HDD Olimpija Ljubljana

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HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
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City Ljubljana, Slovenia
League Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
(2007–2017)
Slovenian Championship
(1991–2017)
Yugoslav Hockey League
(1937–1991)
Founded 1928; 89 years ago (1928)
(as SK Ilirija)[1]
Dissolved 2017
Operated 1928–2017
Home arena Tivoli Hall
(Capacity: 4,000)
Colors

Green, white, black

              
Franchise history
1929–1942 SK Ilriia
1945–1946 HK Udarnik
1946–1947 HK Triglav
1947–1948 HK Enotnost
1948–1962 HK Ljubljana
1962–2001 HK Olimpija Ljubljana
2001–2017 HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
Championships
Slovenian Championship 15 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Yugoslav Championship 13 (1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984)

Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo Olimpija Ljubljana, commonly referred to as HDD Olimpija or simply Olimpija, was a Slovenian professional ice hockey from Ljubljana, Slovenia. They played their home games at the Tivoli Hall. Olimpija has won 13 Yugoslav championships and 15 Slovenian championships. They won ten consecutive titles between 1995 and 2004.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1928 as SK Ilirija.[1] It was the first club on the territory of Yugoslavia to play organized ice hockey under the Canadian rules. In the 2007–08 season, their first in Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, they made it all the way to the Finals, but lost 4 games to 2 against EC Red Bull Salzburg. Following the 2016–17 season, the club was dissolved due to financial debt.

Club names through history
  • SK Ilrija (1928–1942)
  • HK Udarnik (1946)
  • HK Triglav (1947)
  • HK Enotnost (1948)
  • HK Ljubljana (1949–1961)
  • HK Olimpija Ljubljana (1962–1984)
  • HK Olimpija Kompas (1985–1990)
  • HK Olimpija Hertz (1991–1998)
  • HDD ZM Olimpija (2001–2008)
  • HDD Tilia Olimpija (2008–2012)
  • HDD Telemach Olimpija (2012–2016)
  • HDD Olimpija Ljubljana (2016–2017)

Arena[edit]

The team played their home matches at the Tivoli Hall complex, a 4,000 all-seated multi-purpose indoor hall in Ljubljana.

Honours[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2007–08
Winners (13): 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84
Runners-up (13): 1947–48, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1964–65, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1987–88, 1990–91
Winners (4): 1969, 1972, 1975, 1987
Winners (15): 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
Runners-up (10): 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2016–17
Winners (4): 1993–94, 1995–96, 2000, 2015–16
  • Slovenian Ice Hockey Supercup:
Winners (2): 1998–99, 2016
Winners (2): 2000–01, 2001–02
Runners-up (1): 1997
Third place (1): 1995
  • Karawankencup
Winners (4): 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979
  • Alpencup
Winners (1): 1972
Winners (3): 2000, 2002, 2004

Team captains (since 1988)[edit]

Former NHL players, who played for Olimpija[edit]

Head Coaches (since 1989)[edit]

  • Soviet Union Nikolai Ladygin, 1989–1990
  • Soviet Union Alexander Astashev, 1990–1991
  • Slovenia Štefan Seme, 1991–1992
  • Czech Republic Peter Janoš, 1992–1993
  • United States Brad Buetow, 1993–1994
  • Slovenia Pavle Kavčič, 1994–1995, 1995–1996, 1996–1997
  • Slovenia Matjaž Sekelj, 1997–1998, 1998–1999
  • Canada Bud Stefanski, 1998–1999
  • Slovenia Matjaž Sekelj, 1999–2000
  • Slovenia Marjan Gorenc, 2000–2001, 2001–2002
  • United States Chris Imes, 2002–2003
  • Slovenia Matjaž Sekelj, 2003–2004, 2004–2005
  • Slovenia Andrej Brodnik, 2005–2006
  • Russia Ildar Rahmatullin, 2006–2007, 2007–2008
  • United States Mike Posma, 2007–2008, 2008–2009
  • Canada Randy Edmonds, 2008–2009
  • Slovenia Bojan Zajc, 2008–2009
  • Canada France Dany Gelinas, 2009–2010
  • Finland Hannu Järvenpää, 2009–2012
  • Finland Heikki Mälkiä, 2012–2012
  • Slovenia Bojan Zajc, 2012–2014
  • Slovenia Ivo Jan, 2014
  • Germany Fabian Dahlem, 2014–2016
  • Slovenia Bojan Zajc, 2016–2017

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 24 – Tomaž Vnuk, C, 1987–2009[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "HDD Telemach Olimpija" (in Slovenian). hokej.si. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Vnuks jersey retired at Tivoli". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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