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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”.

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.”

2015 Mastercard Memorial Cup Preview

The most prestigious tournament in junior hockey is back in a big way for 2015, as the Mastercard Memorial Cup tournament will get underway in Quebec City, QC this Friday, May 22nd. The ultimate Canadian Hockey League prize is considered the most difficult trophy in hockey to win.

The Memorial Cup tournament is unlike any other in hockey, because it is contested between three league champions and a host team. The champions from the Ontario Hockey League,Western Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League join the host for the tournament. Should the host team also win their league, the runner-up will represent that league in the tournament.

This year’s host is the Quebec Remparts, who fell to Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL Final, even though both teams had already clinched their trips to the Memorial Cup. The Oshawa Generals will represent the OHL, after they took down Connor McDavid and the Erie Ottersin the OHL Final. Finally, the WHL is sending the Kelowna Rockets to Quebec.

Let’s take a look at some of these teams, and which team has the best shot at the Memorial Cup:

Oshawa Generals

The Gens are an offensive juggernaut, as they boast five of the top 10 players in playoff scoring, as well as the ninth-best in scoring during the regular season in Michael Dal Collewith 42 goals.

They finished as the top team in the OHL’s Eastern Conference, with just two points less than the Western Conference’s top team, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Oshawa was able to take down another offensive juggernaut in the Erie Otters on their way to the Memorial Cup, who had three of the top four in the OHL in regular season goals.

What makes the Generals so dominant is their incredible goaltending to complement their offensive weaponry. Their goalie, Ken Appleby, is statistically the OHL’s best goaltender by a long shot. He leads the league in SV% and GAA. Appleby also finished second in wins and shutouts.

Oshawa is a force to be reckoned with, and will give any team trouble.

Kelowna Rockets

Much like the Gens, the Rockets have been dominant all season out West. They lost three total games through four rounds of the WHL playoffs, and even swept the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL Final.

Kelowna has four of the top ten in scoring throughout the playoffs, including Edmonton Oilerstalent Leon Draisaitl, and also have one of the best offensive defensemen in the WHL in Madison Bowey, who finished fifth in the league in points during the regular season.

Their goaltender, Jackson Whistle, was third in the regular season in GAA as well. The Rockets have had an easy road; will it be any easier in the Memorial Cup tournament?

Rimouski Oceanic

The boys from the small Eastern Quebec city of Rimouski have dominated the Q all season long. They finished atop the QMJHL standings at 99 points, and their playoff performance showed why.

Rimouski dominated Victoriaville Tigres in the first round with a sweep, beat Gatineau Olympiques in the second round by a score of 4-1, and swept the defending QMJHL champs, the Val D’or Foreurs, to reach the Final. In the Final, Oceanic won Game Seven in double overtime to take the championship.

Oceanic boasts two +90-point-getters in Alexis Loiseau and Anthony DeLuca. Once again, the common thread is goaltending. Rimouski has Philippe Desrosiers leads the Q in GAA at 2.50. In junior hockey, success starts with solid goaltending. Every team has scorers, but if you can’t stop pucks, you can’t win.

Quebec Remparts

The Remparts, QMJHL runners-up and host team, have many NHL-caliber talents, including Arizona Coyotes prospect Anthony Duclair. However, Quebec isn’t exactly a flashy team. They didn’t have any players in the top ten in scoring in the regular season, finished fourth in the standings and only boasted one 90-point scorer, rookie Dmytro Timashov.

Quebec also has arguably one of the best junior goaltenders around in Zachary Fucale. He came over from Halifax Mooseheads via trade midway through this season. He won gold with Canada at World Juniors, and led the Mooseheads to their first-ever Memorial Cup in 2013. The Montreal Canadiens prospect will be hungry for a second title.

Champion Pick: Oshawa

The Gens should win it all for two reasons: they have dominated, but haven’t coasted. Oshawa has played phenomenal hockey all season, but hasn’t basically swept every series like some other teams.

With their combo of offense and goaltending, look for the Oshawa Generals to win the Memorial Cup.

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

 Australian Ice Hockey

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?

Top 10 Goals from the 2013-2014 NHL Season

Before we begin to look ahead to the upcoming NHL season, let’s take one more look back at the best of last season. We saw plenty of unbelievable goals. Here are the top 10:

Honorable Mention: Steven Stamkos scores Baseball-style

This goal was originally called off, but it was ruled a good goal after review. What a beauty, though. Ondrej Palat takes the first shot that hit the crossbar, and Stamkos is right there to bat the rebound in. Stamkos is one of the most talented goal scorers in the league. It takes a lot of concentration and coordination to bat a puck out of the air like he did. Stamkos will continue to find ways to amaze us with his goals.

10. Corey Perry scores from his knees vs. New York Islanders

No legs? No problem. Perry gets tripped up but keeps the puck through the slot and scores an unbelievable goal on his knees. Perry is an absolute stud with Anaheim, and he is a big reason why they are consistently good year after year. Lost in all this is the beautiful no-look pass fromDaniel Winnik to start the play. That’s the kind of chemistry that linemates need to have.

9. Seth Jones‘ game-winner in Montreal

This was one of the few amazing highlights from the Predators last year. Jones executes the give-and-go with David Legwand to perfection and shows great patience as he toe-drags around the Canadiens defense to score the eventual game-winner. You can even hear Predators color commentator Terry Crisp laughing in amazement in the background. Jones is not even 20 years old, and he’s already making a big impact for the Predators.

8. Nathan Mackinnon’s gorgeous first playoff goal vs. Minnesota Wild

This youngster is too good. He breaks up the ice with tremendous speed and breaks a defender’s ankles before sniping one past Ilya Bryzgalov. This was Mackinnon’s first playoff goal of his career. That goal had everyone in the hockey world talking. However, Mackinnon’s skill was not enough, as the Avalanche fell in seven games to the Wild. Some call him the nextSidney Crosby. At this rate, that’s a fair comparison.

7. Corey Tropp turns Pittsburgh inside-out

Tropp gets a great feed as he dekes around a defender and buries it behind goalie Jeff Zatkoff. You won’t see dangles like that just anywhere. Columbus had a breakout year last season, and they will continue to make the highlight reel next year.

6. Ales Hemsky makes Tampa Bay look silly

Hemsky electrifies the crowd with an unbelievable individual effort as he dangles through his legs around the defense and puts one past goalie Ben Bishop. What else would you expect from Hemsky? After being traded from Edmonton to Ottawa at the trade deadline, Hemsky found his groove with the Senators. You can catch more goals like this from him next year with the Dallas Stars.

5. Nick Foligno goes between-the-legs on Tampa Bay

Yeesh, bad luck for Tampa Bay. A great forecheck leads to a wide-open Foligno in front of the net who puts the puck between his legs and scores for the Blue Jackets. You can be sure the crowd was fired up after that one. The announcers even gave a shootout to Fox Sports Live’s “The 1″ countdown. It was certainly the top play that night.

4. Nathan Gerbe pulls off the between-the-legs in Philadelphia

Ah, another between-the-legs beauty. The short but speedy Gerbe takes the puck and walks in alone on Steve Mason for a wonderful goal. Gerbe may be small, but he’s an unbelievably skilled player.

3. Tomas Tatar renders the Dallas defense useless

You know you’re good when you make the defensemen fall over each other. That’s exactly what Tomas Tatar did here. He breaks into the zone, makes two Dallas defensemen crash into each other, then buries one past Kari Lehtonen. As announcer Ken Daniels put it, “I don’t know how he did it, but he did it.”

2. Claude Giroux scores from the weirdest angle possible

Wow. Just wow. It doesn’t get much better than that (actually, just wait for #1). Giroux is falling to the ice and almost parallel to the net when he shovels a backhander on goal that somehow goes in. How he was able to elevate that shot at all, I haven’t the slightest idea. The Columbus goalie was hugging the post very well, too. There was almost no room for that puck to go in. But, it did. Sometimes, the Hockey Gods are on your side.

1. Tomas Hertl sends Marty Biron into retirement

There is no doubt that this is the goal of the year. In his coming-out party, Hertl had already scored three goals when he took the puck into the Rangers zone and put the puck between his legs before wristing it by goalie Marty Biron. He shocked everyone: the Rangers, his teammates, the fans, and the announcers. This may not be the reason why, but shortly after this game, Marty Biron announced his retirement from the NHL. Hertl had a breakout year before being sidelined with an injury. Some say the Sharks are an old team. Hertl is keeping them young.

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.