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Adler Mannheim
Adler Mannheim Logo.svg
CityMannheim, Germany
LeagueDeutsche Eishockey Liga
Founded1938; 81 years ago (1938)
Home arenaSAP Arena
(capacity: 13,600)
ColoursBlue, White, Red
              
Owner(s)Die Adler Mannheim Eishockey Spielbetriebs GmbH + Co. KG
General managerJan-Axel Alavaara
Head coachPavel Gross
CaptainMarcel Goc
Championships81 (1980, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2015, 2019) 1One Eishockey Bundesliga championship and seven DEL championships
Websiteadler-mannheim.de
Franchise history
1938–1994Mannheimer Eis- und Rollsport-Club (MERC)
1994–todayAdler Mannheim
Current season

The Adler Mannheim ('Mannheim Eagles', formerly Mannheimer ERC) are a professional ice hockey team of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest-level ice hockey league in Germany. The team is based in Mannheim, a city in the northern part of Baden-Württemberg. Currently, the team plays at SAP Arena, where they moved to at the beginning of the 2005–06 season after having played at Eisstadion am Friedrichspark for nearly seven decades from 1938 through 2005.[1] They have won the German Championship a total of eight times, seven of those coming after 1994 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

History[edit]

German ice hockey changed a lot after the Deutsche Eishockey Liga was founded in 1994. Its growing influence also brought growing independence from the Deutscher Eishockey-Bund-organization (DEB) which dominated the ice hockey in Germany for decades.

Pre-DEL era[edit]

The first incarnation of the Adler Mannheim were The Mannheimer ice and roller skating club (MERC: Mannheimer Eis- und Rollsportclub), founded on 19 May 1938. On 19 February 1939, they had their introduction match in the brand new Friedrichspark Stadium. The match against the winner of the German Championship was lost 0–11, but the following seasons were more and more successful. However, due to the ongoing Second World War, it was difficult to play a regular season without some limitations. In 1942, after the Mannheim was qualified for the finals, the proclamation of the total war led to the cancellation of the finals, less than 24 hours before their scheduled beginning.

On 5 June 1943, the Eisstadion am Friedrichspark was destroyed by an air attack on Mannheim. After the end of the Second World War in 1945, it took another four years before the hockey club began playing once again. In the 1951/52 season, Mannheim again had a team to play in a regular team, but it was not very successful. The most successful game in this time was a 10–2 victory against a team of American soldiers based in the Mannheim-area.

Promotion to first division and first German championship[edit]

In 1978, the Adler Mannheim achieved the promotion to the first division of Eishockey Bundesliga. In order to be able to set up a team with the limited budget, the Adler and their coach Heinz Weisenbach went new ways. He traveled to North America to search specifically for players with German roots. With Harold Kreis, Manfred "Mannix" Wolf, Roy Roedger and Peter Ascherl, the first "German Canadians" were transferred into the Eishockey Bundesliga. Additionally, Mannheim acquired the national goalkeeper Erich Weishaupt from the Berliner Schlittschuhclub (Berliner SC). After a sixth place in the debut season, Mannheim strengthened their squad with Ron Andruff and Holger Meitinger and the national players Mannheimer Marcus Kuhl (Cologne) and Peter Obresa (Bad Nauheim). In a complicated tournament mode, from preliminary round, second round and championship round, the Adler finally could win the German championship for the first time. The title win was made perfect by a victory in Berlin, so that the Mannheim players warmed-up in tails and cylinders before the last, meaningless home game against Cologne EC.

DEL era[edit]

Four DEL championships in 5 years[edit]

In 1994, the Mannheimer ERC was a founding member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. While the organization of the MERC still existed, the professional hockey team changed its name to Adler Mannheim and was transformed into an independent legal entity called "Die Adler Mannheim Eishockey Spielbetriebs GmbH + Co. KG". The old organization MERC still performs in the amateur and junior sectors, including the successful junior team Jungadler Mannheim (young eagles Mannheim) (DNL).

The first two seasons in the DEL ended in playoff quarter finals, but the following season changed everything: the Mannheimer Adler swept through the playoffs. At the minimum number of nine games, they won the championship in 1997. After also winning the championships in 1998 and 1999, head coach Lance Nethery and several players left the team.

After a disastrous start to the regular 1999–2000 season, the Adler reached the playoffs again, but were beaten in the quarter finals again. After that season, head coach Chris Valentine had to go and was succeeded by Bill Stewart. In 2000/2001, they were back on the road to success with the fourth DEL championship in five years.

In their final season at Friedrichspark, Mannheim native Jochen Hecht (Buffalo Sabres), Cristobal Huet (Montreal Canadiens), Yannick Tremblay (Atlanta Thrashers) and Sven Butenschön (New York Islanders) joined the Adler during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. The team made it to the finals, but were defeated by the Eisbären Berlin.

Move to SAP Arena and 5th DEL championship[edit]

The following season was disastrous. In their new home, the SAP Arena, the team was at position 10 at the end of the regular season. It was the first time in 26 years that the Adler Mannheim did not qualify for the playoffs.

Making several changes in the team roster, the team celebrated its resurrection in the following 2006–07 season. After winning the German Cup, they finished in first place in the regular season and then won their fifth DEL Championship.

Adler Mannheim and the NHL[edit]

On 6th Juli 2010, Adler Mannheim competed against the San Jose Sharks at the 2011 NHL Premiere Challenge 2010. German national player Manuel Klinge scored for Mannheim in the 5th minute, San Jose equalized with a goal by Jamie McGinn (54th minute). After Devin Setoguchi scored for San Jose, Mannheim's Jame Pollock scored the equalizer at minute 57. In the shoot-out, it was Dan Boyle who scored with the decisive penalty shot for the Sharks.

In July 2011, Mannheim entered a developmental partnership with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.[2]

The Adler participated in the 2011 NHL Premiere series, losing to the Buffalo Sabres 8–3. The Sabres (who count among its players Mannheim native Jochen Hecht) were very well received in Mannheim, and later that season, a contingent of Adler fans traveled to Buffalo and Toronto to witness games hosted by the Sabres and Maple Leafs.[3][4]

During the 2012 NHL lockout, the Adler Mannheim became a popular team for the lockout-players again. The former Mannheim-players Dennis Seidenberg (Boston Bruins) and Marcel Goc (Florida Panthers) joined the team once more. They were followed by Jason Pominville, captain of the Buffalo Sabres and again Jochen Hecht who was a free agent since his injury in early 2012. Hecht signed a contract (with a NHL-Out paragraph) until 2014, but after the lockout came to an end, he was offered a new, one-year contract by the Buffalo Sabres. After the Sabres contract expired, Hecht announced his intention to return to Mannheim to finish his professional career.

6th DEL championship and turbulent times[edit]

On 19 June 2014, Mannheim hired Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward as their new head coach. After winning the regular season with nine points ahead of the second-placed EHC Red Bull München, the Adler won the quarter-final series against the Nürnberg Ice Tigers with 4-1. In the semi-finals, the Adler swept Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg with 4-0 victories - even after being down 0-3 goals in three of the games. In the final, Mannheim finally met ERC Ingolstadt. After a devastating 1-6 loss in the third game with Ingolstadt taking the 2-1 lead in the final series, the Eagles could turn the series and won all remaining finals. With 4-2 victories, the Adler Mannheim were able to win their sixth DEL championship.

After the 2014-15 season, Ward returned to the NHL [5] and was replaced by Greg Ireland. Ireland was sacked in February 2016,[6] Craig Woodcroft, who had joined the Adler coaching staff in 2014,[7] was promoted to head coach.[8] Woodcroft failed to guide the Adler squad to the playoffs and left after the 2015–16 season. In May 2016, Sean Simpson was named new head coach.[9]

Successful transition and 7th DEL championship[edit]

On 4 December 2017, GM Teal Fowler, head coach Simpson and assistant coach Colin Muller were sacked due to unsatisfactory results. Bill Stewart, who had guided the club to the 2001 DEL title, took over the head coaching job.[10] During the 2017-2018 season, the Adler Mannheim announced Jan-Axel Alavaara as the new GM and Pavel Gross as their new head coach [11] assisted by Mike Pellegrims and Pertti Hasanen.

The Adler finished their regular season 2018-2019 in 1st position with a new point average record of 2,23 points per game and won the DEL title 2018-19 defeating EHC Red Bull München 4 to 1 in the playoff finals. During the summer break, the Mannheimer Adler released their long-time team captain Marcus Kink - his successor is 699 times NHL veteran and German national player Marcel Goc.[12] Also during the summer-break 2019, Adler Mannheim's rookie defenseman Moritz Seider was drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, sixth overall, by the Detroit Red Wings.[13] Seider was the first German defenseman to be selected in the first round of an NHL Entry Draft, and the fourth-highest German-born player to be selected. On 14 July 2019, he was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[14]

Honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated 23 November, 2019.[15]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
7 Germany Sinan Akdag D L 30 2014 Rosenheim, Germany
4 United States Chad Billins D L 30 2019 Marysville, Michigan, United States
50 Germany Louis Brune F R 19 2018 München, Germany
84 Canada Andrew Desjardins C L 33 2017 Lively, Ontario, Canada
16 Germany Markus Eisenschmid RW R 24 2018 Marktoberdorf, Germany
44 Germany Dennis Endras G L 34 2012 Immenstadt, Germany
23 Germany Marcel Goc (C) C L 36 2015 Calw, Germany
35 Sweden Johan Gustafsson G L 27 2019 Köping, Sweden
61 Finland Tommi Huhtala LW L 32 2018 Tampere, Finland
94 Germany Phil Hungerecker F L 25 2017 Lüneburg, Germany
71 Finland Jan-Mikael Järvinen LW L 31 2019 Pirkkala, Finland
95 Canada Mark Katic D L 30 2018 Timmins, Ontario, Canada
40 Germany Valentino Klos F L 19 2019 Kaiserslautern, Germany
21 Germany Nico Krämmer W L 27 2018 Landshut, Germany
5 Germany Björn Krupp D L 28 2019 Buffalo, New York, United States
32 Germany Cody Lampl D R 33 2018 Ketchum, Idaho, United States
37 Italy Thomas Larkin D R 28 2017 London, England, Great Britain
6 Finland Joonas Lehtivuori D L 31 2018 Pirkkala, Finland
43 Germany Tobias Möller D L 19 2019 Wuppertal, Germany
22 Germany Matthias Plachta LW L 28 2016 Freiburg, Germany
36 Germany Pierre Preto LW L 20 2017 Speyer, Germany
9 Germany Brent Raedeke LW L 29 2015 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
33 Croatia Borna Rendulić RW R 27 2019 Zagreb, Croatia
29 Germany Denis Reul D R 30 2009 Marktredwitz, Germany
28 Germany Samuel Soramies F L 21 2018 Heidelberg, Germany
18 United States Ben Smith (A) RW R 31 2018 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
8 Germany Tim Stützle F L 17 2018 Viersen, Germany
26 Germany Yannik Valenti RW R 31 2018 Bad Tölz, Germany
89 Germany David Wolf (A) W L 30 2016 Düsseldorf, Germany


Honorable players[edit]

Points leaders
Player Seasons Games Goals Assists Points
Christoph Ullmann 2003-2008, 2011-2018 561 135 145 280
Jochen Hecht 1994-1998, 2004-2005, 2012–2016 356 105 161 266
Pavel Gross 1994–1999 220 81 180 261
Dave Tomlinson 1996–2002 291 101 159 260
Ronny Arendt 2005–2017 609 103 154 257
Goals
Player Seasons Games Goals
Christoph Ullmann 2003-2008, 2011-2018 561 135
René Corbet 2001–2009 314 130
Jochen Hecht 1994-1998, 2004-2005, 2012–2016 356 105
Ronny Arendt 2005–2017 609 103
Dave Tomlinson 1996–2002 291 101
Assists
Player Seasons Games Assists
Pavel Gross 1994–1999 220 180
Jochen Hecht 1994-1998, 2004-2005, 2012–2016 356 161
Dave Tomlinson 1996–2002 291 159
Marcus Kink 2004–2019 700 159
Ronny Arendt 2005–2017 609 154
Most Points in a Single Season
Player Season Games Goals Assists Points
Jan Alston 1999–00 50 31 43 74
Pavel Gross 1995–96 49 29 43 72
Robert Cimetta 1995–96 50 22 41 63
Pavel Gross 1994–95 42 21 41 62
Robert Cimetta 1994–95 39 29 31 60
Most Penalty Minutes
Player Seasons Games PIM
Marcus Kink 2004–2019 700 876
Mike Stevens 1998–2002 204 772
Tomas Martinec 2003–2012 285 696
René Corbet 2001–2009 314 622
Jochen Hecht 1994-1998, 2004-2005, 2012–2016 356 589
Play-off scoring leaders
Player Seasons Games Goals Assists Points
Jochen Hecht 1994-1998, 2004-2005, 2012–2016 75 25 31 56
Stéphane Richer 1995-2002 64 10 46 56
Christoph Ullmann 2003-2008, 2011-2018 86 27 28 55
Devin Edgerton 2000-2006 50 24 29 53
Dave Tomlinson 1996–2002 60 20 29 49

Retired numbers[edit]

Adler Mannheim retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
2 Werner Lorenz D 1956–1964 23 November 2012
3 Harold Kreis D 1978–1997 7 February 1998
10 Kurt Sepp F 1956–1967 23 November 2012
12 Bruno Guttowski D 1955–1964 23 November 2012
15 Marcus Kuhl F 1979–1982
20 René Corbet L 2001–2009 4 October 2011
25 Stéphane Richer D 1995–2002 2. September 2005
55 Jochen Hecht F 1994–1998, 2004–2005, 2012–2013, 2013–2016 23 February 2018
57 Ronny Arendt F 2005–2017 23 February 2018
80 Robert Müller1 G 2000–2002, 2006–2007 22 May 2009
  • 1After his death, the Adler Mannheim, the Kölner Haie and the EHC Klostersee retired his #80. At the beginning of the season 2008–09, his number was retired league-wide by the DEL.

Championship teams[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

The following list shows all head coaches of Adler Mannheim during the DEL era.

DEL Season records[edit]

Adler Mannheim DEL season records
Season Games Won Tie Lost OTW OTL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Rank Playoffs
1994-95 44 29 - 9 6 0 64 164 108 3 Quarterfinal loss
1995-96 50 29 - 12 7 2 67 195 163 7 Quarterfinal loss
1996-97 50 35 - 10 5 1 76 212 123 1 Champion
1997-98 48 26 - 16 3 3 58 170 145 4 Champion
1998-99 52 24 - 16 5 7 89 208 182 3 Champion
1999-00 56 27 - 19 6 4 97 199 181 5 Quarterfinal loss
2000-01 60 31 - 16 9 4 115 205 144 1 Champion
2001-02 60 34 - 14 6 6 120 186 135 2 Final loss
2002-03 52 25 - 16 8 3 94 152 129 4 Semifinal loss
2003-04 52 26 - 16 4 6 92 151 124 6 Quarterfinal loss
2004-05 52 23 - 21 3 5 80 151 150 6 Final loss
2005-06 52 19 - 26 4 3 68 148 155 10 Did not make playoffs
2006-07 52 29 - 9 6 8 107 184 147 1 Champion
2007-08 56 24 - 20 8 4 92 180 174 6 Quarterfinal loss
2008-09 52 22 - 18 7 5 85 144 131 4 Semifinal loss
2009-10 56 23 - 22 4 7 84 177 177 9 Playoffs Qualifier loss
2010-11 52 20 - 20 7 5 79 131 137 7 Quarterfinal loss
2011-12 52 23 - 15 7 7 90 171 148 4 Final loss
2012-13 52 30 - 16 3 3 99 164 125 1 Quarterfinal loss
2013-14 52 26 - 18 4 4 90 148 123 4 Quarterfinal loss
2014-15 52 33 - 14 3 2 107 173 123 1 Champion
2015-16 52 20 - 24 5 3 73 138 146 4 Playoffs Qualifier loss
2016-17 52 30 - 12 6 4 106 183 135 2 Quarterfinal loss
2017-18 52 21 - 22 6 3 78 151 149 5 Semifinal loss
2018-19 52 35 - 8 2 7 116 194 117 1 Champion

Affiliated teams[edit]

Jungadler Mannheim[edit]

The youth performance center of the Adler Mannheim is called "Jungadler Mannheim" (youth eagles). Their under 20 junior team is 16-times national youth champion and record holder. Famous former Jungadler players are e.g. Dominik Kahun (Chicago Blackhawks), Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) and Moritz Seider (Detroit Red Wings).

ERC Mannheimer WildCats[edit]

The female contingent of the Mannheimer ERC carries the name "Wild Cats." The most successful period in the WildCats' career was between 1988 and 1994 during which they won three German championships and vice-championships. The Wildcats did not play during the 2005–06 season after four players terminated their contracts. Therefore, they were forced to temporarily withdraw from the league.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galvin, Tom (3 December 2004). "Mannheim-Major Industrial City on the Neckar" (in German). Tomgalvin.com. Retrieved 11 March 2006.
  2. ^ Maple Leafs form partnership with German team to improve development – Winnipeg Free Press[dead link]
  3. ^ Kulyk, Andrew (9 February. 2012). The Mannheim fans land in Buffalo Archived 23 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Artvoice. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  4. ^ Pignataro, T. J. (11 February 2012). Across-the-pond hockey Archived 14 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. The Buffalo News. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Fluto Shinzawa | Sunday Hockey Notes: After a year in Germany, Geoff Ward makes his return to NHL coaching ranks – The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  6. ^ ONLINE, RP. "DEL: Meister Mannheim trennt sich von Trainer Ireland". RP ONLINE. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  7. ^ Stefan, Diepold. "Craig Woodcroft". www.eishockey-online.com. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  8. ^ "ADLER Mannheim". www.adler-mannheim.de. Archived from the original on February 23, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sean Simpson is the new coach of the Adler Mannheim | Archy De". Archy De. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Adler trennen sich von Teal Fowler, Sean Simpson und Colin Müller". www.adler-mannheim.de (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  11. ^ https://www.del.org/news/pavel-gross-verlaesst-die-grizzlys-wolfsburg-und-wechselt-nach-mannheim/8072
  12. ^ https://www.adler-mannheim.de/aktuelles/marcel-goc-ist-neuer-kapitaen/
  13. ^ https://www.nhl.com/redwings/news/defenseman-moritz-seider-selected-with-sixth-overall-pick/c-307967484
  14. ^ https://www.nhl.com/news/red-wings-seider-signs-entry-level-contract/c-308256400
  15. ^ "Adler Mannheim Mannschaft". Adler Mannheim (in German). 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.

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