DEL2

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DEL2
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 DEL2 season
DEL2 logo.png
Formerly 2nd Bundesliga
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2013
Inaugural season 2013–14
No. of teams 14
Country Germany Germany
Most recent
champion(s)
EC Kassel Huskies
Most titles Bietigheim Steelers, Fischtown Pinguins, EC Kassel Huskies (1x)
Related
competitions
DEL and Oberliga
Official website www.del-2.org

DEL2, also known as DEL II, is the second-level of ice hockey in Germany, below the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (German Ice Hockey League). Founded in 2013, it is administered by the ESBG.

In September 2015 the DEL and DEL2 agreed to reintroduce promotion and relegation between the two leagues from the 2017–18 season onwards. The DEL2 champion would then have the opportunity to be promoted, provided it fulfilled the licensing requirements of the DEL, while the last-placed DEL club would be relegated.[1]

In the 2015–16 season the league was the best-supported second-tier ice hockey league in Europe with an average of 2,688 spectators per game.[2]

On 1 July 2016 the Fischtown Pinguins became the first DEL2 team to be admitted to the DEL, replacing the Hamburg Freezers in the league for 2016–17.[3]

Participating teams[edit]

The league had 12 teams participating in the 2013–14 season, before expanding to 14 teams from the 2014–15 season.[4]

DEL2 Teams: 2016–17 Season[5]
Team Location Joined league
Bietigheim Steelers Bietigheim-Bissingen 2013
Eispiraten Crimmitschau Crimmitschau 2013
Dresdner Eislöwen Dresden 2013
Heilbronner Falken Heilbronn 2013
ESV Kaufbeuren Kaufbeuren 2013
Lausitzer Füchse Weißwasser 2013
Ravensburg Towerstars Ravensburg 2013
SC Riessersee Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2013
Starbulls Rosenheim Rosenheim 2013
EC Bad Nauheim Bad Nauheim 2013
Löwen Frankfurt Frankfurt 2014
Kassel Huskies Kassel 2014
EHC Freiburg Freiburg im Breisgau 2015
EHC Bayreuth Bayreuth 2016

Former teams[edit]

Former DEL2 Teams:
Team Location Years in league
EV Landshut Landshut 2013–2015
Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven 2013–2016

Champions[edit]

The champions, runners-up and regular season winners of the league:[6]

Season Champions Runners-up Regular Season
2013–14 Fischtown Pinguins Bietigheim Steelers Fischtown Pinguins
2014–15 Bietigheim Steelers Fischtown Pinguins Bietigheim Steelers
2015–16 EC Kassel Huskies Bietigheim Steelers Bietigheim Steelers
2016-17 Löwen Frankfurt Bietigheim Steelers Bietigheim Steelers

References[edit]

  1. ^ DEL: Rückkehr zu Auf- und Abstieg? Fahrplan steht! (in German) kicker.de, published: 8 September 2015, accessed: 22 September 2015
  2. ^ "EUROPEAN ATTENDANCE RANKING PUBLISHED". iihf.com. International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bremerhaven wird DEL-Standort" [Bremerhaven joins the DEL]. kicker.de (in German). Kicker (sports magazine). 1 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "DEL II is official". Eurohockey.com. 2013-07-13. 
  5. ^ "DEL2 startet mit 14 Teams in die neue Saison" [DEL2 starts new season with 14 teams] (in German). DEL2. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  6. ^ DEL 2 (in German) kicker.de, accessed: 22 September 2015

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