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Sydney Bears
2018 AIHL season
Sydney Bears logo.png
City Macquarie Park, New South Wales
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Founded 1982
Home arena Macquarie Ice Rink
Colours                    
General manager Australia Wayne Hellyer
Head coach Australia Ron Kuprowsky
Captain Australia Michael Schlamp
Affiliates Sydney Bears IHC (Juniors)
Penrith Raptors (ECSL)
Sydney Sting (ECSL)
Blueline Bombers (ECSL)
Reach Rebels (ECSL)
Website Bearsden.com.au
Franchise history
1982–1997 Macquarie Bears
1997–2007 Sydney Bears
2007–2009 AIHL Bears
2010– Sydney Bears
Championships
Regular season titles 2 (2002, 2008)
Goodall Cups 2 (2002, 2007)

The Sydney Bears are a semi-professional ice hockey team based in Sydney, Australia. They belong to the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). The Bears play their home games at Macquarie Ice Rink, located inside the Macquarie Centre which seats approximately 2000 people.

The Bears have won two Goodall Cup championships since their founding in 2000, most recently in 2007. The Bears are the last remaining original team in the AIHL, after the Canberra Knights and Adelaide Avalanche folded and were reformed under different names and ownerships. The team previously played out of the Penrith Ice Palace and the Sydney Ice Arena in Norwest Business Park.

Team history

The Bears were founded in 1982 and were originally known as the Macquarie Bears.[1] With the impending formation of a national league the team decided to change their name to the Sydney Bears in 1997.[1]

The Bears are two-time winners of the Goodall Cup and won the AIHL championship in 2002 and 2007. The team also won the Goodall Cup tournament in 2001 in Newcastle, the last time the Cup was awarded independently of the AIHL.

The Bears are the last remaining original team in AIHL after both Canberra and Adelaide folded and restarted under new names and management.

In 2002, the Bears defeated the Avalanche in the Goodall Cup final for their second consecutive Cup and their first and only AIHL Championship. In 2007 the team announced they would move to Penrith for the 2007 AIHL season at which time, dropping "Sydney" to become The Bears, or AIHL Bears. For the start of the 2010 season the Bears reverted to their previous name of Sydney Bears. It was that year the Bears also won their second AIHL Championship and their most recent to date.

Logo worn from 2000-2007. Changed when the Bears moved to Penrith

2011 season

The Bears commenced the 2011 season on 16 April with a home opener against the newest addition to the AIHL, the Mustangs. Bears rookie forward Lucian Hackett scored the first goal of the season on his debut. Other Bears players making their debut were Laurie Mock, and import Kurtis Dulle.[2] The Bears struggled to record a win in their first five games, however their roster was not yet at full strength. The Bears were missing goaltender Sheldon Baerg, forward Tony Demelinne who was representing Netherlands at the IIHF World Championship Division I,[3] and defenceman Jordan Hale who was competing in the Royal Bank Cup with the Camrose Kodiaks.[4]

With the 2011 Roster finally at full strength with the arrival and clearance of their import players, the Bears made their way to Melbourne. The Bears showed signs of improvement in their game against the Melbourne Ice, losing 3-4 to them in the shootout.[5] The Bears also lost import Jordan Hale to a season ending lower body injury. The Bears then went on to record their first win of the season against the Mustangs in a thrilling 5-3 victory, with newly acquired import Tony Demelinne displaying some of his puck handling skills and recording 4 points during the game.[6]

However The Bears game seemingly unravelled, experiencing huge losses to the Knights, BlueTongues and Ice. However bouncing back in June recording a win against the Newcastle North Stars, ending their winning streak and starting a 3-game win streak of their own. The month of June saw the Bears 3-2-0, and they reached a peak position of 7th in the standings.

2012 season to current

In February 2012 the Sydney Bears announced that they were leaving the Penrith Ice Palace as their home arena and were returning to play their games at the Sydney Ice Arena in Baulkham Hills where they had previously played from 2003 to 2006.[7] In January 2015 the Bears announced that they were moving back to the Penrith Ice Palace for the upcoming 2015 AIHL season.[8][9] The move came after the Sydney Ice Arena's land was approved for redevelopment.[8] In 2017, a move the Bears' dubbed 'The Homecoming', it was announced the team would return to its roots at a re-developed Macquarie Ice Rink ahead of their season. In 2018, the Bears unveiled their new logo (the team's profile pic above) to go with their "new" rink.

Season-by-season results

Champions Runners-up Third Place
Sydney Bears all-time record
Season Regular season Finals weekend Wilson Cup Top points scorer
P W T L SW SL GF GA GD Pts Finish P W L GF GA Result Semi-final Goodall Cup final Name Points
2000 Information not available Information not available
2001 16 7 1 8 70 74 -4 15 2nd 1 1 10 7 Runner-up Lost 7-10 (Avalanche) Information not available
2002 20 16 1 3 126 69 +57 33 1st 1 1 1 0 Champion Won 1-0[a] (Avalanche) Australia Murray Wand 27
2003[b] 6 1 5 23 34 -11 2 3rd[c] 2 1 1 14 12 Third[d] Lost 4-7 (North Stars) Czech Republic Vladimir Rubes 14
2004 20 8 1 6 1 4 68 71 -3 31 3rd 1 1 4 5 Semi-finalist Lost 4-5 (Ice Dogs) Canada Trent Ulmer 24
2005 26 11 12 2 1 96 100 -4 38 4th 1 1 3 6 Semi-finalist Lost 3-6 (Avalanche) United States Andy Luhovy 33
2006 28 15 11 1 1 133 101 +32 48 5th Czech Republic Vladan Stransky 57
2007 28 14 8 4 2 112 84 +28 49[e] 4th 2 2 7 3 Champion Won 4-1 (Avalanche) Won 3-2 (OT) (North Stars) Winner Czech Republic Tomas Landa 62
2008 28 20 7 1 134 118 +16 61 1st 1 1 5 7 Semi-finalist Lost 5-7 (North Stars) Winner Czech Republic Vladan Stransky 63
2009 24 1 20 3 66 140 -74 9 7th Group Czech Republic Vladimir Rubes 36
2010 24 12 8 1 3 82 90 -8 41 3rd 1 1 1 2 Semi-finalist Lost 1-2 (Ice) Czech Republic Vladimir Rubes 34
2011 28 2 21 2 3 83 151 -68 13 8th Canada Michael Schlamp 45
2012 24 9 12 2 1 92 93 -1 32 3rd, Bauer Czech Republic Tomas Landa 58
2013 28 7 20 1 73 120 -47 22 7th Czech Republic Tomas Landa 33
2014 28 6 1[f] 19 1 1 88 125 -57 22 8th Group Canada Hamilton Steen 31
2015 28 11 14 1 2 110 110 +0 37 7th Runner-up United States Joe Harcharik 52
2016 28 5 15 5 3 77 95 -18 28 6th Winner Czech Republic Tomas Landa 33
2017 28 6 14 3 3 101 121 -20 33 6th Winner United States Jackson Brewer 45
2018 28 15 7 3 3 104 72 +32 54 2nd 2 1 1 6 4 Runner-up Won 3-0 (Thunder) Lost 3-4 (OT) (Brave) Runner-up United States Charlie Adams 54

Notes:

  1. ^ 2002 AIHL Final result of 1-0 is unconfirmed by the League.
  2. ^ 2003 AIHL season statistics are incomplete. No one source has all the information and the AIHL has not published official statistics on www.theaihl.com.
  3. ^ Based on the most complete information available, the Sydney Bears finished the 2003 season in third place and qualified for the first four team finals weekend.
  4. ^ 2003 was the one and only season where a third place play-off was contested as part of the finals format for the AIHL. The Sydney Bears defeated the Adelaide Avalanche 10-5 in the third place play-off to clinch third.
  5. ^ The Bears were penalised 3 competition points for icing players that had not been officially cleared to play by the IIHF and IHA.
  6. ^ As of the 2006 AIHL season, all games have a winner, which eleminated the tie from the league. In 2014 due to the cancellation of a game against Adelaide Adrenaline, the AIHL declared the result a tie.

Notes References: [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Championships

Champions (2): 2002, 2007
Runners-Up (1): 2001
Premiers (1): 2008
Runners-Up (1): 2018
Premiers (1): 2002
Runners-Up (1): 2001
Winners (4): 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017
Runners-Up (2): 2015, 2018
1 This list includes Premierships prior to the first trophy for Premiers in 2004.

Players

Current roster

Team roster for the 2018 AIHL season [15][16]

2018 AIHL Sydney Bears Roster
# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
9 United States Charlie Adams F R 26 2018 White Bear Lake, Minnesota, United States
16 Canada Ryan Annesley (A) D L 32 2016 Ajax, Ontario, Canada
39 New Zealand Aston Brookes G L 25 2018
91 Australia Jeremy Brücker F 28 2017
71 Canada Michael Burns F R 27 2018 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
97 Australia Tyerell Clare D R 21 2015
10 Australia Etienne du Toit F R 32 2018 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
84 Australia Adrian Esposito F R 33 2013
13 Australia Kayne Fedor F L 22 2018 Adelaide, South Australia
2 Australia Brian Funes D R 27 2016 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
13 Australia Joey Gunner F L 18 2018
68 Australia Michael Haynes F L 32 2018 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
28 Australia Anthony Kimlin G L 28 2016 Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
12 Canada Ryan Lough F L 25 2018 Manotick, Ontario, Canada
20 Australia Vladimir Rubes (A) F L 48 2017 Prague, Czechoslovakia
11 Australia Michael Schlamp (C) F R 37 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
7 Australia Thomas Steven F R 20 2018 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
22 Canada Graeme Strukoff D L 27 2018 Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
14 Australia James Urweiss F R 18 2018 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
15 Australia Jeremy Vasquez F L 18 2016 Kings Langley, New South Wales, Australia
89 Australia Alexander Wardlaw F R 18 2017

Inactive players

Players who haven't played in the last five games

# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Status
19 Australia Spencer Austin F L 26 2018 Hasn't played since 30 June 2018[17]
19 Australia Anthony Barnes F R 22 2018 Hasn't played since 27 May 2018[18]
26 Australia Justin Harrison G 2017 Backup goaltender last dressed 12 may 2018[19]
19 Australia Adam Kimbley F L 30 2018 Hasn't played since 22 July 2018[20]
8 Australia Thomas Moncrieff F L 17 2017 Hasn't played since 13 July 2018[21]
33 Australia Shai Rabinowitz F R 30 2018 Hasn't played since 9 June 2018[22]
55 Australia Gabe Robledo G L 32 2016 Backup goaltender last dressed 27 May 2018[23]
14 Australia Fredrik Rozenberg F R 30 2018 Hasn't played since 15 July 2018[24]
14 Australia Tim Rye F R 20 2017 Hasn't played since 7 July 2018[25]
37 Australia Cameron Smith F L 21 2018 Hasn't played since 21 April 2018[26]
37 United Kingdom Chad Smith F R 19 2018 Hasn't played since 21 April 2018[27]

Current staff

Current as of 21 April 2018 [28]

2018 Technical Staff
Position Name
Head Coach AustraliaCanada Ron Kuprowsky
Assistant Coach Canada Ryan Annesley
Assistant Coach Canada Brent Vandenberg
Assistant Coach Australia Jeff Todd
Goaltending Coach United Kingdom Colin Downie
2018 Club Staff
Position Name
General Manager Australia Wayne Hellyer
Vice President Australia Matthew Burrell
Team Manager Australia Neil McFadden
Team Physio Australia Valerie Chan

Franchise player records

Scoring leaders

Top ten point scorers

These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season.[29]

# Player Seasons Pos GP G A Pts PIM
1 Czech Republic Vladimir Rubes 2000-18 F 258 157 248 405 341
2 Australia Michael Schlamp 2007-08, 2010-18 D/F 236 109 156 265 459
3 Czech Republic Vladan Stransky 2002-10 F 136 98 149 247 310
4 Czech Republic Tomas Landa 2007, 2012-13, 2015-17 F 134 86 148 234 117
5 Australia Murray Wand 2000-10 D/F 169 70 75 145 271
6 Australia Brett Nelson-Bond 2000-14 F 253 51 60 111 469
7 Australia Roberto Franchini 2006-10 F 84 43 53 96 46
8 Australia Cameron Todd 2013-17 C 91 36 46 82 66
9 United States Andy Luhovy 2005-06 F 46 31 40 71 97
10 Australia Adrian Esposito 2004-18 RW 253 32 35 67 184

Top ten points-per-game scorers

These are the top-ten-points-per-game-scorers in franchise history. To be eligible the player must have played at least ten matches. Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season.[30]

# Player Seasons Pos GP G A Pts PPG
1 Czech Republic Vít Stránský 2008 F 15 22 18 40 2.667
2 Netherlands Tony Demelinne 2010 LW 16 19 22 41 2.563
3 Slovakia Michal Lauko 2010 RW 16 17 13 30 1.875
4 United States Joe Harcharik 2015 C 28 27 25 52 1.857
5 Czech Republic Vladan Stransky 2002-10 F 136 98 149 247 1.816
6 Finland Antti Kohvakka 2002 D 10 4 14 18 1.800
7 Czech Republic Tomas Landa 2007, 2012-13, 2015-17 F 134 86 148 234 1.746
8 United States Jackson Brewer 2017 F 27 17 28 45 1.667
9 Finland Jarkko Turtiainen 2000-03 F 15 8 17 25 1.667
10 Canada Craig Gallo 2012 F 23 17 20 37 1.609

All-time most appearances

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.[31]

# Player Seasons Pos RS GP PS GP
1 Czech Republic Vladimir Rubes 2000-18 F 258 2
2 Australia Brett Nelson-Bond 2000-14 F 253 2
3 Australia Adrian Esposito 2004-18 RW 253 2
4 Australia Michael Schlamp 2007-08, 2010-18 D/F 236 1
5 Australia Murray Wand 2000-10 D/F 169 2
6 Australia Paul Shumak 2000-12 F 169 2
7 Australia Steven Adams 2009-16 D 151 0
8 Australia Spencer Austin 2011-16 D 140 0
9 Czech Republic Vladan Stransky 2002-10 F 136 2
10 Czech Republic Tomas Landa 2007, 2012-13, 2015-17 F 134 0

Arena

Home games are played at the Macquarie Ice Rink in Macquarie, in the Macquarie Shopping Centre. The team previously played at the Sydney Ice Arena in Baulkham Hills and Penrith Ice Palace in Penrith but announced they would return to Macquarie for the 2017 AIHL season.

Broadcasting

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.[32]
Online audio streaming:
Self-broadcast (2016 - Current) - Since 2016 the Sydney Bears has self-broadcast all home matches with an online audio stream utilising the Mixlr platform.[33]

References

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  18. ^ "Anthony Barnes". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
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  21. ^ "Thomas Moncrieff". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  22. ^ "Shai Rabinowitz". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  23. ^ "Melbourne Mustangs @ Sydney Bears". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  24. ^ "Fredrik Rozenberg". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  25. ^ "Tim Rye". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
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  29. ^ "Sydney Bears All-time Top Points Scorers". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  30. ^ "Sydney Bears All-time Top Points Scorers". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
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  32. ^ Brodie, Will (2013-04-17). "Ice hockey gets pay TV boost". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  33. ^ "Sydney Bears Game Day Live". mixlr.com/sydneybears/. Retrieved 2018-06-11.

External links

  • Sydney Bears Official website
  • Sydney Bears Official Twitter
  • AIHL official website
  • Elite Prospects Team Profile
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