Metal Ligaen

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Metal Ligaen
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 Metal Ligaen season
Metaligaen logo.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1954
No. of teams 10
Country Denmark
Most recent
champion(s)
Esbjerg (7)
Most titles Herning (16)
Qualification SønderjyskE Ishockey
TV partner(s) TV2 Sport
Official website metalligaen.dk

Metal Ligaen is the premier league in Danish ice hockey. The league consists of 10 professional teams. The teams rely mostly on foreign talent, but there is still a lot of skilled professional danish players. It is mostly the older danish players, who are full time professional. Most younger players are semi-professional because of the tight economy in danish hockey and most of the money is spend on more talented foreign players.

History[edit]

It is also known as Superisligaen or Eliteserien, which is the name used in the past and in times where no naming rights agreement is in place. On January 1, 2014 Danish Metal (Dansk Metal) became the sponsor of the Danish ice hockey league, which changed the name to Metal Ligaen, replacing the previous name AL-Bank Ligaen which was named for the sponsorship deal with the Danish bank Arbejdernes Landsbank.

In the past, the league has consisted of as many as 10 teams. Despite the introduction of a salary cap as well as a limit to the number of import players allowed, several teams have struggled financially in recent years. As a result, the Herlev Hornets and the Rungsted Cobras have withdrawn from the league, reducing the number of active teams from 10 to 8. Teams from the second tier league were offered the empty spots, but no team were able to accept the offer, citing financial issues as their main concern.

n january 9, 2015 TV2 Sport debuted as a new sports channel on danish tv. Same day, HockeyNight also aired for the first time, with a match between Odense Bulldogs and Rungsted. Since 2015 TV2 Sport has been the place to watch icehockey and other sports.

On june 18, 2016 it was made clear that the foreign player limit of 8, was against EU law and it was therefore removed. The 2016-17 season will be the first time, since 2009, that a danish icehockey team can have an unlimited amount of foreign players.[1] The salary cap was created to regulating the league. The salary cap of the 2016-17 season, is 6 million DKK.[2]

League format[edit]

The league consists of 10 teams. The latest expansion was in 2014, when Gentofte Stars joined the league after being relegated in 1999. The league format has changed many times. The current structure was implemented in the 2011-12 season. Often it is changed compared to how many teams that are represented in the league. There has never been more than 10 teams in the danish icehockey league, making it fairly small structured league compared to other leagues in Europe.

The danish hockey league is structured so that every team meet 5 times, making the seasons after 2014, 45 games long. The season typically starts in september and ends in february. The top 8 teams of the regular season makes the playoffs. First place gets to pick who they want to play in the quarterfinals. second place pick next and so on. The Metalligaen playoffs consists of 3 rounds: quarterfinals, semifinals and the finals.

Metal Cup[edit]

The Metal Cup is a tournament held every year. It consists of 12 teams, where all Metalligaen teams are represented. also 2 teams from the 1.division attends. The top 4 teams the year before will go straight to the quarthefinals. The 8 other teams will by draw be divided into 4 groups each one of them with letter. 4 teams will advance on from first round to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals the last seasons champs will play winner of group A. second place winner of group B and so on. games in the quarterfinals and semifinals consists of two games. The winner of the tournament will receive the Metal Cup.

Teams[edit]

Teams for 2015–16 season[edit]

Team City/Area Founded Arena Capacity Opened
Aalborg Pirates [3] Aalborg 1967 Gigantium 5000 2007
Esbjerg Energy [4] Esbjerg 1964 Granly Hockey Arena 4200 1976
Frederikshavn White Hawks [5] Frederikshavn 1964 Scanel Hockey Arena 4000 2015
Gentofte Stars [6] Gentofte 1996 Gentofte Skøjtehal 1160 1975
Herning Blue Fox [7] Herning 1947 KVIK Hockey Arena 4100 1988
Herlev Eagles [8] Herlev 1968 DFDS Seaways Arena 1740 1977
Odense Bulldogs [9] Odense 1978 Bryggeriet Vestfyens Arena 3280 1999
Rungsted Ishockey [10] Rungsted 1941 Hørsholm Skøjtehal 2460 1971
Rødovre Mighty Bulls [11] Rødovre 1964 Rødovre Skøjte Arena 3600 1995
SønderjyskE Ishockey [12] Vojens 1963 SE Arena 5000 2011

Teams formerly in league[edit]

Team City/Area Founded Arena Capacity Opened
Copenhagen Hockey Hvidovre / Copenhagen 2011 Hvidovre Skøjtehal 2000 1979

Notable players[edit]

List of notable players who have played in the AL-Bank Ligaen.

Danish Champions[edit]

Season Winner Finalist Bronze Cup Champion
1954-55 Rungsted IK KSF København Silkeborg not played
1955-56 KSF København Rungsted IK not played not played
1957-59 not played not played not played not played
1959-60 KSF København Rungsted IK Silkeborg not played
1960-61 KSF København Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK not played
1961-62 KSF København Rungsted IK not played not played
1962-63 Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK KSF København not played
1963-64 KSF København Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK not played
1964-65 KSF København Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF not played
1965-66 KSF København Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK not played
1966-67 Gladsaxe SF KSF København Esbjerg IK not played
1967-68 Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK not played
1968-69 Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF Vojens IK not played
1969-70 KSF København Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK not played
1970-71 Gladsaxe SF Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK not played
1971-72 KSF København Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF not played
1972-73 Herning IK KSF København Esbjerg IK not played
1973-74 Gladsaxe SF no playoff no playoff not played
1974-75 Gladsaxe SF no playoff no playoff not played
1975-76 KSF København no playoff no playoff not played
1976-77 Herning IK no playoff no playoff not played
1977-78 Rødovre SIK KSF København Vojens IK not played
1978-79 Vojens IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK not played
1979-80 Vojens IK Rungsted IK Aalborg IK not played
1980-81 Aalborg IK Rødovre SIK Herning IK not played
1981-82 Vojens IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK not played
1982-83 Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK Herlev IK not played
1983-84 Herlev IK Aalborg IK Rungsted IK not played
1984-85 Rødovre SIK no playoff no playoff not played
1985-86 Rødovre SIK no playoff no playoff not played
1986-87 Herning IK no playoff no playoff not played
1987-88 Esbjerg IK no playoff no playoff not played
1988-89 Frederikshavn IK Aalborg IK Herning IK not played
1989-90 Rødovre SIK Herning IK Frederikshavn IK not played
1990-91 Herning IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK not played
1991-92 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rødovre SIK Esbjerg IK
1992-93 Esbjerg IK Herning IK Rødovre SIK Esbjerg IK
1993-94 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Aalborg IK Herning IK
1994-95 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK not played
1995-96 Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK Herning IK Herning IK
1996-97 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK not played
1997-98 Herning Blue Fox Rungsted IK Frederikshavn White Hawks Herning IK
1998-99 Rødovre Mighty Bulls Frederikshavn White Hawks Esbjerg IK Frederikshavn IK
1999-00 Frederikshavn White Hawks Herning Blue Fox Esbjerg IK Rungsted Cobras
2000-01 Herning Blue Fox Esbjerg IK Rødovre Mighty Bulls not played
2001-02 Rungsted Cobras Odense Bulldogs Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn IK
2002-03 Herning Blue Fox Odense Bulldogs Rungsted Cobras Odense Bulldogs
2003-04 Esbjerg Oilers Aab Ishockey Odense Bulldogs Rungsted Cobras
2004-05 Herning Blue Fox Aab Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks Nordsjælland Cobras
2005-06 SønderjyskE Ishockey Aab Ishockey Herning Blue Fox Odense Bulldogs
2006-07 Herning Blue Fox Aab Ishockey SønderjyskE Ishockey AaB Ishockey
2007-08 Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks SønderjyskE Ishockey Rødovre Mighty Bulls
2008-09 SønderjyskE Ishockey Herning Blue Fox Rødovre Mighty Bulls Odense Bulldogs
2009-10 SønderjyskE Ishockey Aab Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks SønderjyskE Ishockey
2010-11 Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks SønderjyskE Ishockey SønderjyskE Ishockey
2011-12 Herning Blue Fox Odense Bulldogs SønderjyskE Ishockey Herning Blue Fox
2012-13 SønderjyskE Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks Rødovre Mighty Bulls SønderjyskE Ishockey
2012-13 SønderjyskE Ishockey Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks Herning Blue Fox
2014-15 SønderjyskE Ishockey Esbjerg Energy Frederikshavn White Hawks Herning Blue Fox
2015-16 Esbjerg Energy Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks Odense Bulldogs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farvel til udlændingeloftet i dansk ishockey – Faceoff.dk". www.faceoff.dk. Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Liga-klubber får tildelt egenkapital frem til 2019 – lønloft stadig seks millioner – Faceoff.dk". www.faceoff.dk. Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  3. ^ "Aalborg Pirates". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Esbjerg Energy". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Frederikshavn White Hawks". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  6. ^ "Gentofte Stars". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  7. ^ "Blue Fox Herning". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  8. ^ "Herlev Eagles". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  9. ^ "Bulldogs Odense". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  10. ^ "Rungsted Ishockey". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  11. ^ "Rødovre Mighty Bulls". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  12. ^ "SønderjyskE". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 

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