Eisbären Berlin

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Eisbären Berlin
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City Berlin, Germany
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Founded 1954
Home arena O2 World
Colors               
Owner(s) Anschutz Entertainment Group
(Philip Anschutz, chairman)
Head coach Jeff Tomlinson
Captain André Rankel
Website www.eisbaeren.de
Franchise history
1954–90 SC Dynamo Berlin
1990–92 EHC Dynamo Berlin
1992–2000 EHC Eisbären Berlin

About this sound Eisbären Berlin  (English: Berlin Polar Bears) are a professional ice hockey team based in Berlin, Germany. The team competes in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the highest level of play in professional German ice hockey and is also one of the league's founding members. The Eisbären have won the DEL championship more times than any other team. They captured titles in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. They also won the German ice hockey cup in 2007 as well as the European Trophy in 2010. Before reunification the team won the East German ice hockey championship 15 times.[1]

The club's origins go back to 1954, when an ice hockey section was founded within the existing SC Dynamo Berlin sports club of the East German Police, and the Ministry for State Security. Following incorporation into the West German 1. Bundesliga in 1990, the team was renamed into EHC Dynamo Berlin and again in 1992 into EHC Eisbären Berlin. Since 2008 home games are played at the O2 World.

The Eisbären are one of two DEL teams owned by the American-based Anschutz Entertainment Group, the other being the Hamburg Freezers. The official logo of the Eisbären team is the polar bear, a reference to the black bear appearing on Berlin's coat of arms.

History[edit]

1954–1994: GDR and 1. Bundesliga years[edit]

The sports club Dynamo Berlin (SC Dynamo Berlin) was part of the sports association SV Dynamo of the East German Police and Secret service. It offered a wide spectrum of competitive athletic activities, including track and field, swimming, gymnastics, fencing, rowing, boxing and ice skating. SC Dynamo Berlin created an ice hockey section in 1954 and the club won their East German first title in 1966. In 1971 the league was reduced to just two teams and SC Dynamo Berlin and SG Dynamo Weißwasser made up the smallest ice hockey league in the world. All together Berlin won the East German championship 15 times, the last title coming in 1988. In 1984, Dynamo Berlin competed at the European Cup of Champions and came in third place.[2]

In 1990, the year of German reunification, both former East German ice hockey clubs, SC Dynamo Berlin and SG Dynamo Weißwasser, which had been renamed into PEV Weißwasser, were assigned to the 1. Bundesliga, at the time the highest level of play in German ice hockey. The club was renamed to EHC Dynamo Berlin in the same year. However, Berlin was unable to compete successfully and was consequently relegated to the lower 2. Bundesliga at the end of the season. The club was promoted back to the 1. Bundesliga following the 1991–92 season. In 1992 the club was renamed again, this time to "EHC Eisbären Berlin" and also introduced the polar bear logo. However, due to severe financial difficulties, the club had to rely heavily on its junior and other low-tier players and thus regularly finished at the bottom of the standings and struggled to avoid relegation to the 2. Bundeliga.[3]

1994–present: DEL years[edit]

Since 2008, the home ice arena has been O2 World.

The German Eishockey Bundesliga was abolished following the 1993–94 season and a new league – Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) – was created. The Eisbären are one of the league's 18 founding members. Following the Bosman ruling of 1995, the club replaced almost the entire roster with veteran European players in 1996–97.[4] The team finished the regular season in third place and reached the DEL play-offs for the first time. In 1997 the club was renamed into "EHC neue Eisbären Berlin gegr. 1997 e.V.".[5] The following season, 1997–98, the Eisbären advanced to the final round of the DEL play-offs and finished the season as runner up. The team also participated in the Continental Cup in Tampere, Finland, and finished in second place.[4] In 1998–99 Eisbären participated in the European Hockey League and finished in third place.[4]

The Anschutz Entertainment Group acquired sole ownership of the Eisbären in 1999, ensuring financial stability.[4] The team finished in second place at the 2000 IIHF Continental Cup. In 2002–03 and 2003–04 the team finished the DEL regular season in first place, but fell short of capturing the title. At hat time, the team had already become hugely popular, selling out 28 of 31 home games during the 2003–04 season[4] In 2005–06 and 2006–07 the Eisbären were the German representative at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.[4]

In 2004–05, a season by characterised by the 2004–05 NHL lockout saw the Eisbären capture their first DEL championship. With the help of NHL veterans, such as Erik Cole, Nathan Dempsey and Olaf Kölzig, Berlin beat Mannheim in three games.[4] The title was defended successfully in 2006 against the DEG Metro Stars.[4] The third DEL championship was captured in 2008, when the Eisbären beat Kölner Haie in the final round of the play offs. In 2008 the Eisbären hosted the NHLsTampa Bay Lightning in a pre-season game, which the Lightning won 4:1.[6] The fourth DEL title followed in 2009, when the DEG Metro Stars were beaten 3:1 in a best-of-five final play-off round. In 2010 the team won the European Trophy, continuing its success on an international scale. A fifth DEL title was won in 2011, when the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg were swept in the final round of the play-offs.[7] The most recent title was won in 2012, after a full length best-of-five final against Adler Mannheim. With that title the Eisbären Berlin have won 6 DEL titles, making them the current DEL championship record holder.[8]

Home Arena[edit]

Until the 2007–08 season the Eisbären played home games at the Sportforum Hohenschönhausen complex. The corrugated tin roof of the ice hockey facility gave rise to the stadium's popular name "Wellblechpalast" (English: corrugated tin palace). The standing/seating capacity of the stadium is 4695. Whilst the "Wellblechpalast" is still being used as a training facility, since the 2008 season the Eisbären are playing their home games in the newly built O2 World, a multi functional arena located at the Spree River with a seating-capacity of 14200.[9]

Team Anthem[edit]

The official team anthem of the Eisbären Berlin is "Hey, wir wollen die Eisbären seh'n" (approximately "Hey, We Want to See The Polar Bears"), recorded by veteran East German band the Puhdys in 1997. The song became a popular tune in German mountain resorts during après-ski parties, and went on to appear on several winter-themed music compilations. It has also been adopted by the club's Russian namesake, HC Dynamo Moscow, and could be heard at their games during the 2008–09 season. Dutch team Geleen Eaters have also used a lyrically-altered cover of the song as their victory anthem.

The Eisbären goal song consists of a sequence of four separate elements. The line "Berlin, Halleluja Berlin", from the song "Brandenburg" by Rainald Grebe is followed by the can-can from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld and the line "Ach du meine Nase" by the East German puppet character Pittiplatsch. The sequence is completed by the children's rhyme „Ene mene miste“ from the popular children's TV programme Rappelkiste.

Honors[edit]

1 Deutsche Eishockey Liga Championship (7): 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
1 East German Ice Hockey Championship (15): 1966, 1967, 1968, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
1 European Trophy (1): 2008
1 Deutscher Eishockey-Pokal (1): 2008
2 IIHF Continental Cup (2): 1998, 2000 [10]
3 SKODA AUTO European Hockey League (EHL) (1): 1999

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 5, 2014.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
29 Germany Baxmann, JensJens Baxmann D L 29 2003 Wernigerode, Germany
17 Canada Bell, MarkMark Bell C/LW L 33 2013 St. Pauls, Ontario, Canada
55 United States Borer, CaseyCasey Borer D L 29 2013 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
90 Germany Braun, ConstantinConstantin Braun D L 26 2005 Lampertheim, Germany
12 Germany Braun, LaurinLaurin Braun RW L 23 2008 Lampertheim, Germany
26 Germany Busch, FlorianFlorian Busch LW L 29 2002 Tegernsee, Germany
60 Denmark Christensen, MadsMads Christensen (UFA) LW L 27 2010 Herning, Denmark
83 Canada Foy, MattMatt Foy RW R 31 2012 Oakville, Ontario, Canada
4 Germany Haase, HenryHenry Haase D L 21 2009 Berlin, Germany
7 Germany Hördler, FrankFrank Hördler (A) D L 29 2003 Bad Muskau, Germany
51 Germany Koslowski, JohnJohn Koslowski LW L 20 2009 Berlin, Germany
15 Germany Mulock, T. J.T. J. Mulock LW R 29 2009 Langley, British Columbia, Canada
35 Germany Niederberger, MathiasMathias Niederberger G L 21 2014 Düsseldorf, Germany
40 Germany Olver, DarinDarin Olver C L 29 2011 Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
33 Czech Republic Pohl, PetrPetr Pohl RW R 27 2014 Kopřivnice, Czechoslovakia
24 Germany Rankel, AndréAndré Rankel (C) LW L 28 2003 Berlin, Germany
16 Germany Schlenker, VincentVincent Schlenker RW R 21 2009 Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
3 United States Sharrow, JimmyJimmy Sharrow (A) D R 29 2010 Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
48 Canada Talbot, JulianJulian Talbot C/D L 29 2011 Wahnapitae, Ontario, Canada
22 United States Tallackson, BarryBarry Tallackson RW R 31 2011 Grafton, North Dakota, USA
53 Italy Trivellato, AlexAlex Trivellato D L 21 2013 Bolzano, Italy
52 Germany Ziegler, SvenSven Ziegler LW R 19 2009 Nuremberg, Germany


Honored members[edit]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP= Games, W = Win, L = Loss, T = Tie, OTL = Overtime Loss, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Point System: Win = 2 points, T = 1 point, OTL = 1 point

Season League GP W L T OTL Points Finish GF GA Postseason
1990–91 1. BL 44 8 29 7 0 23 12th 118 146 Relegated to 2. BL, lost to PEV Weißwasser 0:3 (best of five series)
1991–92 2. BL 48 25 13 10 0 60 3rd 233 162 Promoted to 1. BL
1992–93 1. BL 44 8 30 6 0 22 12th 118 207 Missed the Play-offs, avoided relegation, beat SERC 4:0 (best of seven series)
1993–94 1. BL 44 11 31 2 0 24 11th 119 214 Missed the Play-offs, avoided relegation, beat SERC 4:0 (best of seven series)
1994–95 DEL 44 10 32 2 0 22 18th 136 229 Missed the Play-offs
1995–96 DEL 50 11 34 3 2 27 17th 125 236 Missed the Play-offs
1996–97 DEL 50 26 19 4 1 57 4th 177 163 Lost the Semifinal to Kassel Huskies 1:3 (best of seven series)
1997–98 DEL 48 27 14 6 1 61 1st 179 139 Lost the Final to Adler Mannheim 1:3 (best of five series)

Note: W = Win, SOW – Shoot-out Win; L = Losses, SOL' – Shoot-out Losses

Point System: As of the 1998/99 season a new point scoring system was introduced: Win = 3 points; OT/SO Win = 2 points, OTL/SOL = 1point

Season League GP W SOW L SOL Points Finish GF GA Postseason
1998–99 DEL 52 26 4 17 5 91 2nd 210 163 Lost the Semifinal to Adler Mannheim 1:3 (best of five series)
1999–00 DEL 56 23 2 30 3 70 13th 181 193 Missed the Play-offs
2000–01 DEL 60 19 6 31 4 73 14th 192 221 Missed the Play-offs
2001–02 DEL 60 25 6 24 5 92 7th 177 166 Lost the Quarterfinal to Adler Mannheim 1:3 (best of five series)
2002–03 DEL 52 30 5 8 9 109 1st 188 134 Lost the Semifinal to Krefeld Pinguine 1:3 (best of five series)
2003–04 DEL 52 29 5 12 6 103 1st 171 126 Lost the Final to Frankfurt Lions 1:3 (best of five series)
2004–05 DEL 52 101 2nd 166 141 Won the Final against Adler Mannheim 3:1 (best of five series)
2005–06 DEL 52 34 n/a 18 n/a 100 1st 181 142 Won the Final against DEG Metro Stars 3:0 (best of five series)
2006–07 DEL 52 24 28 77 9th 171 157 Lost preliminary round to Frankfurt Lions 1:2 (best of three series)

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime Wins, SOW = Shoot-out Wins, L = Losses, OTL – Overtime Losses, SOL = Shoot-out Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Point System: Win = 3 points; OT/SO Win = 2 points, OTL/SOL = 1point

Season League GP W OTW SOW L OTL SOL Points Finish GF GA Postseason
2007–08 DEL 56 33 2 3 14 3 1 113 2nd 231 165 Won the Final against Kölner Haie 3:1 (best of five series)
2008–09 DEL 52 36 1 4 14 0 2 105 1st 214 143 Won the Final against DEG Metro Stars 3:1 (best of five series)
2009–10 DEL 52 36 2 4 11 1 2 123 1st 209 156 Lost the Quarterfinal to Augsburger Panther 2:3 (best of five series)
2010–11 DEL 52 24 1 5 16 1 5 90 3rd 161 138 Won the Final against Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 3:0 (best of five series)
2011–12 DEL 52 26 3 4 16 2 1 95 1st 171 140 Won the Final against Adler Mannheim 3:2 (best of five series)
2012–13 DEL 52 23 2 3 18 3 3 85 4th 180 152 Won the Final against Kölner Haie 3:1 (best of five series)
2013–14 DEL 52 20 3 5 20 0 4 80 8th 152 152 Lost the preliminary round playoff to ERC Ingolstadt 1:2 (best of three series)
2014–15 DEL

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Club statistics[edit]

Note: this section includes only statistics accumulated between 1990 and the end of the 2011/12 season.[15]

Points leaders
Player Seasons Games Goals Assists Points
Sven Felski 1992–2012 857 209 326 535
Steve Walker 2000–2011 508 179 346 525
Mark Beaufait 2002–2009 223 110 211 321
Denis Pederson 2003–2012 348 131 186 317
Stefan Ustorf 2004–2012 363 94 185 279
Goals
Player Seasons Games Goals
Sven Felski 1992–2012 857 209
Steve Walker 2000–2011 508 179
Denis Pederson 2003–2012 348 131
Chris Govedaris 1996–2001 247 117
Mark Beaufait 2002–2009 223 110
Assists
Name Seasons Games Assists
Steve Walker 2000–2011 508 346
Sven Felski 1992–2012 857 326
Mark Beaufait 2002–2009 223 211
Marc Fortier 1996–2002 311 198
Denis Pederson 2003–2012 348 186
Most Points in a Single Season
Name Season Games Goals Assists Points
Mark Jooris 1991–1992 50 54 69 123
Steve Walker 2007–2008 53 27 58 85
Jiří Dopita 1994–1995 42 28 40 68
Thomas Graul 1991–1992 47 28 32 60
Alex Hicks 2000–2001 56 27 31 58
Most Penalty Minutes
Name Seasons Games PIM
Sven Felski 1992–2012 857 1565
Rob Leask 1996–2006 463 797
Denis Pederson 2003–2012 345 527
Mario Chitaroni 1996–2000 192 512
Yvon Corriveau 1997–2004 237 492
Play-off scoring leaders
Player Seasons Games Goals Assists Points
Steve Walker 2000–2011 85 34 33 67
Mark Beaufait 2002–2009 66 24 38 62
Stefan Ustorf 2002–2012 63 17 43 60
Denis Pederson 2000–2012 65 28 28 56
Sven Feslki 1992–2012 89 15 33 48

Sponsors and Supporters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History: All Teams". Eisbären Berlin. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "History:Milestones". Eisbären Berlin. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ "History:Milestones". Eisbären Berlin. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Eisbären Berlin History" (in German). Eisbären Berlin. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Eisbären Berlin – GESCHICHTE – ZEITTAFEL". Eisbären Berlin (in German). 20 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lightning 4, Berlin Eisbaren 1". 28 September 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Berlin gets hockey title after thriller". Deutsche Eishockey Liga (in German). 19 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Eisbären krallen sich die Krone". Deutsche Eishockey Liga (in German). 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  9. ^ "O2 World (In German)". Eisbären Berlin. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  10. ^ "Zeittafel". Eisbären Berlin. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  11. ^ "Eisbären Berlin - Spieler" (in German). www.eisbaeren.de. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  12. ^ http://www.eurohockey.com/article/1967-sven-felski-ends-career.html
  13. ^ "Standings for the Berlin Polar Bears of the 1.GBun". Eisbären Berlin. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  14. ^ "Standings for the Berlin Polar Bears of the DEL". Eisbären Berlin. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  15. ^ "All-time roster for the Berlin Polar Bears of the DEL". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 

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