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Perth Thunder

Perth Thunder
2019 AIHL season
Perth Thunder Logo.png
CityPerth, Western Australia
LeagueAustralian Ice Hockey League
Founded2010
Operated2011-present
Home arenaPerth Ice Arena
Colours              
General managerAustralia Stan Scott
Head coachAustralia Dave Ruck
CaptainAustralia Jamie Woodman
WebsitePerththunder.com.au
Franchise history
2010-presentPerth Thunder
Championships
Regular season titles0
Goodall Cups0

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.

History

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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5] In September the Newcastle North Stars travelled to Perth to play the Thunder in a two-game series.[6] The Thunder won both the first and second game 4-2.[7] On 16 October 2011 the AIHL voted to include the Perth Thunder as the ninth team to join the league.[8]

Playing in their inaugural season the Thunder finished fourth in the Easton conference, missing out on the Goodall Cup playoffs.[9] 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.[10] The Thunder finished the 2013 AIHL season in third place, qualifying for their first Goodall Cup playoff series.[11] The team were drawn against the Newcastle North Stars for the semi-final and lost the game 1-6, ending their finals campaign.[12] During the off season the team added Robert Cox to its board as a partner and director.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15][16] 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.[17] Part way through the season the club secured watch maker Haigh and Hastings as another major sponsor.[18]

Season-by-season results

Champions Runners-up Third Place
Perth Thunder all-time record
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 - United States 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) - United States Michael Forney 47
2014 28 9 - 15 2 2 94 94 +0 33 7th - Canada Stuart Stefan 44
2015 28 14 - 9 1 4 125 104 +21 48 3rd 1 - 1 - 1 Semi-finalist Lost 0-1 (Ice) - Finland 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) - Canada Benjamin Breault 52
2017 28 16 - 6 3 3 110 75 +35 57 2nd 1 - 1 2 6 Semi-finalist Lost 2-6 (Brave) - Canada Benjamin Breault 58
2018 28 12 - 10 4 2 111 100 +11 46 3rd 1 - 1 0 3 Semi-finalist Lost 0-3 (Bears) - Canada 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) Canada Louick Marcotte 62

Championships

Premiers (0):
Runner-up (2): 2016, 2017

Players

Current roster

Team roster for the 2019 AIHL season[19][20]

# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Australia Evan Bowater G 35 2018
36 Canada Benjamin Breault (A) F L 31 2016 Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
24 New Zealand Andrew Cox (A) F R 29 2012 Auckland, New Zealand
22 Canada Jake Gilmour F R 23 2019 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
20 Australia Sean Hamilton F R 37 2019 Erin, Ontario, Canada
3 Australia Rob Haselhurst D R 27 2019 Perth, Western Australia
17 Australia Liam Jeffries F L 30 2012 Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
8 Australia David Kudla D R 28 2012 Perth, Western Australia
23 Australia Jordan Kyros F R 27 2012 Perth, Western Australia
15 Australia Lyndon Lodge F R 21 2015 Perth, Western Australia
17 Australia Yannic Lodge F L 19 2019 Karrinyup, Western Australia
11 Canada Louick Marcotte F R 25 2019 Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
7 Australia Jaymie McDonnell F 26 2017
19 Australia Jason McMahon D L 26 2018
1 Australia Rhys Pelliccione G L 18 2018 Perth, Western Australia
25 Australia Alastair Punler D R 23 2015 Kallaroo, Western Australia
32 Australia Jake Ruck F L 21 2017 Langley, British Columbia, Canada
21 Australia Tomek Sak F R 24 2015 Canning Vale, Western Australia
14 Australia Shaun Tobin F R 24 2019 Perth, Western Australia
44 Canada Keven Veilleux F R 30 2019 Saint-René, Quebec, Canada
31 Finland Nico Vikstén G L 22 2019 Tampere, Finland
12 Australia Kieren Webster F R 22 2014 Perth, Western Australia
1 Australia Nicholas Windle G L 43 2018 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
27 Australia Jamie Woodman (C) D R 25 2014 Kardinya, Western Australia

Former players

Club staff

Current as of 27 April 2019[19]

  • Head Coach: David Ruck
  • Assistant Coach: Chris Kostopoulos
  • General Manager: Stan Scott
  • Team Manager: Richie Lamb

Leaders

Team captains

The first captain of the Perth Thunder was Samuel Wilson, who remained captain of the Western Australian team for five consecutive AIHL seasons.

# Manager From To
1 Australia Samuel Wilson[21] 2012 2016
2 Australia Jamie Woodman[22] 2017 Present

Head coaches

The first Head Coach for the Perth Thunder was Englishman Stan Scott.[23]

# Manager From To
1 United Kingdom Stan Scott[24] 2012 2013
2 Australia Dylan Forsythe[25] April 2014 23 May 2014
3 United Kingdom Stan Scott (interim)[17] 24 May 2014 1 September 2014
4 Australia Dave Kenway[26] 2015 2016
5 AustraliaCanada David Ruck[27] 2017 Present

General managers

Perth Thunder's first and only general manager (GM) to date has been Stan Scott.[24]

# Manager From To
1 AustraliaUnited Kingdom Stan Scott 2012 Present

Franchise player records

Scoring leaders

These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season.[28]

# Player Seasons Pos GP G A Pts PIM
1 Canada Benjamin Breault 2016-18 C 65 55 76 131 67
2 Australia Jordan Kyros 2012-18 RW/LW 172 44 83 127 82
3 New Zealand Andrew Cox 2012-18 RW/LW 159 51 63 114 146
4 Canada Ken Rolph 2012-13 F 51 41 52 93 52
5 Canada Jessyko Bernard 2016-18 RW 52 38 48 86 95
6 Australia Robert Haselhurst 2013-17 D 117 26 55 81 189
7 Australia Samuel Wilson 2012-18 F 139 21 51 72 131
8 Australia Jonathon Bremner 2012-18 RW 145 35 35 70 158
9 Australia David Kudla 2012-18 D/F 148 8 44 52 60
10 United States Michael Dorr 2016 F 28 20 31 51 16

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.[29]

# Player Seasons Pos RS GP PS GP
1 Australia Jordan Kyros 2012-18 RW/LW 172 4
2 New Zealand Andrew Cox 2012-18 RW/LW 159 4
3 Australia David Kudla 2012-18 D/F 148 4
4 Australia Jonathon Bremner 2012-18 RW 145 4
5 Australia Samuel Wilson 2012-18 F 139 2
6 Australia Robert Haselhurst 2013-17 D 117 3
7 Australia Jamie Woodman 2014-18 D 106 3
8 Australia Riccardo Del Basso 2012-15 D/F 93 2
9 Australia Bradley Young 2012-15 F 92 2
10 Australia Kieran Webster 2014-18 F 89 2

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.[30]
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.[31]

References

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  22. ^ "Jamie Woodman". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2017.
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  26. ^ Kenway, Dave (9 November 2016). "Statement: Dave Kenway". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 2016.
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