Botany Swarm

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Botany Swarm
Hockey current event.svg 2019 NZIHL season
Botany Swarm logo.png
City Auckland, New Zealand
League New Zealand Ice Hockey League
Founded2005;16 years ago (2005)
Home arenaParadice Ice Skating Botany
ColoursWhite, Maroon, Black, Yellow
    
General manager Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Travis Crickard
Head coach Flag of South Africa.svg Phillip Fourie
CaptainAndrew Hay
Website Botany Swarm
Franchise history
2005-2007South Auckland Swarm
2007-present;Botany Swarm
Championships
Birgel Cup 4 (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)

The Botany Swarm is a semi-professional ice hockey team based in East Auckland, New Zealand. The team is a member of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL). The team was founded in 2005 as the South Auckland Swarm. Their name was changed prior to the 2007 season due to it being similar to one of the other teams and to better reflect the area in Auckland where their home rink is located (in the suburb of Botany Downs). They play their home games out of the Paradice Ice Skating Botany Rink known as The Hive.

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History

2017 season

May 7, 2017, the Swarm announced that after 11 seasons, head coach Andreas Kaißer has stepped down, and will be replaced by former Swarm alumnus Brandon Contratto. However due to personal reasons Brandon was unable to commit to the role. Former assistant coach Jeff Boehme took the role of head coach for the 2017 season.

The Botany Swarm welcomed four new imports for the 2017 season: Petr Zítka from the Czech Republic, Ryan Widmar from Illinois, Maximilian Hadraschek from Germany and Alex Mitsionis from Ohio.

2018 season

December 10, 2017, the Swarm announced that Ian Wannamaker was appointed as the new head coach. Ian Wannamaker played for the Botany Swarm from 2007-2015 and represented New Zealand from 2010-2013, 2015.

December 23, 2017, the Swarm announced that assistant coach of the Kelowna Rockets Travis Crickard was appointed as the new assistant coach.

The Botany Swarm welcomed four new imports for the 2018 season: Declan Weir an Irish Canadian, Harry Ferguson from Scotland, Colin Langham from Georgia and Lucas Bombardier from Vermont.

May 26, 2018, Alexandr Polozov played his 100th game for the Botany Swarm against the Canterbury Red Devils.

June 9, 2018, Jordan Challis played his 150th game for the Botany Swarm against the Dunedin Thunder.

July 21, 2018, Logan Fraser played his 50th game for the Botany Swarm against the Dunedin Thunder.

August 5, 2018, The Botany Swarm had their 200th NZIHL game.

2019 season

February 22, 2019, Travis Crickard appointed Botany Swarm General Manager/CEO.

February 24, 2019, Joel Rindelaub appointed Botany Swarm Interim Assistant General Manager.

The Botany Swarm welcomed four new imports for the 2019 season: Andrea Ricca from Italy, Corey McEwen born in Cardiff and now living in Toronto, Corey Morgan from New Jersey and Daniel Iasenza from Montreal.

May 11, 2019, Michelle Cox appointed Botany Swarm Head Coach.

June 9, 2019, Andrew Hay played his 200th game for the Botany Swarm against the West Auckland Admirals.

2021 season

The roster included goaltender Grace Harrison, [1] [2] one of only two women competing in the league.

Players

Current roster

Team roster for the 2018 NZIHL Season [3]

2018 NZIHL Botany Swarm Roster
# Nat Name Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
6 Flag of South Africa.svg Michael Attwell (A) F L292009 Johannesburg, South Africa
19 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg KC Ball F R462005 Mission, British Columbia, Canada
2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Matas Barakauskas D L302018 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
32 Flag of Israel.svg Barr Bialik G L172019 Haifa, Israel
22 Flag of New Zealand.svg Jordan Challis (A) F R292007 Auckland, New Zealand
9 Flag of New Zealand.svg Eric Chung D R242019 Takapuna, New Zealand
5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Edward Commons D R282019 Auckland, New Zealand
24 Flag of New Zealand.svg Logan Fraser D R232014 Auckland, New Zealand
37 Flag of New Zealand.svg Grace Harrison G L242015 Auckland, New Zealand
13 Flag of New Zealand.svg Andrew Hay (C) D R362005 Auckland, New Zealand
21 Flag of New Zealand.svg Joshua Hay F R322005 Auckland, New Zealand
20 Flag of New Zealand.svg Oliver Hay D R242013 Auckland, New Zealand
26 Flag of New Zealand.svg Thomas Heather D L242013 Auckland, New Zealand
1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Hopkinson G L302013 Auckland, New Zealand
11 Flag of New Zealand.svg Richard Hopkinson F R282016 Auckland, New Zealand
14 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Daniele Iasenza F R252019 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
18 Flag of New Zealand.svg Kyle Jonsson F R252013 Auckland, New Zealand
27 Flag of Russia.svg Maxim Kaluzhny F R322015 Vladivostok, Russia
28 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Ondrej Kozak F R332014 Rakovník, Czech Republic
34 Flag of New Zealand.svg Antony Logan F R182019 Albany, New Zealand
17 Flag of New Zealand.svg Stephen Mawson D R302016 Whangarei, New Zealand
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Corey McEwen F R282019 Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
33 Flag of New Zealand.svg Jake McIntyre F R192019 Auckland, New Zealand
4 Flag of the United States.svg Corey Morgan D L252019 Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
31 Flag of New Zealand.svg Rick Parry G L332019 Kauri, New Zealand
10 Flag of Estonia.svg Aleksander Polozov F L352016 Kohtla-Järve, Estonia
30 Flag of New Zealand.svg Maia Rata G L392018 Auckland, New Zealand
15 Flag of New Zealand.svg Mak Rawiri D R222019 Manukau, New Zealand
3 Flag of Italy.svg Andrea Ricca D L322019 Pinerolo, Italy
29 Flag of the United States.svg Joel Rindelaub F R342018 St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
25 Flag of New Zealand.svg Remy Sandoy D R282018 Auckland, New Zealand
36 Flag of New Zealand.svg Zac Snoad F R192019 Auckland, New Zealand
23 Flag of New Zealand.svg Leith Thompson D R352005 Auckland, New Zealand
8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Robin Vortanov F R242014 Auckland, New Zealand
35 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ian Wannamaker F L402007 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Sam Webb F L222019 Auckland, New Zealand

Franchise scoring leaders

There are the top ten point scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NZIHL regular season.

#PlayerSeasonsPosGPGAPtsPIM
1 Flag of New Zealand.svg KC Ball2005-18F1847311819182
2 Flag of New Zealand.svg Jordan Challis2007-18F1576481145383
3 Flag of New Zealand.svg Alex Polosov2010-14, 2016-18F1136275137327
4 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Contratto2013-15F475966125105
5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Joshua Hay2005-13, 2017-18F1195455109343
6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Attwell2009-17F131355792182
7 Flag of New Zealand.svg Andrew Hay2005-18D190186482243
8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Ian Wannamaker2007-15D104433881149
9 Flag of New Zealand.svg Charlie Huber2005-11, 2015F7340418152
10 Flag of New Zealand.svg Lyle Idoine2005-12F90284573302

Franchise all-time most appearances

There are the top ten player who have made the most appearances in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NZIHL regular season.

#PlayerSeasonsPosRS GamesPS Games
1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Andrew Hay2005-18D1906
2 Flag of New Zealand.svg KC Ball2005-18F1843
3 Flag of New Zealand.svg Jordan Challis2007-18F1572
4 Flag of New Zealand.svg Leith Thompson2005-18D1422
5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Attwell2009-17F1310
6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Joshua Hay2005-13, 2017-18F1193
7 Flag of New Zealand.svg Alex Polosov2010-14, 2016-18F1130
8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Ian Wannamaker2007-15D1044
9 Flag of New Zealand.svg Samuel Boniface2007-10, 2012–13, 2015F982
10 Flag of New Zealand.svg Lyle Idione2005-12F903

Technical staff

Current as of 24 June 2019

2018 NZIHL Botany Swarm Staff
PositionName [4]
Head Coach Flag of New Zealand.svg Michelle Cox
Assistant Coach Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Corey McEwen
General Manager Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Philippa Kaisser
Physiotherapist Flag of Singapore.svg Sankaran Duntellu
Team Staff Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Attwell

Leaders

Team captains

#NameFromTo
1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Rene Aish4 June 20057 August 2005
2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg George Pilgrim9 June 200610 September 2006
3 Flag of New Zealand.svg Andrew Hay26 May 2007Current

Head coaches

#ManagerFromToPlayedWonOvertime WonTiedOvertime LostLostGFGAWin %
1 Flag of Germany.svg Andreas Kaisser4 June 20054 September 201188552931942127870.27%
2 Flag of New Zealand.svg Philip Lyle9 June 201227 August 201218300213539620.37%
3 Flag of Germany.svg Andreas Kaisser25 May 20137 August 201664226082831130744.79%
4 Flag of France.svg Jeff Boehme26 May 20176 August 20171641029539533.33%
5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Ian Wannamaker26 May 201810 October 201816500110598633.33%

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