An incorporated body in Brisbane (AIHL Brisbane Inc.) have announced their intention to bid for a licence for inclusion into the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) with the aim to commence playing in the 2022 season.

The announcement of the expansion bid comes as the body have launched their official website and social media channels to gather support from the local ice hockey community and put a call out for sponsorship of the team with several options available for potential sponsors including naming rights.

AIHL Brisbane Spokesperson Cody Duschka said the body is now working hard on proposals to join the league as well as affiliations with the governing bodies to ensure all levels of ice hockey are on board with the bid.

“We’re encouraging ice hockey fans in Queensland and potential sponsors to visit our website (aihlbrisbane.com.au) and get involved with bringing an AIHL team to Brisbane,” he said.

Queensland previous AIHL team were the Brisbane Blue Tongues who formed in 2005 before moving to the Gold Coast in 2008 where they became the Gold Coast Blue Tongues. The went on hiatus in 2014 with the team’s licence expiring the following year.

AIHL Brisbane website and social media

About Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL)

The Australian Ice Hockey League was formed 2000 and has since evolved into an 8-team national competition including teams from Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Each team play each other four times, twice at home and twice away with each team playing a total of 28 games a season which runs from April through to August each year. At the completion of the normal season the top four teams enter the AIHL Finals Weekend where the semi-final is held with the grand final the following day. The winner of the grand final is awarded the Goodall Cup which is the third oldest national ice hockey trophy in the world after first being presented to the winner in 1911. Queensland have won the cup once in the trophy’s history during the Inter-State Series in 1977.

Ice hockey in Australia is fast becoming a household name with over 4700 registered players (IIHF 2020) and connections with leagues over the world including the National Hockey League (NHL) in Canada and USA.