|No. of teams||9|
|Most recent champion(s)||SønderjyskE|
It is also known as Superisligaen or Eliteserien, which is the name used in the past and in times where no naming rights agreement is in place. On January 1, 2014 Danish Metal (Dansk Metal) became a sponsor of the Danish ice hockey league, which changed the name to Metal Ligaen, replacing the previous name AL-Bank Ligaen which was named for the sponsorship deal with the Danish bank Arbejdernes Landsbank.
In the past, the league has consisted of as many as 10 teams. Despite the introduction of a salary cap as well as a limit to the number of import players allowed, several teams have struggled financially in recent years. As a result, the Herlev Hornets and the Rungsted Cobras have withdrawn from the league, reducing the number of active teams from 10 to 8. Teams from the second tier league were offered the empty spots, but no team were able to accept the offer, citing financial issues as their main concern.
The reduced number of teams have led to a revised league format for the 2010-11 season:
The regular season will see each team play every club five times with an additional four games against geographically determined 'derby' teams for a total of 39 games. The top six teams will progress to the next round. The six teams will be divided into two pools where they will play in a home and home round-robin format. The top teams in each group will carry over three points while the second-placed teams will carry over one point. At the conclusion of the group stage, the top two teams in each group will move on to the semifinals which will be played in the best-of-seven format.
The derby pools are:
Teams for 2014–15 season
|Aalborg Pirates ||Aalborg||Gigantium Isarena||1967|
|Esbjerg Energy ||Esbjerg||Granly Hockey Arena||1964|
|Frederikshavn White Hawks ||Frederikshavn||Scanel Hockey Arena||1964|
|Herning Blue Fox ||Herning||KVIK Hockey Arena||1947|
|Herlev Eagles ||Herlev||DFDS Seaways Arena||1968|
|Odense Bulldogs ||Odense||Odense Isstadion||1978|
|Rungsted Ishockey ||Rungsted||Hørsholm Skøjtehal||1941|
|Rødovre Mighty Bulls ||Rødovre||Rødovre Skøjte Arena||1964|
|SønderjyskE Ishockey ||Vojens||SE Arena||1963|
|Unibet Stars ||Gentofte||Gentofte Skøjtehal||1996|
Teams formerly in league
|Copenhagen Hockey||Hvidovre / Copenhagen||Hvidovre Skøjtehal||2011|
List of notable players who have played in the AL-Bank Ligaen.
- League format (in Danish)
- "Aalborg Pirates". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Esbjerg Energy". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Frederikshavn White Hawks". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Blue Fox Herning". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Herlev Eagles". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Bulldogs Odense". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Rungsted Ishockey". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Rødovre Mighty Bulls". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "SønderjyskE". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Unibet Stars Gentofte". al-bankligaen.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
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