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|City||Thebarton, South Australia|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|2002||16||11||5||0||–||–||90||50||22||2||Lost to Sydney Bears in the final|
|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|
- *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.
The club won five minor premierships (V.I.P. Cup) and one championships (AIHL) in nine years.
- AIHL Championship: 2000
**Since 2006 the minor premiership cup has been called the V.I.P. Cup.
Notable former players