1. národní hokejová liga

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1. národní hokejová liga
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
No. of teams 16
Country  Czech Republic
Most recent champion(s) BK Mladá Boleslav
Official website http://www.hokej.cz/cz/1-liga/

The 1. národní hokejová liga (First National Hockey League) is the second-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic under the Extraliga. It began in 1993 and is run and administered by Czech Ice Hockey Association.

Format[edit]

In the first phase, every team plays each other four times, which makes for a 52 game section of the regular season. The fifty two game phase will allow each team to play two home games against each team, which also allows every team to play two road games in every opposing team's arena.

In the end of their 52 game regular season, the teams are seeded for the playoffs. All the rounds in play off (quarterfinal, semifinal and final) are played as best of seven series. The winner of the Finals plays with last placed team of Extraliga in a best of seven series. The winner of this series is promoted to Extraliga for the following season.

Three points are awarded for a win in regular time, and two points for an overtime victory, while the defeated team in overtime gets one point. If necessary, penalty shots are used to decide games after overtime.

The level of 1.národní hokejová liga is slightly lower than Czech Extraliga but there is a lot of players moving between those two leagues every season. Each team in this league is allowed to have 5 imports. The league has no wage limitations, average wage is $ 2200 a month, but some of the best players reportedly signed contracts for more than $ 5000 a month, plus most of the teams cover accommodation expenses for their players during the season.

2012-2013 teams[edit]

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