Graz 99ers

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EC Moser Medical Graz 99ers
Logo EC Medical Moser Graz.png
City Graz, Styria, Austria
League Austrian National League
1999–2000
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
2000–
Founded 1999
Home arena Eisstadion Graz Liebenau
(Capacity: 4,050)
Colors Black, Orange
         
Owner(s) Jochen Pildner-Steinburg
General manager Bernd Vollman
Head coach Todd Bjorkstrand
Captain Olivier Latendresse
Website 99ers.at
Franchise history
1999– EC Graz 99ers

The Moser Medical Graz 99ers are an Austrian ice hockey team from Graz, Styria. The club was founded in 1999 after previous club, EHC Graz, folded prior to the 1998–99 season due to financial difficulties. The Graz 99ers started in the 1999–00 season in the Austrian National League, Austria's second division, where they were crowned instant champions. Since the 2000–01 season they have been playing in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga .

History[edit]

Hockey was played at Premier League level in Graz mainly from two predecessor clubs. The Hockey department of the ATSE Graz (Workers' Gymnastics and Sports Association Eggenberg) was founded in 1947 and won to date the only Graz Hockey club title at the top Austrian League level in the 1974-75 and 1977-78 season. The club was merged early nineties with the UEC Graz, shortly after the EC Graz emerged. In 2008, the Hockey section of was ATSE Graz reactivated on league level.

The EC Graz (also called "the elephant") experienced under President Hannes Kartnig its heyday, finishing three times the runner-up title in the seasons 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1993-94 despite running at a high financial cost. After the departure of Hannes Kartnig, the football club SK Sturm Graz changed, they tried to rescue the EC Graz. When this plan failed in 1998 was the EHC Graz established with Helmut Botchkay as president.[1]

Establishment and promotion to the Bundesliga

In 1999 Jochen Pildner-Steinburg founded the Graz 99ers as the successor club of the EC Graz to offer Hockey League back in the Styrian capital. The team premiered in the second division, the Austrian National League, finishing after 28 rounds played, in first place in the table. In the semifinals, the team continued after opening game defeat to persevere to a 3: 1 series win against the EHC Lustenau to met EK Zell am See in the final. The series was decided in four games with Graz taking advantage of the opportunity for promotion to the Austrian Hockey League.

Current roster[edit]

Updated October 8, 2014.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
11 Norway Bastiansen, AndersAnders Bastiansen C L 34 2014 Oslo, Norway
19 Canada Coetzee, WillieWillie Coetzee RW R 24 2014 Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Canada Cuma, TylerTyler Cuma D L 24 2014 Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
86 Austria Fellinger, StephanStephan Fellinger C R 20 2014 Tulln, Austria
17 Austria Ganahl, ManuelManuel Ganahl RW L 24 2009 Bludenz, Austria
23 United States Ganzak, MitchMitch Ganzak D L 30 2014 Redford, Michigan, United States
41 Austria Imrich, WolfWolf Imrich G L 22 2014 Graz, Austria
71 Latvia Jekimovs, RobertsRoberts Jekimovs W R 25 2014 Riga, Latvia
7 Finland Jyrkkiö, JesseJesse Jyrkkiö D R 25 2014 Hämeenlinna, Finland
4 Canada Kelly, MattMatt Kelly D L 29 2014 Tottenham, Ontario, Canada
89 Finland Lammassaari, PetriPetri Lammassaari RW R 29 2014 Eurajoki, Finland
6 Denmark Lassen, StefanStefan Lassen D L 29 2013 Herning, Denmark
44 Canada Latendresse, OlivierOlivier Latendresse (C) LW L 28 2011 La Salle, Quebec, Canada
25 United States Marto, JakeJake Marto D L 28 2014 Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
72 Austria Moderer, KevinKevin Moderer C L 24 2008 Graz, Austria
18 Slovakia Petruska, TomasTomas Petruska LW R 28 2014 Presov, Slovakia
78 Austria Pinter, PhilippPhilipp Pinter C R 29 2014 Villach, Austria
80 Austria Pohl, NicoNico Pohl D R 21 2012 Graz, Austria
24 Austria Reinthaler, KristofKristof Reinthaler D L 26 2011 Graz, Austria
35 Canada Sabourin, DanyDany Sabourin G L 34 2013 Val-d'Or, Quebec, Canada
13 Canada Scofield, TylerTyler Scofield RW L 30 2014 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
46 Austria Still, MarioMario Still G L 20 2013 Wagna, Austria
30 Austria Strohmeier, RupertRupert Strohmeier RW L 23 2012 Wien, Austria
92 Austria Unterwerger, ClemensClemens Unterwerger D L 22 2012 Lienz, Austria
91 Slovenia Verlič, MihaMiha Verlič C L 23 2014 Maribor, Slovenia
14 United States Walker, LukeLuke Walker RW R 24 2014 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
3 Austria Wiedergut, AndreasAndreas Wiedergut D L 26 2013 Villach, Austria
51 Austria Woger, DanielDaniel Woger LW R 26 2013 Bregenz, Austria
8 Slovakia Zagrapan, MarekMarek Zagrapan C L 28 2014 Presov, Slovakia
10 Latvia Nauris Zusevics, ZintisZintis Nauris Zusevics LW R 20 2011 Riga, Latvia
Staff
Title STAFF MEMBER
Head Coach Todd Bjorkstrand
Asst. Coach Kenny Fargnoli
Asst. Coach Ivo Jan

Former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EC Graz 99ers details". Eurohockey.com. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Graz 99ers- Team -Roster" (in German). Graz 99ers. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 

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