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Vincent "Vinnie" Hughes (born 10 August 1981) is an Australian ice hockey player currently playing for the Melbourne Mustangs in the Australian Ice Hockey League.

Playing career

Vincent Hughes playing for the Melbourne Ice during the 2007 AIHL season.

Hughes first played for the Melbourne Saints of the Victorian Ice Hockey Association in the 2000 season.[1] He continued to play for the Saints until the end of the 2002 season.[2] Following the end of the 2002 season with the Saints, Hughes moved to Germany and signed with EV Dingolfing of the Bayernliga for the start of the 2002–03 season.[3] He competed in 13 games for EV Dingolfing before being traded to ERC Lechbruck of the same league. Hughes finished off the season with Lechbruck, competing in 11 games and scoring nine points.[3] Following the end of the season, Hughes returned to Australia and joined the Melbourne Jets of the Victorian Ice Hockey Association for the 2003 season.[4] In 2004 he was signed by the Melbourne Ice of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).[3] In his first season with the Ice, Hughes competed in 16 games and amassed 98 penalties in minutes but failed to score any points.[3] Hughes has continued to play for the Ice in the AIHL and in the Victorian Ice Hockey Association's top senior competition for the Jets until the end of 2008 and then for the Melbourne Rangers from 2009 onwards.[5][6][7][8][9][10] In 2011, Hughes was named captain of the Melbourne Ice.[3]

Hughes was first called up to represent Australia in 2000, where he joined the national under-20 team to compete in the 2000 IIHF World U20 Championship Pool D tournament being held in Reykjavík, Iceland. Australia finished seventh while Hughes finished with two assists in his four games.[11] In 2002, Hughes moved up to the national senior team to compete in the 2002 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A tournament being held in Cape Town, South Africa. Hughes scored two goals and an assist in his five games while Australia finished the tournament in fourth place.[12] The following year Hughes was again called up to the national senior team to compete in the 2003 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A tournament being held in Seoul, South Korea. Australia again finished fourth while Hughes failed to score any points in his five games.[13]

The announcement that Hughes was leaving the Melbourne Ice was made on June 22, 2013, on the Melbourne Ice website.[14] Though the announcement made by the Melbourne Ice referred to this being a 'retirement', Hughes had simply left the team with the intention to continue playing and immediately had offers from other teams in the AIHL.

In December 2014 he attended the Melbourne Mustangs's first training session of the 2014 pre-season along with his brother, Joseph who had also left the Melbourne Ice at the same time as Vincent.[15] In March 2014 Hughes was named in the Mustangs team.[16]

The 2014 AIHL season would prove to be the Melbourne Mustangs finest season, where they won their first Goodall Cup making that Hughes' fourth. In an interview Hughes remarked on how proud he was to see the faces of players winning their first championship and being part of a club winning its first ever playoffs.

On August 1, 2015 Hughes would reach his 200th game milestone while playing the Perth Thunder in Western Australia.

On 24 March 2016, the Melbourne Ice announced the return of Vinnie Hughes to the team and included an official apology for the error of prematurely announcing their retirement in 2013 when he left the team as well as a tribute to his accomplishments to date. The announcement included that Hughes would return only to officially retire on 23 April 2016 in a game between the Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs.[17]

Personal life

Hughes was born on 10 August 1981 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[3][18] His brother Joseph also plays ice hockey for the Melbourne Mustangs.[19]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 EV Dingolfing Bayernliga 13 2 4 6 4
2002–03 ERC Lechbruck Bayernliga 11 2 7 9 10
2004 Melbourne Ice AIHL 16 0 0 0 98
2005 Melbourne Ice AIHL 19 1 0 1 91
2005 Melbourne Jets Senior A 13 2 15 17 44
2006 Melbourne Ice AIHL 23 0 11 11 95
2006 Melbourne Jets Senior A 14 3 10 13 51
2007 Melbourne Ice AIHL 15 0 8 8 152
2007 Melbourne Jets Senior A 8 2 3 5 58
2008 Melbourne Ice AIHL 12 1 3 4 20
2008 Melbourne Jets Premier A 7 0 2 2 62
2009 Melbourne Rangers Premier A 14 5 4 9 103
2010 Melbourne Ice AIHL 19 4 6 10 64
2010 Melbourne Rangers Premier A 10 1 1 4 26
2011 Melbourne Ice AIHL 27 0 10 10 76 2 0 0 0 2
2012 Melbourne Ice AIHL 17 0 5 5 75 2 0 0 0 0
2013 Melbourne Ice AIHL 13 1 3 4 10
2014 Melbourne Mustangs AIHL 23 0 4 4 94 2 0 1 1 4
2015 Melbourne Mustangs AIHL 23 1 8 9 46
Year Team Competition   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Australia U/20 2000 IIHF World U20 Championship Pool D 4 0 2 2 10
2002 Australia 2002 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A 5 2 1 3 6
2003 Australia 2003 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A 5 0 0 0 2




  1. "2000 IIHF World Junior U20 Championship Pool D Team Roster". International Ice Hockey Federation. http://www.iihf.com/hockey/x/9900/U20d/gs/pg000034.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  2. "2002 IIHF World Championship Div II, Group A Team Roster". International Ice Hockey Federation. http://www.iihf.com/hockey/x/0102/WSIIA/gs/pg000036.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Vincent Hughes". Elite Prospects. http://eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=71871. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  4. "2003 IIHF World Championship Div II,Group A Team Roster". International Ice Hockey Federation. http://www.iihf.com/hockey/x/0203/WSIIA/0203/scripts/rosters/pg000029.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  5. "Player Stats for Premier A 2010". Victorian Ice Hockey Association. http://www.icehockeyvictoria.org.au/stats_table.asp?gr=24_17_2010. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  6. "Player Stats for Premier A 2009". Victorian Ice Hockey Association. http://www.icehockeyvictoria.org.au/stats_table.asp?gr=24_14_2009. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  7. "Player Stats for Premier A 2008". Victorian Ice Hockey Association. http://www.icehockeyvictoria.org.au/stats_table.asp?gr=24_12_2008. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  8. "Player Stats for Senior A 2007". Victorian Ice Hockey Association. http://www.icehockeyvictoria.org.au/stats_table.asp?gr=1_11_2007. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  9. "Player Stats for Senior A 2006". Victorian Ice Hockey Association. http://www.icehockeyvictoria.org.au/stats_table.asp?gr=1_9_2006. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  10. "Player Stats for Senior A 2005". Victorian Ice Hockey Association. http://www.icehockeyvictoria.org.au/stats_table.asp?gr=1_3_2005. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  11. "2000 IIHF World Junior U20 Championship Pool D". International Ice Hockey Federation. http://www.iihf.com/hockey/x/9900/U20d/9900/pg000001.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  12. "2002 IIHF World Championship Div II, Group A". International Ice Hockey Federation. http://www.iihf.com/hockey/x/0102/WSIIA/0102/pg000001.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  13. "2003 IIHF World Championship Div II,Group A". International Ice Hockey Federation. http://www.iihf.com/hockey/x/0203/WSIIA/0203/tournaments/WSIIA.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  14. "Retirement of the Hughes Brothers". Melbourne Ice. http://www.melbourneice.com.au/2013/06/retirement-of-the-hughes-brothers/. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  15. Meister, Chris (2013-12-15). "Hughes Brothers Lassoed In?". Hewitt Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. http://hewittsports.com/hughes-brothers-lassoed/. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  16. "2014 Melbourne Mustangs Team Announcement". Melbourne Mustangs. http://melbournemustangs.com.au/2014-melbourne-mustangs-team-announcement/. 
  17. Matthews, Kade (24 March 2016). "Hughes Brothers Announcement". Melbourne Ice. http://ice.theaihl.com/leagues/newsletterarchive.cfm?clientID=6092&leagueID=25327&page=94450. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  18. "Hughes, Vinnie". Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. http://www.theaihl.com/leagues/rosters_profile.cfm?clientID=3856&leagueID=11464&teamID=296082&playerID=408004. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  19. Money, Don (2010-02-02). "Hughes takes hockey "down under"". Prohockeynews.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. http://www.prohockeynews.com/hockey/publish/sphl/Hughes_takes_hockey_down_under.shtml. Retrieved 2011-10-09.