Iserlohn Roosters

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Iserlohn Roosters
City Iserlohn, Germany
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Founded 1959
Home arena Eissporthalle Iserlohn
Colors Blue, White
General manager Karsten Mende
Head coach Jari Pasanen
Captain Jason Jaspers

The Iserlohn Roosters are a professional ice hockey team based in Iserlohn, North-Rhine-Westphalia. They are members of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) since 2000 and play their home games at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn which is also known as Eissporthalle am Seilersee. The team made the playoffs three times in its first 15 seasons in the DEL. The Roosters are widely regarded for their fans and having one of the best atmospheres at home games in Europe despite having an arena capacity for just 4967 spectators. The club caused much controversy in 1987 when, under Heinz Weifenbach, a US$900,000 advertising deal was signed for former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's The Green Book. The book is widely acknowledged as having been inspired by Mao Zedong's The Little Red Book.


The history of ice hockey in Iserlohn began in the neighbouring town of Hemer. Canadian soldiers were deployed to a district of Hemer called Deilinghofen. They came to the town after the end of the Korean War in 1953 and soon built an arena - first without a roof. The teenagers in Deilinghofen were interested in this strange kind of sport and wanted to play it, too. They played on streets or frozen ponds, and were allowed to play in the arena in 1957 for the first time. Recognizing the joy of the teenagers, they got coaches with Charles McCuaig later becoming a steady trainer. After a long preparation time, the first game against a Canadian youth team from Soest was on 8 March 1958 in front of 120 people. Deilinghofen played well, but lost 2-6. The equipment was borrowed from the soldiers. After that game, the matches were more steady and with more bystanders, so the arena had to get a roof in 1958.

EC Deilinghofen (1959–1980)[edit]


On 28 February 1959 EC Deilinghofen was founded. In 1959 a team from Deilinghofen started in a junior league and reached second place. A year later they took part in the German championship and finished fifth. In the second season, 1960–61, they came in first in North Rhine-Westphalia and were the second best team in the country.[citation needed] Between 1962 and 1964, they were champions of the north of Germany, but they lost the playoffs against the champions of the south. So, they missed promotion, although they were eventually promoted.[citation needed]

In 1971 the Canadian soldiers were sent home, and the new British soldiers were not interested in ice hockey. So, the team had to search for a new home. Local politicians wanted to have an arena in Iserlohn. After the agreement of Iserlohn's town council, the Eissporthalle am Seilersee was built.[citation needed]

In the 1976–77 season, Deilinghofen finished two places behind Kaufbeuren in the new Zweite Bundesliga. However, Kaufbeuren waived their right to promotion, and Deilinghofen got the chance to play in Germany's top hockey league for the first time.[citation needed]

The 1987 ECD Iserlohn shirt with Gaddafi's Green Book advertisement

ECD Iserlohn (1980–1987)[edit]

In 1980 the club was renamed ECD Iserlohn because the arena had been there for years. In the following season, the team was relegated for the first time in its history. Two years later, it moved back up again. And, the next years were the best and most successful seasons in the club's history. In 1986 ECD reached the semi-finals in the playoffs with stars like Jaroslav Pouzar and Martti Jarkko. But, these players also cost a lot. The team president, Heinz Weifenbach, looked for help in Libya, where Muammar al-Gaddafi agreed to pay money if the team advertised his "Green Book".[1] On 4 December 1987 they came to an agreement. However, a few days later, ECD scrapped that plan.[2]

ECD Sauerland (1988–1994)[edit]

The next season, ECD Sauerland was founded. They started playing in the Oberliga, although Weifenbach wanted to begin in the Bundesliga. The club had the same, big financial problems as its predecessors. The 1991–92 season was a catastrophe, so the fans were afraid that the team would not receive a license to continue operating. ECD did get the license, but eventually went bankrupt a few days after the end of the 1993-94 season.

ECD Sauerland Iserlohn Penguins (1994)[edit]

Only one day later, on 9 April 1994, the ECD Sauerland Iserlohn Penguins were founded, but the pewee players didn't contract in, so the club didn't have a chance to survive.

Iserlohner EC (1994–2000)[edit]

Iserlohner EC (IEC) was founded on 20 April in the same year. The new committee wanted to avoid financial adventures. After one season, the team moved up to the second best league. The following two years were more difficult, but new players during the season revived the club. In 1997 a new coach came to Iserlohn: Greg Poss. After three successful years, the club could move up again because they bought the license of Starbulls Rosenheim. 40 years after the foundation of the team, the arena in Deilinghofen was torn down in 1999. Many people from Deilinghofen protested against this.

Iserlohn Roosters (since 2000)[edit]

Iserlohner EC joined the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in 2000 and adopted the name Iserlohn Roosters. A GmbH, which administrates the finances and the organisation, was created for the professional team . The GmbH was named the Iserlohn Roosters GmbH. All junior teams were still under the control of the IEC. The Roosters continually had the lowest budget of all DEL teams, and the media often referred to them as an underdog. In their first two seasons, the Roosters placed 15th and 12th.

In the 2002–03 season, the team again missed the playoffs by falling just two points short even though they beat the German champion of the year, the Krefeld Pinguine, 8-1 on the last day of the season. Before the next season, Poss left the club and went on to coach the Nürnberg Ice Tigers. Iserlohn named Dave Whistle as new coach, but after only nine games, Doug Mason was his successor. In the lockout season in 2004–05, Mike York and John-Michael Liles came to Iserlohn and helped the team reach 11th place despite still having the smallest budget in the league. York signed with Iserlohn after his old college friend Bryan Adams, who was the captain of the Roosters, talked to him. Brian Gionta also signed, but left without having played because of his wife's pregnancy.

Twelve players left the club in the summer of 2005, but the Roosters were able to make some great moves on the transfer market with the biggest signings being former DEL top scorer Brad Purdie and former NHL player Mark Greig for two years. Nevertheless, they finished in just eleventh place despite having the best power play in the league. In March 2006, Mason left Iserlohn for Kölner Haie, and Geoff Ward came to Iserlohn to coach. After defeating the DEG Metro Stars 5-1 in the opening game of the season in 2006-07, the Roosters were in first place for one week for the first time in their history. After again finishing another season in eleventh place, Ward then left Iserlohn during the summer of 2007 to be an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins of the NHL.

For the 2007-08 season, the new coach of the Roosters was Rick Adduono. The Roosters improved the team with Norm Maracle and Bob Wren. After the fifth game, they were in a playoff position and were able to keep it the rest of the season. Improved offense was due to Robert Hock and Michael Wolf starting to dominate the league as native players, which broke the dominance of North American players. Wolf was the top goal scorer, and Hock became league top point scorer. The third man in their line was either Tyler Beechey, who was first signed on a try-out.contract, or Brad Tapper. Also the line with Jimmy Roy, Pat Kavanagh and Ryan Ready helped to unexpectedly reach the playoffs. However, in the quarterfinals they were defeated by the Frankfurt Lions in game 7.

For the next season, the Roosters signed former New York Islanders coach Steve Stirling. The team failed to continue the way they had the year before, and Stirling was fired in February after the team fell out of playoff position. In the summer many players voiced their critique of Stirling. Assistant coach Ulrich Liebsch became the new head coach. Many key players left the team. Due to the global financial crisis at that time, the Roosters announced that they would look for young, talented players and wouldn't focus on veterans for the 2009-10 season.

Season records[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tie OTL SOL Points Goals
Rank Playoffs
2000–01 60 23 31 0 6 - 68 152 189 15 Did not qualify
2001–02 60 23 28 0 9 - 74 154 183 12 Did not qualify
2002–03 52 25 19 8 0 - 75 142 132 9 Did not qualify
2003–04 52 19 26 0 7 - 59 137 169 12 Did not qualify
2004–05 52 21 26 0 5 - 64 138 156 11 Did not qualify
2005–06 52 21 26 - 0 5 65 166 178 11 Did not qualify
2006–07 52 24 24 - 1 3 70 148 163 11 Did not qualify
2007–08 56 33 18 - 4 1 96 208 196 5 Lost in quarterfinals
2008–09 52 22 18 - 5 7 71 171 187 11 Did not qualify
2009–10 56 26 26 - 3 1 74 166 183 11 Did not qualify
2010–11 52 21 22 - 5 4 68 150 159 12 Did not qualify
2011–12 52 25 19 - 4 4 77 150 150 10 Lost in playoff qualifications
2012–13 52 20 29 - 2 1 59 130 167 13 Did not qualify
2013–14 52 19 22 - 2 3 74 147 149 10 Lost in quarterfinals
2014–15 52 28 17 - 4 3 86 179 150 6 Lost in quarterfinals
2015–16 52 23 12 - 6 6 91 162 143 3 Lost in quarterfinals
2016–17 52 17 27 - 6 2 55 129 171 13 Did not qualify


Current roster[edit]

Updated March 3, 2017.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
61 Germany Bassen, ChadChad Bassen C L 34 2014 Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
94 Poland Bettahar, NoureddineNoureddine Bettahar RW R 22 2016 Trier, Germany
44 Canada Button, RyanRyan Button D L 26 2014 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
79 Canada Down, BlaineBlaine Down C/RW L 34 2016 Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Canada Dziurzynski, DavidDavid Dziurzynski LW L 27 2016 Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
30 Germany Fischer, ChristopherChristopher Fischer D R 29 2016 Heidelberg, Germany
67 Germany Friedrich, MarkoMarko Friedrich C L 25 2014 Roth, Germany
16 Canada Jaspers, JasonJason Jaspers C/LW L 36 2015 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
19 Germany Kahle, MarcelMarcel Kahle C R 23 2012 Iserlohn, Germany
24 Austria Lange, MathiasMathias Lange G L 32 2013 Klagenfurt, Austria
3 Sweden Larsson, JohanJohan Larsson D R 31 2016 Lindesberg, Sweden
60 United States Milam, TroyTroy Milam D R 36 2016 Lake Orion, Michigan, United States
62 Germany Orendorz, DieterDieter Orendorz D L 24 2009 Iserlohn, Germany
Germany Schmidt, KevinKevin Schmidt D L 31 2017 Markham, Ontario, Canada
15 Germany Shevyrin, DenisDenis Shevyrin F L 22 2015 St. Petersburg, Russia
22 Canada Wruck, DylanDylan Wruck LW L 24 2014 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Individual team records[edit]

Current as of the end of the 2015–16 season.[4]

Most games played
Rank Player Games
1. Collin Danielsmeier 567
2. Michael Wolf 459
3. Christian Hommel 457
4. Robert Hock 368
5. Mike York 287
6. Dimitrij Kotschnew 259
7. Jeff Giuliano 245
8. Mark Ardelan 242
9. Lasse Kopitz 237
10. Jimmy Roy 236
Most points
Rank Player Points
1. Michael Wolf 447
2. Robert Hock 390
3. Mike York 278
4. Ryan Ready 162
5. Mark Ardelan 140
6. Jimmy Roy 139
7. Brooks Macek 112
8. Jeff Giuliano 111
9. Bob Wren 110
10. Matt Higgins 98
Most goals
Rank Player Goals
1. Michael Wolf 230
2. Robert Hock 109
3. Mike York 93
4. Jimmy Roy 67
5. Ryan Ready 54
6. Brooks Macek 51
7. Nick Petersen 43
8. Jeff Giuliano 42
9. Pat Kavanagh 40
10. Bryan Adams 39
Most assists
Rank Player Assists
1. Robert Hock 281
2. Michael Wolf 217
3. Mike York 185
4. Ryan Ready 108
5. Mark Ardelan 106
6. Bob Wren 76
7. Jimmy Roy 72
8. Jeff Giuliano 69
9. Paul Traynor 68
10. Marty Wilford 64
Most penalties in minutes
Rank Player PIM
1. Christian Hommel 736
2. Jimmy Roy 517
3. Michael Wolf 436
4. Ryan Ready 340
5. Tomas Martinec 327
6. Colten Teubert 312
7. Collin Danielsmeier 287
8. Paul Traynor 282
9. Robert Hock 252
10. Bryan Adams 251
Most shutouts
Rank Player SO
1. Sebastien Caron 7
2. Jimmy Waite 6
3. Dimitrij Kotschnew 5
4. Norm Maracle 4
5. Radek Toth 3


  1. ^ Serge Schmemann (18 December 1987). "Qaddafi Foiled as an Ice Hockey Patron". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Gabriel Luis Manga (1 February 2016). "The forgotten story of … Muammar Gaddafi's German ice hockey team". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Iserlohn Roosters playing roster" (in German). Iserlohn Roosters. 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Iserlohn Roosters All-Time roster". 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2016-08-15. 

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