EHC Black Wings Linz

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EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz
EHC Linz logo.svg
CityLinz, Austria
LeagueAustrian National League
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Home arenaKeine Sorgen Eisarena Linz
(Capacity: 4,860)
ColorsBlack, cerulean, orange
Owner(s)Ing Peter Freunschlag
General managerChristian Perthaler
Head coachTom Rowe
CaptainBrian Lebler
WebsiteEHC Black Wings Linz
Franchise history
1992–2005EHC Black Wings Linz
2005–presentEHC Liwest Black Wings Linz
Austrian Champions2 (2003, 2012)

The EHC LIWEST Black Wings Linz are a member of the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. They play their home games in Linz, Austria at the Keine Sorgen Eisarena Linz.


EHC Black Wings Linz was founded in 1992. After several years in the Austrian minor leagues 2000 the Black Wings started in the highest league Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. In their inaugural season in 2000–01 the Black Wings reached third place in the regular season before suffering elimination in the playoffs. The season 2001–02 they just lost the finals and finished the season as vice champion. In only their third season, in 2002–03, the Black Wings won the Austrian championship, their first.

After the EHC Black Wings Linz went bankrupt in 2005 they were re-established as EHC LIWEST Black Wings Linz through sponse LIWEST. Since under the new ownership the Black Wings have had their best result to date in the championship in season 2006–07 as they became vice champion once more. One year later the Black Wings unexpectedly won the regular season but failed in the playoffs.

In 2012 the Black Wings defeated EC KAC in five games to claim their second EBEL championship in franchise history.[1]


Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated 29 July 2019.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41 Austria Mario Altmann (A) D L 33 2015 Vienna, Austria
89 Austria Marco Brucker C R 29 2018 Linz, Austria
12 Austria Alexander Cijan F L 26 2019 Klagenfurt, Austria
88 Canada Dan DaSilva RW R 35 2015 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
4 Canada Matt Finn D L 26 2019 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
19 United States Justin Florek LW L 30 2019 Marquette, Michigan, United States
17 Austria Stefan Freunschlag F R 23 2016 Linz, Austria
66 Austria Stefan Gaffl F R 23 2011 Dornbirn, Austria
11 Czech Republic Marek Kalus LW L 26 2019 Krmelin, Czech Republic
31 Austria David Kickert G L 26 2018 Korneuburg, Austria
77 Austria Ivan Korecky D L 21 2018 Freistadt, Austria
73 Austria Paul Koudelka F L 21 2017 Innsbruck, Austria
13 Austria Gerd Kragl D L 22 2014 Linz, Austria
37 Austria Andreas Kristler LW L 29 2017 Lienz, Austria
7 Austria Brian Lebler (C) RW L 31 2016 Klagenfurt, Austria
18 Austria Valentin Leiler LW L 25 2018 Villach, Austria
27 Austria Moritz Matzka D L 23 2018 Vienna, Austria
87 Austria Marcel Mayrhofer F L 21 2018 Linz, Austria
28 Canada Mark McNeill RW R 27 2019 Langley, British Columbia, Canada
69 Austria Paul Mocher G L 21 2017 Friesach, Austria
80 Austria Julian Pusnik C L 20 2019 Villach, Austria
74 Canada Josh Roach D R 27 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
72 Austria Adrian Rosenberger F L 21 2018 Linz, Austria
92 Canada Troy Rutkowski D R 28 2018 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
9 Canada Rick Schofield C L 33 2016 Pickering, Ontario, Canada
50 Austria Thomas Stroj G R 24 2019 Villach, Austria
84 Sweden Dragan Umicevic RW R 35 2018 Dubica, Yugoslavia
61 Slovakia Juraj Valach D R 31 2019 Topoľčany, Slovakia
51 Austria Daniel Woger LW R 32 2018 Bregenz, Austria
5 Austria Raphael Wolf D L 24 2019 Salzburg, Austria

Head coaches[edit]

Franchise records and leaders[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: 38 Brian Lebler (2017–18)
Assists: 47 Corey Locke (2017–18)
Points: 72 Rob Shearer (2006–07)
Penalty Minutes: 151 Reid Simonton (2003–04)


Career Goals: 198 Brian Lebler
Career Assists: 300 Philipp Lukas
Career Points: 457 Philipp Lukas
Career Penalty Minutes: 885 Philipp Lukas
Career Games: 790 Philipp Lukas

Arena data[edit]

The home arena of the Black Wings is the Keine Sorgen Eisarena Linz. It was built in 1986 and was renovated at least two times since that. In 2014 a new stand has been added, increasing its capacity to 4,863 people.

Keine Sorgen Ice Arena Linz

Average of attendances[edit]

  • 2003–04: 3,712 visitors per home game
  • 2004–05: 3,068 visitors per home game
  • 2005–06: 3,125 visitors per home game
  • 2006–07: 2,707 visitors per home game
  • 2007–08: 2,615 visitors per home game
  • 2008–09: 2,584 visitors per home game
  • 2009–10: 2,676 visitors per home game
  • ...
  • 2015–16: 4,642 visitors per home game
  • 2016–17: 4,679 visitors per home game
  • 2017–18: 4,709 visitors per home game


The Black Wings have three official fanclubs: Overtime, Powerplay Enns and bully:absolut. In 2007 they consolidated and founded the head club Wings United what makes it easier to organize trips to away games and several events.


  1. ^ "Linz beat KAC, secure title". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 1 April 2012. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  2. ^ "EHC Black Wings Linz - Team -Roster". EHC Black Wings Linz. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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