Graz 99ers

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EC Moser Medical Graz 99ers
Logo EC Moser Medical Graz 99ers.png
City Graz, Styria, Austria
League Austrian National League
1999–2000
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
2000–
Founded 1999
Home arena Eisstadion Graz Liebenau
(Capacity: 4,050)
Colors Black, Orange
         
Owner(s) Jochen Pildner-Steinburg
General manager Bernd Vollman
Head coach Doug Mason
Website 99ers.at
Franchise history
1999– EC Graz 99ers

The Moser Medical Graz 99ers are an Austrian ice hockey team from Graz, Styria. The club was founded in 1999 after previous club, EHC Graz, folded prior to the 1998–99 season due to financial difficulties. The Graz 99ers started in the 1999–00 season in the Austrian National League, Austria's second division, where they were crowned instant champions. Since the 2000–01 season they have been playing in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga .

History[edit]

Hockey was played at Premier League level in Graz mainly from two predecessor clubs. The Hockey department of the ATSE Graz (Workers' Gymnastics and Sports Association Eggenberg) was founded in 1947 and won to date the only Graz Hockey club title at the top Austrian League level in the 1974-75 and 1977-78 season. The club was merged early nineties with the UEC Graz, shortly after the EC Graz emerged. In 2008, the Hockey section of was ATSE Graz reactivated on league level.

The EC Graz (also called "the elephant") experienced under President Hannes Kartnig its heyday, finishing three times the runner-up title in the seasons 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1993-94 despite running at a high financial cost. After the departure of Hannes Kartnig, the football club SK Sturm Graz changed, they tried to rescue the EC Graz. When this plan failed, the EHC Graz was established in 1998, just to become bankrupt the same year.

Establishment and promotion to the Bundesliga

In 1999 Jochen Pildner-Steinburg founded the Graz 99ers as the successor club of the EC Graz to offer Hockey League back in the Styrian capital. The team premiered in the second division, the Austrian National League, finishing after 28 rounds played, in first place in the table. In the semifinals, the team continued after opening game defeat to persevere to a 3: 1 series win against the EHC Lustenau to met EK Zell am See in the final. The series was decided in four games with Graz taking advantage of the opportunity for promotion to the Austrian Hockey League.

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 15, 2017.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
8 Canada Michael Boivin D R 27 2017 Delta, British Columbia, Canada
47 Canada Evan Brophey LW L 31 2015 Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
33 Austria Thomas Höneckl G L 28 2015 Schwarzach, Austria
71 Canada Kurtis McLean C R 37 2016 Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
4 Canada Brendon Nash D L 31 2016 Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
94 Austria Daniel Natter RW R 23 2013 Graz, Austria
74 Austria Daniel Oberkofler F L 30 2017 Graz, Austria
18 Slovenia Ken Ograjensek RW R 26 2016 Celje, Slovenia
59 Austria Mario Petrovitz D L 23 2014 Graz, Austria
85 Austria Markus Pirmann LW L 29 2015 Klagenfurt, Austria
91 Austria Oliver Setzinger W L 35 2016 Horn, Austria
30 Austria Rupert Strohmeier RW L 26 2012 Wien, Austria
17 Austria Stefan Trost RW R 22 2016 Bruck an der Mur, Austria
92 Austria Clemens Unterwerger D L 26 2012 Lienz, Austria
7 Sweden Robin Weihager D R 30 2016 Hässleholm, Sweden
51 Austria Daniel Woger LW R 30 2013 Bregenz, Austria
15 Austria Nikolaus Zierer RW L 22 2014 Graz, Austria
10 Latvia Zintis Nauris Zusevics LW R 24 2011 Riga, Latvia

Former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Graz 99ers- Team -Roster" (in German). Graz 99ers. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 

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