Tipsport liga (hockey)
Current season, competition or edition:|
2017–18 Slovak Extraliga season
|CEO||Richard Lintner (Pro-Hokej a.s.)|
|No. of teams||13|
|HC '05 Banská Bystrica (2nd title)|
|Most titles||HC Košice (8 titles)|
|TV partner(s)||RTVS (Slovakia)|
|Relegation to||Slovak 1. Liga|
|Slovak 1. Liga, Slovak 2. Liga|
The Slovak Tipsport Liga (Slovenská Extraliga) is the highest-level ice hockey league in Slovakia. Since the 2018-19 season, the league also includes two teams from Hungary.In 2009, it was ranked by the IIHF as the fifth strongest league in Europe and in 2012, it was ranked by The Hockey News as the sixth strongest league in the world behind the NHL, KHL, Swedish Hockey League, SM-liiga and Czech Extraliga. However, it has dropped significantly since then, with the German DEL and Austrian EBEL both ranked ahead.
The name of the league is leased to sponsors and changes frequently. From 1993/94 to 1997/98, it was called Extraliga, then the name changed to West Extraliga until the end of the 2000/01 season. In 2001/02, its name was Boss Extraliga. From the 2002/03 season to 2004/05, the name was ST Extraliga and in 2005/06 to T-Com Extraliga. On 16 January 2007, the name changed to Slovnaft Extraliga when a general sponsorship agreement with Slovnaft was signed, in 2011/12 it became the Tipsport Extraliga and Slovnaft-Play-off, and since the 2015/16 season it has been called the Tipsport liga and Slovnaft-Play-off.
The Slovak Extraliga is rooted in the Czechoslovak Extraliga. The 1993/94 season was the first for the Slovak Extraliga after Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993.
Ten clubs played in the 2017–18 Slovak Extraliga season. HK Orange 20 is a project for preparation of the Slovakia junior ice hockey team for the IIHF World U20 Championship. The team does not play a complete regular season and cannot advance to the playoffs. The top eight teams in the standings after the regular season (56 games) advance to the playoffs. This season was won by HC ’05 Banská Bystrica.
The table below shows the team participating in the 2018-19 season.
|HC Košice||Košice||Steel Arena||8,378||1962|
|HC Nové Zámky||Nové Zámky||Nové Zámky Ice Stadium||2,500||1965|
|HC '05 Banská Bystrica||Banská Bystrica||Banská Bystrica Ice Stadium||2,841||1922|
|HC 07 Detva||Detva||Detva Ice Stadium||1,800||2007|
|HK Dukla Trenčín||Trenčín||Pavol Demitra Ice Stadium||6,150||1962|
|HK Nitra||Nitra||Nitra Arena||3,600||1926|
|HK Poprad||Poprad||Poprad Ice Stadium||4,500||1930|
|HKm Zvolen||Zvolen||Zvolen Ice Stadium||5,372||1927|
|MHk 32 Liptovský Mikuláš||Liptovský Mikuláš||Liptovský Mikuláš Ice Stadium||3,680||1932|
|MsHK Žilina||Žilina||Garmin Arena||6,200||1925|
|DVTK Jegesmedvék||Miskolc||Miskolc Ice Hall||1,304||1978|
|HK Orange 20||Piešťany||Easton Arena||3,500||2007|
Names and sponsorship
|2002–2005||ST Extraliga||Slovak Telekom|
Previous Tipsport liga regular season winners
Previous Tipsport liga playoff winners (Slovak Champions)
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