Czech Extraliga

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Czech Extraliga
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 Czech Extraliga season
Czechextraliga.jpg
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
No. of teams 14
Country  Czech Republic
Most recent champion(s) HC Škoda Plzeň
Most titles VHK Vsetín (6)
TV partner(s) Česká televize
Related competitions Czech 1.liga
Czech 2.liga
Official website www.hokej.cz

The Czech Extraliga (Czech: Extraliga ledního hokeje, ELH) is the highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic. It was created by the 1993 split of the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League following the breakup of Czechoslovakia. In 2008 the IIHF ranked the Extraliga as the third-highest ice hockey league in Europe.[1] Many Extraliga players leave every year on transfers to the North American NHL and the KHL.


Naming and sponsorship[edit]

The name of the league is leased to a general sponsor and changes frequently.


League format[edit]

14 teams compete in the league, with the top 6 teams at the end of the regular season play qualifying for the playoffs to determine the league champion, known as the Česká pojišťovna play-off Tipsport extraligy. The teams that finish 7th through 10th play a play-in series (best-of-five) to determine who will join the top six into the playoff quarter-finals (best-of-seven). The four lowest ranked teams (11–14) after the regular season play in a play-out group (12 games, all regular-season matches are counted into the ranking). The last-place team after the play-out group plays with the winner of the First League playoff series (best-of-seven), with the winner of that series being qualified to play in Extraliga the following season while the losing team plays in the First League.

Since the 2006-07 season, 3 points have been awarded for a regulation win and 2 points for an overtime victory, while the defeated team in overtime gets 1 point. If necessary, penalty shots are used to decide games after overtime.

From the 2006-07 season through the 2007-08 season there was only one assist credited for each goal instead of the standard two that other leagues credit. This rule change affected league statistics in a negative manner, and so the rule was changed back to the standard two assists starting in the 2008-09 season.

During the 2011-12 season the association of Czech Extraliga managers attempted to close the league to prevent any relegations to or promoting from the second tier national league and also set a maximum salary cap similar to the NHL system. [2] However, after some legal difficulties and strong opposition by the public the whole proposition was scratched.

Current teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
Kometa Brno Brno Kajot Arena 7,200
Piráti Chomutov Chomutov SD Arena Chomutov 5,250
Mountfield HK Hradec Králové Zimní stadion Hradec Králové 7,700
Energie Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary KV Arena 6,000
Rytíři Kladno Kladno Zimní stadion Kladno 8,600
Bílí Tygři Liberec Liberec Tipsport Arena 7,500
Verva Litvínov Litvínov Ivan Hlinka Stadion 7,000
ČSOB Pojišťovna Pardubice Pardubice ČEZ Aréna (Pardubice) 10,194
HC Škoda Plzeň Plzeň ČEZ Aréna (Plzeň) 8,420
Slavia Praha Prague O2 Arena 17,360
Sparta Praha Prague Tipsport Arena 13,995
Oceláři Třinec Třinec Werk Arena 5,200
Vítkovice Steel Ostrava ČEZ Aréna (Ostrava) 9,551
PSG Zlín Zlín Zimní stadion Luďka Čajky 7,500

Past champions[edit]

by Year[edit]


by Club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
VHK Vsetín
6
1
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
HC Sparta Praha
4
1
2000, 2002, 2006, 2007
HC Pardubice
3
3
2005, 2010, 2012
HC Slavia Praha
2
3
2003, 2008
PSG Zlín
1
3
2004
Energie Karlovy Vary
1
1
2009
HC Oceláři Třinec
1
1
2011
HC Olomouc
1
0
1994
HC Škoda Plzeň
1
0
2013


by Region[edit]

Region Titles Winning Clubs
Zlín Region
7
VHK Vsetín (6), PSG Zlín (1)
Prague
6
HC Sparta Praha (4), HC Slavia Praha (2)
Pardubice Region
3
HC Pardubice (3)
Olomouc Region
1
HC Olomouc (1)
Karlovy Vary Region
1
Energie Karlovy Vary (1)
Moravian-Silesian Region
1
HC Oceláři Třinec (1)
Plzeň Region
1
HC Škoda Plzeň (1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russian league tops first CHL ranking". Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Czech Extraliga Managers Want to Close the League". eurohockey.com. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

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