Munich Barons

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The Munich Barons were a professional ice hockey team between 1999 and 2002 run by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in the German Ice Hockey League (German: Deutsche Eishockey Liga - DEL). The best year the team had was in 2000 when they won the German championship.

After long negotiations among the Anschutz Group, the ice hockey teams Landshut Cannibals, ESC Munich and the Olympiapark Munich GmbH, the creation of the Munich Ice Hockey Club GmbH was announced on the 1 June 1999. The license for the DEL was carried over from the debt-ridden Landshut Cannibals. The team played its home games in the Olympia-Eisstadion. The name and logo of the Barons were unveiled in the middle of June of that year.

Despite a poor start, the Munich Barons team – whose players were brought together from several other teams – was able to come together and finished in second place in their first season in the DEL. In the play-offs, the team surprised all doubters[who?] and eventually became German champions. In spite of that success, the number of spectators at game was lower than expected (regular season: 2,800; playoffs: 4,900). In the 2000–2001 season, the Barons finished in third place in the regular season. In the playoffs, they reached the finals, but lost a hard-fought battle against the eventual champions, the Mannheim Eagles. Despite the continued good showing of the team, the number of spectators remained low. Because of the expensive player contracts and the lack of sponsors, the Barons had accumulated substantial debts. In the 2001–2002 season, the Barons placed first in the regular season, in spite of injuries plaguing the team. In the play-off semifinal, the Barons lost to the eventual champions, Kölner Haie. Although by this time the number of spectators had begun to increase slightly, the Anschutz Group decided to move the team to Hamburg for financial reasons on the 3 June 2002. Since 2002, the Munich Barons play as the Hamburg Freezers in Hamburg in the DEL.

Standings[edit]

Season Plays Gates Points Place on the table Play-Offs
DEL 1999/2000 56 208:155 109 2. German champion
DEL 2000/01 60 175:150 104 3. Finale
DEL 2001/02 60 182:138 121 1. Semi-final

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