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Kelly Geoffrey fits right into CBR Brave life

Despite a three-year layoff from ice hockey after taking a puck to the face, 25 year-old CBR Brave Canadian import Kelly Geoffrey is playing like he never left the sport, and adjusting well to the Australian Ice Hockey League.

Geoffrey has proven himself to be an asset for the Brave already, the left winger has already racked up 12 points this season, averaging two points a game. He has also scored in all six of his appearances for the side thus far.

Geoffrey decided to come down to Canberra and play for the CBR Brave after speaking to coach Brad Hunt, and stayed after having positive experiences with management.

“I came to Canberra because I really hit it off with coach Brad (Hunt) through Skype and emailing back and forth, that sort of thing,” he said.

“He told me it (Canberra) was a great place and that the team and management would treat me well.

“So far they have done that and that’s why I’ve stayed, they’ve treated me really well the coaches and players and it’s been great.

“It’s hard not to stay here the place has been great so far, it’s definitely different but it’s a lot of fun, the team that I’m in has a lot of great guys and a lot good players and it’s been real easy to fit in.

“So far we have had some success, I know we can get better but so far it’s been great.

“I’m just taking it a game at a time, I’ve had a great time here and the fans are definitely the best in our barn so it’s been amazing”.

Despite travelling the globe to be here in Australia, the style of play in the AIHL remains similar to how Geoffrey played back home.

“It’s definitely similar, there are little differences but overall it’s still a rough and tough hockey league,” he said.

“That’s what I’m used to, a lot of hitting and that sort of thing and I think the game out here has a lot of intensity”.

The biggest difference of the AIHL for Geoffrey came as a result of the rink.

“Playing in a rink without glass is definitely really weird,” he said.

“I’ve never played in a rink without any glass in it in my life before this, it’s been weird adjusting to that.

“Other than that, I’ve played in small rinks before and it always brings in a nice crowd and good game and with the crowd we have this rink is definitely the best to play in”.

Geoffrey has shown impressive form so far, and is proving himself to be a key player for the CBR Brave this season.

The Brave host the Adelaide Adrenaline this Saturday for a second time, their first match ended 5-3 in favour of the Brave.

Puck drops at the Phillips Swimming and Ice Skating Centre in Canberra at 5:30pm AEST.

Canberra’s future bright in the hands of the Junior Brave

The CBR Brave was the Cinderella story of the Australian Ice Hockey League in their debut season in 2014, and the Junior Brave have taken that position this season.

Formed earlier this year through a series of tryouts and invites, the Junior Brave have been in impressive form sine their entry into the New South Wales Midget League, which is an under 18s competition consisting of six teams.

The Junior Brave consists of players aged between 15 and 18, with some of the boys having played ice hockey together for up to ten years.

The self-funded side plays their away games in NSW, hiring a 22-to-24 seater bus which consists of the players, head coach Andrew Brunt, manager Tanya Brunt, assistant coach Nick Sault and equipment manager Darryl Day who also drives the bus.

Due to Canberra’s smaller population in comparison to cities and towns within New South Wales, the team consists of players of all skill levels.

However, despite not having the biggest talent pool to choose from, the Junior Brave have found themselves in second place on the Midget League standings, just one point from the top.

On top that, three of the Junior Brave make up the top ten scorers of the Midget League so far, with captain Jordon Brunt, Corey Banks and Jayden Lewis all making their way into the rankings.

Manager Tanya Brunt says that the boys play well together, have become a family and look to stay humble.

“We’ve become a family rather than a team,” she said.

“We like to promote that no one player is above the team, we promote staying humble”.

15 year-old Jordon Brunt captains the Junior Brave, and takes a similar view when it comes to being a leader for his side.

“As captain I try to lead the team both on and off the ice,” he said.

“I just try and be a great role model and lead by example.

“I try and inspire the other players and be a leader”.

(Jordon) Brunt has been playing ice hockey for ten years, and aspires to one day play in the AIHL and for Australia.

“I want to play for the senior Brave when I’m older,” he said.

“Soon I’m trying out for the under 18’s youth team, and I want to make it in the under 20’s and Australian men’s team”.

(Jordon) Brunt isn’t the only one who wants to make it in the AIHL, manager (Tanya) Brunt says that a few of the boys are destined to be in the senior Brave side.

“When we look at our side, we can definitely see some future Brave players” she said.

Head coach Andrew Brunt played for the Australian under 18 division, however he mentions how the side struggled to skate with the more developed hockey nations.

“I actually played for the under 18 Australia side that Jordan (Brunt) is trying out for, and we weren’t the best developed skater on the world stage” he said.

However, when (Andrew) Brunt looks at Australian ice hockey today, he sees a bright future ahead.

“I see Australian ice hockey growing and becoming more competitive on the world stage,” he said.

“What Australian ice hockey have done from about ten years ago, is that they have implemented a junior training camp ranging between pee-wee up to midget.

“They run a camp in January that goes for a week for each age group and they have a professional skating instructor who comes in and does that.

“Since Ice Hockey Australia has implemented these camps we are starting to skate with all the Northern Hemisphere nations.

“I see the future looking really good”.

Stephenson ready for Goodall Cup tilt

With his return to the Sydney Ice Dogs on the weekend, Scott Stephenson’s influence and experience out on the ice will be a much needed boost to the Sydney outfit, as they look to break their Goodall Cup drought.

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Photo: Pic by Wulos.

Speaking post Mustangs victory, Stephenson was happy with where the Ice Dogs currently sit this early in the season.

“It’s really good to come back and be 2-1 on the season. Personally, my goal this year is to win the Championship – I was away representing Australia at the U-18s in 2004 when the Ice Dogs last won it, so it’d be nice to achieve that this year,” said Scott Stephenson.

Australian players and staff recently returned from a trip to Croatia to compete in the IIHF Division II Group A World Championships tournament. The Mighty Roos would finish the tournament on 7 points from 5 games played, earning them a fourth place finish and guarantee them Division II Group A safety.

“I’ve represented Australia 8 times now. It was an interesting tournament. We had 9 new players in the team, so it took some time to develop chemistry.

“We should have beaten Iceland [a shootout loss] and Serbia [5-3 loss]. We outshot and outworked Serbia but gave away bad breakaways – weren’t on our game defensively. Anthony [Kimlin] stood on his head for us, but he just wasn’t backed up by the rest of the team. Having him there was a big plus for us, and he’s a big plus for the Ice Dogs this season too. To let him start the season 2-1 is good for him to build on. As long as we don’t take him for granted, we’ll do well this year. Dale [Burgess] did a great job in net whilst Anthony was away.

“Was great to have Billy [Cliff] on the National team. Played a lot with him and my brother [Todd Stephenson]. Billy was getting more ice time at the end of the tournament and he’s stepped up since coming back to the Ice Dogs.

“Every team in the Division we played in has won gold at one point or another – a really good experience for the younger guys and helps them build upon in the future – both in AIHL and at National level”

Team focus as Perth Thunder rise up standings

If you live in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, a shoebox or under a rock, you may not be aware that the Perth Thunder are sitting on top of the Australian Ice Hockey League standings, with a 6-0-0-0 record.

But how does a team go from a non-playoff, seventh seed team in 2014, to an early cup favourite? Well, let’s investigate.

At the helm of Perth’s success was interim import goalie Peter Di Salvo from the Southern Pro Hockey League. Di Salvo sits first in the league with a 1.33 Goals Against Average, and a .944 Save Percentage, letting in only eight goals in six games.

He has now left the league, as his time as an interim import expired after only four short weeks, one of those weeks being a bye.

Perth Thunder coach Dave Kenway said they didn’t know what to expect from Di Salvo before he came into the league.

“Peter came in temporary until our full import goaltender arrives,” he said.

“We didn’t know what to expect with Peter, we knew he had good stats but, from the first time he turned up he fit in with the team and he was outstanding, he just really supported the guys.

“[Peter is] one of the most puck-handling goaltenders I’ve ever had in a team, which sort of took me by surprise but he did it well.

“He certainly told the boys what he wanted out of his team, and his defence in front of him, and he fit in really well and it turned out good for us.

Kenway said he will play an almost unchanged lineup from the weekend series against theNewcastle North Stars and Sydney Ice Dogs.

“I don’t think there is too much we can change from the lineup,” he said.

“We had a couple of guys out due to work commitments, so we brought in a couple of young players.

“That being said, all our young squad members are playing well when they’re asked to perform and there is not going to be many changing for the weekend.”

And, of course, he is correct.

Leaving the Thunder lineup unchanged for this weekend will be a very wise move after the success they have had together, not just last weekend, but the whole season.

Their PDO currently sits at 104.67% (Kevin Flynn, CanucksArmy.com). PDO is a hockey term used to measure a team’s overall production by adding together their overall save percentage and their shooting percentage. It is believed by some to be one of the most effective analytics in hockey when looking at a team. A PDO of 104.67% is not completely unsustainable, and there are three other teams in the league with PDO’s over 100.

However, it is their overall shot differential that is the most shocking part. Di Salvo and the Thunder defence have only allowed eight goals, and have scored 24, both statistics that are much higher than any other team.

But despite having so many goals, they only have one player registering in the top ten league leading scorers, being Luke Judson.

Judson has 12 points made up of five goals and seven assists, which does not compare to Newcastle North Stars forwards Geordie Wudrick (21 points) and Luke Moffatt (17 points).

Kenway said for his team it is not about having the league leading scorer, but a team who is driven to win games.

“The boys, they’re playing for the team this year,” he said.

“Obviously being the top point scorer in the league is a great honour, but at the end of the day there is no point being a top point scorer if your team finishes fifth and doesn’t make playoffs, so the boys always have that in mind.

“They just want to win, and it doesn’t really matter to them who is scoring the goals.”

Brave selfie goes viral

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It was the selfie that went viral throughout the Australian Ice Hockey League, two CBR Brave fans getting up close and personal with star import Stephen Blunden.

Blunden summonsed to the penalty box during the first period would sit in the box with two Brave fans and take the photo snap.

The AIHL is a tight-knit community, it’s what makes the league a special one compared to your more high profile competitions in Australia.

While the two Brave fans who were involved in the photo are passionate loyal followers, should it be something that we are promoting as acceptable?

As the AIHL continues to strive to look and act like a professional league, the image of the fans and Blunden in the penalty box – while entertaining – could have ended badly if the wrong people were involved.

The two fans are well known throughout the Phillips Ice Skating Centre and parts of the AIHL, even described as ‘mascots’, Blunden was obviously comfortable with their presence, so no harm was done.

I wonder if the actions of two honest supporters will be looked on as though a player in the penalty box is free to approach from other fans on game day.

For the majority of circumstances AIHL fans are well behaved and some of the best in the country, but it only takes one person to turn the accessibility to players and coaches into a closed shop.

We see in North America the green men of Vancouver, fans giving lip service to players in the penalty box, a point of difference is players having the safety of perplex glass protection from the crowd.

In the AIHL some rinks don’t give players that luxury.

Players who enter the penalty box are generally not in the ‘selfie’ mood following their on ice indiscretion, even for the fan it’s a risk to make their way into the penalised area.

Fan safety should also be a high priority on game day.

When speaking to AIHL fans and people involved at club level, it was described as “not a good look” and “promoting bad behaviour” something which wouldn’t be limited to just the few I spoke to.

Keeping the community feel and engagement with the players is something the AIHL needs to continue to embrace, fans love it, and fans relate to it.

But we need to make sure players and spectators are protected during the 50 minutes of match time out on the ice.

Better equipped penalty boxes or stewards guarding the area will help keep players safe from eager rink fans.

Fans get the opportunity to take photos, get autographs and chat with their favourite players when clubs allow supporters access post match.

Penalty boxes are a safe haven for players to cool off.

Maybe we should keep the selfies until after the final buzzer.

AIHL gaining UK popularity

The Australian Ice Hockey League continues to grow in popularity across Australia with Fox Sports exposure and terrific online interaction, while abroad the league is starting to find a steady increase in fans tuning in.

With most AIHL clubs now showing live streams of games each week fans from around the globe are able to tune in and watch their favourite teams, in the United Kingdom, we have recently seen a rise in popularity for the AIHL.

Facebook and Twitter accounts have recently been created for UK AIHL Fans to gather information about the league, players and game time streams.

@UKAIHLFans and the accompanying Facebook page were really bourne from a twitter exchange between myself (@theangrybudgie) Paul England (@inges245) were having one weekend discussing the AIHL,” said UK based AIHL fan Mark Woodcock.

“We were just talking about how entertaining the games were and, how it so so great numerous teams streaming their games online.

“We then talked about, ‘wouldn’t it be great if there was one place UK fans could get their AIHL info?’ I was thinking about a directory of clubs media outputs, like locations of streams, live radio links etc…and faceoff times adjusted to UK time.

“As the discussion went on, I set up the @UKAIHLFans page and Paul set-up the Facebook group. Big thanks has to go out to Sam (@rokasako) for producing a full AIHL schedule with UK faceoff times by the way!”

For UK fans the AIHL fits perfectly into their off season, as clubs from the Elite Ice Hockey League and below wind up, the AIHL kicks off its season.

The AIHL clubs ability to produce high quality video and radio streams is a big lure for UK fans, while the competitiveness and quality of hockey is also a big drawcard.

“The AIHL season fits so perfectly with the UK hockey offseason. As we are all coming to terms with another season in the books, the AIHL season is getting up and running,” said Woodcock.

“A second big reason is the online output across the AIHL. The number of live streaming (video and radio) of games means UK fans can really get involved and watch games the other side of the world.

“So far I have been to one game, the Melbourne derby, and another attraction is the quality of hockey. It is competative, big crowds make games have a fantastic atmosphere.

“Plus, it’s not far off the English Premier League (second tier league in the UK) in terms of quality. More and more players who have played in the UK are now filling in their offseason by signing for teams in the AIHL so, there are familiar names for us to follow.”

A minority sport in Australia, hockey in the UK is in the same position as a sporting code, but is gaining steady popularity.

Social media is an indication of just how much the AIHL has continued to grow its fan base abroad live streaming and online club and league interaction with fans.

“The percentage of UK hockey fans who now pay attention and actively seek out the AIHL is growing,” said Woodcock.

“I see lots of social media interactions over a weekend focused on the AIHL.

“On the livestream pages for (Melbourne) Ice and (Melbourne) Mustangs games there looks to be a few UK fans on there talking, along with other nationalities too. Facebook and Twitter really help UK fans interact with the AIHL and spread the word.”

Minority sports have a loyal following, a small group of passionate and diehard supporters that are the pillars of the sport from juniors to the elite level. It keeps leagues like the AIHL and EIHL continuing year after year, without this loyal support minority sporting codes wouldn’t survive.

Hockey quality is also a big factor when fans start tuning into live streams of hockey leagues across the globe, not only do they want to get their hockey fix, they want to watch top quality hockey.

With the AIHL increasing in exposure every season, hockey performance from local players and imports has continued to rise.

“I’m not an aficionado on the National Ice Hockey League but, being a fan of an EPL team(Manchester Phoenix) and having been to an AIHL game (Melbourne derby) I think the AIHL stacks up pretty well with the EPL,” said Woodcock.

“It is not on the same level, as I believe the semi-professional aspect of the EPL does attract, on the whole, a better player.

“That’s not me doing the AIHL a disservice, the games I have seen have been really competitive and entertaining. It’s perhaps more the finesse and polish. The AIHL has the raw qualities of a league like the EPL but, the players don’t quite have the same level of finish.”

With AIHL Fans setup on Facebook and Twitter, the goal for Mark Woodcock and Paul England is help promote the league, allowing UK fans to access local face off times for live streaming.

“I love watching the AIHL and will do the best I can to spread the word,” said Woodcock.

“Having been to a game and, hopefully will be attending two games this August I know the AIHL is worth investing time and effort, for UK fans.

“Plus, being early morning faceoffs and, the abundance of live stream video/radio it fits into your day so well. In terms of promotion, it really will be pushing the twitter page and facebook page for the moment. Trying to get some of the bigger UK hockey podcasts to push and mention the league and UKAIHLFans pages really to spread the word.”

Volunteer work has been a big driving factor for the growth of the AIHL, without it the league would cease to exist, UK AIHL Fans shows that volunteering isn’t just limited to Australia.

It’s this passion and volunteering that will see the AIHL grow from strength to strength.

As it’s attraction is slowly becoming a global one.

The importance of rink crowd-capacities in the AIHL

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Traditionally, ice hockey is not a sport you’d associate with Australia.

However, in recent years the sport has increased in popularity here. Bigger crowds are now turning out to watch Australian Ice Hockey League games, and there is a greater opportunity for kids to learn how to play the game.

With the rapid progression of technology and social media over the last decade, world-famous ice hockey leagues such as the NHL of North America and the KHL of Russia are a lot more accessible to fans all over the globe.

Games can be broadcast live and streamed on laptops, clips can be shared on facebook news feeds and match notifications and statistics can be sent straight to your phone.

This has undoubtedly been a large factor in the rise of Australian ice hockey. You only have to take a look around at AIHL games to spot a mix of NHL jerseys littered amongst those of the AIHL teams. Clearly plenty of Aussies are hungry for ice hockey to sink its skates firmly in Australian ice.

However, the AIHL is a semi-professional league. A bigger proportion of the fanbase attend the games in comparison with the aforementioned leagues.

There is a strong case for the argument that a huge part of semi-professional ice hockey stems from experiencing the game in person and soaking up the atmosphere, with less emphasis on post-match media and journalism in comparison to professional leagues.

Therefore it makes logical sense that if ice hockey in Australia is to continue to snowball in popularity then the venues for the games will need to improve to meet the demand of the fans. There needs to be reliable rinks with higher crowd capacities.

The Medibank Icehouse is home to the Melbourne Mustangs and the Melbourne Ice. It’s the best venue in the league. With two Olympic-sized rinks, one of which has a 1,000 seat capacity, it can be considered a world-class facility.

Apart from the game-day attributes, the Icehouse boasts a busy daily schedule of public skates, lessons and ice hockey training sessions.

Subsequently, the fanbases of the Mustangs and the Ice have both dramatically increased since it opened in 2010. If other teams in the league had the same quality of arenas as the two Melbourne teams currently do, perhaps we would see an even bigger rise in AIHL-followers.

Take the Sydney Ice Dogs for example. A great organisation with some great players, yet they play their games at the Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink which has a seating capacity of 500. A regular season home game there might see around 450 supporters attend the game.

This is a strong contrast to some of the Melbourne Ice games that can often sell-out of all 1,000 seats. Melbourne derby games are especially jam-packed.

The point to realise here is that clearly the restrictions of the rink have a big impact on the size of the fanbase. The Melbourne Ice’s fanbase eclipses that of the the Syndey Ice Dog’s, and the Medibank Icehouse has double the capacity of the Liverpool Catholic Club.

There will of course be a multitude of other reasons that affect how many followers a club will attract. Some argue that the quality of play of a sports team, and their overall success on the ice or the field, often dictates the size of the fanbase.

But one thing’s for sure, if clubs such as the Ice Dogs and the Ice regularly come close to selling out home game tickets, a bigger arena is needed. A semi-professional league is more dependent on game attendances than professional leagues, to both help improve the fanbase and to help boost team revenue (which is additionally important for further team development).

Some AIHL teams now stream games live in an effort to improve publicity. The Melbourne Mustangs games for example are generally streamed by 1,200 to 1,500 people. This is only roughly twice their normal game attendance.

If you compared the number of people watching an NHL regular-season game either on TV or via the internet against the number of people at the game itself, with that of AIHL games, the ratios would be much much different.

This signals the importance of crowd capacities in AIHL rinks, and leads to the question: As good as the Medibank Icehouse is, has the AIHL outgrown even this venue?

Ron Kuprowsky and Sydney Ice Dogs part ways

The Sydney Ice Dogs have been dealt a major blow to their 2014 Australian Ice Hockey League season with Head Coach Ron Kuprowsky resigning from his post, along with his coaching staff Colin Dowie and Brad Andrlon effective immediately.ice dogs logo

Breaking news from the AIHL social media outlets stating Kuprowsky would be resigning from his position filtered through late Thursday night.

On the Fly Hockey learned via a source that the news from the Ice Dogs wasn’t just limited to Kuprowsky, with the entire coaching staff parting ways from the Sydney club.

This was later confirmed in an official release from Andrew McMurtry of the AIHL website.

Kuprowsky had been at the helm of the Sydney club since 2010 and guided the Ice Dogs to their second Goodall Cup in 2013.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, Kuprowsky played for the Central Coast Rhinos and Ice Dogs from 2005 to 2007, before moving into the Sydney head coaching role in 2011.

Taking over the Sydney Ice Dogs in 2011, Kuprowsky would go on to have three successful seasons as coach reaching the semi-finals in 2011 and 2012, and the Goodall Cup final in 2013.

It would be third time’s the charm for Kuprowsky, as the Ice Dogs would take out the championship in 2013 after an impressive season where they would finish atop of the AIHL standings.

The news rocked the AIHL community, with many showing their disbelief via social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. The news and decision couldn’t have come at worse time for the Ice Dogs, with the 2014 AIHL season already in full swing.

Looking to move forward the Sydney Ice Dogs have confirmed that Dion Dunwoodie, Anthony Wilson and Mark Page have agreed to take over the coaching of the team in the interim.

With the AIHL season already in its third week, Sydney will need to regroup quickly if they are to defend their Goodall Cup crown in 2014.

Season Focus: Tim Noting

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When goaltender Anthony Kimlin made it known that he will not be returning for a second consecutive season with the Sydney Ice Dogs, this put the club in a conundrum as to who they could recruit to play in the cage in the upcoming year.

Many Ice Dogs fans were nervous and sceptical as to who would be able to not only replace, but play with the same professionalism and skill as Kimlin in what would be their championship defending season. Enter 6 foot 4 Swedish import goaltender Tim Noting.

From the moment he stepped onto the ice, the super Swede has been noting but instrumental to the Ice Dogs success this season.

What is even more impressive is his already detailed hockey resume that he has been able to acquire despite being only 22 years of age. His career all started in 2007 with the Lindingo Vikings Junior 18′s team (Sweden) at only 16 years of age.

Having made his mark on the league with an incredible .926% save average in his 45 games, it was safe to say that Tim Noting was set to make an impact in years to come with his brand of hockey. He was able to quickly move up the ranks to the Viking’s Junior 20′s team where he would post a .825% save average in his sole season with the team.

With these eye opening stats as well as his quick glove, incredible athleticism and agility for a man of his size, opportunities for him to play for other teams came knocking.

He would go on to play for Huddinge IK in both their junior and senior teams in the Division 1 league in Sweden where he would accumulate a combined .855% save average in his two seasons with the club. It is here that his potential was well and truly recognized and with that came roster spots at Fana IHK in Norway and Rimbo IF back in Sweden before he would find a temporary home in Australia.

In terms of his impact on the AIHL this season however, in the 1, 096 minutes through 22 games he has played thus far this season for the Ice Dogs, Noting has been able to achieve at .891% save average which puts him at 7th overall in the league.

While this stat itself might not be overly impressive on first glance, it is the fact that he has been able to uphold such a solid percentage having played the second most minutes and games out of any goalie in the league that has fans and players alike noticing the efforts of the Super Swede.

Another interesting stat is the fact that he has faced the 4th most shots out of any goalie in the league (676) and has been able to turn away 602 of them. This can be narrowed down to his quick glove and reflexes that continuously deny opposition forwards of an almost certain goal.

In terms of the tempo of the league and what sets it apart from others he has played in, Noting explained that.

“The best league I played in was the Swedish Div1, however, the fastest league would definitely be the Swedish J20SuperElit.

“It is however very hard to compare the hockey as it’s a whole different sport almost. I can’t find anything to compare it on ice, but something that the AIHL has that we don’t have in our league is a cup, we can only gain promotion into the next league. It makes it even more juicier to win games.”

His athleticism has truly helped him fit in with the high scoring nature of the league as well as the offensive style of it. While his time over in Sweden and Norway has helped him fine tune all aspects of his game, he does claim that it is a whole different game down under.

“The big thing I realised mid season was that I actually have to think during the games, which I normally don’t do,” continued Noting.

“Back home everything is so fast that you don’t have time to think and you just go. Faster hockey makes the possibilities for a play smaller cause you have less time.

“It is easier for goalies to try to read the play. Here it’s very hard to read the play, since the tempo isn’t very fast.”

When asked about how the AIHL differs from the Swedish leagues.

His ability to shut down breakaways while also snatching the puck out of mid air has offences frustrated at the best of times and has given the Ice Dogs fans added faith that he can do everything necessary to book the Ice Dogs a trip to Melbourne come the end of this month.

Inside the Locker Room: Sydney Ice Dogs import Tim Noting

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Bianca Musico caught up with the Sydney Ice Dogs newest import Tim Noting.

With Anthony Kimlin not returning to the Ice Dogs this season, the team had two choices. Use other local talent or search for an import. And so the search began.

Fans of the Ice Dogs were disappointed Kimlin wouldn’t be returning to the Sydney team for the season, but they can rest assured that their new 6’4” goalie will be ‘Noting’ like the rest.

The team acquired the 23-year-old Swedish import as their starting goaltender for the 2014 AIHL season, with Dylan Burgess as his backup.

Noting arrived earlier this week and has already hit the ice at practice with the Ice Dogs this past Tuesday.

Here is everything you need to know about the new goalie.

(BM) What inspired you to play ice hockey?

(TN) I played a lot of sports when I was a kid! But hockey was my main sport because of the speed and contact ice hockey brings. Still is today!

(BM) How long have you been playing for?

(TN) I started earlier then I could remember. I lived close to the rink and have an old hockey player dad so it was natural when I was a baby.

(BM) Which team do you support in the NHL and why?

(TN) I like Chicago! Mainly for their jerseys and that they’re an original six team.

(BM) Do you have a favourite player?

(TN) I don’t have a special favorite player like that. Then I would have to say the goalie. I look at NHL goalies and learn.

(BM) What made you choose to become a goaltender?

(TN) I was a centre in a late age but jumped in as a goalie here and there. When we played at home after normal practice I was a goalie cause I loved Patrick Roy. After a while all that practice made me better then the normal goalie and I took his spot.

(BM) What’s the best part about being a goalie? 

(TN) The pressure! Everything you do gets evaluated so much more than the players. Either you are a hero or a villain. And to be the hero when it’s so much at stake. There is no better feeling.

(BM) You went to the Ice Dogs training last night, what was your first impression of the team?

(TN) It was very short and it’s hard to say but their definitely some talent there. And the guys were very nice to me and made me feel like home in the dressing room. So we are gonna get along just fine.

(BM) How do you like Sydney so far?

(TN) I loved it so far. So much more stuff here than back home, plus it’s really warm here. I normally step outta the rink well dressed and it’s almost that it would be easier to keep the skates on. Love the weather and the people here seem so nice too.

(BM) What’s been the hardest part about coming to Sydney?

(TN) It was leaving all my good friends and my family. I’m very close to my friends and my brother so that was tough. I hope that they can come visit me though.

(BM) What is one thing you are most excited to do or see in Australia?

(TN) Oh wow where do I start? Everything from seeing all the animals, surfing and of course to bring back the cup this year too for the Ice Dogs!

The Ice Dogs are excited to have Tim on board and know he will be an integral part of the team this year.

On The Fly welcome Tim into the Australian Ice Hockey League family and wish him all the best this season.

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