Polska Hokej Liga

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Polska Hokej Liga
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 Polska Hokej Liga season
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Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1927 (Original)
2013 (Current Edition)
Founder Polish Ice Hockey Federation
Inaugural season 2013–14
CEO Janusz Wierzbowski
No. of teams 11
Country Poland
Most recent
champion(s)
GKS Tychy (2nd title)
Most titles GKS Tychy &
Cracovia (2 titles each)
TV partner(s) TVP Sport
Relegation to Polish 1. Liga
Related
competitions
Polish 1. Liga
Official website Hokej.Net

The Polska Hokej Liga is the premier ice hockey league in Poland. Previously, it was known as the I Liga or Ekstraklasa from 1927 to 1999, and the Polska Liga Hokejowa from 1999 to 2013. In 2013, it was reorganized as a limited liability company and renamed the Polska Hokej Liga. It follows a system of relegation to and promotion to/from the Polish 1. Liga.

History[edit]

The championship started in 1927. At first, it was a non-league system composed of regional tournaments. The tournaments had two stages. The best teams qualified to the final tournament, of which the winner was declared champion. In 1938, the Polish Ice Hockey Federation decided to reorganize the championship, by creating a league system. Those plans were abandoned due to the outbreak of World War II.

The current structure of the league began in 1955.

Current Teams (2017–2018)[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity Founded
ComArch Cracovia Kraków Lodowisko im. Adama "Rocha" Kowalskiego/Tauron Arena Kraków 2,514/15,328 1923
GKS Tychy Tychy Stadion Zimowy w Tychach 2,535 1971
TatrySki Podhale Nowy Targ Nowy Targ Miejska Hala Lodowa w Nowym Targu 5,000 1932 (Original) 2015 (Current)
JKH GKS Jastrzębie Jastrzębie-Zdrój Jastor 1,986 1963
Unia Oświęcim Oświęcim Hala Lodowa MOSiR Oświęcim 5,000 1958
Polonia Bytom Bytom OSiR w Bytomiu 3,000 1946
Orlik Opole Opole Toropol 3,000 1998
Naprzód Janów Katowice Jantor Janów 1,417 1950
MH Automatyka Stoczniowiec 2014 Gdańsk Hala Olivia w Gdańsku 5,500 1953 (Original) 2014 (Current)
KH GKS Katowice Katowice Lodowisko Spodek 1,500 1964
SMS PZHL U20 Katowice Katowice Stadion Zimowy 3,500 1994

Medalists[edit]

Year Winner 2nd place 3rd place Regular season
2013-14 KH Sanok GKS Tychy GKS Jastrzębie GKS Tychy
2014-15 GKS Tychy GKS Jastrzębie Podhale Nowy Targ GKS Jastrzębie
2015-16 Cracovia GKS Tychy Podhale Nowy Targ Cracovia
2016-17 Cracovia GKS Tychy Polonia Bytom GKS Tychy
2017-18 GKS Tychy GKS Katowice Podhale Nowy Targ GKS Tychy

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