The Adelaide Adrenaline is a semi-professional ice hockey team based in Adelaide, South Australia. The team is a member of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). The team was founded in 2008 as the Adelaide A's to replace the defunct Adelaide Avalanche who folded mid-season. The team plays its home games at the IceArenA, located in the suburb of Thebarton.

History

Original logo used for the 2008 season

The team was formed at the start of July 2008 to replace the Adelaide Avalanche after they folded in June. In a deal with the AIHL the A's picked up the Avalanche's team list and fulfilled the existing game schedule for the remainder of the 2008 season.[1] After the 2008 season the A's were renamed the Adelaide Adrenaline for the upcoming 2009 season. The Adrenaline's best result in the regular season came in the 2012 season when they finished second in their conference and second overall. The team have qualified for the playoffs on four occasions, winning the Goodall Cup in 2009 and finishing runners-up in 2010.

The 2009 season saw the newly named Adrenaline perform strongly in the regular season. Adelaide won 16 of 24 matches and finished third in the league table, qualifying for the finals weekend in Newcastle.[2] 29 August 2009, the Adrenaline played the Melbourne Ice in the semi-final at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. Adelaide took an early lead in the first period thanks to a Sami Mantere goal and never looked back from that point. The Adrenaline ended up winning the match 6–1 with Sami Mantere, Jeremy Beirnes and Mike Werner all scoring braces.[3] 30 August 2009, the Adrenaline came up against the Newcastle North Stars in the AIHL Championship final in front of 950 people. It was a match where power plays provided the opportunities to break down stubborn defences with three of the four goals scored during regulation time coming with a man advantage. After a scoreless third period the two teams could not be separated on 2-2 and the match advanced to overtime. Cassian Delsar stepped up and scored the winner in overtime to claim the Adrenaline's first ever title and the finals MVP.[4] Adelaide was presented with the brand new H Newman Reid Trophy for winning the AIHL Championship. The trophy replaced the Goodall Cup, which had been withdrawn from the competition before the start of the season. The Goodall Cup returned the following season and the Adrenaline championship title win was backdated and Adelaide was awarded the Cup. The H Newman Reid Trophy became the premiership title prize instead.[5]

In the 2010 season, the Adrenaline again reached the AIHL finals weekend by finishing fourth in the league standings.[6] Adelaide drew the North Stars in the semi-finals in a reply of the previous season's final. In a vastly different kind of match compared to the final in 2009, the Adrenaline outshot the North Stars to beat Newcastle 7-6 to reach their second Goodall Cup final in a row. In the final Adelaide come up against home team, the Melbourne Ice. In front of a packed Melbourne Icehouse, Adelaide put up a good performance but ultimately fell short and lost the final 4–6.[7]

Ahead of the 2017 season, the Adrenaline announced a club re-brand with a new logo, uniform and digital design and assets. The re-brand was released with a new team hashtag ‘#OneBeat’.[8] The new logo was a stylised ‘A’ shaped by a heartbeat line presentation. In addition to the new primary logo, the Adrenaline revealed a new secondary logo to be used as shoulder patches on jerseys. The circular badge features the South Australian piping shrike emblematic bird at its heart on a white background. Surrounding piping shrike is the team name in full ‘Adelaide Adrenaline Ice Hockey Club’ on a navy background. The emblem is boarded by a red and yellow border to complete the team’s entire colour palette.[9] The new kits kept the traditional primary blue home colour and white away.[10]

On 13 May 2018, Adelaide, AIHL and Australian ice hockey legend, Greg Oddy announced his retirement. Over the course of 19 years Oddy became a superstar of the local game. Upon his retirement, Oddy held four AIHL all-time records for appearances (615), goals (268), assists (347) and points (615). Greg held the points record for the Australian national team (118). Oddy was a leader for the Adrenaline and Adelaide Avalanche. He captained both teams for 11 seasons combined (2005-2016). He won 3 Goodall Cups (2 with the Avalanche and 1 with the Adrenaline) and 3 gold medals with the national team. Oddy was Adelaide's last remaining foundation player still playing in 2018. Oddy's family built the Adrenaline and Avalanche teams and his contribution to South Australian hockey, the AIHL, the national team and the Adrenaline will not be forgotten.[11][12]

On 11 January 2020, The Adrenaline announced former player and head coach Sami Mantere had been re-appointed as head coach for the 2020 season. Sami replaced outgoing head coach, Jim Fuyarchuk, who held the position for the last two seasons.[13]

Season-by-season results

Champions Runners-up Third Place
Adelaide Adrenaline 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
2008 28* 6 14 6 2 90 107 −17 32 6th Sweden Peter Lindgren 29
2009 24 15 8 1 117 75 +42 47 3rd 2 2 12 5 Champion Won 6–1 (Ice) Won 3–2 (North Stars) Finland Sami Mantere 33
2010 24 8 6 5 5 107 92 +15 39 4th 2 1 1 11 12 Runner-up Won 7–6 (North Stars) Lost 4–6 (Ice) Australia Greg Oddy 41
2011 28 12 9 5 2 117 94 +23 48 4th 1 1 3 8 Semi-finalist Lost 3–8 (Ice) Czech Republic Josef Rezek 36
2012 24 13 8 1 2 96 76 +20 43 2nd, Easton 1 1 4 5 Semi-finalist Lost 4–5 (North Stars) Australia Greg Oddy 46
2013 28 8 12 3 5 125 124 +1 35 6th Australia Greg Oddy 37
2014 28 10 2** 10 5 1 94 90 +4 43 5th Canada Brett Liscomb 36
2015 28 11 11 3 3 109 111 −2 42 5th Australia Wehebe Darge 44
2016 28 5 18 1 4 83 127 −44 21 8th Australia Wehebe Darge 52
2017 28 6 18 1 3 85 142 −57 23 8th Canada Cameron Critchlow 43
2018 28 3 20 2 3 62 151 −89 16 8th Czech Republic Ales Kratoska 36
2019 28 0 26 0 2 71 188 −117 2 8th Czech Republic Ales Kratoska 31
(*) – In a deal with the AIHL previous games played by the Adelaide Avalanche were carried over to the A's.
(**) – Despite there being no ties in the AIHL, since the introduction of the shootout in 2006, the Brave and Adrenaline were awarded one point each after their match, on 19 July 2014, was cancelled by the AIHL due to a bus crash involving the travelling Adelaide players and coaching staff en route to Canberra.[14][15]

Championships

Champions (1): 2009
Runners-Up (1): 2010
Premiers (0):
Runners-Up (1): 2012

Players

Current roster

Team roster for the 2019 AIHL season[16][17]

# Nat Name Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
29 Australia Harley Anderson F 23 2018 Australia
13 Australia Nathaniel Benson F L 19 2017 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
73 Australia Steve Best F R 28 2015 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
6 Australia Zachary Boyle D L 24 2017 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
17 Australia Andrew Chen D R 20 2019 Hawthorn, South Australia, Australia
25 Australia Kayne Fedor F L 24 2019 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
7 Australia Ryan Foll F L 24 2015 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
30 Australia Glen Forbes-White G L 22 2017
1 Australia Jeremy Friederich G R 18 2018 Morges, Switzerland
18 Canada Alexandre Gauthier D L 26 2019 La Prairie, Quebec, Canada
24 New Zealand Benjamin Gavoille F L 32 2019 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
35 Canada Jesse Gordichuk G L 26 2019 Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
49 United Kingdom Jamie Holland F 32 2018
47 Czech Republic Ales Kratoska F L 25 2017 Tábor, Czech Republic
26 Canada Joey MacDougall F 2019 South Glengarry, Ontario, Canada
27 Australia Marcel McGuiness F R 21 2019
14 Australia Remy McGuiness F R 23 2014 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
39 Canada Kyle Neuber F R 31 2019 Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
19 Australia Josef Rezek F L 30 2011 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
16 Australia Jake Riley F R 20 2016 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
9 Australia Andrew Stapleton F R 39 2018 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
33 Australia Queton Tombleson F 36 2018 Australia
23 Australia Adam Wise D 30 2019
67 Australia Sebastian Woodlands G L 19 2019 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
89 Australia Andrew Zolotarev D L 29 2019 Chișinău, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union

Retired numbers

Throughout the history of the Adrenaline, one jersey number has been retired in honour of a former club legend. The Adrenaline has already indicated they will retire Greg Oddy's jersey in the future.[18]

  • Australia Josh Harding - # 22
    (2009-2016, Defenseman)
Josh Harding was a founding player for the Adrenaline. Josh had been playing hockey in Adelaide, for the Avalanche, at the top level since 2003. In 250 AIHL games, third most in an Adelaide uniform, Harding clocked up 185 points, a Goodall Cup in 2009 and seven selections to the National Team. In 2011 Josh joined the Adrenaline leadership team as alternative captain. A position he held for five years. Former Adrenaline head coach and president Ryan O'Handley, who coached Harding both with Adelaide and the National Team, said he 'considers Josh the best Australian defenseman of his era. Harding was the total package on the ice. He used his combination of size and speed perfectly to compliment his incredible puck skills'. Harding's number 22 jersey was retired at the IceArenA in a pre-match ceremony on 22 July 2018.

Player records

As of 2019 AIHL season

All-time totals

These are the top-ten all-time player recods in franchise history for the following categories: Appearances,[19] Goals,[20] Assists,[21] Points,[22] Penalty minutes[23]
(Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season)

All-time Apperiences
# Name Pos MP
1 Australia Greg Oddy F 383
2 Australia David Huxley D 261
3 Australia Joshua Harding D 250
4 Australia James Keane F 207
5 Australia Sean Greer D 200
6 Australia Darren Corstens F 173
7 Australia Josef Rezek F 171
8 Australia Luke Thilthorpe F 157
9 Australia Wehebe Darge F 147
10 Australia Cass Delsar F 147
All-time Goals
# Name Pos G
1 Australia Greg Oddy F 268
2 Australia Trevor Walsh F 118
3 Australia Wehebe Darge F 98
4 Australia Ben Thilthorpe F 86
5 Australia Josef Rezek F 75
6 Australia James Keane F 73
7 Australia Luke Thilthorpe F 55
8 Australia John Oddy F 51
9 Australia Joshua Harding D 50
10 Australia Chris Brlecic F 48
All-time Assists
# Name Pos A
1 Australia Greg Oddy F 347
2 Australia Joshua Harding D 135
3 Australia Josef Rezek F 132
4 Australia Wehebe Darge F 112
5 Australia Trevor Walsh F 93
6 Australia Luke Thilthorpe F 84
7 Australia Ben Thilthorpe F 76
8 Australia Chris Brlecic F 74
9 Australia David Huxley D 73
10 Australia James Keane F 71
All-time Points
# Name Pos Pts
1 Australia Greg Oddy F 615
2 Australia Trevor Walsh F 211
3 Australia Wehebe Darge F 210
4 Australia Josef Rezek F 207
5 Australia Joshua Harding D 185
6 Australia Ben Thilthorpe F 162
7 Australia James Keane F 144
8 Australia Luke Thilthorpe F 139
9 Australia Chris Brlecic F 122
10 Australia John Oddy F 111
All-time PIM
# Name Pos PIM
1 Australia Greg Oddy F 938
2 Australia Trevor Walsh F 604
3 Australia Cass Delsar F 508
4 Australia Ben Thilthorpe F 406
5 Australia Sean Greer D 393
6 Australia Chris Brlecic F 379
7 Australia John Oddy F 350
8 Australia Luke Thilthorpe F 349
9 Australia Joshua Harding D 329
10 Australia David Huxley D 284

By season totals

These are the top-ten season by season all-time player records in franchise history for the following categories: Points,[24] Penalty minutes[25] and Save Percentage[26]
(Figures are updated after each completed AIHL regular season)

By Season Points
# Name Season Pos Pts
1 Australia Wehebe Darge 2016 F 52
2 Australia Greg Oddy 2012 F 46
3 Australia Wehebe Darge 2015 F 44
4 Canada Cameron Critchlow 2017 F 43
5 Canada Brett Liscomb 2012 F 43
6 Australia Greg Oddy 2010 F 42
7 Canada Cameron Dion 2010 F 38
8 Canada Tyler Grove 2005 F 38
9 United States T.J. Battani 2016 F 37
10 Australia Greg Oddy 2013 F 37
By Season PIM
# Name Season Pos PIM
1 Canada Jeremy Beirnes 2009 F 148
2 Canada Kyle Neuber 2019 F 146
3 Australia Sean Greer 2013 D 123
4 Australia Cass Delsar 2011 F 112
5 United States Donny Grover 2009 D 112
6 Australia Greg Oddy 2008 F 110
7 Canada Tyler Grove 2015 F 108
8 Australia Andrew White 2015 D 101
9 Australia Cass Delsar 2008 F 97
10 Canada Alexandre Gauthier 2019 D 94
By Season Save Percentage
# Name Season Pos SVS%
1 Canada Matt Murphy 2017 G .911%
2 Canada Aaron Barton 2012 G .905%
3 United Kingdom Michael Will 2014 G .895%
4 Australia Charlie Smart 2015 G .894%
5 Sweden Seb Andersson 2018 G .886%
6 Australia Peter King 2016 G .885%
7 Australia Olivier Martin 2009 G .883%
8 Australia Olivier Martin 2011 G .878%
9 Australia Olivier Martin 2010 G .871%
10 Canada Jesse Gordichuk 2019 G .869%

Team Staff

Current as of 2019 AIHL season

Adrenaline Staff
Position Name[27]
Head Coach Finland Sami Mantere
Assistant Coach Australia Corey Smith
Team Manager Australia Jason Geyer

Leaders

Team captains

# Name From To
1 Australia Greg Oddy 2008 2016
2 Australia David Huxley 2017 2017
3 Australia Josef Rezek 2018 Present

Source

Head coaches

# Name From To
1 Australia John Botterill 2008 2009
2 Australia Mike Gainer 2010 2011
3 Australia Ryan O'Handley 2012 2014
4 Australia Trevor Walsh 2015 2016
5 Finland Sami Mantere 2017 2017
6 Australia Jim Fuyarchuk 2018 2019
7 Finland Sami Mantere 2020 Present

References:[28][29][30][31][32][13]

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.[33]
Online audio streaming:
Self-broadcast (2016 – Current) – Since 2016 the Adelaide Adrenaline have self-broadcast all home matches with an online audio stream utilising the platform.[34]

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