Erste Liga (ice hockey)

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Erste Liga
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 Erste Liga season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2008
Inaugural season 2008–09
No. of teams 9
Country HungaryHungary (6 teams)
RomaniaRomania (2 teams)
AustriaAustria (1 team)
Most recent
champion(s)
Hungary DVTK Jegesmedvék (3rd title)
Most titles Hungary DVTK Jegesmedvék (3)
Related
competitions
HungaryMagyar Kupa
HungaryOB I bajnokság
RomaniaCupa României
RomaniaLiga Naţională
AustriaErste Bank Eishockey Liga
Official website http://www.ersteliga.hu/

The Erste Liga (formerly the MOL Liga) is an international ice hockey league organized for clubs based in Hungary, Romania and Austria. It is sponsored by the Erste Bank Hungary.

The games played between the Hungarian teams count towards the Hungarian National Championship in the OB I bajnokság. The Romanian teams also compete in the Romanian National Championship Liga Naţională.

History[edit]

In the first season, the league comprised six Hungarian teams and four Romanian teams. HC Csíkszereda went undefeated in the post-season to win the first MOL Liga title.

In 2009–10, the number of teams went down to five Hungarian and two Romanian teams. Following the regular season, they decided the winner in a final four system. The Budapest Stars met Újpesti TE in the final, after they beat SC Csíkszereda and DAB-Docler, respectively. Újpest started the match better, taking the lead just after one and a half minutes. However, the events took an U-turn and about two hours later, it was the Budapest Stars who lifted the trophy, after winning the match 3–1.

The 2010–11 MOL Liga season was the third edition of the international ice hockey championship for teams from Hungary and Romania. This season, nine teams participated, including defending champions Vasas Budapest Stars, the second team of Erste Bank Eishockey Liga outfit SAPA AV19 Székesfehérvár, and HSC Csíkszereda from Székely Land.

The 2011–12 MOL Liga season was the fourth edition of the international ice hockey championship for teams from Hungary and Romania. Following the withdrawal of Vasas HC, the field is composed of eight clubs this season, including five Hungarian and three Romanian. The regular season ran from 6 September 2011 to 20 January 2012. After the conclusion of the regular season, the six best ranked teams won the right to participate in the playoffs. The top two clubs had byes in the first round of the playoffs, while the remaining four teams were drawn together according to their final position in the regular season (3–6, 4–5). The winners of the match-ups advanced to the semifinals, where they met DAB-Docler and HSC Csíkszereda, respectively. Eventually, Miskolci JJSE beat HSC Csíkszereda and thus secured their spot in the finals, where they faced Dunaújváros, which won their duel in straight matches against Corona Fenestela Braşov. Dunaújváros enjoyed the home ice advantage in the best-of-seven series final, where they swept away Miskolc 4–0 and took the 2011–12 MOL Liga title, the first ever of its kind in the history of the club.

The 2012–13 MOL Liga season was the fifth season of the MOL Liga, a multi-national ice hockey league consisting of teams from Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. Seven teams participated in the league, and DAB-Docler won the championship. The league also served as the Hungarian Championship for 2012-13. DAB-Docler, the MOL Liga champion, was also the Hungarian national champion.

The 2013–14 MOL Liga season was the sixth season of the MOL Liga, and HC Nové Zámky won the title. The league is a multi-national ice hockey league consisting of teams from Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. Balázs Ladányi from DAB-Docler was the season's leading scorer with 63 points.

The 2014–15 MOL Liga season was the seventh season of the MOL Liga. The league is a multi-national ice hockey league consisting of teams from Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. HC Nové Zámky were the defending Champions after defeating ASC Corona Braşov in the 2014 Championship, but they lost their championship to Miskolci Jegesmedvék in a 4–0 sweep against them.

The 2015–16 MOL Liga season was the 8th season of the MOL Liga. DVTK Jegesmedvék was the defending champion after defeating HC Nové Zámky in the 2014-2015 season. They successfully defended their title after sweeping MAC Budapest in the finals. The league is a multi-national ice hockey league consisting of teams from Hungary and Romania. A new team, Budapest based MAC Budapest, joined the league while Slovakian based, and previous season's finalist, HC Nové Zámky left.

The 2016–17 MOL Liga season was the 9th season of the MOL Liga. DVTK Jegesmedvék was the two-time defending champion after defeating MAC Budapest in the 2015-2016 season. They once again successfully defended their title after beating MAC Budapest in the finals, this time in 5 games (4-1). A new team from Serbia, the Belgrade based HK Beograd, joined the league.

In July 2017, MOL, who was formerly the league's naming sponsor, decided against renewing their sponsorship. From the 2017-18 season onwards, the league will be known as the Erste Liga. DVTK Jegesmedvék is the three-time defending champion after defeating MAC Budapest in the 2016-2017 season. A new team from Austria, the second team of Erste Bank Eishockey Liga outfit Vienna Capitals, joined the league while three clubs, Hungarian based Debreceni HK, Romanian based Dunărea Galați and Serbian based HK Beograd, all left the league.

Teams[edit]

Erste Liga (ice hockey) is located in Hungary
Budapest
Budapest
Budapest teams :FerencvárosMÁC Újpest
Budapest teams :
Ferencváros
MÁC
Újpest
Fehervar Titanok
Fehervar Titanok
DVTK Jegesmedvek
DVTK Jegesmedvek
Dunaujvaros Acelbikak
Dunaujvaros Acelbikak
Vienna Capitals II
Vienna Capitals II
Location of teams in 2017–18 Erste Liga
Erste Liga (ice hockey) is located in Romania
ASC Corona Brașov
ASC Corona Brașov
HSC Csíkszereda
HSC Csíkszereda
Location of teams in 2017-18 Erste Liga
Team City Arena Capacity Founded Joined MOL liga Left MOL liga
Current Teams
Ferencvárosi TC Hungary Budapest Pesterzsébeti Jégcsarnok 2,400 1928 2008–09
Újpesti TE Hungary Budapest Megyeri úti Jégcsarnok 2,000 1955 (1930) 2008–09
MAC Budapest Hungary Budapest Tüskecsarnok 2,540 1988 2015–16
Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák Hungary Dunaújváros Dunaújvárosi Jégcsarnok 4,500 1974 2008–09
DVTK Jegesmedvék Hungary Miskolc Miskolci Jégcsarnok 2,200 1978 2008–09
Fehérvári Titánok (II.) Hungary Székesfehérvár Ifj. Ocskay Gábor Jégcsarnok 3,600 2008 2008–09
ASC Corona Brașov Romania Brașov Patinoarul Olimpic Brașov 1,604 2007 2009–10
HSC Csíkszereda Romania Miercurea Ciuc Vakár Lajos Műjégpálya 3,500 1929 2008–09
Vienna Capitals (II.) Austria Vienna Albert Schultz Eishalle 7,022 2001 2017–18
Former Teams (since introduction of current league format)
Budapest Stars (Vasas) Hungary Budapest Jegpalota Budapest 2,000 2001 2008–09 2010–11
CS Progym Gheorgheni Romania Gheorgheni Gyergyószentmiklósi Műjégpálya 1,000 1949 2008–09 2008–09
HC Csíkszereda Romania Miercurea Ciuc Vakár Lajos Műjégpálya 3,500 2002 2008–09 2008–09
Steaua Rangers Romania Bucharest Patinoarul Mihai Flamaropol 8,000 1951 2008–09 2011–12
HC Nové Zámky Slovakia Nové Zámky Zimny Stadion Nové Zámky 3,500 1965 2012–13 2014–15
Debreceni HK Hungary Debrecen Debrecen Ice Hall 600 1989 2014–15 2016–17
Dunărea Galați Romania Galați Galați Skating Rink 5,000 1932 2016–17 2016–17
HK Beograd Serbia Belgrade Pionir Ice Hall 2,000 2016 2016–17 2016–17

Champions[edit]

Season Winner Final (matches won) Runner-up
2008–09 Romania HC Csíkszereda 3-0[1] Romania SC Csíkszereda
2009–10 Hungary Budapest Stars 3-1[2] Hungary Újpesti TE
2010–11 Romania HSC Csíkszereda 4-1[3] Hungary DAB-Docler
2011–12 Hungary DAB-Docler 4-0[4] Hungary Miskolci JJSE
2012–13 Hungary DAB-Docler 4-2[5] Romania HSC Csíkszereda
2013–14 Slovakia HC Mikron Nové Zámky 4-2[6] Romania Corona Wolves Braşov
2014–15 Hungary Miskolci Jegesmedvék 4-0[7] Slovakia HC Mikron Nové Zámky
2015–16 Hungary DVTK Jegesmedvék 4-0[8] Hungary MAC Budapest
2016–17 Hungary DVTK Jegesmedvék 4-1 Hungary MAC Budapest

All-time standings[edit]

Club No. 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
DVTK Jegesmedvék1 9 9 6 3 2 3 4 1 1 1
MAC Budapest 2 2 2
Fehérvári Titánok2 5 10 7 7 3 8
Debreceni HK 3 5 4 4
Újpesti TE 9 3 2 8 8 7 7 6 5 3
Ferencvárosi TC 9 7 5 5 5 6 6 7 6 7
HSC Csíkszereda3 9 2 4 1 3 2 5 8 7 11
Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák4 9 5 3 2 1 1 3 3 8 6
Corona Brașov5 8 7 6 4 5 2 4 9 5
Dunărea Galați 1 9
HK Beograd 1 10
HC Nové Zámky6 3 4 1 2
Steaua Rangers7 3 6 9 6
Budapest Stars8 3 4 1 4
HC Csíkszereda 1 1
Progym Gheorgheni 1 8
Vienna Capitals (II.) 1


Color code Result
Gold Champion
Silver Finalist
Green Semi-finalist
Purple Quarter-finalist
Blue Pre-qualifing
White not qualified for play-offs
Red Folded during regular season
No. Number of seasons in league (as of 2017–18)
  • 1 Played as Miskolci Jegesmedvék JSE (Miskolci JJSE) from 2008–09 to 2014–15.
  • 2 Played as Alba Volán Székesfehérvár 2 from 2008–09 to 2009–10 and as SAPA Fehérvár AV19 2 from 2010–11 to 2015–16.
  • 3 Played as SC Miercurea Ciuc from 2008–09 to 2009–10.
  • 4 Played as DAB-Docler from 2008–09 to 2014–15.
  • 5 Played as SCM Fenestela 68 Brașov from 2008–09 to 2010–11, as Corona Fenestela Brașov from 2011–12 to 2012–13 and as Corona Brașov Wolves from 2013–14 to 2014–15.
  • 6 Also known as HC Mikron Nové Zámky during time in league from 2012–13 to 2014–15.
  • 7 Played as Steaua București from 2008–09 to 2009–10.
  • 8 Played as Vasas HC Budapest Stars from 2008–09 to 2010–11.

Hungarian Champions[edit]

  • 1937: Budapesti KE
  • 1937/38: Budapesti KE (2)
  • 1938/39: Budapesti KE (3)
  • 1939/40: Budapesti KE (4)
  • 1940/41: BBTE
  • 1941/42: Budapesti KE (5)
  • 1942/43: BBTE (2)
  • 1943/44: Budapesti KE (6)
  • 1944/45: Not held
  • 1945/46: Budapesti KE (7)
  • 1946/47: MTK Budapest
  • 1947/48: MTK Budapest (2)
  • 1948/49: MTK Budapest (3)
  • 1949/50: Bp. Vörös Meteor
  • 1950/51: Bp. Kinizsi
  • 1951/52: Bp. Vörös Meteor (2)
  • 1952/53: Bp. Postás
  • 1953/54: Bp. Postás (2)
  • 1954/55: Bp. Kinizsi (2)
  • 1955/56: Bp. Kinizsi (3)
  • 1956/57: Bp. Vörös Meteor (3)
  • 1957/58: Újpesti Dózsa
  • 1958/59: Bp. Vörös Meteor (4)
  • 1959/60: Újpest (2)
  • 1960/61: Ferencvárosi TC (4)
  • 1961/62: Ferencvárosi TC (5)
  • 1962/63: Bp. Vörös Meteor (5)
  • 1963/64: Ferencvárosi TC (6)
  • 1964/65: Újpesti Dózsa (3)
  • 1965/66: Újpesti Dózsa (4)
  • 1966/67: Ferencvárosi TC (7)
  • 1967/68: Újpesti Dózsa (5)
  • 1968/69: Újpesti Dózsa (6)
  • 1969/70: Újpesti Dózsa (7)
  • 1970/71: Ferencvárosi TC (8)
  • 1971/72: Ferencvárosi TC (9)
  • 1972/73: Ferencvárosi TC (10)
  • 1973/74: Ferencvárosi TC (11)
  • 1974/75: Ferencvárosi TC (12)
  • 1975/76: Ferencvárosi TC (13)
  • 1976/77: Ferencvárosi TC (14)
  • 1977/78: Ferencvárosi TC (15)
  • 1978/79: Ferencvárosi TC (16)
  • 1979/80: Ferencvárosi TC (17)
  • 1980/81: Székesfehérvári Volán SC
  • 1981/82: Újpesti Dózsa (8)
  • 1982/83: Újpesti Dózsa (9)
  • 1983/84: Ferencvárosi TC (18)
  • 1984/85: Újpesti Dózsa (10)
  • 1985/86: Újpesti Dózsa (11)
  • 1986/87: Újpesti Dózsa (12)
  • 1987/88: Újpesti Dózsa (13)
  • 1988/89: Ferencvárosi TC (19)
  • 1989/90: Jászberényi Lehel HC
  • 1990/91: Ferencvárosi TC (20)
  • 1991/92: Ferencvárosi TC (21)
  • 1992/93: Ferencvárosi TC (22)
  • 1993/94: Ferencvárosi TC (23)
  • 1994/95: Ferencvárosi TC (24)
  • 1995/96: Dunaferr SE
  • 1996/97: Ferencvárosi TC (25)
  • 1997/98: Dunaferr SE (2)
  • 1998/99: Alba Volán-Riceland (2)
  • 1999/00: Dunaferr SE (3)
  • 2000/01: Alba Volán-FeVita (3)
  • 2001/02: Dunaferr SE (4)
  • 2002/03: Alba Volán-FeVita (4)
  • 2003/04: Alba Volán-FeVita (5)
  • 2004/05: Alba Volán-FeVita (6)
  • 2005/06: Alba Volán-FeVita (7)
  • 2006/07: Alba Volán-FeVita (8)
  • 2007/08: Alba Volán SC (9)
  • 2008/09: Alba Volán SC (10)
  • 2009/10: SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 (11)
  • 2010/11: SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 (12)
  • 2011/12: SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 (13)
  • 2012/13: DAB-Docler (5)
  • 2013/14: DAB-Docler (6)
    (MOL Liga title winner HC Nové Zámky)
  • 2014/15: Miskolci Jegesmedvék
  • 2015/16: DVTK Jegesmedvék (2)
  • 2016/17: DVTK Jegesmedvék (3)

Titles by club[edit]

Club Titles Years Won
Ferencvárosi TC
25
1951, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
Újpesti TE
13
1958, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
Alba Volán SC Székesfehérvár
13
1981, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Budapesti Korcsolyázó Egylet
7
1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946
Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák
6
1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2013, 2014
Budapesti Vörös Meteor
4
1952, 1957, 1959, 1963
Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre
3
1947, 1948, 1949
DVTK Jegesmedvék
3
2015, 2016, 2017
Budapesti Budai TE
2
1941, 1943
Budapesti Postás
2
1953, 1954
Jászberényi Lehel HC
1
1990
Meteor Mallerd
1
1950

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