Time for a look at the teams from down under. Australia has a semi-professional league which I’ve explained in a previous post. Without further ado, the Melbourne Ice.
The Melbourne Ice first came into the AIHL in 2002. Sponsored by Medibank they play their home games out of the originally named Medibank Icehouse. The Ice started their history on a low note, failing to reach the playoffs the first four years. As they grind and gritted through the low times, they eventually iced a competitive team and attracted many passionate fans.
Their fiercest rivalry comes from across town. Their roommates if you will, in the Medibank Icehouse are the Melbourne Mustangs whose fans bleed orange. One night in the Icehouse with these two teams rocking will leave you dazed and confused.
The Ice are currently playing for their fourth consecutive Goodall Cup at this very moment. The team is composed of veteran Australian players such as Thomas Powell, Todd Graham and Joseph Hughes. American and former member of the CHL’s San Antonio Rampage, Chris Frank is also apart of the Ice on defence. As for our home-country talent, Melbourne ices 3 Canadians.
The Melbourne are back in action on Sunday July 14th as they take on the Sydney Bears. Puck drop is at 3:30 local time.
3 thoughts on “AIHL Team Profile: Melbourne Ice”
Hi Ashley, great connecting on Twitter this morning. The AIHL is fast becoming a league for professional northern hemisphere hockey players to join in the off season and prepare for the up coming season.
In terms of Melbourne Ice the club recently completed a 3PEAT winning 3 championships in a row (2010,2011,2012) and added the Trans-Tasman Championship along the way and is now well positioned for 4 straight championships half way through the current season.
Completing the 3PEAT last year was a league first and to celebrate they commissioned a season long documentary Road to 3PEAT as part of the clubs 10 year celebrations, which is available on DVD and Blue Ray http://www.ice3peat.com/ (check out the preview, its very good and has an NHL flavour)
@hockeywise is a great source of information and headed up by ex league commissioner Big Ice Pete, who is a stats guru.
Hope this helps