Wilson Cup (ice hockey)

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Wilson Cup
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2007
No. of teams 3
Country  Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Sydney Bears
Most titles Sydney Bears (4)
Related
competitions
Australian Ice Hockey League

The Wilson Cup is an ice hockey trophy competition which is set up as a pre-season tournament to the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). It is contested between the three New South Wales based AIHL clubs, the Newcastle Northstars, Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs. For 2017 the Wilson Cup was re-purposed to be awarded to the winner of the regular season series between the Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs. The current holders of the Cup are the Sydney Bears who retained the Wilson Cup after drawing the series between themselves and the Sydney Ice Dogs.

History[edit]

The Wilson Cup tournament was first played in 2007.[1] It was contested between four teams from the Australian Ice Hockey LeagueWest Sydney Ice Dogs, Newcastle North Stars, the Bears, and the Central Coast Rhinos. The Wilson Cup was donated on behalf of John and Carol Wilson who have been a major figure in Australian ice hockey and were the previous owners of the Blacktown Ice Arena, were the championship was started. It is a round-robin event with each team playing a home and away game against the other, which is then followed by a playoff until the final.[2] The 2007 tournament was won by the AIHL Bears. The 2008 competition was again won by the AIHL Bears beating the West Sydney Ice Dogs 6–4 in the final.[1] Before the start of the 2009 event the Central Coast Rhinos dropped out of the AIHL, they however competed in the 2009 Wilson Cup, winning the final 4–3 in a shootout against the West Sydney Ice Dogs.[3] In February 2014 it was announced was being revived and would feature the Newcastle North Stars, Sydney Bears and the Sydney Ice Dogs.[4] The tournament featured a round robin of the three teams and finishes with a final between the top two placed teams, starting on 16 March and finishing on 5 April.[4] In the opening game of the Wilson Cup the North Stars defeated the Bears 4-3 in a shootout.[5] The North Stars however lost game two to the Ice Dogs 5-4 in a shootout.[6] In the last game of the round robin the Ice Dogs defeated the Sydney Bears 8-1 and they finished first in the standings.[7] The Ice Dogs were drawn against the North Stars in the final who finished the round robin in second place. The Ice Dogs defeated the North Stars 4-2, winning their first Wilson Cup title.[8] The 2015 edition of the tournament was announced in March 2015 and again featured all three New South Wales-based AIHL clubs.[9] The number of games was increased from four to seven with a double round-robin being held before a final between the two top ranked teams.[9] The Sydney Bears finished first in the round robin, winning three of their four games, and were drawn against the Newcastle North Stars in the final.[10] The North Stars won the final 4-3, claiming their first title.[11] The 2016 Wilson Cup featured an unchanged format from the prior year and ran from 19 March to 16 April 2016.[12] The Sydney Bears finished first in the round robin stage for the second year in a row with three wins from four games.[13] Defending champions the Newcastle North Stars finished last after losing all four of their games, including one which had to be forfeited due to a scheduling conflict with their East Coast Super League club.[14] The Bears defeated the Sydney Ice Dogs 3–1 in the final at the Penrith Ice Palace.[15] In 2017 the pre-season tournament was not held due to a high workload in relation to the move of the Bears and Ice Dogs to the Macquarie Ice Rink.[16] As a result, the Wilson Cup was re-purposed to be awarded to the winner of the regular season series between the Bears and Ice Dogs, leaving out the Northstars.[17] The Bears retained the Cup after the series was tied both on wins and goal difference.[17]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hungry Bears have done it again!". AIHL Bears. Archived from the original on 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  2. ^ Lean, Rowan. "AIHL Teams Launch Wilson Cup". HockeyPulse. Archived from the original on 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Rhinos win the Wilson Cup". HockeyPulse. 2009-04-01. Archived from the original on 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  4. ^ a b "2014 Wilson Cup Schedule Announced". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2014-03-15. Archived from the original on 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  5. ^ "2014 Wilson Cup: Game 1". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2014-03-17. Archived from the original on 2014-04-06. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  6. ^ "2014 Wilson Cup: Game 2". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2014-03-22. Archived from the original on 2014-04-06. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  7. ^ "2014 Wilson Cup: Game 3". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2014-03-22. Archived from the original on 2014-04-06. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  8. ^ McMurtry, Andrew (2014-04-05). "Ice Dogs add Wilson Cup to growing trophy case". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2014-04-06. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  9. ^ a b "2015 Wilson Cup schedule announced". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2015-03-10. Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  10. ^ "2015 Wilson Cup: Game 5 & 6". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2015-04-11. Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  11. ^ "North Stars win 2015 Wilson Cup". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2015-04-18. Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  12. ^ "2016 Wilson Cup Schedule Announced". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2016-03-12. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  13. ^ "2016 Wilson Cup: Game 5 & 6". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2016-04-09. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  14. ^ "2016 Wilson Cup: North Stars forfeit Game 4". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2016-03-31. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  15. ^ "Bears win 2016 Wilson Cup". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2016-04-16. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  16. ^ "Wilson Cup unlikely for 2017". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2017-03-26. Archived from the original on 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  17. ^ a b "Sydney Bears retain Wilson Cup". Ice Hockey News Australia. 2017-08-06. Archived from the original on 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 

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