2008–09 DEL season

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2008–09 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season
Deutsche Eishockey Liga Logo 2001.svg
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Sport Ice Hockey
Number of teams 16
Regular season
Season champions Eisbären Berlin
Top scorer Jason Ulmer
Robert Hock
Finals
Champions Eisbären Berlin
DEL seasons

The 2008–09 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season was the 15th season since the founding of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (English: German Ice Hockey Leagie). 16 Teams played after the 2. Bundesliga Champion, the Kassel Huskies received the license to play in the DEL. After 52 rounds and the play-off's, the Eisbären Berlin won its 4th German Championship in the last five years.

Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Budget
Million €
Attendance
Regular Season
Attendance
Playoffs
Augsburger Panther Augsburg Curt Frenzel Stadium 3.1 3,678 5,052
Eisbären Berlin Berlin O2 World 7.7 13,746 14,083
DEG Metro Stars Düsseldorf ISS Dome 7.2 6,084 9,943
Frankfurt Lions Frankfurt Eissporthalle Frankfurt 4.8 6,208 5,650
Füchse Duisburg Duisburg Scania Arena 4.0 1,792
Hamburg Freezers Hamburg Color Line Arena 7.1 7,949 6,660
Hannover Scorpions Hanover TUI Arena 7.1 7,949 6,660
ERC Ingolstadt Ingolstadt Saturn Arena 6.2 3,346
Iserlohn Roosters Iserlohn Eissporthalle Iserlohn 4.5 3,864
Kassel Huskies Kassel Eissporthalle Kassel 3.1 4,071
Kölner Haie Cologne Lanxess Arena 6.5 10,342
Krefeld Pinguine Krefeld König Palast 4.1 4,491 7,819
Adler Mannheim Mannheim SAP Arena 8.0 11,756 12,237
Sinupret Ice Tigers Nuremberg Nuremberg Arena 4.8 4,322 7,976
Straubing Tigers Straubing Eisstadion am Pulverturm 3.7 4,226
Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg Eisarena Wolfsburg 4.5 2,328 2,560

In accordance to the cooperation contract between the DEL and the German Ice Hockey Federation, and after concluding that necessary reforms where not done in the 2. Bundesliga, a decision was made not to have playdowns and no teams were relegated. However, after ensuring compliance with the DEL regulations, the 2. Bundesliga Champions, the Kassel Huskies, were allowed to enter the league on July 4, 2008,[1] expanding the league to 16 teams. This is also the first season where the Eisbären Berlin played in the brand new O2 World arena.

The number of regular seasons rounds was reduced to 52 from 56 in the previous season. The 6-best placed teams qualified for the playoffs, the teams in 7-10th position where to play a qualification round.

The average team budget was estimate at Euro € 5.24 million, raising the league total to Euro € 84.3 million from Euro € 78.7, mainly due to the addition of 1 team.

Regular season[edit]

Team GP W OTW SOW OTL SOL L Goals Points
1. Eisbären Berlin 52 31 1 4 0 2 14 214:143 105
2. Hannover Scorpions 52 30 2 1 3 2 14 173:151 101
3. DEG Metro Stars 52 24 2 3 3 3 17 159:134 88
4. Adler Mannheim 52 22 3 4 3 2 18 144:131 85
5. Sinupret Ice Tigers 52 23 6 1 1 1 20 153:142 85
6. Krefeld Pinguine 52 24 3 1 3 1 20 167:140 84
7. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 52 25 0 1 5 1 20 180:141 83
8. Hamburg Freezers 52 22 1 4 2 4 19 158:147 82
9. Frankfurt Lions 52 21 3 3 1 4 20 152:152 80
10. Augsburger Panther 52 24 1 1 2 2 22 156:178 80
11. Iserlohn Roosters 52 15 4 3 5 7 18 171:187 71
12. ERC Ingolstadt 52 18 3 1 4 2 24 144:155 68
13. Straubing Tigers 52 17 3 4 1 2 25 144:164 68
14. Kassel Huskies 52 15 2 6 2 2 25 147:171 65
15. Kölner Haie 52 15 4 0 5 5 23 147:166 63
16. Füchse Duisburg 52 9 3 3 1 0 36 118:225 40

GP = Games Played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime win, SOW = Shootout win, OTL = Overtime loss, SOL = Shootout loss, L = Loss
Color code:     = Direct Playoff qualification,     = Playoff qualification round,     = No playoff

Playoffs[edit]

Playoff qualifications[edit]

The playoff qualifications were played between March 5 and 11, 2009 in the Best-of-five mode.

Series 1 2 3 4 5 RS
Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg Augsburger Panther 3:1 1:2 4:1 1:0 4:3 OT [2:2]
Hamburg Freezers Frankfurt Lions 3:2 3:4 1:2 2:1 2:1 OT 4:2 [1:3]

RS = Regular season; OT = Overtime

Playoff brackets[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
1. Eisbären Berlin 4
8. Hamburg Freezers 0
1. Eisbären Berlin 3
4. Adler Mannheim 1
4. Adler Mannheim 4
5. Sinupret Ice Tigers 1
1. Eisbären Berlin 3
3. DEG Metro Stars 1
2. Hannover Scorpions 4
7. Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams 2
2. Hannover Scorpions 2
3. DEG Metro Stars 3
3. DEG Metro Stars 4
6. Krefeld Pinguine 3

Quarterfinals[edit]

The quarterfinals were played in the Best-of-seven mode starting March 13 until March 26.

Series 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 RS
Eisbären Berlin Hamburg Freezers 4:0 5:3 3:2 OT 7:2 4:1 [3:1]
Hannover Scorpions Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 4:2 2:1 2:3 OT 2:3 4:3 OT 4:3 2:0 [1:1]
DEG Metro Stars Krefeld Pinguine 4:3 2:3 4:3 OT 1:2 5:4 OT 2:1 3:4 5:0 [3:1]
Adler Mannheim Sinupret Ice Tigers 4:1 5:0 3:5 3:2 2:1 5:2 [0:4]

RS = Regular season; OT = Overtime

Semifinals[edit]

The semifinals were played in the Best-of-five mode, from March 29 to April 7, 2010.

Series 1 2 3 4 5 RS
Eisbären Berlin Adler Mannheim 3:1 4:0 1:6 4:0 6:4 [2:2]
Hannover Scorpions DEG Metro Stars 2:3 5:2 2:4 6:3 3:4 OT 1:3 [1:1]

RS = Regular season; OT = Overtime

Finale[edit]

The finals were played in the Best-of-five mode, from April 9, 2010.

Series 1 2 3 4 5 RS
Eisbären Berlin DEG Metro Stars 3:1 3:2 1:3 5:1 4:2 [3:1]

RS = Regular season; OT = Overtime

The Eisbären Berlin won the title for the 4th time.

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