– Forward Jordan Gavin has announced his retirement from the AIHL at the end of the 2018 season. Gavin played thirteen seasons in the AIHL from 2006 to 2018, eight with the Canberra Knights and five with the Brave. Gavin also represented Australia at the World Championships in 2011 and 2012.
The Canberra Times have announced that the Canberra consortium has secured a deal with the owner of the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre to play their home games at the venue. The deal, which also covers ice time for training, has been signed for one year with an option for 2015. The team will now speak with the AIHL tonight to determine whether they have met the conditions set out in order to be granted a license.
The team have announced that if successul they will compete under a new name. Knights owner John Raut who had offered the the use of the name for a fee has said that the name may become available in the future. He has also suggested that the Canberra Knights brand might be revived in the East Coast Super League, a junior league run by the New South Wales Ice Hockey Association.
The Canberra Knights have announced that they are required to raise $100,000 by 20:00 AEST 3 March 2014 to be readmitted to the league. $50,000 is expected to come from season memberships while the other $50,000 is being sought by a public fundraiser via the Mycause.com.au website.
The league has also set the requirements of the team being able to field a competitive team and have a rink in which to train and play their games. Team officials are currently in talks with the former owner who is also the owner of their home rink, the Phillip Ice Skating Centre. Talks are also in place with the ACT government in regards to retaining the funding of $29,000.
The Canberra Times have announced that the Canberra Knights players have approached the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) to take on the club license and revive the team. Club owner, John Raut yesterday announced that the Knights would fold due to financial costs, lack of players and poor performance. Talks, headed by captain Mark Rummukainen, are scheduled to be held today with the AIHL deputy commissioner Alex Lata. The ACT Government has announced that if successful the $29,000 in funding would continue to be paid to the club regardless of ownership.
The Canberra Knights announced today that the team has folded and would withdraw from the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL), effective immediately. The club owner cited financial costs, lack of local players and consistently poor performance as the reasons behind the teams closure. This move leaves the AIHL with seven teams to compete in the upcoming 2014 season. The League has yet to advise on what changes will be made to the 2014 schedule.