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Summer 2018 Award Winners


Summer 2018 saw players continue to embrace the Braves mindset of hard work providing growth and opportunity, and we saw the fruits of this with many players rewarded and progressing onto higher ranked teams within the club. As a club we were able to see improved results by all teams over the previous season, culminating in two teams making finals and the Mohicans walking away with the ultimate prize in Ice Hockey Victoria’s Conference 3!

Rick Dwyer award

The Rick Dwyer Award recognises a Braves member or volunteer for their contribution to the Summer Development Program. In 2018, the award highlights the outstanding achievements of Dominic Zielinski. Previously a player for the Braves, Dom has turned his focus to coaching and refereeing, and has spent the previous three seasons guiding our new and developing players in Division 5. The importance of this coaching role cannot be understated – this team is the first step in the Braves hockey assembly line and sees our first, second and third year players learn the skills and systems that take them onward and upwards through the Braves ranks. Dom’s passion and commitment to this process is never in doubt, and we are delighted to have him at our club.

Playing Awards

Congratulations to the following players for an outstanding 2018 Summer season:

Team MVP Highest Points Best Defence Coaches Award
Navajos Isaac van der Vliet Kyle Edwards Alex Slyshkov Dylan McKenzie
Kiowa Sarah Marshall Daniel Griffin James Brettell Daniel Harper
Cherokees Jack Martin Daniel Mellios Josh Facchini Adrian Keen
Mohicans Josh Buzza Aidan Atkins Kieran Gooley Daniel Schiena
Comanches Tommy Bawden Will Lovell Matthew Melrose Caroline Alvarez

Best Goaltender

Congratulations to Josh Buzza for achieving the best goaltending results at the club, with a .862 SV% during season, rising to .906 SV% for his finals campaign with the Mohicans.

2019 Draft Report

This season we are continuing to build on our long term plan of depth, development and opportunity. We are excited to introduce to you all of our new players, and looking forward to their contribution to the 2019 season and beyond.

  • Jacob Haley is a great pick up from the Saints Premier A team. A defenseman, he also captained the Melbourne Glaciers in the AJIHL.
  • Jakub Terč comes to us from the Czech Republic by way of New Zealand and has a wealth of experience across various leagues.
  • Lucas Dobson – a reliable scout (thanks John Belic!) tipped us off accurately and early on this selection. Lucas has 15 yearrs of Div 1 inline experience and has recently made a move onto ice.
  • Rhys Millington is a defender with ECSL and AIHL experience with the Newcastle Northstars.
  • Miles Slater looks to be a handy forward from England, and has previously represented his country at youth levels.
  • Hailing from Canada where he played A before moving into rec hockey, Jason Jhauj looks like he will fit nicely into our squad.
  • Another former inliner, Elvis Snopek played defense for Saints in Summer Division 1 and will be a handy addition to our ranks.
  • A young addition to our squad, Aaron Cowell played in summer season with the Young Guns.
  • Ben Kirker is an all rounder from Canberra. A short track skater, he migrated to hockey a few years back.
  • Timothy Fist is a new member of our sport that did well enough for us to pick him up. We believe he will fit in well.
  • Ashley Spiteri is coming back to hockey after a break and showed all the hallmarks of a fantastic Brave recruit.
  • No stranger to the Braves, Justin Powell has impressed us since joining our summer squad, and will now transition across to our winter roster.

Whilst we have plenty of new arrivals, we also have a few departures to announce. We wish Shayne Dalton, Liam Mallet and Austin Fenyes all the best as they join friends and family at the Blackhawks. We also say goodbye Julian Szlawski as he chases opportunity at the Saints, and John Baker who is headed to the Demons.

Braves win Conference 3 Title

BRAVES WIN!! A massive congratulations to the Mohicans on their 2-1 OT victory over the Icebreakers in the Ice Hockey Victoria Summer Conference 3 Grand Final!

First goal by Cohen Grant (Jack Challis, Ben Thompson) at P1 10:18 to level the game at 1-1, before also scoring the game winner on a power play one minute into overtime (Dan Schiena, Aidan Atkins). Huge effort by the whole team, including goalie Josh Buzza saving a penalty shot!

Box Score: https://bit.ly/2FxdFL7

Braves Mohicans win the 2018/19 IHV Summer Conference 3 Title

Winter 2018 Awards

The Braves saw three teams make finals this season (with Senior D narrowly missing out) but despite closely contested battles, was not able to convert these into a trophy. Irrespective of this, we have plenty to celebrate this season. We saw some outstanding development amongst our players, with several being offered development opportunities and thriving in their new team environments. Each year we highlight select achievements, but a huge thank you must be extended to all of our players for buying in to the program we are trying to develop. We look forward to continued success in future seasons.

MICK COSTELLO AWARD

The Mick Costello Award recognises the contribution our players make to the club. In 2018 this award was presented to Gav Brien. Gav has coached the Senior D team for a number of years, and has been an advocate for the pathways between various levels of the club. Intending to take a season off coaching this year, Gav stepped up to fill a vacancy in the Senior D team to ensure we continued to provide support and guidance to our developing players.

PHIL MCKAY AWARD

The Phil McKay Award recognises the contribution of our non-playing volunteers. In 2018 this was awarded to Simon Holmes. Having won the award in 2017, Simon continues to show outstanding dedication to his role as Head Coach, and supported various club initiatives including coach development, merchandising, culture, as well as standing on the bench for no less than three teams during what was a transitional year. Made a life member of IHV in 2018, the Braves are proud to call Simon one of our own and thank him for tackling the year with enthusiasm.

PLAYING AWARDS

Congratulations to the following players for an outstanding 2018 Winter season:

Team MVP Highest Points Best Defence Coaches Award
Premier A Steve Belic Adrian Nash Michael McDowell Travis Dangstorp
Senior B Steve Wright Damon Gribble Matthew Craig Holly Bolton
Senior C Alex Barnes Paul McCorquodale Rémi Béland Mathew Blair
Senior D Tom Robertson John Belic Michael Best Kia van der Vliet

BEST GOALTENDER

Congratulations to Conor O’Brien for achieving the best goaltending results at the club.

IHV AWARDS

We would also like to acknowledge the oustanding efforts of Adrian Nash who was awarded IHV’s Hugh Spot Lloyd Memorial Trophy for being the highest point scorer in Premier A this year. Adrian recorded 10 goals, 17 assists for 27 points during the 15 games of the regular season.

Announcement: Braves 2019 Executive Committee

Following the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 10th October 2018, the Braves Ice Hockey Club is proud to announce its 2019 Executive and Management Team.

President: Daniel Fuentes
Vice President: TBA
Secretary: Bianca Cassar
Treasurer: Kieran Gooley
Ordinary Member 1: Andrew McKendrick
Ordinary Member 2: Jesseca Kirwan
Ordinary Member 3: Lindsay Nash
Ordinary Member 4: Justin Powell

The Braves are delighted to announce Daniel Fuentes as incoming President; Daniel brings a wealth of experience in business management, marketing and operations, has been with the club since its founding in 1997, and has served as its Vice President for three years.

In addition to retaining the experience of Bianca Cassar and Jesseca Kirwan, we welcome some exciting fresh faces this year, with Linsday a long-serving member of the Braves, Justin bringing a seasoned perspective from involvement with multiple clubs across the country, and Kieran providing a perspective on organisational management outside of sport.

The Braves would also like to acknowledge the dedication of those committee members stepping out of their current roles.

Thank you to Andrew McKendrick who has stewarded the club as President these past two years. During his tenure, he enjoyed the 2017 IHV Premier A championship winning season, and spearheaded a cultural shift that will set the Braves up for the years to come. Whilst stepping aside from the Presidency, Andrew will continue on as an Ordinary Member.

We also thank Alexander Pak for six years of sound financial management as the Braves Treasurer, Michelle Clarkson, whose service included a year as Secretary, and Michael Best who has been our club Delegate for a number of years. Alex, Shelly and Michael have all offered to continue to contribute to the club through special projects and we appreciate their ongoing support for our initiatives.

Finally, thank you the members who attended Wednesday night’s AGM proceedings – we wouldn’t be here without you.

Go Braves!