The Australian Ice Hockey League abbreviated as AIHL, is one of the major ice hockey leagues in Australia, founded in 2000. It has been sanctioned by the Ice Hockey Australia which is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Most of the players of the Australian Ice Hockey League are amateurs. In the first season, the Australian Ice Hockey League comprised of three teams: Canberra Knights, Adelaide Avalanche and Sydney Bears. In the 2001 league, the Adelaide Avalanche came first after defeating the Sydney Bears by 10-7.