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Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers logo.svg
LeagueDeutsche Eishockey Liga
Home arenaArena Nürnberger Versicherung
(capacity: 8,400)
Owner(s)Thomas Sabo
General managerMartin Jiranek
Head coachMartin Jiranek
CaptainPatrick Reimer
Franchise history
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg

The Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg are a professional ice hockey club located in Nuremberg, Germany. They play in the country's premier league, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.


The roots of the team can be traced back to SG Nürnberg, an ice hockey club that played in the 2nd Bundesliga from 1958 until it was closed in 1980 due to financial issues. Today's team was founded in 1980 as EHC Nürnberg 1980 e.V., as a non-profit organization. Play started in 1980–81 in the Bavarian state ice-hockey league (German: Eishockey-Bayernliga). After a single season, the team moved up to the Southern Regional league (German: Regionalliga Süd), and was promoted again after just one season in 1983 to the 3rd tier German Ice Hockey league (German: Oberliga Süd).

By 1987, EHC Nürnberg 1980 moved up to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the early 90's, financial uncertainty around German professional ice-hockey lead to the foundation of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga – DEL. The DEL was modeled after the NHL, with hopes of providing financial stability through licensing and franchising of teams.

EHC Nürnberg 1980 was admitted to the DEL as a founding member on 13 June 1994, one of 6 teams from the 2nd Bundesliga. As the DEL replaced the 1st Bundesliga and now represents the highest level of German professional ice-hockey, this in effect resulted in a promotion. In the first DEL season, the EHC 80 Nürnberg finished the regular season on the 12th place, only to be eliminated in the first playoff round.

For the next season, the professional team was broken out of the non-profit organization and incorporated as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers, with the youth and amateurs keeping the old name.[1] In the 1998–99 DEL season the Tigers finished the regular season in first place, but lost in the playoff finals to the Adler Mannheim, who dominated German Ice Hockey in the late 1990s.

In 2006, the Ice Tigers and Bionorica AG, signed a three-year agreement giving Bionorica the naming rights to the team. Starting with the 2006–07 DEL season, the team was renamed to Sinupret Ice Tigers, after a Bionorica product.

During the 2008–09 season it became obvious that the Ice Tigers were in a dire financial situation. On 25 November 2008 preliminary insolvency was filed and declared on 30 December declared. This led to the corporate sponsor Bionorica pulling their support in March 2009. An investor group led by local jeweler Thomas Sabo intervened on 3 April 2009, pre-empting bankruptcy proceedings and ensuring participation in the 2009–10 season. The team is now known as the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.


Current roster[edit]

Updated March 27, 2019.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41 Canada Will Acton C L 31 2018 Edina, Minnesota, United States
95 Kazakhstan Eugen Alanov LW L 23 2017 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
10 United States Taylor Aronson D R 27 2017 Placentia, California
61 Germany Chad Bassen C L 35 2018 Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
16 Germany Jason Bast C L 29 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
6 Germany Tim Bender D L 24 2018 Mannheim, Germany
11 United States Chris Brown RW R 28 2018 Flower Mound, Texas, United States
9 Canada Brandon Buck LW L 30 2018 Delaware, Ontario, Canada
91 Canada Philippe Dupuis RW R 33 2016 Laval, Quebec, Canada
2 Germany Brett Festerling D L 33 2016 Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
74 Canada Dane Fox LW L 25 2017 Chatham, Ontario, Canada
14 United States Tom Gilbert D R 36 2017 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
19 Germany Pascal Grosse D L 20 2018 Düsseldorf, Germany
29 Germany Andreas Jenike G L 30 2010 Hamburg, Germany
68 Slovakia Milan Jurcina D R 35 2016 Liptovsky Mikulas, Czechoslovakia
21 Germany Maximilian Kislinger C R 21 2018 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
8 Canada Shawn Lalonde D R 29 2018 Orleans, Ontario, Canada
22 Germany Oliver Mebus D L 26 2016 Dormagen, Germany
72 Germany Mike Mieszkowski LW L 26 2018 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
93 Germany Leo Pföderl RW R 25 2012 Bad Tölz, Germany
1 Germany Florian Proske G L 22 2018 Bad Muskau, Germany
17 Germany Patrick Reimer (C) RW R 36 2012 Mindelheim, Germany
26 Canada Brandon Segal RW R 35 2015 North Delta, British Columbia, Canada
13 Slovakia Martin Stajnoch D R 28 2019 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
6 Germany Eric Stephan D L 25 2018 Berlin, Germany
33 Germany Colten Teubert D R 29 2016 White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
31 Germany Niklas Treutle G L 27 2017 Nürnberg, Germany
24 Germany Marcus Weber D L 26 2013 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
57 Germany Daniel Weiss C L 29 2018 Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

Former coaches[edit]

All-time records[edit]

  • The most DEL games for the club: 492 Martin Jiranek
  • The most DEL goals for the club: 173 Martin Jiranek
  • The most DEL penalty minutes for the club: 576 John Craighead


  1. ^ Auf den Spuren des EHC Nürnberg 1980 e.V.,
  2. ^ "Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers current roster" (in German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-17.

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