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The puck DOESN’T stop here.

By 2 March 2014 33

I only started playing Ice hockey last year, having been a field hockey player for most of my life, but immediately I was taken by how close knit the Ice Hockey community is. Myself and my house mate both started playing at the same time, and were both welcomed into the fold by some of the best people we have ever met. At all levels, there is just an amazing love of the sport, and the amount of support that the community gives to each other and to the Canberra Knights is nothing short of astounding. I don’t know of any other sport in the ACT (besides the Brumbies and the Raiders) where you see kids and adults regularly rocking up to training sessions wearing merchandise from their top level Canberra Team.

From the association which does so much to get the official Ice Hockey season up and running, to the coaches who give up their time to help out, to the players who are always willing to grab a beer or have a chat off the ice (no matter what team you play for), and all the supporters of the Canberra Knights – I am proud to be part of this community.

So I thought, what can I do to help out? The answer was obvious really. The Canberra Knights need our support to survive. The particulars can be worked out later, but right now we need donations. The local company I work for, Imagine Team – has recently developed an app that can be used for paying people. What better use than to collect donations from the local community?

We talked to the captain of the Knights, Mark Rummukainen, and he agreed that it was a good idea, and was happy to get on board. All that there is now is to donate! The problem with “my cause” is that the knights only get your donations if the full amount is raised. By using our app QuicklyPay.it, you can donate free of charge, and you know that the money will go to the Knights regardless of whether the target is hit. To put our money where our mouth is, we’ll even donate an extra 2.4% +.30 of every transaction on top of your donation to the Knights.

To donate, download the app from the apple or android store or visit http://quicklypay.it/download from your phone. On the first screen, press the menu in the top left hand corner (it looks like 3 bars on top of each other) then in the menu, select the option “Promo Code”. Use the code “CK2014” without quotes. This will donate $20 to the cause, which you can then use the app to pay. You can also see how many people have donated from inside the app!

Please guys, don’t let this awesome community down. Let’s show everyone that we Aussies play sports because of the camaraderie, the community, and the general love of the challenge. Lets rise to this challenge and show that we can band together and beat the hard times. Lets save the Canberra Knights.

For more – go to the “Save the Canberra Knights” Facebook page.

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33 Responses to The puck DOESN’T stop here.
#1
MrPC8:54 am, 02 Mar 14

My understanding is that the only person that wanted to shut down the Canberra Knights was its owner. Why reward the owner with donations? If everyone else wants to stay together, they can reform themselves with a new name and I’d happily donate to that.

#2
dungfungus2:28 pm, 02 Mar 14

Convince the ACT Labor Party that there are lot of Labor votes in your cause and overnight you could become the UC Knights with lots of goodies to go with the “sponsorship”.

#3
miz6:18 pm, 02 Mar 14

Maybe Phillip [Swimming and] Ice Skating will now finally decide to focus a bit more on the Swimming aspect.

#4
golden_youth6:36 pm, 02 Mar 14

MrPC said :

My understanding is that the only person that wanted to shut down the Canberra Knights was its owner. Why reward the owner with donations? If everyone else wants to stay together, they can reform themselves with a new name and I’d happily donate to that.

The donations are going towards the team not the owner (or previous owner). They are looking at taking over the ownership and running the team themselves. It’s all over the CT and on the FB page mentioned in the original post.

#5
Queen_of_the_Bun8:28 pm, 02 Mar 14

dungfungus said :

Convince the ACT Labor Party that there are lot of Labor votes in your cause and overnight you could become the UC Knights with lots of goodies to go with the “sponsorship”.

Get your Lib hand off it dungfungus and offer something to the debate, or put your laptop away.

#6
dungfungus8:45 am, 03 Mar 14

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

dungfungus said :

Convince the ACT Labor Party that there are lot of Labor votes in your cause and overnight you could become the UC Knights with lots of goodies to go with the “sponsorship”.

Get your Lib hand off it dungfungus and offer something to the debate, or put your laptop away.

I appear to have exposesd a raw nerve here. How come the ACT Labor Government has forked our $750,000 for “beach volleyball facilities”? The folly of this can only mean it is all about buying votes.
It even trumps Kate Carnell’s futsal slab.
What next, a slalom snow ski run at the arboretum?
PS I don’t have a laptop.

#7
Chop7112:32 pm, 03 Mar 14

What next, a slalom snow ski run at the arboretum?

now that would be awesome :)

#8
dungfungus6:39 pm, 03 Mar 14

Chop71 said :

What next, a slalom snow ski run at the arboretum?

now that would be awesome :)

See? I know how to pull the voters.

#9
Roundhead897:45 pm, 03 Mar 14

I remember when I was at UC (CCAE) in the 1980s a few of the Knights players were students and friends of mine. One also played lead guitar in a band that used to play in the Refectory. They were all Finnish. The player quoted in this article is also Finnish. Is ice hockey big in Finland? I thought it was only big in Canada where it is simply referred to as hockey.

#10
dungfungus8:42 am, 04 Mar 14

Roundhead89 said :

I remember when I was at UC (CCAE) in the 1980s a few of the Knights players were students and friends of mine. One also played lead guitar in a band that used to play in the Refectory. They were all Finnish. The player quoted in this article is also Finnish. Is ice hockey big in Finland? I thought it was only big in Canada where it is simply referred to as hockey.

Boozing is big in Finland.

#11
NoImRight10:59 am, 04 Mar 14

golden_youth said :

MrPC said :

My understanding is that the only person that wanted to shut down the Canberra Knights was its owner. Why reward the owner with donations? If everyone else wants to stay together, they can reform themselves with a new name and I’d happily donate to that.

The donations are going towards the team not the owner (or previous owner). They are looking at taking over the ownership and running the team themselves. It’s all over the CT and on the FB page mentioned in the original post.

So we are providing money to let a group buy a private asset off another person?

#12
Ezy1:31 pm, 04 Mar 14

NoImRight said :

golden_youth said :

MrPC said :

My understanding is that the only person that wanted to shut down the Canberra Knights was its owner. Why reward the owner with donations? If everyone else wants to stay together, they can reform themselves with a new name and I’d happily donate to that.

The donations are going towards the team not the owner (or previous owner). They are looking at taking over the ownership and running the team themselves. It’s all over the CT and on the FB page mentioned in the original post.

So we are providing money to let a group buy a private asset off another person?

Incorrect. The new team is breaking away from the current owner of the Knights brand. The money that is being donated is to help set up the new team so they can compete within the national league.

#13
Mordd1:39 pm, 04 Mar 14

Sorry I have a policy against supporting sports which result in horrific head injuries for the players, this includes but is not limited to ice hockey, grid-iron and any extreme sport with a high risk of serious injury or death. Im not going to say ppl shouldnt be able to beat others up with hockey sticks, but I am certainly not going to donate money to support it.

#14
qbngeek4:37 pm, 04 Mar 14

I will happily donate when there is a WP8 app.

#15
NoImRight4:41 pm, 04 Mar 14

Ezy said :

NoImRight said :

golden_youth said :

MrPC said :

My understanding is that the only person that wanted to shut down the Canberra Knights was its owner. Why reward the owner with donations? If everyone else wants to stay together, they can reform themselves with a new name and I’d happily donate to that.

The donations are going towards the team not the owner (or previous owner). They are looking at taking over the ownership and running the team themselves. It’s all over the CT and on the FB page mentioned in the original post.

So we are providing money to let a group buy a private asset off another person?

Incorrect. The new team is breaking away from the current owner of the Knights brand. The money that is being donated is to help set up the new team so they can compete within the national league.

Who owns the new team? Who gets the money?

#16
NoImRight4:45 pm, 04 Mar 14

Ezy said :

NoImRight said :

golden_youth said :

MrPC said :

My understanding is that the only person that wanted to shut down the Canberra Knights was its owner. Why reward the owner with donations? If everyone else wants to stay together, they can reform themselves with a new name and I’d happily donate to that.

The donations are going towards the team not the owner (or previous owner). They are looking at taking over the ownership and running the team themselves. It’s all over the CT and on the FB page mentioned in the original post.

So we are providing money to let a group buy a private asset off another person?

Incorrect. The new team is breaking away from the current owner of the Knights brand. The money that is being donated is to help set up the new team so they can compete within the national league.

This may be a repost as lost internet while posting….

So who will own the team? Who gets the money? Im trying to see whats “community” about this.

#17
Pork Hunt6:20 pm, 04 Mar 14

Mordd said :

Sorry I have a policy against supporting sports which result in horrific head injuries for the players, this includes but is not limited to ice hockey, grid-iron and any extreme sport with a high risk of serious injury or death. Im not going to say ppl shouldnt be able to beat others up with hockey sticks, but I am certainly not going to donate money to support it.

Ice hockey players do not suffer horrific head injuries. Where the McFuck did that come from? There are countries where their kids play ice hockey like like Aussie kids play netball or Aussie Rule. Nothing extreme about hockey.

#18
Ben_Dover7:11 pm, 04 Mar 14

dungfungus said :

I appear to have exposesd a raw nerve here. How come the ACT Labor Government has forked our $750,000 for “beach volleyball facilities”? The folly of this can only mean it is all about buying votes.

How much did the ACT government put into the Canberra “American Rounders” team and facilities courtesy of the ACT taxpayer?

I would like the ACT government to sponsor me in the ancient Welsh sport of bog snorkelling, a cool $ half million should see me right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog_snorkelling

#19
gungsuperstar12:08 am, 05 Mar 14

Pork Hunt said :

Mordd said :

Sorry I have a policy against supporting sports which result in horrific head injuries for the players, this includes but is not limited to ice hockey, grid-iron and any extreme sport with a high risk of serious injury or death. Im not going to say ppl shouldnt be able to beat others up with hockey sticks, but I am certainly not going to donate money to support it.

Ice hockey players do not suffer horrific head injuries. Where the McFuck did that come from? There are countries where their kids play ice hockey like like Aussie kids play netball or Aussie Rule. Nothing extreme about hockey.

This is why we can’t have an unmoderated forum.

It’s not my argument, I don’t care – but read about Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak before saying hockey players don’t suffer catastrophic head injuries.

Their repeated head injuries were ultimately as catastrophic as it gets.

Trying to ignore or downplay the existence concussions does nothing to boost awareness of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and the severe risks involved in high contact sports. Nor does it do anything to further the sport or those who are involved in the sport if the issue continues to be ignored.

Of course, it’s very likely that AFL and NRL players have or will suffer these injuries – but we don’t know yet. With hockey we do.

NoImRight said :

So who will own the team? Who gets the money? Im trying to see whats “community” about this.

As I understand it – which is admittedly only from the CT and from one bloke at work who is involved – the previous owner has wound his version of the team up and forfeited his license. The money is for the establishment and upkeep of a new team that will be “owned” and operated by players – so, the cost of the license, player insurance, rink hire etc.

The model is about as “community” as they get in sport.

Despite no longer wanting to operate the team, the previous owner is being a bit of a knob over the name – but as I understand it, he won’t be getting the money unless he demands money for the name. In which case they’ll probably change it to the Canberra Cold Nights (I made that up cos I thought it was a clever reference to ice, as well as still using ‘nights’… and cold nights in Canberra? Come one, that’s pretty clever…). The players don’t have to buy the license or the team from him.

#20
dungfungus7:31 am, 05 Mar 14

Ben_Dover said :

dungfungus said :

I appear to have exposesd a raw nerve here. How come the ACT Labor Government has forked our $750,000 for “beach volleyball facilities”? The folly of this can only mean it is all about buying votes.

How much did the ACT government put into the Canberra “American Rounders” team and facilities courtesy of the ACT taxpayer?

I would like the ACT government to sponsor me in the ancient Welsh sport of bog snorkelling, a cool $ half million should see me right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog_snorkelling

Standbye for a full analysis of the “sport” from our own “Irish Peat”.

#21
p110:17 am, 05 Mar 14

gungsuperstar said :

…they’ll probably change it to the Canberra Cold Nights (I made that up cos I thought it was a clever reference to ice, as well as still using ‘nights’… and cold nights in Canberra? Come one, that’s pretty clever…).

The players don’t have to buy the license or the team from him.

But they will have to by Canberra Cold Nights off you…

#22
Ezy11:37 am, 05 Mar 14

I think you will find there are more issues to the deaths of Derek, Rick and Wade – these guys were a certain type of player called enforces (Rick Rypien not so much – as he didn’t have the size of the other two). The fighting within hockey argument is as big an argument over in hockey land as the arguments of Cars vs Cyclists here. All I will say is, yes it is a part of the sport – but not so much in the AIHL. There are heavy penalties for fighting in the Australian League.

But having said that, there are head injuries in EVERY sport. You can’t just put contact sports into that broad basket. The only time I have ever been knocked out cold was when I was playing squash! It has even happened in tennis, you have a fall and you hit your head on the surface – it’s that simple.

#23
NoImRight11:53 am, 05 Mar 14

p1 said :

gungsuperstar said :

…they’ll probably change it to the Canberra Cold Nights (I made that up cos I thought it was a clever reference to ice, as well as still using ‘nights’… and cold nights in Canberra? Come one, that’s pretty clever…).

The players don’t have to buy the license or the team from him.

But they will have to by Canberra Cold Nights off you…

See that Id pay for. At the moment though it still seems to be asking to help pay for someone else’s hobby.

#24
watto234:24 pm, 05 Mar 14

What does the app QuicklyPay.it do that can’t be done with any of the other various payment options.

See this in itself means I’m not going to donate money. We don’t need more and different apps to pay for things and I’m guessing the developers are making money from it to which is ok, but be upfront about the costs etc. Its like chuggers doing stuff under the guise of a charity, but just how much is the chugger and their company getting ….

I’m looking at the website and then see bitcoin and decide I’m staying away from it as well. For every hippy trendsetting bitcoin lover you’ll find plenty who understand the currency is generally too risky.

#25
gungsuperstar4:34 pm, 05 Mar 14

NoImRight said :

p1 said :

gungsuperstar said :

…they’ll probably change it to the Canberra Cold Nights (I made that up cos I thought it was a clever reference to ice, as well as still using ‘nights’… and cold nights in Canberra? Come one, that’s pretty clever…).

The players don’t have to buy the license or the team from him.

But they will have to by Canberra Cold Nights off you…

See that Id pay for. At the moment though it still seems to be asking to help pay for someone else’s hobby.

I’ll let them have the name for free. That will be my contribution to a sport that I have very little interest in :)

#26
farnarkler5:55 pm, 05 Mar 14

Mordd some of us pay $350 to get the best ice hockey helmets and face protection available. An AGV K3 motorbike helmet is cheaper than that.

#27
Queen_of_the_Bun7:31 pm, 05 Mar 14

dungfungus said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

dungfungus said :

Convince the ACT Labor Party that there are lot of Labor votes in your cause and overnight you could become the UC Knights with lots of goodies to go with the “sponsorship”.

Get your Lib hand off it dungfungus and offer something to the debate, or put your laptop away.

I appear to have exposesd a raw nerve here. How come the ACT Labor Government has forked our $750,000 for “beach volleyball facilities”? The folly of this can only mean it is all about buying votes.
It even trumps Kate Carnell’s futsal slab.
What next, a slalom snow ski run at the arboretum?
PS I don’t have a laptop.

I’m sorry that you don’t have a laptop.

#28
Queen_of_the_Bun7:33 pm, 05 Mar 14

When you say “the problem with “my cause” is that the knights only get your donations if the full amount is raised”, who gets the donations if the full amount is not raised?

Do they go back to the donors or does your company keep them?

#29
gungsuperstar1:02 pm, 07 Mar 14

Congratulations to the new CBR Brave.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/canberra-knights-become-cbr-brave-in-ice-hockey-league-20140306-348i4.html

Good job using the latest Canberra promotional brain fart in the name. I wonder if the funding was tied to this?

Strange nickname too. Shouldn’t it be Braves to make it a collective noun? This use of adjectives as nicknames in Australian sport is weird. Add ‘Brave’ to ‘Glory’, ‘Victory’ and ‘Heart’, and the Australian sporting landscape is starting to sound like a motivational breakfast.

#30
imagineteamsol11:34 pm, 07 Mar 14

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

When you say “the problem with “my cause” is that the knights only get your donations if the full amount is raised”, who gets the donations if the full amount is not raised?

Do they go back to the donors or does your company keep them?

They go to the team. If it’s not clear from the post, our aim is not to steal your money. Every dollar counts, and while setting a goal is important, any amount raised can help.

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