2001–02 DEL season
|2001–02 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season|
|League||Deutsche Eishockey Liga|
|Number of teams||16|
|Season champions||Kölner Haie|
The 2001–02 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season was the 8th season since the founding of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (English: German Ice Hockey League). The league also introduced a new logo, that will stay in use until the 2011-2012 season.
The Kölner Haie won the DEL Championship the second time in their history, making it the eighth time they held the German Champion title.
Relegation was reintroduced for this season and after a playdown the Berlin Capitals were relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga. This would not be the only teams leaving the league, as the DEL withdrew the license for the Moskitos Essen and Revierlöwen Oberhausen. The Revierlöwen Oberhausen were not able to provide an DEL-sized arena and the Moskitos Essen were insolvent.
The first 8 placed teams qualified for the playoffs. The last two were heading for a playdown series to determine the team to relegate.
|4.||Nürnberg Ice Tigers||60||31||7||4||18||180:134||111|
|9.||DEG Metro Stars||60||23||8||3||26||143:139||88|
|16.||Schwenninger ERC Wild Wings||60||18||2||10||30||134:183||68|
= Qualified for playoffs = Season ended = Relegation playdown
The two lastplaced Berlin Capitals and Schwenninger Wild Wings played a playdown best-of-seven series to determine who will be relegated.
|Berlin Capitals||–||Schwenninger Wild Wings||3:4||0:5||2:1||6:3||1:5||3:2||1:4||5:7|
The Berlin Capitals were to be relegated. Irrespective of their misfortunes on the ice, they would not have been able to join the DEL for the next season, as the league withdrew their license for non-compliance with the regulations.
The playoffs were played in a best-of-five mode.
|4||Nürnberg Ice Tigers||1|
Quarterfinals started on March 22, 2002 with the bestplaced München Barons playing the 8th placed Augsburger Panther; secondplaced Adler Mannheim playing 7th placed Eisbären Berlin; thirdplaced Krefeld Pinguine playing 6th placed Kölner Haie. A curiosity were the 4th placed Nürnberg Ice Tigers playing the 5th placed Kassel Huskies, as this was the same as in the previous season.
|München Barons||–||Augsburger Panther||3:1||5:6||2:1||4:2||5:1||–|
|Adler Mannheim||–||Eisbären Berlin||3:1||2:3||3:2||4:3||3:1||–|
|Krefeld Pinguine||–||Kölner Haie||0:3||1:2||3:4||2:4||–||–|
|Nürnberg Ice Tigers||–||Kassel Huskies||1:3||0:4||2:3||3:2||0:3||–|
The semifinals started April 1.
|München Barons||–||Kölner Haie||2:3||2:1||2:3||3:4||5:2||1:2|
|Adler Mannheim||–||Kassel Huskies||3:0||5:4||3:2||2:0||–||–|
The finals started April 12 with Adler Mannheim playing the first game home due to better regular season placement.
|Kölner Haie||–||Adler Mannheim||3:2||0:4||3:2||4:2||1:3||2:1|
The Kölner Haie were DEL Champions for the 2nd time and held the German Champion title for the 8th time in their club history.