So what do you do the season after winning the Goodall Cup?
The answer is simple yet complex when it comes to the Australian Ice Hockey Leagues trophy
for the Major Premiership.
The simple answer is win another Goodall Cup but this is not an easy thing to do, the AIHL
improves every year and winning the cup gets harder, much harder.
The complex answer is the Newcastle Northstars will continue to use the base it’s built over
the last few years, which includes it’s core team of players to keep depth in the lines.
The likes of Matt Wetini, Pat Nadin, Jaysen Chalker and company will be the cogs that keep the Northstars grinding away.
Last year depth was added, the kind of depth required to step back into the finals race and give the Northstars a shot at the cup.
The AIHL has seen a new level of class for 2016 when it comes to imports so the Northstars
have again played it smart and have gone for hard workers, the ones that fit the bill for a
blue collar town like Newcastle.
The return of Scott Swiston brings back speed and grit, add his Alberta team mate Connor
McLaughlin into the mix, who is another work horse and you have solid start to a line.
Of cause both players were line mates with Beau Taylor in Alberta this past season and
familiarity creeps into the equation.
The final pieces to the 2016 puzzle are Brandon Greenside and Josh Harris both having
great seasons in the SPIHL. Although not in the country yet due to their finals surge in the
SPHL, they are class imports on and off the ice and add grunt to the defence and speed
over the blue line.
The Northstars have brought in Brandon Wong for a 5 game stint. Wong who played the
15/16 Season in the ECHL is a player who can dominate the ice.
The retirement of Rob Starke leaves a hole but to have Robert Malloy step into the role
shows the amount of class the Northstars have at their disposal.
2016 starts now, 2016 is exciting and 2016is the time that we stand up #wearenewcastle
The first home game is Sunday 4.00pm at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium.