HC TWK Innsbruck

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HC TWK Innsbruck
HC TWK Innsbruck Logo.jpeg
City Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
League Austrian National League
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Founded 1994
Home arena OlympiaWorld Innsbruck
(Capacity: 7,212)

Red, Black

Owner(s) Christian Kaltschmid
General manager Günther Hanschitz
Head coach Christer Olsson
Website HC TWK Innsbruck
Franchise history
1994–1999 HC 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.[1]


The Innsbruck Sharks' home games are played at the OlympiaWorld Innsbruck complex, which hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976.[2] 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.

Current roster[edit]

Updated October 1, 2014.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
15 Canada Beech, KrisKris Beech C L 34 2014 Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada
55 Sweden Björk, JohanJohan Björk D L 30 2014 Malmö, Sweden
21 Austria Ebner, MarioMario Ebner D L 19 2013 Innsbruck, Austria
92 Austria Frischmann, DanielDaniel Frischmann F R 23 2012 Hall, Austria
27 Austria Hanschitz, AndreasAndreas Hanschitz LW L 28 2005 Innsbruck, Austria
11 Austria Höller, AlexanderAlexander Höller RW L 30 2009 Innsbruck, Austria
22 Austria Hörtnagl, ChristophChristoph Hörtnagl D L 24 2010 Innsbruck, Austria
96 Austria Huber, MarioMario Huber C R 18 2011 Innsbruck, Austria
8 Austria Kaspitz, RolandRoland Kaspitz C L 33 2014 Spittal an der Drau, Austria
34 Austria Litterbach, ManuelManuel Litterbach G L 21 2012 Innsbruck, Austria
33 Austria Machreich, PatrickPatrick Machreich G L 34 2012 Zell am See, Austria
10 Austria Mössmer, PatrickPatrick Mössmer RW R 32 2008 Innsbruck, Austria
51 Canada Munro, AdamAdam Munro G L 32 2013 St. George, Ontario, Canada
20 Sweden Olsson, MarcusMarcus Olsson C L 28 2014 Trelleborg, Sweden
24 Austria Pedevilla, FlorianFlorian Pedevilla D L 27 2009 Hall, Austria
84 Austria Pittl, StefanStefan Pittl D L 30 2009 Innsbruck, Austria
81 Canada Ross, NickNick Ross D L 26 2014 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
94 Austria Saringer, DominiqueDominique Saringer D L 20 2011 Innsbruck, Austria
41 Austria Schennach, BenediktBenedikt Schennach RW L 27 2011 Breitenwang, Austria
28 Austria Schramm, FabioFabio Schramm F L 20 2013 Innsbruck, Austria
39 Canada Siddall, MattMatt Siddall RW R 30 2014 North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
18 Austria Steinacher, MaximilianMaximilian Steinacher LW R 27 2007 Rum, Austria
5 Austria Stern, FlorianFlorian Stern D L 32 2009 Rum, Austria
44 Canada Ulmer, JeffJeff Ulmer RW R 38 2013 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
12 Sweden Valdix, AndreasAndreas Valdix C L 30 2014 Malmö, Sweden
7 Canada VanBallegooie, DustinDustin VanBallegooie D R 32 2014 Murillo, Ontario, Canada
Head Coach Christer Olsson
Asst. Coach Pierre Beaulieu
Team Doctor Dr Ekkehard Steiner


  1. ^ "Erste Bank Eishockey Liga reaches it's 10th season". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Olympiaworld venue listings" (in German). olympiaworld.at. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  3. ^ "HC TWK Innsbruck - Team -Roster" (in German). HC TWK Innsbruck. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 

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