HDD Olimpija Ljubljana

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Club crest
Full name Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo Olimpija Ljubljana
Nickname(s) Zmaji (The Dragons)
Zeleno-beli (The Green-Whites)
Founded 1928; 86 years ago (1928) (as SK Ilirija)[1]
Based in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Arena Tivoli Hall
(capacity: 7,000)

Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Slovenian Ice Hockey League

Yugoslav Hockey League
Team colors               
GM Matjaž Sekelj
Head coach Fabian Dahlem
Captain Aleš Mušič
Affiliates HK Olimpija Ljubljana
Website Official website
Active sport clubs of Olimpija
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Football Basketball Handball Hockey

Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo Olimpija Ljubljana, commonly referred to as HDD Olimpija or simply Olimpija, is a Slovenian professional ice hockey team that plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. They play their home games at the Tivoli Hall in Ljubljana. Olimpija has won 13 Yugoslav championships and 13 Slovenian championships. They won 10 consecutive times from 1995 to 2004. In the 2007–08 season, their first in Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, they made it all the way to the Finals, but lost 4 games to 2 against EC Red Bull Salzburg. The current main sponsor (as of 2012) of the team is Telemach, the leading Slovenian provider of cable TV, telephony and broadband internet services.[2]


The club was founded in 1928 as SK Ilirija.[1] It was the first club on the territory of Yugoslavia to play organized ice hockey under the Canadian rules.

Club names through history
  • SK Ilrija (1928–1942)
  • HK Udarnik (1946)
  • HK Triglav (1947)
  • HK Enotnost (1948)
  • HK Ljubljana (1949–1961)
  • HK Olimpija Ljubljana (1962–1984)
  • HK Olimpija Kompas (1985–1990)
  • HK Olimpija Hertz (1991–1998)
  • HDD ZM Olimpija (2001–2008)
  • HDD Tilia Olimpija (2008–2012)
  • HDD Telemach Olimpija (2012–)


The team play their home matches at the Tivoli Hall, a 7,000 all-seated multi-purpose indoor hall in Ljubljana.


The club has two official supporter groups. One is the Ultras group Green Dragons and the other a smaller but more active group called Ledeni Zmaji (Ice Dragons).


Current roster[edit]

# Player Catches Hometown Former Club
20 Slovenia Matic Boh L Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 Slovenia Mitja Koren L Ljubljana, Slovenia
35 United States Jerry Kuhn L Southgate, Michigan
# Player Shoots Hometown Former Club
55 Canada Patrick Coulombe L Saint-Fabien, Quebec Vålerenga Ishockey
4 Slovenia Igor Cvetek L Ljubljana, Slovenia
5 United States Andrew Thomas R Bow, New Hampshire Syracuse Crunch
6 Slovenia Boštjan Groznik L Brezje, Slovenia
11 Slovenia Žiga Grahut R Celje, Slovenia HK Acroni Jesenice
23 Slovenia Damjan Dervarič L Ljubljana, Slovenia
27 United States Michael Ratchuk L Buffalo, New York Florida Everblades
47 Slovenia Matevž Erman R Jesenice, Slovenia HK Acroni Jesenice
# Player Position Shoots Hometown Former Club
7 Russia Georgi Pogodin Alexejev C L Moscow, Russia HDD Bled
9 Canada Scott Freeman RW R Whitby, Ontario Bakersfield Condors
10 Canada Brock McBride C D Cornwall, Ontario Belfast Giants
14 Slovenia Matej Hočevar C R Ljubljana, Slovenia
15 Canada Chris D'Alvise C L Mississauga, Ontario Springfield Falcons
16 Slovenia Aleš Mušič LW L Ljubljana, Slovenia
18 Slovenia Ken Ograjenšek RW D Celje, Slovenia
19 Slovenia Žiga Pance RW L Ljubljana, Slovenia
26 Slovenia Jaka Ankerst LW L Kranj, Slovenia HK Acroni Jesenice
29 Slovenia Anže Ropret RW R Ljubljana, Slovenia
30 Slovenia Eric Pance RW L Ljubljana, Slovenia
39 Slovenia Jan Muršak RW R Maribor, Slovenia Detroit Red Wings
51 United States Kevin DeVergilio C R Sterling Heights, Michigan Tingsryd
61 Slovenia Gregor Režek C R Ljubljana, Slovenia
91 Slovenia Miha Verlič C L Maribor, Slovenia Slezan Opava
93 Slovenia Miha Pesjak C L Jesenice, Slovenia

Team captains (since 1988)[edit]

Former NHL players, who played for Olimpija[edit]

Head Coaches (since 1989)[edit]

  • Soviet Union Nikolai Ladygin, 1989–1990
  • Soviet Union Alexander Astashev, 1990–1991
  • Slovenia Štefan Seme, 1991–1992
  • Czech Republic Peter Janoš, 1992–1993
  • United States Brad Buetow, 1993–1994
  • Slovenia Pavle Kavčič, 1994–1995, 1995–1996, 1996–1997
  • Slovenia Matjaž Sekelj, 1997–1998, 1998–1999
  • Canada Bud Stefanski, 1998–1999
  • Slovenia Matjaž Sekelj, 1999–2000
  • Slovenia Marjan Gorenc, 2000–2001, 2001–2002
  • United States Chris Imes, 2002–2003
  • Slovenia Matjaž Sekelj, 2003–2004, 2004–2005
  • Slovenia Andrej Brodnik, 2005–2006
  • Russia Ildar Rahmatullin, 2006–2007, 2007–2008
  • United States Mike Posma, 2007–2008, 2008–2009
  • Canada Randy Edmonds, 2008–2009
  • Slovenia Bojan Zajc, 2008–2009
  • Canada France Dany Gelinas, 2009–2010
  • Finland Hannu Järvenpää, 2009–2012
  • Finland Heikki Mälkiä, 2012–2012
  • Slovenia Bojan Zajc, 2012–2014
  • Germany Fabian Dahlem, 2014–

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 24 - Tomaž Vnuk, C, 1987–2009


  1. ^ a b "HDD Telemach Olimpija" (in Slovene). hokej.si. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Sporočila za javnost | Telemach

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