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Bartercard Gold Coast Blue Tongues
Gold Coast Blue Tongues Logo
City: Bundall, Gold Coast, Queensland
League: AIHL
Founded: 2005 (2005)
Home Arena: Iceland Ice Skating Rink
Colors: Green, blue and white
Head Coach: Kevin Sands
General Manager: David Emblem
Franchise history
2005-2007: Brisbane Blue Tongues
2008-present: Gold Coast Blue Tongues


The Bartercard Gold Coast Blue Tongues, formerly known as the Brisbane Blue Tongues are a semi-professional ice hockey team in the Australian Ice Hockey League. The team plays its home games at the Iceland in Brisbane,Queensland.

The name Blue Tongues is a reference to the blue-tongued lizard which is found in large numbers in the Brisbane suburbs. The lizard is featured in the team's logo.

The Blue Tongues, along with the Central Coast Rhinos, were part of the AIHL's expansion for the 2005 season.

On June 6, 2006, the Blue Tongues announced that former NHL forward Rob Zamuner would join the team for at least the remainder of the 2006 season. Zamuner is a veteran of 13 NHL seasons and has played for such teams as the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

At the start of the 2007 season the Blue Tongues signed former New York Islanders draft pick Tyrone Garner to replace leaving veteran goaltender Milan Novysedlak. Garner made his NHL debut in the 1998/99 season, playing 3 games for the Calgary Flames. In the time since Garner has played in the AHL, ECHL and in Germany.

In 2008, the Blue Tongues announced their relocation from the Ice World in Boondall, Queensland to Bundall, Queensland, for sponsorship reasons and to bring the players closer together, due to many of the import players already living on the Gold Coast.

From April 1, 2008, Bartercard came on board as the naming sponsor for the Blue Tongues[1].

Team InformationEdit

ManagementEdit

Position Name
General Manager David Emblem
Head Coach Kevin Sands
Assistant Coach Milan Novysedlak
Team Manager Brad Cassidy
Captain Don Burke

Current squadEdit

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
Flag of Australia Luke Fiveash 2009 Australia
Flag of Australia Mark Paulsen 2009 Finland
Flag of Slovakia Milan Novysedlak 2005 Slovakia
Defensemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
27 Flag of Australia Ross Howell - Captain Left 2005 Australia
44 Flag of Canada Don Burke Left 2005 Canada
Flag of Canada Chris Martin 2007 Canada
Flag of New Zealand Cameron Trew 2008 New Zealand
Flag of Sweden Henrik Ivarsson 2009 Sweden
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
Flag of Sweden Andre Selander Left Wing 2009 Sweden
Flag of Finland Tino Sandhu Left Wing 2009 Finland
Flag of Australia Trevor Walsh Wing 2009 Canada
Flag of Australia Jon Bale Wing 2006 Australia
Flag of Canada Matt Stubbert Wing 2009 Canada
Flag of Australia Ben Maher 2006 Australia
Flag of Australia Jack Conner 2008 Australia
Flag of Switzerland Marco Bertossa 2008 Switzerland
55 Flag of Australia Ben Spillane Right LW 2007 Australia
88 Flag of Australia David Upton Right RW 2005 Australia

Media coverageEdit

TelevisionEdit

During the 2007 AIHL season Brisbane Blue Tongues home games were broadcast on the Brisbane community television station 31 Brisbane (UHF Channel 31). During the 2008 AIHL season, the Gold Coast Blue Tongues games were broadcast live over the internet and also on the Brisbane community television station 31 Brisbane (UHF Channel 31). All the games were filmed by Blue Tongues supporter Mike Crowhurst from Cunning Crow Productions and commentated by Blue Tongues Team Assistant Adrian Barclay. In 2009 there are no broadcast games.

Club historyEdit

Season by Season RecordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTW = Overtime Win, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes, also note some games count as double points

Season GP W L T OTW OTL Pts GF GA PIMFinish Playoffs
2005 26 8 13 1 4 0 33 104 104 760 7th Overall Out of Playoffs
2006 28 10 17 -- 1 0 32 117 114 675 6th Overall Out of Playoffs
2007 28 15 9 -- 0 4 461 107 101 631 5th Overall Out of Playoffs
2008 28 8 17 -- 0 3 27 104 152 977 7th Overall Out of Playoffs
2009 12 7 4 -- 0 2 23 63 46 350 Season In Progress Season In Progress

1 - The AIHL imposed the loss of 3 competition points to the Blue Tongues as a result of the playing unregistered player Jani Pekkarinen.

Previous PlayersEdit

Number Player Position Years Played Place of Birth
11/55 Flag of the United States Billy Crumm RW 2005 - 2006 United States
14 Flag of Canada Mark Barnsdale C 2005 - 2006 Canada
21 Flag of Canada Jean Philippe Briere C 2005 - 2006 Canada
27 Flag of Canada Samuel Gibbons D 2005 - 2006 Canada
21 Flag of Canada Jean Philippe Briere C 2005 - 2006 Canada
22 Flag of Australia Chris Staneke LW 2005 - 2006 Australia
24 Flag of Canada Rob Avey D 2005 - 2006 Canada
2/11/55 Flag of Canada Rob Zamuner LW 2006 Oakville, Ontario, Canada
5 Flag of Canada Blake Naka D 2006 Canada
8 Flag of Finland Veli-Pekka Koskinen D 2006 Finland
9 Flag of Canada Jesse Moore LW 2006 Canada
23 Flag of Canada Chris Quinn D 2006 Canada
23 Flag of Australia Liam Cedro RW 2006 Australia
66 Flag of Canada Rob Vos C 2006 Canada
30 Flag of Finland Simo Mustonen G 2008 Australia
1 Flag of Australia Brenton Cooney G 2005-2008 Australia
14 Flag of Canada Rob Avey D 2005 - 2008 Canada
# Flag of Canada Chris Kerr D 2008 Canada
# Flag of Canada Bryan Lechance F/D 2008 Canada
# Flag of Canada Reg Thomas D 2008 Canada
# Flag of Canada Jordan Ross F 2008 Canada
# Flag of Australia Kristian Sullivan F 2008 Australia
# Flag of Australia Eric Sewell F 2008 Australia
# Flag of Canada Gaetan Royer C 2008 Canada
# Flag of the Czech Republic Robert Orosz F 2008 Czechoslovakia
# Flag of Australia Paul Rayner F 2007 - 2008 Australia
# Flag of Australia Nick Jones F 2007 Australia
# Flag of Australia Matt Lehoczky F 2008 Australia
# Flag of Australia Mark Smith F 2006 - 2007 Australia
# Flag of Australia Chris Bell F 2005 - 2008 Australia
# Flag of Australia Michael Blackwell F 2008 Australia
# Flag of Australia Michael Gough D / F 2005 - 2007 Australia


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