|2019 AIHL season|
|City||Perth, Western Australia|
|League||Australian Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||Perth Ice Arena|
|General manager||Stan Scott|
|Head coach||Dave Ruck|
|Regular season titles||0|
The Perth Thunder are a semi-professional ice hockey team based in Perth, Western Australia. They are members of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). The team plays its home games at the Perth Ice Arena, located in the suburb of Malaga. The Thunder were founded in 2010 and joined the AIHL, first in 2011 as a provisional member and then 2012 as a full member. The team's best result in the regular season has been second place in the 2016 season. The Thunder have qualified for the playoffs on six occasions with the most recent being in 2019. They qualified for their first Goodall Cup Final in 2019 after 5 previous failed attempts.
The Perth Thunder were founded in 2010. On 28 November 2010, Perth Thunder were granted a provisional licence with the AIHL for the 2011 season, with the intention of entering the league to compete as the ninth team in the 2012 AIHL season. In 2011 the Thunder played a number of exhibition games against several AIHL teams. In May the Thunder travelled to Adelaide to compete in two games against the Adelaide Adrenaline. They drew the first game 2-2 and won the second 3-0. In June the Melbourne Ice travelled to Perth to compete in two games against the Thunder at the Cockburn Ice Arena. The Ice won the first game 4-3 and lost the second game 3-6 after letting in six goals to none in the final period. In September the Newcastle North Stars travelled to Perth to play the Thunder in a two-game series. The Thunder won both the first and second game 4-2. On 16 October 2011 the AIHL voted to include the Perth Thunder as the ninth team to join the league.
Playing in their inaugural season the Thunder finished fourth in the Easton conference, missing out on the Goodall Cup playoffs. Following the end of the season the 2012 club awards were announced. Ken Rolph was named MVP, Aaron Wilson was named best defenceman, Samuel Wilson best local player, and David Kudla won the most improved award. The Thunder finished the 2013 AIHL season in third place, qualifying for their first Goodall Cup playoff series. The team were drawn against the Newcastle North Stars for the semi-final and lost the game 1-6, ending their finals campaign. During the off season the team added Robert Cox to its board as a partner and director. Prior to the start of the 2014 season Stan Scott announced that he had stepped down as head coach in order to focus on the General Manager operations of the club. Scott was replaced by Dylan Forsythe as head coach and but remained on the coaching panel as an assistant. The club also announced that Goodlife Health Clubs had signed on as a new major sponsor and gold level sponsor, C.D. Dodd Scrap Metal Recyclers have increased their sponsorship to become a platinum level sponsor. After eight games into the 2014 season it was announced that Forsythe had stepped down as head coach effective immediately for unknown reasons. Stan Scott agreed to take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Part way through the season the club secured watch maker Haigh and Hastings as another major sponsor.
|Season||Regular season||Finals weekend||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|
|2012||24||10||-||12||-||2||81||80||+1||32||4th, Easton||-||Phil Ginand||50|
|2013||28||17||-||9||1||1||127||114||+13||54||3rd||1||-||1||1||6||Semi-finalist||Lost 1-6 (North Stars)||-||Michael Forney||47|
|2015||28||14||-||9||1||4||125||104||+21||48||3rd||1||-||1||-||1||Semi-finalist||Lost 0-1 (Ice)||-||Toni Kluuskeri||37|
|2016||28||16||-||7||4||1||96||73||+23||57||2nd||1||-||1||2||3||Semi-finalist||Lost 2-3 (OT) (North Stars)||-||Benjamin Breault||52|
|2017||28||16||-||6||3||3||110||75||+35||57||2nd||1||-||1||2||6||Semi-finalist||Lost 2-6 (Brave)||-||Benjamin Breault||58|
|2018||28||12||-||10||4||2||111||100||+11||46||3rd||1||-||1||0||3||Semi-finalist||Lost 0-3 (Bears)||-||Pier-Olivier Grandmaison||67|
|2019||28||16||-||10||1||1||116||103||+13||51||3rd||1||1||-||3||2||Finalist||Won 3-2 (Northstars)||Lost 2-5 (Bears)||Louick Marcotte||62|
|36||Benjamin Breault (A)||F||L||31||2016||Pembroke, Ontario, Canada|
|24||Andrew Cox (A)||F||R||29||2012||Auckland, New Zealand|
|22||Jake Gilmour||F||R||23||2019||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|20||Sean Hamilton||F||R||37||2019||Erin, Ontario, Canada|
|3||Rob Haselhurst||D||R||27||2019||Perth, Western Australia|
|17||Liam Jeffries||F||L||30||2012||Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada|
|8||David Kudla||D||R||28||2012||Perth, Western Australia|
|23||Jordan Kyros||F||R||27||2012||Perth, Western Australia|
|15||Lyndon Lodge||F||R||21||2015||Perth, Western Australia|
|17||Yannic Lodge||F||L||19||2019||Karrinyup, Western Australia|
|11||Louick Marcotte||F||R||25||2019||Longueuil, Quebec, Canada|
|1||Rhys Pelliccione||G||L||18||2018||Perth, Western Australia|
|25||Alastair Punler||D||R||23||2015||Kallaroo, Western Australia|
|32||Jake Ruck||F||L||21||2017||Langley, British Columbia, Canada|
|21||Tomek Sak||F||R||24||2015||Canning Vale, Western Australia|
|14||Shaun Tobin||F||R||24||2019||Perth, Western Australia|
|44||Keven Veilleux||F||R||30||2019||Saint-René, Quebec, Canada|
|31||Nico Vikstén||G||L||22||2019||Tampere, Finland|
|12||Kieren Webster||F||R||22||2014||Perth, Western Australia|
|1||Nicholas Windle||G||L||43||2018||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|27||Jamie Woodman (C)||D||R||25||2014||Kardinya, Western Australia|
Current as of 27 April 2019
The first captain of the Perth Thunder was Samuel Wilson, who remained captain of the Western Australian team for five consecutive AIHL seasons.
|2||Dylan Forsythe||April 2014||23 May 2014|
|3||Stan Scott (interim)||24 May 2014||1 September 2014|
Perth Thunder's first and only general manager (GM) to date has been Stan Scott.
These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season.
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.
|#||Player||Seasons||Pos||RS GP||PS GP|
|8||Riccardo Del Basso||2012-15||D/F||93||2|
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.
Online audio streaming:
Self-broadcast (2016 - Current) - Since 2016 the Perth Thunder have self-broadcast all home matches with an online audio stream utilising the Mixlr platform.