Orli Znojmo

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Orli Znojmo
Orli Znojmo logo.svg
City Znojmo, Czech Republic
League Czech Extraliga
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Founded 1933
Home arena Nevoga Arena
(Capacity: 4,500)
Colors Red, white
Owner(s) Pavel Ohera
General manager Rostislav Docekal
Head coach Roman Šimíček
Captain Jiří Beroun
Website Orli Znojmo
Franchise history
1933–1993 TJ Sokol Znojmo
1993–1997 SK Agropodnik Znojmo
1997–2001 HC Excalibur Znojemští Orli
2001–2006 HC JME Znojemští Orli
2006–2009 HC Znojemští Orli
2009– Orli Znojmo
Czech 1. Liga 2 (1998, 1999)

Orli Znojmo (in English Znojmo Eagles) is a Czech-based ice hockey team that currently plays in the Austrian Hockey League. The club is based in Znojmo and their home arena is Nevoga arena.

From 1999 to 2009, the club competed in the Czech Extraliga. Their biggest success in that league was a third-place finish in 2005-06. National Hockey League players Patrik Eliáš, Martin Havlát and Tomáš Vokoun played for this club during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. On 1 April 2009, Orli sold its Czech Extraliga license to another South Moravian club, HC Kometa Brno.

After two seasons in the Czech First League, the club announced on 31 May 2011 that they were joining the Austrian-based Erste Bank Hockey League.[1]


The club was founded in 1933 originally as TJ Sokol Znojmo and played until the early 1990s, at only a regional level. In 1993, Znojmo entered a sponsorship with Czech-Austrian company Excalibur under Jaroslav Vlasak. With this financial support club moved to become a professional outfit and in 1994 joined the Czech Second League. Renamed SK Agropodnik Znojmo, they competed the following three seasons in the Second League. From 1996, the club served as an affiliate to Extraliga clubs, HC Pardubice and HC Dukla Jihlava, in order to further establish junior players experience. After a successful playoffs in 1997, Znojmo were promoted to the Czech First League.[citation needed]

In their two seasons in the Czech First League, Znojmo now known as HC Excalibur Znojemští Orli, in reflecting their sponsorship, formed a competitive team and won their first Championship title in 1997–98 before failing to gain promotion in a 4:3 series defeat to HC Slezan Opava. After claiming their second consecutive title in the 1998–99 season, Znojmo were victorious in the promotion playoffs against Dukla Jihlava to celebrate their first entry into the Czech Extraliga.[citation needed]

In the following years, the club was able to hold its own in the Extraliga, but never managed to get past the playoff semi-finals. In 2001 was called again changed their name due to sponsorship to new sponsor in HC JME Znojemští Orli. The club's largest success in the Extraliga came in the achievement of the play-off semi-final in the 2005–06 season.

In summer 2008, there was speculation that the club wanted to sell his Extraliga license, but in the end, the Supervisory Board of the Association decided to continue to operate the first team in the Extraliga. In the 2008–09 season, HC Znojmo presented one of the oldest teams in the Extraliga with the average age of 29,consisting of Jiří Dopita and Jaroslav Kames as two players who were born before 1970. After the end of the season, the club sold its license due to the exit of the main sponsor EON, to HC Kometa Brno for 25 million crowns and voluntarily returned to compete First League. In addition, a player exchange between the clubs was agree and as a part of the restructuring. the club became known as Orli Znojmo.[citation needed]

After two seasons in the First League and in the spring of 2011, the club applied for inclusion in the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. Under the ambition to give the team a new perspective, without having to take the financial risk of promotion in the Extraliga.[2] On 31 May 2011, the EBEL granted the application after the Czech Ice Hockey Association's consent on the condition that the club continues to participate with a team in the first league. This requirement was not later maintained.

Current roster[edit]

Updated February 10, 2016.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55 Slovakia Martin, BacaBaca Martin D L 28 2015 Liptovsky, Slovakia
55 Slovakia Bača, MartinMartin Bača Injured Reserve D L 28 2014 Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
10 Czech Republic Bartoš, DavidDavid Bartoš C L 25 2011 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
30 Czech Republic Beroun, JiříJiří Beroun (C) RW L 36 2002 Trebic, Czech Republic
15 Czech Republic Bořuta, AntonínAntonín Bořuta D L 28 2011 Zlín, Czech Republic
31 Czech Republic Cikánek, LukášLukáš Cikánek G L 29 2014 Kladno, Czech Republic
12 Czech Republic Číp, RadekRadek Číp F R 24 2014 Havirov, Czech Republic
67 Czech Republic Fiala, OndřejOndřej Fiala C L 29 2012 Sternberk, Czech Republic
23 Czech Republic Grof, JakubJakub Grof D R 35 2014 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
88 Czech Republic Havlík, AdamAdam Havlík RW L 26 2008
24 Czech Republic Klouček, TomášTomáš Klouček D L 37 2014 Praha, Czech Republic
89 Czech Republic Lattner, JanJan Lattner LW L 27 2008 Znojmo, Czech Republic
7 Czech Republic Nechvátal, PatrikPatrik Nechvátal G L 24 2014 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
91 Slovakia Nemčík, MartinMartin Nemčík D L 24 2014 Bratislava, Slovakia
22 Czech Republic Novák, PatrikPatrik Novák F L 25 2013 Opava, Czech Republic
50 Slovakia Pavlikovský, RichardRichard Pavlikovský D R 42 2013 Ilava, Slovakia
20 Czech Republic Podešva, MartinMartin Podešva C L 28 2013 Vsetin, Czech Republic
33 Slovakia Pucher, PeterPeter Pucher C L 42 2011 Presov, Slovakia
11 Slovakia Rehuš, BranislavBranislav Rehuš RW L 28 2014 Malacky, Slovakia
39 Czech Republic Rosa, PavelPavel Rosa W R 39 2014 Most, Czech Republic
51 Czech Republic Šeda, JanJan Šeda C L 31 2011 Pardubice, Czech Republic
9 Czech Republic Sova, AlešAleš Sova D L 25 2012 Brno, Czech Republic
93 Czech Republic Špaček, MarekMarek Špaček F R 23 2013 Znojmo, Czech Republic
19 Slovakia Tomas, RomanRoman Tomas LW R 36 2014 Poprad, Slovakia
29 Slovakia Tomec, TomášTomáš Tomec Injured Reserve G L 28 2014 Skalica, Slovakia
Head Coach Roman Šimíček
Asst. Coach Rostislav Docekal
Goalie Coach Petr Hrachovina


  1. ^ "Znojmo to join Austrian EBEL". eurohockey.com. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  2. ^ "EBEL expands to Czech Republic" (in German). hockeyfans.at. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Orli Znojmo Roster". OrliZnojmo. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 

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