In a statement released late this week by the AIHL, it has been revealed that after certain incidents at the 2011 AIHL Finals series, as Andrew Hewitt reports, the league has handed out very serious penalties to the Sydney Ice Dogs as a club and one of their players individually.
The rumour mill has long been circling this issue ever since last year’s AIHL Finals. Needing to act quickly, as to quash any further spread of these rumours, the league launched an investigation that required the assistance of players, officials and supporters.
Finding the Sydney club guilty of being in breach of the AIHL Code of Conduct, the AIHL has dealt the 2011 finalists a fine of an undisclosed amount.
On top of the fine, the Ice Dogs received another penalty that in some eyes, is far more crucial than that of any monetary punishment. The AIHL has restricted the Ice Dogs to three imports for the 2012 season which in a city that hosts two AIHL teams, makes finding the right local talent all that more important.
Although not naming the penalised player, the AIHL did mention that the player in question has received a life ban in the AIHL, making it clear that the behaviour he was penalised for is not to be accepted on any level.
All is not bad for the Sydney Ice Dogs, as almost immediately after the finals, the club put themselves through a reshuffle both in their on ice team and their front office. This was reported by HSN’s Sydney based writer Andrew McMurtry in his 3-part series entitled “Rebuilding the kennel” which can be read by clicking the following links : Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. In regards to their work to make the appropriate changes prior to, throughout and after the investigation, the AIHL have congratulated the Ice Dogs.
Despite the negative start, the outcome of the situation looks to have been a positive one with the Sydney Ice Dogs now back on track and although financially wounded and down in import ranks, the future looks bright for the proud club.
To view the original statement made by the AIHL, click here.
by Andrew HewittFollow @awhewy Follow @hewittsports