Belgian Hockey League

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Royal Belgian
Ice Hockey Federation
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Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation
Sport Ice Hockey
Inaugural season 1912
Country  Belgium
Most recent champion(s) IHC Leuven
Most titles Brussels Royal IHSC (23)
Official website kbijf.be

The Belgian Hockey League, also known as the Belgian Elite League, is the highest level of competition organized by the Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation. The league winner is crowned the Belgian Champion. The league has been in existence since 1912. The Brussels Royal IHSC the most decorated team with 23 titles.

History[edit]

Early History[edit]

The Belgian Hockey League played first in 1912. The play was interrupted several times in its history. The first game suspension happened 1914-1920 due to World War I. The next break was from 1929-1934 due to the world economic crisis. The 3rd and last break was in the 1994/95 season, which was cancelled after the regular season due to issues over playoff participation.

Recent History[edit]

In 2009, there were 5 clubs competing in the Elite league for the Belgian Championship, all from the Flemish Community part of the country (listed below).

During the 2010-2011 season, the two top Belgian teams competed in a joint tournament with the teams of the Dutch Eredivisie called the North Sea Cup. The other three teams dropped out of the Belgian elite league to join the Belgian National League, leaving only Herentals and Turnhout to decide the Belgian Championship.[1] Leuven Chiefs played in the North Sea Cup for the 2011-2012 season, but Turnhout dropped out of the league midway through the season and Leuven dropped out at the end [of the season.

In 2012, the North Sea Cup was discontinued and HYC Herentals joined the Dutch "Eredivisie" league. For the 2012-2013 season, the teams of the Belgian National League joined Leuven and Turnhout to form the "Belgian Elite League", the winner of which becomes the Belgian national champions.

As of 2012-2013, the Belgian Elite League teams, plus HYC Herentals of the Dutch Eredivisie, compete for the Belgian Cup, which is played before and during the Elite League season.

Teams[edit]

Team City/Area
Current Teams
Antwerp Phantoms Deurne
Leuven Chiefs Leuven
Liege Bulldogs Ice Hockey Club Liege
Olympia Heist op den Berg Heist-op-den-Berg
Eeklo Yeti Bears Eeklo
Haskey Hasselt Hasselt
HYC Herentals 2 Herentals
White Caps Turnhout Turnhout
Charleroi Red Roosters Charleroi
Gullegem Jets Gullegem
Team City/Area
Before 2010
HYC Herentals Herentals
Phantoms Deurne Deurne
IHC Louvain Leuven
White Caps Turnhout Turnhout
Olympia Heist op den Berg Heist-op-den-Berg
Team City/Area
Belgian National League before 2010
Liege Bulldogs
Eeklo Yeti Bears
Charleroi Red Roosters
Haskey Hasselt
Atomic Moose
Olympia I.h.c. Vzw
Leuven Ihc
Herentals Hyc
Eindhoven Vikings
Turnhout White Caps
Gullegem Jets
Antwerp Pahntoms
Liederkerke Lions

Belgian Hockey League Champions[edit]

  • 1912: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1913: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1914: Cercle des Patineurs Bruxelles
  • 1915-1919: Not Played
  • 1920: Cercle des Patineurs Bruxelles
  • 1921: Cercle des Patineurs Bruxelles
  • 1922: Saint Sauveur IHC
  • 1923: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1924: Le Puck d'Anvers Antwerp
  • 1925: Le Puck d'Anvers Antwerp
  • 1926: Le Puck d'Anvers Antwerp
  • 1927: Le Puck d'Anvers Antwerp
  • 1928: Le Puck d'Anvers Antwerp
  • 1929: Cercle des Patineurs Anversoises
  • 1930-1933: Not Played
  • 1934: Cercle des Patineurs Anversoises
  • 1935: Cercle des Patineurs Anversoises
  • 1936: Cercle des Patineurs Anversoises
  • 1937: Cercle des Sports d'Hiver Bruxelles
  • 1938: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1939: Cercle des Sports d'Hiver Bruxelles
  • 1940: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1941: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1942: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1943: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1944: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1945: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1946: Cercle des Patineurs Unis
  • 1947: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1948: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1949: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1950: Brabo IHC
  • 1951: Entente Saint-Sauveur Bruxelles
  • 1952: Brabo IHC
  • 1953: Brabo IHC
  • 1954: Brabo IHC
  • 1955: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1956: Antwerp IHC
  • 1957: Antwerp IHC
  • 1958: Antwerp IHC
  • 1959: Antwerp IHC
  • 1960: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1961: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1962: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1963: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1964: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
 
  • 1965: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1966: Olympia IHC
  • 1967: Olympia IHC
  • 1968: Brussels IHSC Poseidon
  • 1969: Olympia IHC
  • 1970: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1971: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1972: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1973: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1974: Cercle des Patineurs Liègois
  • 1975: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1976: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1977: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1978: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1979: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1980: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1981: Herentals IJC
  • 1982: Brussels Royal IHSC
  • 1983: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1984: Herentals IJC
  • 1985: Herentals IJC
  • 1986: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1987: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1988: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1989: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1990: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1991: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1992: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 1993: Herentals IJC
  • 1994: Herentals IJC
  • 1995: Not played
  • 1996: Griffoens Geel
  • 1997: HYC Herentals
  • 1998: HYC Herentals
  • 1999: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 2000: Phantoms Deurne
  • 2001: Phantoms Deurne
  • 2002: HYC Herentals
  • 2003: Phantoms Deurne
  • 2004: Olympia Heist op den Berg
  • 2005: Chiefs Leuven
  • 2006: White Caps Turnhout
  • 2007: White Caps Turnhout
  • 2008: White Caps Turnhout
  • 2009: HYC Herentals
  • 2010: Chiefs Leuven
  • 2011: White Caps Turnhout
  • 2012: Antwerp Phantoms
  • 2013: Chiefs Leuven

Titles by team[edit]

Titles Team Year
23 Brussels Royal IHSC
1911–1948 Brussels IHSC
1948–1954 Enente St`Sauveur
1954–1966 Brussels IHSC
1966–1970 Brussels IHSC Poseidon
1912, 1913, 1923, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982
11 Olympia Heist op den Berg 1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2004
10 Cercle des Patineurs Liègois 1949, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1974
5 Herentals IJC 1981, 1984, 1985, 1993, 1994
5 Le Puck d’Anvers 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928
4 HYC Herentals 1998, 1997, 2002, 2009
4 Antwerp Ice Hockey Club 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
4 Brabo IHC 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954
4 Cercle des Patineurs Anversoises 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936
4 White Caps Turnhout 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
3 Cercle des Patineurs de Bruxelles 1914, 1920, 1921
3 Olympia IHC 1966, 1967, 1969
3 Phantoms Deurne 2000, 2001, 2003
3 Chiefs Leuven 2005, 2010, 2013
2 Cercle des Sports d’Hiver de Bruxelles 1937, 1939
1 Saint Sauveur IHC 1922
1 Cercle des Patineurs Unis 1946
1 Griffoens Geel 1996

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