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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.