Amstel Tijgers

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Amsterdam Amstel Tijgers
Amateur Logo
Year Founded 1963
Home Ice Jaap Eden baan (capacity 1,300)
City Amsterdam, Netherlands
Team Colors Light Blue, Black
Head Coach Ron Berteling
Championships 5 (1985, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)

IJshockeyvereniging Amstel Tijgers is a semi-pro ice hockey team in Amsterdam, Netherlands, playing in the Dutch Eerste Divisie (first division). It once consisted of an amateur and a pro-section, which were separate legal entities. The amateur team currently plays at the Jaap Eden baan. The amateur team plays in the Eerste divisie, while the professional team played in the Eredivisie, the Dutch professional hockey league. However, poor attendance, lack of sponsorship and poor performance on the ice (even forfeiting a game during the 2009-2010 season) led to the disbanding of the professional team in the summer of 2010.

Earlier Names[edit]

The Amstel Tijgers has returned to its original name in the 2005/2006 season. Unusually for a Dutch Ice Hockey team the team isn't linked to a sponsor. In previous years the names of the Team were: Amsterdam Bulldogs, Boretti Tigers and Al Capone Flames.

The Amstel is the river that flows through Amsterdam. Tijgers is the Dutch word for Tigers.

Eredivisie season results[edit]

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
2009–10 28 3 0 2 23 59 166 9* 7th, Eredivisie Did not qualify
2008–09 24 8 1 5 10 85 82 31 7th, Eredivisie Lost quarter-finals to The Hague (0-3)
2007-08 24 8 1 3 12 95 106 29 5th, Eredivisie Did not qualify
2006-07 20 8 2 4 6 70 77 32 3rd, Eredivisie Lost semi-finals to Tilburg (3-4)
2005-06 20 14 1 0 5 85 60 44 1st, Eredivisie Lost semi-finals to Nijmegen(1-2)
*2 points deducted for forfeiting a game.


3 Evander Hansen Defence

7 Jochen Gross Defence

8 Kent Merrian Forward

11 Marcel Kars Forward

12 Jasper Jaspers Defence

15 Joey Oosterveld Forward

16 Mark Tanner Forward

18 Calvin Pohlman Forward

19 Dax van der Velden Forward

20 Olivier Leenders Defence

21 Kristjan Jefkins Defence

22 Donny van Musscher Forward

23 Thomas Roosendaal Defence

28 Brian Hoogenraad Forward

29 Jan Münster Goalie

30 Andreas Melin Defender

31 Jacob van Duin Goalie

35 Kisito Zonneveld Goalie

44 Andrew Winnik Defence

60 Dave Deeves Forward

78 Alexander Schaafsma Defence


  • Ron Berteling Head Coach
  • Tommie Hartogs Assistant Coach
  • Sjoerd Kunstt Physiotherapeut
  • Fred Schep Team Manager
  • Bas Visser General Manager
  • Jeroen Zwaanswijk Account Manager
  • Phil Kollin Communications Director


The Amstel Tijgers had a firm rivalry with the Tilburg Trappers. Usually the games between these two were tight and some unfriendlies will be exchanged between players. Ever since the 2001-2002 season have the Amstel Tijgers been totally dominant over their rivals and been the end-station for any play-off or cup run of Tilburg. However, during the last 2006-2007 season the Trappers finally succeeded in eliminating their rivals from the play-offs. However, the team began to perform poorly in the 2008-2009 season and were no longer contenders for the championship. After a very poor season competitively and financially, the team dropped our of the Eredivisie in 2010.

Notable player rivalries of the past were:
Trevor Sherban (Ams) vs Casey Vanschagen (Til)
Karl Dykhuis (Ams) vs Peter van Biezen (Til)
Michael Pace (Ams) vs Jeff Trembecky (Til)
Kevin Hoogsteen (Ams) vs Bjorn Willemse (Til)
David Hoogsteen (Ams) vs Bjorn Willemse (Til)

Former players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

  • Willem Hoogervorst
  • Mario de Vos
  • Willem van Rossum


Dutch National Championship
1950, 1985, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Dutch Cup
1939, 1980, 1985, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005

Cup of the Low Lands:
2004, 2005, 2006

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