ICE HOCKEY SOUTH AUSTRALIA

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

APRIL 2017

Premier League - Player of the Month

April 2017 - Dave Gal - Redwings

As well as being our Referee in Chief, Dave is a pretty handy player up forward for the Redwings Premier Team, having scored 6 goals and racking up 13 assists for an average of 4.75 points per game.

Dave hails from Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.  Dave attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he played for the Ithaca College Bombers Lacrosse team for four years, and also one season on the Ithaca College Ice Hockey team.

He graduated in2011 with a Degree in Accounting and then came to Australia to play lacrosse and he obtained his Masters in Accounting in Melbourne in 2014, and decided to stay.

Dave played Box Lacrosse for Australia in 2015 and currently plays here in South Australia with the Woodville Lacrosse Club. He is currently in his second years with the Adelaide Redwings Ice Hockey Club

Favourite NHL Team – Detroit Red Wings

Dave likes long romantic walks on the beach, candle lit dinners and dancing up a storm in his spare time!

Summer is his favourite time of year, as the cool moist Winter air can play absolute havoc with his hair!!!

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Senior B - Player of the Month

April 2017 - Sam Poole - Blackhawks

Sam has come from an Inline Hockey background and played a season in our Summer C Grade comp.   After being drafted by the Blackhawks, he is realising his Goalkeeping potential in the Senior B League performing at the top of his class, playing 3 games with one shutout already under his belt and an average of 2.67 goals per game with a total of 8 goals against him after his first three games.  Sam is performing well with an 86.89% save ratio.

Sam hails from the Riverland, South Australia, and he moved to Adelaide about 10 years ago for work commitments. He is a refrigeration mechanic. 

Sam started playing Inline Hockey when he was 12 years old with the Riverland Rhinos , and then the Northwest Adelaide Wizards. After attending the recent USA vs Canada Wayne Gretzky Classic game at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, he caught the hockey bug again, and went out to a shinny.

He played this past summer with the Generals in the Summer C Grade competition and the team finished with a 20-0 record. He had 7 shutouts, and says it was his best season ever.

Favourite Sports Teams - NHL - New Jersey Devils & AFL - Adelaide Crows

Sam likes small fluffy kittens, tending to his rose and orchid garden - and kicking back with his mates watching the NHL Playoffs or some casual knitting and crochet!

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Senior A - Player of the Month

April 2017 - Sam O'Neill - Tigers

Sam has had a great start to the 2017 Season in net for the Tigers, having tallied 2 shutouts in his first 3 games and only allowing one goal in the other, with an impressive 95.77% of shots on net saved!

O’Neill is 23 years of age and goalkeeper with the Adelaide Tigers Senior A League team.

His 2 shutouts in Senior A League this season have been a 4-0 win over the Jokers on 13 April, he stopped 30 shots - and a 3-0 win over the Falcons on the 4th April, he blocked all 18 shots.

Sam has played hockey since he was 10, and he has never played inline. Drafted by the Tigers IHC out of Bantams in 2009. He has represented IHSA at National Championships in 2004, 06, 07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16.

 

Biggest Accomplishments:

  • Named Best Goaltender at Brown Trophy 2014, Perth.

  • Being added to the roster of the Adelaide Adrenaline - AIHL 2016

Sam works for Hyundai Stillwell as a new car specialist.

Favourite NHL Team - Chicago Blackhawks.

Sam is a top notch scrabble player, with a keen eye for fine art and a good red wine!  He enjoys birdwatching in his spare time and kicking back in front of an open fire reading romantic novels.

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Senior C - Player of the Month

April 2017 - Mark George - Jokers

In four games Jokers forward Mark George has 4 goals and an assist for a 1.67 Points Per game Average.

A newcomer on the Jokers this season, George previously played with the Flyers and Lightning in the South Australian Summer C Grade League.

In a Jokers victory back in mid-April, he was the top scorer firing three goals and adding an assist.

While he has indicated that it’s pleasing that he has had some individual success early into the season, he credits much of the success to Jokers Head Coach Sami Mantere, and also to his teammates.

“We're still relatively new as teammates so it helps  that Sami has experimented with some different line combinations in the early games of the schedule.

"After losing in the opening game, we’re all pleased to be gelling as a team.”

Mark likes visits to the museum, collecting caterpillars and butterflies and cycling in the country on a nice Spring day!

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