Central Coast Rhinos - History


The team was formerly known as the Blue Haven Rhinos after the Blue Haven Pools company, whose sponsorship ended prior to the 2007 season. The Rhinos (along with the Brisbane Blue Tongues) were part of a two-team expansion to the AIHL in 2005 that saw the league grow to eight teams. While the Rhinos gained a healthy fan following in their inaugural season, on the ice the team was not successful and finished in last place, winning just 6 out of 26 regular season games.

Probably the Rhinos' most healthy rivalry was with the Newcastle North Stars, due to the close proximity between the Central Coast and the Hunter Valley, where Newcastle is located. The Rhinos left the AIHL before the 2009 season, and are currently playing in the Australian International Ice Hockey Cup against teams from Canada, USA and Europe.

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