Adelaide Avalanche

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Adelaide Avalanche
Adelaide Avalanche team logo.png
City Thebarton, South Australia
League AIHL
Founded 2000 (2000)
Operated 2000-2008
Home arena Ice ArenA
Colours Blue, bronze, black and white

The Adelaide Avalanche were a semi-professional ice hockey team based in Thebarton, South Australia that played in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). The club was formed in 2000 and was arguably the most successful team in the short history of the AIHL, winning five minor premierships and two championships in their eight years of competition.

History[edit]

Along with the Sydney Bears and Canberra Knights, the Avalanche were one of the founding members of the AIHL in 2000. They finished first out of the three teams that year and claimed the inaugural AIHL championship. In 2001, the club enjoyed the same success in winning their second consecutive title.

In 2002, the Melbourne Ice, Western Sydney Ice Dogs, and Newcastle North Stars joined the AIHL, expanding it to six teams. The Goodall Cup, Australia's top prize in ice hockey, also became part of the AIHL that year. Adelaide again finished second in the overall standings and lost to the Bears in the Goodall Cup final.

Adelaide Avalanche's old logo.

The Avalanche finished the 2003 season with their fourth straight minor premiership but lost to the Ice Dogs in the first round of a newly introduced four-team playoff system. They would lose in the semifinals again in 2004 to the North Stars in double overtime.

As two more teams—the Brisbane Blue Tongues and Central Coast Rhinos—entered the league in 2005, the Avalanche returned to dominance by finishing first overall in the regular season standings. The "curse of the minor premiers" again haunted the team. Despite winning through to the Goodall Cup final for the first time in three years, they were defeated 3–1 by the North Stars in that game.

The Avalanche have retooled for 2006 in the quest for their first-ever Goodall Cup, with their current roster boasting Mighty Roos players Greg Oddy and brothers Ben & Luke Thilthorpe. They finished second after the regular season and hosted the finals series, beating the Ice Dogs 5–2 to reach the final but losing the final 0-4 to the North Stars.

Members of the Adelaide Avalanche were featured on episode 11 of Network Ten's Cyber Shack TV on 10 October 2006. Both David Huxley and Brad Wanchulak played and reviewed the new NHL 2K6 on Xbox 360.

The Avalanche came into financial difficulties in 2008, and after being able to host several game at the start of the season, could not meet its road commitments, forcing the team to withdraw from the remainder of the season on 17 June. The team's players were transferred to the newly formed Adelaide A's, who in a deal with the AIHL was allowed to play the remainder of the Avalanche's season.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W T1 OTW OTL L GF GA PTS Finish Playoff
2000 1 Won championship
2001 1
2002 16 11 5 0 90 50 22 2 Lost to Sydney Bears in the final
2003 1
2004 20 7 1 1 2 9 64 68 29 4 Lost to Newcastle in semi-finals
2005 26 19 1 0 2 4 123 74 60 1 Lost to Newcastle in the final
2006 28 19 0 0 9 112 68 57 2 Lost to Newcastle in the final
2007 28 17 1 3 7 101 78 56 1 Lost to Penrith in semi-finals
2008 15* 3 2 2 8 32 53 15
*Only played 15 of the 28 games in the season before withdrawing and the last three games were forfeited. All points were transferred to the Adelaide A's.
1 As of the 2006 AIHL season, all games will have a winner.

Championships[edit]

The club won five minor premierships (V.I.P. Cup) and one championships (AIHL) in nine years.

AIHL Championship: 2000
Minor premiers (V.I.P. Cup**): 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007

**Since 2006 the minor premiership cup has been called the V.I.P. Cup.

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