Vienna Capitals

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UPC Vienna Capitals
Vienna Capitals logo.png
City Vienna, Austria
League Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Founded 2001
Home arena Albert Schultz Eishalle
(Capacity: 7,000)

Yellow, Black, Red

Owner(s) Hans Schmid
General manager Fraz Kalla
Head coach Tom Pokel
Captain Jonathan Ferland
Website Vienna Capitals
Franchise history
2001– Vienna Capitals
Austrian Champions 1 ( 2005)

UPC Vienna Capitals are an Austrian professional ice hockey club who participate in the Erste Bank Hockey League. Founded in 2001, the Capitals play their home games in Vienna, Austria, at Albert Schultz Eishalle. In the 2004–05 season, the Capitals claimed their first and only Austrian Championship in defeating EC KAC.


The Vienna Capitals were founded in 2001, after the disbandment of Wiener EV in 2000, to continue the legacy of ice hockey which has been served in the Federal capital since 1914. They began competition into the EBEL in the 2001–02 season, under coach Kurt Harand. With good performances they established themselves in mid-table and reached at the end of the regular season in fourth place. In the quarterfinals the Capitals swept the Graz 99ers 4: 0 before losing in a sweep to EHC Linz in the semifinals.

In their fourth year of competition and with Jim Boni now the head coach after the disappointment of the previous seasons and a revised squad the Capitals claimed their first Austrian title in the 2003–04 season. Behind the acquisition of Goaltender Frédéric Chabot for the position of the goalkeeper the team managed to form a tight-knit unit and ended the regular season top of the league with eight points ahead of the runner-up, the EC KAC. In the semifinals, the Capitals defeated EC VSV in four games and met EC KAC in the final. The first six games of the final series won the respective Away Team before Vienna won the seventh game 6-2 for their first league title in their history, and were the first Viennese club to win in 43 years.[1]

Logo of the Capitals from 2001 to 2011.

In the following seasons, the Capitals made repeat semi-finals appearances however a major disadvantage determined through the club committee become clear by the failures of recent years, in which the Capitals suffered a lack of developing prospects over other Bundesliga teams. Due to on one hand the infrastructure of Vienna did not allow a continuous training facility and on the other hand after the team affiliate, EHC Vienna ceased partnership, and since the 2007-08 season, the league enforced a scheme that allowed each EBEL team the commitment of only five transfer card players, and to be tilted and as a substitute for this came the so-called Points rule. With the Capitals handcuffed by the situation of a lack of available talent Capitals President, Hans Schmid, tried abolishing the rule points to the future freely undertake more players. This sparked heated discussions among the clubs from, where was also argues with the EU labor that every hockey player allows the free choice of employment, any regulation which would be illegal.

In preparation for the 2011–12 season, the Capitals competed in the 2011 European Trophy for the first time in franchise history. They would win just 1 game out of 8 to finish last in their division.


The home games of the Vienna Capitals were played to approximately 4,500 spectators at the comprehensive Albert Schultz Eishalle in Vienna's Danube city . In February 2009 it was announced that the capacity of the hall would be expanded to 7,000 spectators with a retractable roof.[2] The renovation work began after the 2008–09 season and was completed before the 2010–11 season to the cost of 40 million euros. In addition to increasing the capacity the establishment of a parking garage was built and the Schultz Eishalle video screens and VIP boxes were created.

The Capitals have been the EBEL's best drawing club in attendance, pulling in an average 4,800 throughout the years.

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 13, 2015.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
11 Austria Bauer, SaschaSascha Bauer LW L 20 2012 Wien, Austria
21 Canada Bois, DannyDanny Bois RW R 32 2015 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
46 Canada Dzieduszycki, MattMatt Dzieduszycki C L 35 2015 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
24 Canada Ferland, JonathanJonathan Ferland (C) RW R 32 2011 Sainte-Marie, Quebec, Canada
50 Austria Fischer, MarioMario Fischer W L 26 2011 Wien, Austria
44 Canada Fraser, JamieJamie Fraser D L 29 2012 Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
91 Canada Gamache, SimonSimon Gamache LW L 34 2015 Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada
22 Austria Grosslercher, JulianJulian Grosslercher C R 22 2014 Lienz, Austria
5 Austria Hackl, DominicDominic Hackl D L 18 2014 Wien, Austria
9 Austria Hartl, NikolausNikolaus Hartl RW R 23 2013 Zell am See, Austria
48 Austria Iberer, FlorianFlorian Iberer D L 32 2014 Graz, Austria
30 Austria Kickert, DavidDavid Kickert G L 21 2013 Korneuburg, Austria
29 Austria Klimbacher, SvenSven Klimbacher D L 34 2012 St. Veit an der Glan, Austria
4 Austria Lakos, PhilippePhilippe Lakos D R 35 2009 Wien, Austria
52 Canada Lawson, NathanNathan Lawson G L 32 2015 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
17 Canada McLean, KurtisKurtis McLean C R 34 2015 Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
60 United States Milam, TroyTroy Milam D R 35 2015 Lake Orion, Michigan, United States
28 Austria Nödl, AndreasAndreas Nödl RW L 28 2014 Vienna, Austria
14 Austria Peter, PatrickPatrick Peter D R 21 2010 Wien, Austria
7 Slovenia Pretnar, KlemenKlemen Pretnar D R 29 2015 Bled, Slovenia
6 Austria Rotter, RafaelRafael Rotter RW R 28 2008 Wien, Austria
13 Austria Schiechl, MichaelMichael Schiechl C L 26 2012 Judenburg, Austria
16 Canada Sharp, MacGregorMacGregor Sharp C L 30 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
21 United States Whitmore, DerekDerek Whitmore LW L 30 2015 Rochester, New York, United States
Head Coach Tom Pokel
Asst. Coach Philippe Horsky
Goalie Coach Michael Elmer


  1. ^ "Vienna Capitals profile". Champions Hockey League. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Capitals get new hall for 7,000 fans". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Vienna Capitals - Team -Roster". Vienna Capitals. 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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