Inter-National League

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Not to be confused with International League.
Inter-National League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2012
Ceased 2016
CEO Dieter Kalt
Country
Last
champion(s)
Bregenzerwald (2015–16)
Most titles Bregenzerwald (2 titles)
Official website Inter-National League

The Inter-National League was an international ice hockey league that was a partnership between the national federations of Austria and Slovenia. It was created as a solution to semi-professional hockey in both Austria and neighboring Slovenia. The league merged with the Serie A to become the Alps Hockey League in 2016.

History[edit]

The Inter-National League was founded on July 14, 2012 with seven teams joining the inaugural season. In Austria, seven out of 11 teams from last year’s second tier Austrian National League had left the league. Two teams, Dornbirner and TWK Innsbruck, were accepted into the Austrian Hockey League (also referred to as the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga due to sponsorship reasons.) The remaining teams either folded or chose to play in lower local leagues.

Acroni Jesenice was confirmed to become an inaugural member. However, due to financial problems the team informed the league that they would be folding effective August 31, 2012 (two weeks before the start of the season.)[1]

On June 8, 2013, the league's 2013–14 season was decided and it saw the league jump from six teams to 15. After the late fold of Acroni Jesenice, Team Jesenice participated in the league this season as one of four new Slovenian clubs. The other three Slovenian newcomers were Bled, Maribor and Celje. The league also welcomed Italian sides SV Caldaro/Kaltern, Eppan Pirates, Merano Junior, Neumarkt-Egna Wildgoose and Gherdëina. For the 2013–14 season, the teams were allowed four imports (two U-22, and two with no age limit). These imports could not be exchanged between teams in the league.[2]

Scheduling[edit]

The inaugural INL season started on September 15, 2012, while the last game in the regular season took place on March 2, 2013. The INL playoffs semi-finals and finals were all played in best-of-five format.[3]

The scheduling for the INL was designed to keep the travel costs at a minimum. Each team played a total of 36 games in a set of six rounds (three home games, three away against all six opponents.) The league featured a "double weekend", where opponents were played on back-to-back games during the weekend.[2]

Scoring[edit]

INL games were scored with the "three-point rule": three points for the winner after regular time, two points if teams win after overtime or shootout, and one for the loser after regular time.[2]

Trades and transfers[edit]

Transfers were permitted during the season, but only if both teams reach an agreement.[2]

Teams[edit]

Team City/area Arena Capacity Founded
Former teams
Bled Slovenia Bled Bled Ice Hall 1,000 1999
Bregenzerwald Austria Bregenz Forest Alberschwerde 4,270 1985
Celje Slovenia Celje Golovec Ice Hall 500 1998
Eppan Pirates Italy Eppan Eisstadion Eppan 1,400 1981
Feldkirch Austria Feldkirch Vorarlberghalle 5,200 1945
Gherdëina Italy Sëlva Pranives Ice Stadium 2,000 1927
Jesenice Slovenia Jesenice Podmežakla Hall 4,500 2013
Kaltern Italy Kaltern Palaghiaccio Kaltern 850 1962
Kitzbühel Austria Kitzbühel Sportpark Kapserbrucke 1,700 1910
KSV Eishockey Austria Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 4,000 2015
Lustenau Austria Lustenau Rheinhalle Lustenau 2,200 1970
Maribor Slovenia Maribor Tabor Ice Hall 1,000 1993
Merano Italy Merano Meranarena 1,000 2001
Neumarkt-Egna Italy Neumarkt Würth Arena 3,500 1963
Slavija Slovenia Ljubljana Zalog Ice Hall 1,000 1964
Steelers Kapfenberg Austria Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 4,000 2014
Triglav Kranj Slovenia Kranj Zlato Polje Ice Hall 1,000 1968
Zell am See Austria Zell am See Eishalle Zell am See 2,600 1928

Inter-National League seasons[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up
2012–13 Bregenzerwald Slavija
2013–14 Neumarkt-Egna Bregenzerwald
2014–15 Lustenau Feldkirch
2015–16 Bregenzerwald Lustenau

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davide Tuniz (August 31, 2012). "Acroni Jesenice withdraws from Inter-National League". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Davide Tuniz (June 8, 2013). "The new INL comes". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Davide Tuniz (July 16, 2012). "New Inter National League to replace Austrian Nationalliga and Slohokej". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 

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