Vienna Capitals

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UPC Vienna Capitals
Vienna Capitals logo.gif
City Vienna, Austria
League Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
2001–
Founded 2001
Home arena Albert Schultz Eishalle
(Capacity: 7,000)
Colors

Yellow, Black, Red

              
Owner(s) Hans Schmid
General manager Fraz Kalla
Head coach Tom Pokel
Captain Benoit Gratton
Website Vienna Capitals
Franchise history
2001– Vienna Capitals
Championships
Austrian Champions 1 ( 2005)

UPC Vienna Capitals are an Austrian professional ice hockey club who participate in the Erste Bank Hockey League. Founded in 2001, the Capitals play their home games in Vienna, Austria, at Albert Schultz Eishalle. In the 2004–05 season, the Captials claimed their first and only Austrian Championship in defeating EC KAC.

History[edit]

The Vienna Capitals were founded in 2001, after the disbandment of Wiener EV in 2000, to continue the legacy of ice hockey which has been served in the Federal capital since 1914. They began competition into the EBEL in the 2001–02 season, under coach Kurt Harand. With good performances they established themselves in mid-table and reached at the end of the regular season in fourth place. In the quarterfinals the Capitals swept the Graz 99ers 4: 0 before losing in a sweep to EHC Linz in the semifinals.

In their fourth year of competition and with Jim Boni now the head coach after the disappointment of the previous seasons and a revised squad the Capitals claimed their first Austrian title in the 2003–04 season. Behind the acquisition of Goaltender Frédéric Chabot for the position of the goalkeeper the team managed to form a tight-knit unit and ended the regular season top of the league with eight points ahead of the runner-up, the EC KAC. In the semifinals, the Capitals defeated EC VSV in four games and met EC KAC in the final. The first six games of the final series won the respective Away Team before Vienna won the seventh game 6-2 for their first league title in their history, and were the first Viennese club to win in 43 years.[1]

Logo of the Capitals from 2001 to 2011.

In the following seasons, the Capitals made repeat semi-finals appearances however a major disadvantage determined through the club committee become clear by the failures of recent years, in which the Capitals suffered a lack of developing prospects over other Bundesliga teams. Due to on one hand the infrastructure of Vienna did not allow a continuous training facility and on the other hand after the team affiliate, EHC Vienna ceased partnership, and since the 2007-08 season, the league enforced a scheme that allowed each EBEL team the commitment of only five transfer card players, and to be tilted and as a substitute for this came the so-called Points rule. With the Capitals handcuffed by the situation of a lack of available talent Capitals President, Hans Schmid, tried abolishing the rule points to the future freely undertake more players. This sparked heated discussions among the clubs from, where was also argues with the EU labor that every hockey player allows the free choice of employment, any regulation which would be illegal.

In preparation for the 2011–12 season, the Capitals competed in the 2011 European Trophy for the first time in franchise history. They would win just 1 game out of 8 to finish last in their division.

Venue[edit]

The home games of the Vienna Capitals were played to approximately 4,500 spectators at the comprehensive Albert Schultz Eishalle in Vienna's Danube city . In February 2009 it was announced that the capacity of the hall would be expanded to 7,000 spectators with a retractable roof.[2] The renovation work began after the 2008–09 season and was completed before the 2010–11 season to the cost of 40 million euros. In addition to increasing the capacity the establishment of a parking garage was built and the Schultz Eishalle video screens and VIP boxes were created.

The Capitals have been the EBEL's best drawing club in attendance, pulling in an average 4,800 throughout the years.

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 19, 2014.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
11 Austria Bauer, SaschaSascha Bauer LW L 19 2012 Wien, Austria
7 Canada Carson, BrettBrett Carson D R 28 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
24 Canada Ferland, JonathanJonathan Ferland RW R 31 2011 Sainte-Marie, Quebec, Canada
50 Austria Fischer, MarioMario Fischer W L 25 2011 Wien, Austria
81 Canada Foucault, KrisKris Foucault LW L 23 2014 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
44 Canada Fraser, JamieJamie Fraser D L 28 2012 Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
25 Canada Gratton, BenoîtBenoît Gratton (C) C L 37 2008 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
22 Austria Grosslercher, JulianJulian Grosslercher C R 21 2014 Lienz, Austria
5 Austria Hackl, DominicDominic Hackl D L 17 2014 Wien, Austria
9 Austria Hartl, NikolausNikolaus Hartl RW R 22 2013 Zell am See, Austria
48 Austria Iberer, FlorianFlorian Iberer D L 31 2014 Graz, Austria
27 United States Jessiman, HughHugh Jessiman RW R 30 2014 New York, New York, United States
30 Austria Kickert, DavidDavid Kickert G L 20 2013 Korneuburg, Austria
29 Austria Klimbacher, SvenSven Klimbacher D L 32 2012 St. Veit an der Glan, Austria
4 Austria Lakos, PhilippePhilippe Lakos D R 34 2009 Wien, Austria
16 United States MacArthur, PetePete MacArthur C L 29 2014 Clifton Park, New York, United States
8 United States Naglich, AdamAdam Naglich RW R 30 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
14 Austria Peter, PatrickPatrick Peter D R 20 2010 Wien, Austria
37 Austria Puschnik, KevinKevin Puschnik W L 22 2013 Feldkirch, Austria
6 Austria Rotter, RafaelRafael Rotter RW R 27 2008 Wien, Austria
13 Austria Schiechl, MichaelMichael Schiechl C L 25 2012 Judenburg, Austria
23 Austria Schlacher, MarkusMarkus Schlacher D R 27 2012 Villach, Austria
12 Canada Sylvester, DustinDustin Sylvester C L 25 2013 Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
10 Canada Watkins, MattMatt Watkins C L 27 2014 Aylesbury, Saskatchewan, Canada
1 Canada Zaba, MattMatt Zaba G L 31 2012 Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada
33 Austria Zopf, PhillipPhillip Zopf G L 20 2014 Gmunden, Austria
Staff
Title STAFF MEMBER
Head Coach Tom Pokel
Asst. Coach Philippe Horsky
Goalie Coach Michael Elmer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vienna Capitals profile". Champions Hockey League. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Capitals get new hall for 7,000 fans". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Vienna Capitals - Team -Roster". Vienna Capitals. 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 

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