HC TWK Innsbruck

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HC TWK Innsbruck
HC TWK Innsbruck logo.png
City Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
League Austrian National League
1995–2001
2009–2012
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
2001–2009
2012–present
Founded 1994
Home arena OlympiaWorld Innsbruck
(Capacity: 7,212)
Colors

Red and black

         
Owner(s) Christian Kaltschmid
General manager Günther Hanschitz
Head coach Rob Pallin
Website www.haifischbecken.at
Franchise history
1994–1999 HC Innsbruck
1999– HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck

HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck is an Austrian professional ice hockey team in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL). They play their home games at OlympiaWorld Innsbruck complex in Innsbruck.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1994 as HC Innsbruck and in 1999 with the introduction of wealthy sponsor "Tyrolean Hydropower" were renamed to HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck. Since the 2000-01 season the Sharks were playing in the highest Austrian league and was the first Innsbruck team in the first division since the exit of EV Innsbruck upon completion of the 1992–93 season.

Over the years, the team reached the semi-finals on multiple occasions, however, never made it to the finals. In recent seasons,[when?] the majority of the squad has often been replaced, but this was reflected on the budget constraints. In addition, the team failed to win in the final stages of the season, year after year, repeated regularly and culminated in the early playoff exits.

On 3 March 2009, Innsbruck announced its intention to leave the Erste Bank Hockey League for financial reasons and resume play in the second tier, the Austrian National League.

Their return season in the new league was completed with a successful squad that consisted mainly of young Tyrolean players. The club finished the regular season first, seven points ahead of the runner-up Dornbirner EC. In the final Innsbruck were defeated by the Vorarlbergians, losing the series 3 games to 1. Two years later, the club succeeded in winning the second division National League Championship, for the first time in franchise history. A short time later it was announced that Innsbruck would return to the top-flight EBEL league.[1]

Venue[edit]

The Innsbruck Sharks' home games are played at the OlympiaWorld Innsbruck complex, which hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976.[2] Innsbruck have the luxury to play at two home venues within the complex, after first primarily using the Olympiahalle Innsbruck which seated approximately 8,000, which was renovated for the 2005 IIHF World Championship.

In 2005, the Sharks moved to also play in the smaller capacity and purpose built Tyrolean Ice Arena which seats 3,200. The Olympiahalle is now used sparingly, specially to cater for larger crowds on important rival games or playoff games.

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 14, 2017.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
8 United States Bishop, HunterHunter Bishop LW L 30 2015 Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
30 Canada Chiodo, AndyAndy Chiodo G L 34 2015 Toronto, Canada
57 Canada Clark, AndrewAndrew Clark C L 29 2016 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
52 United States DeSantis, JasonJason DeSantis D R 31 2016 Oxford, Michigan, United States
53 Austria Ebner, MarioMario Ebner D L 22 2013 Innsbruck, Austria
92 Austria Frischmann, DanielDaniel Frischmann F R 25 2012 Hall, Austria
9 Canada Lammers, JohnJohn Lammers LW L 31 2015 Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
90 United States Lamoureux, MarioMario Lamoureux C L 29 2016 Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
77 Austria Lindner, PhilippPhilipp Lindner D L 22 2016 Innsbruck, Austria
34 Austria Litterbach, ManuelManuel Litterbach G L 24 2012 Innsbruck, Austria
4 Austria Mitterdorfer, DanielDaniel Mitterdorfer D L 28 2016 Rum, Austria
24 Austria Pedevilla, FlorianFlorian Pedevilla D L 30 2009 Hall, Austria
81 Canada Ross, NickNick Ross D L 28 2014 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
94 Austria Saringer, DominiqueDominique Saringer D L 23 2011 Innsbruck, Austria
41 Austria Schennach, BenediktBenedikt Schennach RW L 30 2011 Breitenwang, Austria
28 Austria Schramm, FabioFabio Schramm F L 23 2013 Innsbruck, Austria
13 Canada Scofield, TylerTyler Scofield RW L 33 2015 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
64 Czech Republic Sedivy, OndrejOndrej Sedivy RW R 28 2016 Karviná, Czech Republic
16 United States Smith, AustinAustin Smith RW R 29 2016 Dallas, United States
19 Canada Spurgeon, TylerTyler Spurgeon C L 31 2015 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
26 Czech Republic Štach, LubomírLubomír Štach D L 31 2016 Vsetín, Czech Republic
18 Austria Steinacher, MaximilianMaximilian Steinacher LW R 29 2007 Rum, Austria

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erste Bank Eishockey Liga reaches its 10th season". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 2012-09-03. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Olympiaworld venue listings" (in German). olympiaworld.at. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  3. ^ "HC TWK Innsbruck - Team -Roster" (in German). HC TWK Innsbruck. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 

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