Friesland Flyers

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Full name Friesland Flyers
Founded 1967
Based in Heerenveen, Netherlands
Arena Thialf
(capacity: 3,500)
League Eredivisie
1971-present
Dutch Cup
Team colors               
GM Netherlands Rob van Aalderen
Head coach Netherlands Chris Eimers
Assistant coaches Canada Justin Bekkering
Website www.frieslandflyers.nl

The Friesland Flyers is a ice hockey club located in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The highest playing team, who competes in the Eredivisie, the highest-level hockey division in the Netherlands, is a professional team. This team also competes for the Dutch Cup prior to the Eredivisie season. Home games are played in the icehockey arena of Thialf.

History[edit]

The Friesland Flyers were founded in 1967 and played their first season in the Eredivisie in 1971-72. The Flyers set the Eredivisie record for the most consecutive championships with 7 between 1976 and 1983.

Heerenveen is the smallest Dutch city currently represented in the Eredivisie (although the Belgian city of Herentals is smaller).

The highest played team has competed, for sponsorship reasons, under several names in the eredivisie. Since 2011 the club is named "Friesland Flyers" (a non-sponsorship name) to show they are not alone the club for the town Heerenveen, but also for whole Friesland.

Names marked with * are sponsorship names.
Competed name Seasons Notes
Thialf Heerenveen 1971/72 - 1973/74
* Peters & Jagers Heerenveen 1974/75
* Feenstra Verwarming Heerenveen 1975/76 - 1977/78
* Feenstra Flyers 1978/79 - 1983/84
* Freriks Flyers 1984/85
* BP Flyers 1985/86 - 1989/90
* Forbo Flyers 1990/91 - 1991/92
Flyers 1992/93 - 1994/95 (until January 1995)
* Pelgrim Flyers 1994/95 - 1999/00 (from January 1995)
* Formido Flyers 2000/01 - 2003/04
* Vadeko Flyers 2004/05 - 2007/08
* Hajé Flyers 2008/09 - 2009/10
* A6.nl Flyers 2010/11
Friesland Flyers 2011/12 - 2012/13 (until January 2013 still sponsored by A6.nl;
from January 2013 sponsored by UNIS)

Championships[edit]

National Championship
7 times Champion: 1976-77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83
Dutch Cup
10 times winner: 1976-77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1997–98, 2001-02

Season results[edit]

Recent seasons from 2005-06 to 2012-13.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime Wins, OTL = Overtime Losses, L = Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Season GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
2012–13 36 21 2 3 10 138 97 70 3rd, Eredivisie Lost semi-finals to Tilburg (0W-3L)
2011–12 14 5 0 1 8 52 63 16 6th, North Sea Cup Lost qtr.final round-robin to The Hague and Tilburg(0W-1OTL-7L)
2010–11 28 15 4 0 9 118 105 53 3rd, North Sea Cup Lost quarter-finals to Geleen (0-2)
2009–10 28 15 2 2 9 125 88 51 5th, Eredivisie Lost quarter-finals to Geleen (0-2)
2008–09 24 11 1 2 10 87 79 37 5th, Eredivisie Lost quarter-finals to Nijmegen (0-3)
2007-08 24 18 1 1 4 119 53 57 2nd, Eredivisie Lost finals to Tilburg (1-4)
2006-07 20 8 3 0 9 80 78 30 4th, Eredivisie Lost semi-finals to Geleen (0-3)
2005-06 20 12 1 3 4 92 56 41 2nd, Eredivisie Lost finals to Nijmegen (2-3)

2013-14 Roster[edit]

# Nation Name
Goalies
30  Netherlands Martijn Oosterwijk
31  Netherlands Sjoerd Idzenga
Defenders
2  Canada Brock Matheson
23  Netherlands Nick de Jong
15  Canada Andrew Krelove
37  Canada Nick Kuiper
52  Netherlands Mark Hoekstra
16  Netherlands Niels van der Vossen
Forwards
3  Netherlands Joey Oosterveld
5  Netherlands Sander Dijkstra
9  Netherlands Kevin Bruijsten
10  Netherlands Brent Janssen
11  Netherlands Aldo van Aalderen
13  Canada Jade Galbraith
19  Netherlands Calvin Pohlman
20  Netherlands Kevin Bruijsten
21  Netherlands Tony Demelinne
70  Netherlands Valentijn Bouten
71  Canada Shawn Collymore
84  Netherlands Kevin Nijland
97  Netherlands Marc Nijland

Staff[edit]

  • Chris Eimers – Head Coach
  • Justin Bekkering – Assistant Coach
  • Rob van Aalderen – Team manager
  • Roderick Langendijk – Physiotherapist
  • Hendrik Beeksma – Equipment
  • Dirk Lindeboom – Equipment
  • Erik Schra – Equipment
  • Kim Zeijlstra – Statistics

Former coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

  • Netherlands Alwin Assenberg
  • Netherlands Jolke Balt
  • Netherlands Jeroen Beeksma
  • Canada Cole Byers

External links[edit]