HC TWK Innsbruck
|HC TWK Innsbruck|
|City||Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria|
|League||Austrian National League
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
|Home arena||OlympiaWorld Innsbruck
|General manager||Günther Hanschitz|
|Head coach||Christer Olsson|
|Website||HC TWK Innsbruck|
|1999–||HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck|
HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck is an Austrian professional ice hockey team that currently plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL). They play their home games at OlympiaWorld Innsbruck complex in Innsbruck.
The club was founded in 1994 as HC Innsbruck and in 1999 with the introduction of wealthy sponsor "Tyrolean Hydropower" were renamed to HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck. Since the 2000-01 season the Sharks were playing in the highest Austrian league and was the first Innsbruck team in the first division since the exit of EV Innsbruck upon completion of the 1992-93 season.
Over the years, the team reached the semi-finals on multiple occasions, however, never made it to the finals. In recent seasons, the majority of the squad has often been replaced, but this was reflected on the budget constraints. In addition, the team failed to win in the final stages of the season, year after year, repeated regularly and culminated in the early playoff exits.
On 3 March 2009, Innsbruck announced its intention to leave the Erste Bank Hockey League for financial reasons and resume play in the second tier, the Austrian National League.
Their return season in the new league was completed with a successful squad that consisted mainly of young Tyrolean players. The club finished the regular season first, seven points ahead of the runner-up Dornbirner EC. In the final Innsbruck were defeated by the Vorarlbergians, losing the series 3 games to 1. Two years later, the club succeeded in winning the second division National League Championship, for the first time in Franchise history. A short time later it was announced that Innsbruck would return to the top flight EBEL league.
The Innsbruck Sharks' home games are played at the OlympiaWorld Innsbruck complex, which hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976. Innsbruck have the luxury to play at two home venues within the complex, after first primarily using the Olympiahalle Innsbruck which seated approximately 8,000, which was renovated for the 2005 IIHF World Championship.
In 2005, the Sharks moved to also play in the smaller capacity and purpose built Tyrolean Ice Arena which seats 3,200. The Olympiahalle is now used sparingly, specially to cater for larger crowds on important rival games or playoff games.
Updated October 1, 2014.
|Head Coach||Christer Olsson|
|Asst. Coach||Pierre Beaulieu|
|Team Doctor||Dr Ekkehard Steiner|
- "Erste Bank Eishockey Liga reaches it's 10th season". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
- "Olympiaworld venue listings" (in German). olympiaworld.at. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
- "HC TWK Innsbruck - Team -Roster" (in German). HC TWK Innsbruck. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
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