Elite.A

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Elite.A
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Lega Italiana Hockey su Ghiaccio
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1924
No. of teams 10
Country Italy
Most recent champion(s) Asiago Hockey AS
Official website http://www.lihg.it/

Elite.A is the name of the top tier of professional ice hockey in Italy, which first began play in 1924. They are conducted under the authority of the Federazione Italiana Sport del Ghiaccio (FISG). As in the other top-level Italian sports leagues, the winners of the Elite.A will wear the Scudetto the following season. The league's cup is known as the Rbk Hockey Cup to reflect Reebok's sponsorship of the league.

The league was formerly known as the Serie A (full name: la Serie A di hockey su ghiaccio, or A Series of ice hockey), but changed its name to Elite.A in 2013.[1]

2012/13[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
HC Alleghe Alleghe, Veneto Stadio Alvise De Toni 2,500
Associazione Sportiva Asiago Hockey Asiago, Veneto Stadio Hodegart 2,200
Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Bolzano, South Tyrol Palaonda-Eiswelle 7,220
Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio 2,700
Sportiva Hockey Club Fassa Canazei, Trentino Stadio del Ghiaccio Gianmario Scola 3,500
Hockey Milano Rossoblu Milan, Lombardy Stadio del Ghiaccio Agorà 4,000
Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba Pontebba, Friuli-Venezia Giulia PalaVuerich 2,000
Sportverein Ritten-Renon Ritten, South Tyrol Arena Ritten 1,200
Hockey Club Pustertal-Val Pusteria Bruneck, South Tyrol Leitner Solar Arena 2,150
Hockey Club Valpellice Torre Pellice, Piedmont Palaghiaccio Olimpico di Torre Pellice 2,500

2011/12[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
HC Alleghe Alleghe, Veneto Stadio Alvise De Toni 2,500
Associazione Sportiva Asiago Hockey Asiago, Veneto Stadio Hodegart 2,200
Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Bolzano, South Tyrol Palaonda-Eiswelle 7,220
Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio 2,700
Sportiva Hockey Club Fassa Canazei, Trentino Stadio del Ghiaccio Gianmario Scola 3,500
Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba Pontebba, Friuli-Venezia Giulia PalaVuerich 2,000
Sportverein Ritten-Renon Ritten, South Tyrol Arena Ritten 1,200
Hockey Club Pustertal-Val Pusteria Bruneck, South Tyrol Leitner Solar Arena 2,150
Hockey Club Valpellice Torre Pellice, Piedmont Palaghiaccio Olimpico di Torre Pellice 2,500
HC Broncos Sterzing-Vipiteno Sterzing, South Tyrol Disco Arena 1,700

Playing format[edit]

  • First part: "Regular season" - Every team plays four matches against each other.
  • Second Part: After the regular season the teams will be divided into 2 groups to determine access to play off and play out (round robin).
  • Third part: "Play Off" - Quarterfinals: 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5. Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played at the best of 7. "Play Out" - 9 vs 10.

2010/11[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
HC Alleghe Alleghe, Veneto Stadio Alvise De Toni 2,500
Associazione Sportiva Asiago Hockey Asiago, Veneto Stadio Hodegart 2,200
Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Bolzano, South Tyrol Palaonda-Eiswelle 7,220
Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio 2,700
Sportiva Hockey Club Fassa Canazei, Trentino Stadio del Ghiaccio Gianmario Scola 3,500
Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba Pontebba, Friuli-Venezia Giulia PalaVuerich 2,000
Sportverein Ritten-Renon Ritten, South Tyrol Arena Ritten 1,200
Hockey Club Pustertal-Val Pusteria Bruneck, South Tyrol Leitner Solar Arena 2,150
Hockey Club Valpellice Torre Pellice, Piedmont Palaghiaccio Olimpico di Torre Pellice 2,500

Playing format[edit]

  • First part: "Regular season" - Every team plays five matches against each other. Team points are then halved and the second part begins.
  • Second part: "Play Off" - Quarterfinals: 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5. Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played at the best of 7.

2009/10[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
HC Alleghe Alleghe, Veneto Stadio Alvise De Toni 2,500
Associazione Sportiva Asiago Hockey Asiago, Veneto Stadio Hodegart 2,200
Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Bolzano, South Tyrol Palaonda-Eiswelle 7,220
Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio 2,700
Sportiva Hockey Club Fassa Canazei, Trentino Stadio del Ghiaccio Gianmario Scola 3,500
Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba Pontebba, Friuli-Venezia Giulia PalaVuerich 2,000
Sportverein Ritten-Renon Ritten, South Tyrol Arena Ritten 1,200
Hockey Club Pustertal-Val Pusteria Bruneck, South Tyrol Leitner Solar Arena 2,150
Hockey Club Valpellice Torre Pellice, Piedmont Palaghiaccio Olimpico di Torre Pellice 2,500

Playing format[edit]

  • First part: "Regular season" - Every team plays five matches against each other. Team points are then halved and the second part begins.
  • Second part: "Play Off" - Quarterfinals: 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5. Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played at the best of 7.

2008/09[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
Hockey Club Alleghe Alleghe, Veneto Stadio Alvise De Toni 2,500
Associazione Sportiva Asiago Hockey Asiago, Veneto Stadio Hodegart 1,975
Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Bolzano, South Tyrol Palaonda-Eiswelle 7,220
Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio 2,700
Sportiva Hockey Club Fassa Canazei, Trentino Stadio del Ghiaccio Gianmario Scola 3,500
Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba Pontebba, Friuli-Venezia Giulia PalaVuerich 2,000
Sportverein Ritten-Renon Ritten, South Tyrol Arena Ritten 1,200
Hockey Club Pustertal-Val Pusteria Bruneck, South Tyrol Leitner Solar Arena 2,150

Playing format[edit]

  • First part: Every team plays four matches (2 home and 2 on the road) against each other. Team points are then halved and the second part begins.
  • Second part: Every team plays two matches (1 home and 1 on the road) against each other. In the end, the final standings determine the playoff and playout tree. The first 4 teams access to playoff, the last 4 to playout.
  • Third part:
    • "Play Off" - Semifinals: 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3. Semifinals and finals will be played at the best of 7.
    • "Play Out" - Semifinals: 5 vs 8, 6 vs 7. The losers play against each other, and the team who lose, will play against the winner of the Serie A2 to avoid relegation.

Points: Win 3 points - Win (Overtime or Penalties) 2 points - Lose (Overtime or Penalties) 1 point

2007/08[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
Hockey Club Alleghe Alleghe, Veneto Stadio Alvise De Toni 2,500
Associazione Sportiva Asiago Hockey Asiago, Veneto Stadio Hodegart 1,975
Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Bolzano, South Tyrol Palaonda-Eiswelle 7,220
Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio 2,700
Sportiva Hockey Club Fassa Canazei, Trentino Stadio del Ghiaccio Gianmario Scola 3,500
Hockey Club Junior Milano Vipers Milan, Lombardy Stadio del Ghiaccio Agorà 4,000
Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba Pontebba, Friuli-Venezia Giulia PalaVuerich 2,200
Sportverein Ritten-Renon Ritten, South Tyrol Arena Ritten 7,200
Hockey Club Pustertal-Val Pusteria Bruneck, South Tyrol Eisstadion Bruneck 5,500

Playing format[edit]

  • First part: "Regular season" - Every team plays four matches (2 home and 2 on the road) against each other. Team points are then halved and the second part begins.
  • Second part: "Master round/Relegation round" - Teams are divided into two groups, the master round (Group A) with the top 4 teams and the relegation round (Group B) with the last 5 teams. Every team plays two matches (1 home and 1 on the road) against the teams of its group. In the end, the final standings determine the playoff tree. 8 teams access to the playoff: the 4 teams in Group A and the best 4 teams in Group B). The last one of the relegation round ends the season sooner but it won't play in the lower division next year, since no movements from one division to another are foreseen.
  • Third part: "Play Off" - Quarterfinals: 1A vs 4B, 2A vs 3B, 3A vs 2B, 4A vs 1B. Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played at the best of 5.

Points: Win 2 points - Tie 1 point

Elite.A champions[edit]

¹ AC Milanese DG, Milan-Inter HC and Diavoli HC Milano are teams which were born from the disbanding of HC Milano & HC Diavoli Rossoneri Milano.
² HC Devils Milano adopted the name 'AC Milan Hockey' for the 1993-94 season.

Notable players[edit]

Foreigners[edit]

Italians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clubs of Elite.A gathered in Verona yesterday" (in Italian). Elite.A. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 

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