2003–04 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season

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2003-04 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season
Deutsche Eishockey Liga Logo 2001.svg
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Sport Ice Hockey
Number of teams 14
2003-04
Season champions Frankfurt Lions
DEL seasons

The 2003–04 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season was the 10th season since the founding of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (English: German Ice Hockey League). The Frankfurt Lions became German Champions, and the Wölfe Freiburg (English: Freiburg Wolves) were relegated back to the 2. Bundesliga after a single season.

A visible change for the fans was the league corporate sponsorship by the German Yellow Pages (German: Gelbe Seiten) who signed a 3-year agreement, later extended ending 2009.

Regular season[edit]

The regular season start was on September 4, 2003. The first 8 teams qualified for the playoffs, the last two are to go into playdowns, to determine which team will be relegated.

Team GP Win SOW SOL Lost GF:GA Points
1. Eisbären Berlin 52 29 5 6 12 171:126 103
2. Nürnberg Ice Tigers 52 26 8 2 16 179:128 96
3. Hamburg Freezers 52 28 4 3 17 151:115 95
4. Kölner Haie 52 26 3 9 14 160:134 93
5. Frankfurt Lions 52 26 5 4 17 177:148 92
6. Adler Mannheim 52 26 4 6 16 151:124 92
7. ERC Ingolstadt 52 28 3 2 19 132:118 92
8. DEG Metro Stars 52 24 4 2 22 141:129 82
9. Augsburger Panther 52 21 5 5 21 180:177 78
10. Krefeld Pinguine 52 16 6 4 26 127:149 64
11. Kassel Huskies 52 16 6 4 26 129:166 64
12. Iserlohn Roosters 52 14 5 7 26 137:169 59
13. Hannover Scorpions 52 13 2 5 32 127:175 48
14. Wölfe Freiburg 52 7 4 5 36 142:241 34

GP = Games Played; SOW = Shootout Win; SOL = Shootout Loss; GF:GA = Goals for and against
Color code:     = Direct Playoff qualification,     = Season ends,     = Playdown/Relegation

Playdowns[edit]

The two lastplaced teams Hannover Scorpions and Wölfe Freiburg played a Best-of-seven series play-down starting March 10, 2004.

Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Hannover Scorpions Wölfe Freiburg 4:1 5:2 2:6 2:1 OT 4:0 1:0

OT = Overtime

The Wölfe Freiburg had to leave the DEL after only one season, returning to the 2. Bundesliga.

Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Eisbären Berlin 4
8. DEG Metro Stars 0
1. Eisbären Berlin 3
7. ERC Ingolstadt 0
2. Nürnberg Ice Tigers 2
7. ERC Ingolstadt 4
1. Eisbären Berlin 1
5. Frankfurt Lions 3
3. Hamburg Freezers 4
6. Adler Mannheim 2
3. Hamburg Freezers 2
5. Frankfurt Lions 3
4. Kölner Haie 2
5. Frankfurt Lions 4

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