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Croatian Ice Hockey league
2015–16 Croatian Ice Hockey League season
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 1991
No. of teams 4
Country(ies) Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
Most recent champion(s) Medveščak
Most championship(s) Medveščak (20)
Related competitions Erste Bank Eishockey Liga

The Croatian Ice Hockey League is the top ice hockey league in Croatia. At the end of the season the Croatian Championship is held. The league is operated by the Croatian Ice Hockey Federation.

HistoryEdit

The league was formed in 1991 with the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Until then Croatian teams played in the Yugoslav Ice Hockey League. The hockey teams KHL Mladost and KHL Medvescak were playing in the first division, while KHL Sisak and KHL Zagreb were playing in the second division of the Yugoslav league. The former two were much stronger, but as financing went away their best players did not stay with the clubs. This resulted in a more balanced competition, in which KHL Zagreb went on to win three times in a row. KHL Medvescak however managed to remerge as the country's dominant team, as it won the competition for eleven straight seasons.

Due to the very short duration of the season, Croatian teams often play in other leagues, such as the Slohokej Liga, Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and the now defunct Interliga and Panonian League. In the future there may be other clubs in the league, such as KHL Karlovac. However, any expansion will be slow to come due to lack of funds and indoor ice arenas.

TeamsEdit

Team City/Area Arena Capacity Founded
Current Teams
KHL Medveščak II Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 1,000 2003
KHL Mladost Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 500 1946
KHL Zagreb Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 500 1982
HK Sisak Sisak Klizalište Zibel 500 1934
Former Teams
Maribor Flag of Slovenia.svg Maribor Tabor Ice Hall 1,000 1993
KHL Medveščak Zagreb Dom Sportova 6,000 1961

ChampionsEdit

Club Croatian Championship won Total
KHL Medveščak 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 20
KHL Zagreb 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 4
KHL Mladost 2008 1


European Ice Hockey Leagues
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

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