Austrian Hockey League

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Austrian Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 Austrian Hockey League season
ErsteBankEishockeyLigaLogo.gif
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1923
CEO Karl Safron[1]
No. of teams 12
Country  Austria (8 teams)
 Slovenia (1 team)
 Hungary (1 team)
 Czech Republic (1 team)
 Italy (1 team)
Most recent champion(s) HC Bolzano-Bozen (EBEL)
EC Red Bull Salzburg (Austrian Championship)
Most titles EC KAC (30)
Official website erstebankliga.at

The Austrian Hockey League (German: Österreichische Eishockey-Liga), called the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (English: Erste Bank Hockey League) for sponsorship reasons, is the highest-level ice hockey league in Austria.

History[edit]

The roots of the EBEL league go back to 1923 and various Championships, whose winner is officially recognized as the Austrian Champion. There was no Austrian competition between 1939 and 1945. During World War II, a number of Austrian teams competed in the German Ice Hockey Championship, which is why the EK Engelmann Wien and Vienna EV list German Championships in their history.

The league exists in today's form since the 1965-66 season.

Until 2005-06 the league consisted solely of Austrian teams. Since then the league has added teams from Slovenia (starting 2006-07 and 2007–08), Hungary (starting 2007-08), Croatia (starting 2009-10 season), the Czech Republic (starting in 2011-12)[2] and Italy (starting 2013-14 season).[3]

The non-Austrian teams are competing for the "EBEL Champion" title. Only Austrian teams in this league are additionally eligible for the "Austrian Champion" title[citation needed]. The league has had different sponsors, and the current naming rights have been held by "Sparkasse Bank" and its Erste Bank brand since the 2003-04 season.

In 2013-14, Italy's Bolzano Foxes became the first non-Austrian team to win the EBEL title when they beat the Salzburg Red Bulls 3 games to 2 in their best-of-five final. Such success is not unheard of for an Italian outfit, but previous similar results took place in the Alpenliga and the Cup of the European Leagues, standalone competitions whose postseason tournaments were distinct from the Austrian playoffs.

Teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena Capacity Founded Joined EBEL Left EBEL
Current Teams
Dornbirner EC Austria Dornbirn Messestadion 4,270 1992 2012–13
Graz 99ers Austria Graz Eisstadion Liebenau 4,050 1999 2000–01
HC TWK Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck OlympiaWorld Innsbruck 7,212 1994 2012–13
EC KAC Austria Klagenfurt Stadthalle Klagenfurt 5,500 1909 1923–24
Black Wings Linz Austria Linz Donauhalle 3,800 1992 2000–01
Red Bull Salzburg Austria Salzburg Eisarena Salzburg 3,600 1977 2004–05
Vienna Capitals Austria Vienna Albert Schultz Eishalle 7,022 2000 2001–02
EC VSV Austria Villach Villacher Stadthalle 4,800 1923 1977–78
Olimpija Slovenia Ljubljana Tivoli Hall 4,000 1928 2007–08
SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 Hungary Székesfehérvár Ifjabb Ocskay Gábor Ice Hall 3,600 1960 2007–08
Orli Znojmo Czech Republic Znojmo Hostan Arena 5,500 1933 2011–12
HC Bolzano Italy Bozen PalaOnda 7,220 1933 2013-14
Former Teams (since introduction of current league format)
VEU Feldkirch Austria Feldkirch Vorarlberghalle 5,200 1945 1967–68 2003–04
Jesenice Slovenia Jesenice Podmežakla Hall 5,900 1948 2006–07 2011–12
KHL Medveščak Zagreb Croatia Zagreb Dom Sportova 7,500 1961 2009–10 2012–13

EBEL Playoffs[edit]

With their victory in the 2013/2014 season, HC Bozen is the first non-Austrian team to claim the league title. Formerly the best non-Austrian team result was the HDD Olimpija Ljubljana managing to get into the finals in 2007-08 season, losing the EBEL championship to EC Red Bull Salzburg.

Winter classics[edit]

Bolded teams denote winners

Winter Classic Date Site Home Team Away Team Score Attendance
Šalata 2013 2013-02-01[4][5] Šalata (hockey) Medveščak Capitals 1-2 5'120
Šalata 2010 2010-01-31[6][7] Šalata (hockey) Medveščak Capitals 4-3 (O) 4'600
Šalata 2010 2010-01-29[8][7] Šalata (hockey) Medveščak VSV 2-3 4'600
Pula 2012 2012-09-16[9] Pula Arena (amphitheatre) Medveščak Capitals 4-1 7'130
Pula 2012 2012-09-14[10] Pula Arena (amphitheatre) Medveščak Olimpija 1-2 7'022
Klagenfurt 2010 2010-01-09[11] Wörthersee Stadion (football) KAC VSV 1–3 30'500

Austrian Champions[edit]

  • 1923 Wiener EV
  • 1924 Wiener EV
  • 1925 Wiener EV
  • 1926 Wiener EV
  • 1927 Wiener EV
  • 1928 Wiener EV
  • 1929 Wiener EV
  • 1930 Wiener EV
  • 1931 Wiener EV
  • 1932 Pötzleinsdorfer SK
  • 1933 Wiener EV
  • 1934 Klagenfurter
  • 1935 EC KAC Klagenfurter
  • 1936 EK Engelmann
  • 1937 Wiener EV
  • 1938 EK Engelmann
  • 1939 Not played
  • 1940 Not played
  • 1941 Not played
  • 1942 Not played
  • 1943 Not played
  • 1944 Not played
  • 1945 Not played
  • 1946 EK Engelmann
  • 1947 Wiener EV
  • 1948 Wiener EV
  • 1949 Wiener EV
  • 1950 Wiener EV
  • 1951 Wiener EV
  • 1952 EC KAC Klagenfurter
  • 1953 Innsbrucker EV
  • 1954 Innsbrucker EV
  • 1955 EC KAC Klagenfurter
  • 1956 EK Engelmann
  • 1957 EK Engelmann
  • 1958 Innsbrucker EV
  • 1959 Innsbrucker EV
  • 1960 EC KAC
  • 1961 Innsbrucker EV
  • 1962 Wiener EV
  • 1963 Innsbrucker EV
  • 1964 EC KAC
  • 1965 EC KAC
  • 1966 EC KAC
  • 1967 EC KAC
  • 1968 EC KAC
  • 1969 EC KAC
  • 1970 EC KAC
  • 1971 EC KAC
  • 1972 EC KAC
  • 1973 EC KAC
  • 1974 EC KAC
  • 1975 ATSE Graz
  • 1976 EC KAC
  • 1977 EC KAC
  • 1978 ATSE Graz
  • 1979 EC KAC
  • 1980 EC KAC
  • 1981 Villacher SV
  • 1982 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1983 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1984 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1985 EC KAC
  • 1986 EC KAC
  • 1987 EC KAC
  • 1988 EC KAC
  • 1989 Innsbrucker EV
  • 1990 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1991 EC KAC
  • 1992 Villacher SV
  • 1993 Villacher SV
  • 1994 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1995 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1996 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1997 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1998 VEU Feldkirch
  • 1999 Villacher SV
  • 2000 EC KAC
  • 2001 EC KAC
  • 2002 Villacher SV
  • 2003 Black Wings Linz
  • 2004 EC KAC
  • 2005 Vienna Capitals
  • 2006 Villacher SV
  • 2007 Red Bull Salzburg
  • 2008 Red Bull Salzburg
  • 2009 EC KAC
  • 2010 Red Bull Salzburg
  • 2011 Red Bull Salzburg
  • 2012 Black Wings Linz
  • 2013 EC KAC
  • 2014 Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL title winner HC Bozen)
Club Winners Winning Years
EC KAC
30
1934, 1935, 1952, 1955, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2013
Wiener EV / EG
17
1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1937, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1962
VEU Feldkirch
9
1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Innsbrucker EV
7
1953, 1954,1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1989
Villacher SV
6
1981, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2002, 2006
EK Engelmann
5
1936, 1938, 1946, 1956, 1957
Red Bull Salzburg
4
2007, 2008, 2010, 2011,2014*
ATSE Graz
2
1975, 1978
Black Wings Linz
2
2003, 2012
Vienna Capitals
1
2005
Pötzleinsdorfer SK
1
1932

bold - seasons in which league had teams outside Austria

  • - seasons in which the Austrian Champion didn't win the EBEL title

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karl Safron neuer EBEL-Präsident
  2. ^ http://www.eurohockey.com/article/628-znojmo-to-join-austrian-ebel.html
  3. ^ 12 teams - 5 countries - HC Bozen affiliated
  4. ^ KHL Medvščak Winter Classic 1:15 pm EST, 2013-02-01.
  5. ^ KHL Medvescak Zagreb UPC Vienna Capitals
  6. ^ KHL Medvescak Zagreb - EV Vienna Capitals, 2010-01-31.
  7. ^ a b Šalata Winter Classic 2010., Croatian Wikipedia.
  8. ^ KHL Medvescak Zagreb EC VSV, 2010-01-29.
  9. ^ KHL Medvescak Zagreb UPC Vienna Capitals, 2012-09-16.
  10. ^ KHL Medvescak Zagreb HDD TELEMACH Olimpija Ljubljana, 2012-09-14.
  11. ^ VSV gewann Open-Air-Spektakel gegen KAC, ORF, 2010-01-09.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°02′41″N 15°27′19″E / 47.0446°N 15.4553°E / 47.0446; 15.4553