Scott Stephenson 2004-05, 2007–13, 2016-18 F 233 69 87 156 359
4 Australia Andrew White 2003-12, 2016-17 D 234 57 85 142 1147
5 Australia Christopher Sekura 2003-11, 2013-15 F 164 46 79 125 553
6 Canada Simon Barg 2013-14 F 54 49 75 124 30
7 Australia Anthony Wilson 2003-13 D 195 28 79 107 462
8 Australia Alex D'Jamirze 2004-07 F 91 53 51 104 143
9 Australia Brett Thomas 2004-11 F 106 37 65 102 255
10 Australia Robert Malloy 2011-14 D/F 77 36 55 91 119

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.[22]

# Player Seasons Pos RS GP PS GP
1 Australia Todd Stephenson 2004-13, 2016-18 F 275 6
2 Australia David Dunwoodie 2004-05, 2007–14, 2016-18 D/RW 268 7
3 Australia Andrew White 2003-12, 2016-17 D 234 3
4 Australia Scott Stephenson 2004-05, 2007–13, 2016-18 F 233 4
5 Australia Tomas Manco 2007-13, 2016-18 D 216 6
6 Australia Shannon McGregor 2008-15, 2017-18 D 214 5
7 Australia Anthony Wilson 2003-13 D 195 6
8 Australia Christopher Sekura 2003-11, 2013-15 F 164 4
9 Australia Billy Cliff 2008-14, 2017-18 F 154 5
10 Australia Scott Herbert 2006-11 F 136 1

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.[23]
DGB Media Group (2015) - 9 January 2015 the Ice Dogs announced that DGB will produce a half hour highlights program for all Ice Dogs home games for the 2015 AIHL season that will be televised free-to-air on TVS (Television Sydney) Channel 44.[24]
Online audio streaming:
Self-broadcast (2017 - Current) - Since 2016 the Sydney Ice Dogs have self-broadcast all home matches with an online audio stream utilising the Mixlr platform.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AIHL History". www.hockeywise.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Same teams new identity". AIHL. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
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  4. ^ McMurty, Andrew (2014-05-08). "Experienced Petrie joins Ice Dogs as head coach". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2014-05-24. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  5. ^ osland, Georgia (2014-10-07). "Garry Dore Steps Down and Appoints Former Sydney Ice Dogs Coach Andrew Petrie as Newcastle North Stars Ice Hockey Coach for 2015". Newcastle Star. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Schedule changes for the Bears and Ice Dogs". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Ice Dogs appoint Jespersen as new Head Coach". www.icehockeynewsaustralia.com. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
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  10. ^ Besley, John (2017-01-24). "Australian International Hockey League returns to Macquarie with two teams in tow". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  11. ^ McMurtry, Andrew (2017-06-01). "Sydney Ice Dogs celebrate 15 years in the Australian Ice Hockey League". www.hawkesburygazette.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  12. ^ "Ice Dogs Turn Back clock". icedogs.theaihl.com. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  13. ^ "2003 AIHL Statistics". Ice Hockey Australia. Archived from the original on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ice Dogs docked points for by-law breach". Australian Ice Hockey League. 2015-07-28. Archived from the original on 2015-08-02. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  15. ^ "Sydney Ice Dogs". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  16. ^ "Nathan Chiarlitti". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  17. ^ "Kale Costa". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-08-12. 
  18. ^ "Ilman Lee". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  19. ^ "Cameron Todd". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-08-20. 
  20. ^ "Team - Sydney Ice Dogs - 2018". icedogs.theaihl.com. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  21. ^ "Franchise All-time Stats - TP - Sydney Ice Dogs". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  22. ^ "Franchise All-time Stats - GP - Sydney Ice Dogs". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  23. ^ Brodie, Will (2013-04-17). "Ice hockey gets pay TV boost". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  24. ^ "Sydney Ice Dogs reach deal with DGB Media Group". www.icehockeynewsaustralia.com. 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  25. ^ "Sydney Ice Dogs Game Day Live". mixlr.com/sydneyicedogs/. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 

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