Aaron Clayworth (born 21 March 1985) is an Australian semi-professional ice hockey player currently in the interim role of assistant coach for the CBR Brave in the Australian Ice Hockey League. Aaron normally is the alternate captain and plays as defenceman for the Brave.
Club career[edit | hide | edit source]
Aaron Clayworth first played for the Solihull MK Kings in the U19 English A league in the 2002–03 season. In 2004 he returned to Australia to play for the Adelaide Blackhawks of the South Australia state league. The following year he returned to Perth, Western Australia and joined the Perth Hawks of the Western Australian state league. In 2007 he moved to Canberra where he joined the Canberra Knights of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). During the 2007 AIHL season he played 26 games and scored five points. Following the end of the season Clayworth moved to Finland to play for FPS of the Suomi-sarja league. He stayed with FPS Forssa for the 2007–08 season before returning to Australia where he rejoined the Knights for the start of the 2008 AIHL season. Clayworth is currently in his sixth season with the Knights and is playing in the 2012 AIHL season.
In 2013 Clayworth announced on social media that he would not be returning to play for the Canberra Knights for the 2013 AIHL season citing work and family commitments limiting his capacity to put in the full level of commitment required to play in the AIHL for the Knights. Aaron did wish the team well for the season.
Before the start of the 2014 AIHL season the Knights folded operations and were replaced in the league by the CBR Brave. The Brave signed Clayworth along with many former Knights players for the 2014 season. Aaron was given the number 6 jersey for the CBR Brave, was made alternate captain and was privately sponsored in 2014.
12 April 2014, Clayworth made his CBR Brave debut in the Brave's inaugural AIHL match against the Newcastle North Stars at the Phillip Ice Centre, Canberra.The Brave would go on to lose the match 2-0 in front of 800 people with Aaron receiving two minutes in the penalty box in the third period for cross checking.
Aaron enjoyed a solid season for the Brave on his return to the sport, contributing eight assists and one goal for nine points. Aaron's contribution assisted the team to finish third in the regular season and reach the AIHL Finals for a shot at the Goodall Cup, the first time a Canberra team had achieved this since 1998. Clayworth played in the semi-final match against the Melbourne Ice but the Brave lost the match 1-6.
14 July 2015, Aaron was announced as the new interim assistant coach of the CBR Brave alongside established assistant David Rogina for the final seven games of the 2015 AIHL regular season and any finals matches. This change from the playing roster to the coaching staff was in response to the club's decision to part company with head coach Brad Hunt and install Josh Unice as interim head coach and Aaron as his new assistant.
International career[edit | hide | edit source]
Clayworth was first called up to represent Australia in 2004 where he joined the national under-20 team to compete at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He played again for the under-20 team the following year before joining the national senior team for the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Clayworth has since represented Australia at three other world championships.
Personal life[edit | hide | edit source]
Career statistics[edit | hide | edit source]
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- Regular season and playoffs
|2002–03||Solihull MK Kings||U19 English A||8||0||1||1||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013||DId not Play||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004||Australia U20||2004 IIHF World U20 Championship Division III||5||0||0||0||31|
|2005||Australia U20||2005 IIHF World U20 Championship Division II Group B||5||0||1||1||30|
|2007||Australia||2007 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B||4||1||1||2||2|
|2008||Australia||2008 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B||5||2||1||3||2|
|2011||Australia||2011 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A||4||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Australia||2012 IIHF World Championship Division I Group B||5||0||0||0||2|