2000 AIHL season

The 2000 AIHL season was the inaugural season of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL), the first semi-pro national ice hockey league in Australian history. The Sydney Bears finished first after the regular season but lost the championship final to the Adelaide Avalanche 5–6 in a shootout. Paul Lawson of the Adelaide Avalanche top scored in the regular season.

2000 AIHL season
LeagueAustralian Ice Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
PremiersSydney Bears (1st title)
Top scorerPaul Lawson (Avalanche)
Championship final
ChampionsAdelaide Avalanche
  Runners-upSydney Bears
AIHL seasons
2001 →

Regular seasonEdit

The maiden regular season featured all three founding teams, Adelaide Avalanche, Canberra Knights and the Sydney Bears, playing in a round-robin format. The top two teams at the conclusion of the regular season would qualify to play a single head-to-head final.[1]

Sydney Bears Statistical information unavailable
Adelaide Avalanche Statistical information unavailable
Canberra Knights Statistical information unavailable
Qualified for championship final Premiership winners


Following the regular season the Avalanche and the Bears competed in the single game final held at Macquarie Ice Rink. Adelaide won the game 6-5 in a shootout after coming from two goals behind late in the third period to level the match in regulation time. The Bears controlled the match in the first two periods before a controversial five minute major penalty late in the game to the Bears saw Adelaide pull goaltender Eric Lien and score two power play goals.[2]

Adelaide Avalanche6 – 5 (SO)Sydney BearsMacquarie Ice Rink


  1. ^ "History/Trophies/Awards". Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Adelaide Avalanche: The Franchise that changed Australian hockey forever". Adelaide Adrenaline. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2019.