HC Sparta Praha
|HC Sparta Praha|
|City||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Home arena||O2 Arena (Capacity: 17,383)|
blue, yellow, red
|Head coach||Josef Jandač|
- Founded: The club was originally formed in 1903 as a bandy club but was only officially founded in 1909.
- Greatest successes: National champions in 1952-1953, 1953-1954, 1989-1990, 1992–93, 1999-2000, 2001–02, 2005–06 and 2006-07. 2nd place in EHL 1999/00, Spengler Cup victory 1962, 1963, Spengler Cup 2nd place in 2004, Super Six 2nd place in 2008
- Worst results: Czechoslovakia: 8th place (1972–73, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1985–86), Czech Republic: 12th place (2010–11)
Highest national league participation: From the league foundation in 1936 to 1950 and from 1951 up to this day
- International successes: Spengler Cup winner in 1962, 1963, Spengler Cup 2nd place in 2004, 2nd place European League (EHL) 2000, Super Six 2nd place in 2008
- Club colours: Blue, yellow and red. Since the 2001-02 season, club jerseys had been either black and white or grey, but since the 2005-06 season, jerseys have been burgundy and white.
- 1948 - Sokol Sparta
- 1949 - Sokol Bratrství Sparta
- 1951 - Sokol Sparta Sokolovo
- 1953 - Spartak Praha Sokolovo
- 1965 - Sparta ČKD Praha
- 1990 - HC Sparta Praha
The Sparta Praha hockey club is one of the most successful and famous clubs in Czechoslovakian and later Czech ice hockey history. There is not many sports clubs in Czech republic whose history reached so far as history of the Prague ice hockey club SPARTA.
Sparta’s great successes were reached in the years following World War II as it won two national titles in a row - 1952/54 and 1953/54—under the name Spartak Sokolovo. The next highly successful period came much more recently, when Sparta won the national league in 1989/90 and in 1992/93. Another recent achievement (along with two third-place finishes in 1995/96 and 1996/97) was Sparta’s participation in the final group of the European League (EHL) in 1996/97.
After a few years of bad luck and less success, Sparta returned to the top of the Czech Extraliga in 1999/00 when they were crowned league champions. That victory was the first of four championships they would win over seven seasons, adding Extraliga titles in 2002, 2006 and 2007. In addition to those achievements, Sparta managed to be part of the Top Four in the European League (EHL) again in 1999/2000 and achieved the greatest result in Czech hockey history: second place.
HC Sparta Praha has regularly been one of the best teams in the Czech Extraliga, making the playoffs almost every year. HC Sparta Praha's home games are played at O2 Arena which is the largest hockey arena in the Czech Republic with a capacity of over 17,000 spectators. They have moved to the arena after their rival, HC Slavia Praha, ended their lease.
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