Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers

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Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers logo.svg
City Nuremberg
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Founded 1980
Home arena Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
(Capacity: 8,400)
Owner(s) Thomas Sabo
General manager Martin Jiranek
Head coach Rob Wilson
Captain Patrick 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 August 16, 2016.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
9 Canada Blacker, JesseJesse Blacker D R 25 2016 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
21 Germany Buzas, PatrickPatrick Buzas C L 29 2012 Augsburg, Germany
91 Canada Dupuis, PhilippePhilippe Dupuis RW R 31 2016 Laval, Quebec, Canada
42 Germany Ehliz, YasinYasin Ehliz RW L 23 2010 Bad Tölz, Germany
2 Germany Festerling, BrettBrett Festerling D L 30 2016 Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
74 Germany Filin, VladislavVladislav Filin LW L 21 2016 Omsk, Russia
29 Germany Jenike, AndreasAndreas Jenike G L 28 2010 Hamburg, Germany
19 Canada Kozek, AndrewAndrew Kozek LW L 30 2016 Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada
20 Germany Lehr, PhilipPhilip Lehr G L 23 2015 Berlin, Germany
23 Croatia Martinovic, SasaSasa Martinovic D L 32 2015 Füssen, Germany
22 Germany Mebus, OliverOliver Mebus D L 23 2016 Dormagen, Germany
79 Germany Meilleur, JensJens Meilleur RW R 23 2016 Marquette, Manitoba, Canada
77 Germany Möchel, MariusMarius Möchel C L 25 2014 Nuremberg, Germany
47 Germany Pfleger, MarcoMarco Pfleger F R 25 2013 Peissenberg, Germany
93 Germany Pföderl, LeoLeo Pföderl RW R 23 2012 Bad Tölz, Germany
32 Germany Reimer, JochenJochen Reimer G L 31 2014 Mindelheim, Germany
17 Germany Reimer, PatrickPatrick Reimer (C) RW R 33 2012 Mindelheim, Germany
28 Canada Reinprecht, StevenSteven Reinprecht C L 40 2012 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
26 Canada Segal, BrandonBrandon Segal RW R 33 2015 North Delta, British Columbia, Canada
39 United States Steckel, DaveDave Steckel C L 34 2015 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
5 Canada Syvret, DannyDanny Syvret D L 31 2016 Millgrove, Ontario, Canada
33 Germany Teubert, ColtenColten Teubert D R 26 2016 White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
24 Germany Weber, MarcusMarcus Weber D L 23 2013 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 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. ^ "Spieler der Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 2014/2015" (in German). Retrieved 2016-08-16. 

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