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Austrian Hockey League
2015–16 Austrian Hockey League season
ErsteBankEishockeyLigaLogo
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1923
CEO Karl Safron[1]
No. of teams 12
Country(ies) Flag of Austria.svg.png Austria (8 teams)
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia (1 team)
Flag of Hungary.svg.png Hungary (1 team)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic (1 team)
Flag of Italy.svg.png Italy (1 team)
Most recent champion(s) EC Red Bull Salzburg
Most championship(s) EC KAC (30)
Official website erstebankliga.at

The Austrian Hockey League (German:Österreichische Eishockey-Liga), called the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (English:Erste Bank Hockey League) for sponsorship reasons, is the highest-level ice hockey league in Austria.

HistoryEdit

The roots of the EBEL league go back to 1923 and various Championships, whose winner is officially recognized as the Austrian Champion. There was no Austrian competition in 1936, and between 1939 and 1945. During World War II, a number of Austrian teams competed in the German Ice Hockey Championship, which is why the EK Engelmann Wien and Vienna EV list German Championships in their history.

The league exists in today's form since the 1965-66 season.

Until 2005-06 the league consisted solely of Austrian teams. Since then the league has added teams from Slovenia (starting 2006-07 and 2007–08), Hungary (starting 2007-08), Croatia (starting 2009-10 season), and the Czech Republic (starting in 2011-12).[2] The non-Austian teams are competing for the "EBEL Champion" title. Only Austrian teams in this league are additionally eligible for the "Austrian Champion" title. The league has had different sponsors, and the current naming rights have been held by "Sparkasse Bank" and its Erste Bank brand since the 2003-04 season.

EBEL PlayoffsEdit

All Erste Bank Eishockey Liga Playoffs have been won by Austrian teams. The best non-Austrian team result is the HDD Olimpija Ljubljana managing to get into the finals in 2007-08 season, losing the EBEL championship to EC Red Bull Salzburg.

In 2013-14, Italy's Bolzano Foxes became the first non-Austrian team to win the EBEL title when they beat the Salzburg Red Bulls 3 games to 2 in their best-of-five final. Such success is not unheard of for an Italian outfit, but previous similar results took place in the Alpenliga and the Six Nations Tournament, standalone competitions whose postseason tournaments were distinct from the Austrian playoffs.

TeamsEdit

Team City/Area Arena Capacity Founded Joined EBEL
Current Teams
Dornbirner EC Flag of Austria.svg Dornbirn Messestadion 4,270 1992 2012–13
Graz 99ers Flag of Austria.svg Graz Eisstadion Liebenau 4,050 1999 2000–01
HC TWK Innsbruck Flag of Austria.svg Innsbruck OlympiaWorld Innsbruck 7,212 1994 2012–13
EC KAC Flag of Austria.svg Klagenfurt Stadthalle Klagenfurt 5,500 1909 1923–24
Black Wings Linz Flag of Austria.svg Linz Donauhalle 3,800 1992 2000–01
Red Bull Salzburg Flag of Austria.svg Salzburg Eisarena Salzburg 3,600 1977 2004–05
Vienna Capitals Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Albert Schultz Eishalle 7,022 2000 2001–02
EC VSV Flag of Austria.svg Villach Villacher Stadthalle 4,800 1923 1977–78
Olimpija Flag of Slovenia.svg Ljubljana Tivoli Hall 7,000 1928 2007–08
SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 Flag of Hungary.svg Székesfehérvár Ifjabb Ocskay Gábor Ice Hall 3,600 1960 2007–08
Orli Znojmo Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Znojmo Hostan Arena 5,500 1933 2011–12
HC Bolzano Flag of Italy.svg Bozen PalaOnda 7,220 1933 2013-14
Notable Former Teams
VEU Feldkirch Flag of Austria.svg Feldkirch Vorarlberghalle 5,200 1945 1967–68
Jesenice Flag of Slovenia.svg Jesenice Podmežakla Hall 5,900 1948 2006–07
KHL Medveščak Zagreb Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb Dom Sportova 7,500 1961 2009–10

Austrian Champions Edit

  • 1923 Wiener EV
  • 1924 Wiener EV
  • 1925 Wiener EV
  • 1926 Wiener EV
  • 1927 Wiener EV
  • 1928 Wiener EV
  • 1929 Wiener EV
  • 1930 Wiener EV
  • 1931 Wiener EV
  • 1932 Pötzleinsdorfer SK
  • 1933 Wiener EV
  • 1934 Klagenfurter
  • 1935 Klagenfurter
  • 1936 Not Played
  • 1937 Wiener EV
  • 1938 EK Engelmann
  • 1939-1945 Not played
  • 1946 EK Engelmann
  • 1947 Wiener EV
  • 1948 Wiener EV

Club Winners Winning Years
EC KAC
30
1934, 1935, 1952, 1955, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2013
Wiener EV / EG <center>17 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1937, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1962
VEU Feldkirch <center>9 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Innsbrucker EV <center>7 1953, 1954,1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1989
Red Bull Salzburg <center>7 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011,2014*, 2015, 2016
Villacher SV <center>6 1981, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2002, 2006
EK Engelmann <center>5 1936, 1938, 1946, 1956, 1957
ATSE Graz <center>2 1975, 1978
Black Wings Linz <center>2 2003, 2012
Vienna Capitals <center>1 2005
Pötzleinsdorfer SK <center>1 1932

bold - seasons in which league had teams outside Austria

  • - seasons in which the Austrian Champion didn't win the EBEL title

ReferencesEdit

  1. Karl Safron neuer EBEL-Präsident
  2. http://www.eurohockey.com/article/628-znojmo-to-join-austrian-ebel.html

External linksEdit


European Ice Hockey Leagues
<center>International leagues

Alps Hockey League - Balkan Ice Hockey League - BeNe League - Kontinental Hockey League - MOL Liga

National leagues

Armenia - Austria - Belarus - Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Georgia - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Macedonia - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Serbia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey - Ukraine - United Kingdom

Defunct leagues

Soviet Union - Russia - Czechoslovakia - Yugoslavia - West Germany - East Germany - Ireland - Luxembourg - Malta - Portugal - Alpenliga - Interliga - Inter-National League - North Sea Cup - Panonian League - Eastern European - Balkan League - Baltic League - Carpathian League - Slohokej Liga

Austrian Hockey League seasons
- 1922–23 - 1923–24 - 1924–25 - 1925–26 - 1926–27 - 1927–28 - 1928–29- 1929–30 - 1930–31 - 1931–32 - 1932–33 - 1933–34 - 1934–35 - 1935–36 - 1936–37 - 1937–38 - 1945–46 - 1946–47 - 1947–48 - 1948–49 - 1949–50 - 1950–51 - 1951–52 - 1952–53 - 1953–54 - 1954–55 - 1955–56 - 1956–57 - 1957–58 - 1958–59 - 1959–60 - 1960–61 - 1961–62 - 1962–63 - 1963–64 - 1964–65 - 1965–66 - 1966–67 - 1967–68 - 1968–69 - 1969–70 - 1970–71 - 1971–72 - 1972–73 - 1973–74 - 1974–75 - 1975–76 - 1976–77 - 1977–78 - 1978–79 - 1979–80 - 1980–81 - 1981–82 - 1982–83 - 1983–84 - 1984–85 - 1985–86 - 1986–87 - 1987–88 - 1988–89 - 1989–90 - 1990–91 - 1991–92 - 1992–93 - 1993–94 - 1994–95 - 1995–96 - 1996–97 - 1997–98 - 1998–99 - 1999–00 - 2000–01 - 2001–02 - 2002–03 - 2003–04 - 2004–05 - 2005–06 - 2006–07 - 2007–08 - 2008–09 - 2009–10 - 2010–11 - 2011–12 - 2012-13 - 2013-14 - 2014-15 - 2015-16
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