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[Top] The 3peat years, photographer not known. [Below] With Lithuania’s Tomas Vysniauskas (left) and Dovydas Kulevicius, April 14 2009, IIHF Division I World Championships at Vilnius Arena, Lithuania. Photo by Andrius Petrulevicius.


September 1st 1974

MMHL Eastmen Selects, MMJHL River East Royal Knights, VIHA Blackhawks, AIHL Melbourne Ice

Goodall Cups
2010, 2011, 2012

World Championships
2005 to 2009, 2011 (6) Ice Hockey

Inaugural Trans Tasman Champion 2011

BORN SEPTEMBER 1ST 1974, he describes himself as a Canadian living in Australia, having grown-up in Winnipeg Manitoba where he attended Landmark Collegiate school (1992), the University of Manitoba (1993), and the Red River Community College (1995). He played for the Eastmen Selects in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League and the River East Royal Knights in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League (1995 and 1996). In Australia, he minded net for the local Blackhawks club in the Victorian league where he was awarded the Club's John Purcell Trophy (Club MVP) in 2001 and 2002, and Best Defenseman in 2003 and 2004. He was the Victorian league's Best Goaltender in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

He became goaltender for the Melbourne Ice in 2003 and remained there for ten years until his retirement after the 2012 season. He was keeper during the Club's "3-Peat" years; AIHL Champion for a record three consecutive seasons — 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was also the first Trans Tasman Champion with the Ice in 2011. He played a total of 192 games for the Club with an average save percentage of 86.2% over the decade. His best regular season performance in the AIHL was in 2010 (SV 88.4%) and his best playoff results in 2008 (SV 92.6%) and 2011 (SV 91.5%).

He first represented Australia in the D-Pool Worlds in Zagreb Croatia in 2005 where he recorded his best results (SV% 97.7) on equal games with Matt Ezzy, along with the tournament's Best Save Percentage and Best GAA. He went on to play five more World Championships from 2006 to 2009 and as backup to Matt Ezzy in Melbourne in 2011 where the Mighty Roos were promoted to Division 1. He played a total of 10 games representing Australia in 6 tournaments and won 2 gold medals ('08, '11), 2 silver ('05, '07) and a bronze ('06). Over that time, his save percentage averaged 89.3%.

He retired in 2012 and was his club's goalie coach for a short time. He was vice-president of the Melbourne Ice between 2012 and 2015, head of an IT department at Coles Financial Services, and IT Manager at Medibank. He is married with two children and his son Ewan is a goalie for Victoria.

01. Historical Notes

02. Citation Details

Ross Carpenter, 'Denman, Stuart (1974 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia,, accessed online .

03. Select Bibliography

04. Citations
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With Melbourne Ice

AIHL, July 2008. Photographer Mark Bradford.

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With Melbourne Ice

Date unknown, photographer Mark Bradford.

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With Melbourne Ice

Date unknown, photographer Mark Bradford.

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2005 World Championship

Zagreb, Croatia

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2006 World Championship

Auckland, New Zealand

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2007 World Championship

Seoul, South Korea

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2008 World Championship

Newcastle, Australia

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2009 World Championship

Vilnius, Lithunania

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2011 World Championship

Melbourne, Australia