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Czech 1.liga
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
No. of teams 14
Country(ies) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic
Most recent champion(s) HC Dukla Jihlava and HC Slavia Praha
Official website http://www.hokej.cz/cz/1-liga/

The 1. národní hokejová liga (First National Hockey League) is the second-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic under the Extraliga. It began in 1993 and is run and administered by Czech Ice Hockey Association.

FormatEdit

In the first phase, every team plays each other four times, which makes for a 52 game section of the regular season. The fifty two game phase will allow each team to play two home games against each team, which also allows every team to play two road games in every opposing team's arena.

In the end of their 52 game regular season, the first six teams directly qualify for the play-offs, while teams which ended placed 7 to 10 will play a round robin to determine the final two participants in the play-offs.

The First Hockey League, unlike other leagues around the world, has two winners. The play-offs end with the semifinals, with the two winning teams being declared winners. The two teams then go on to face the last and the second-to-last placed team in the czech Extraliga in a round robin. The two highest placed teams at the end of the round robin are promoted to the Extraliga for the next season.

The last team at the end of the regular season is directly relegated to the Second League for the following season. They are replaced by winner of a bast-of-7 series between the winners of the East and the West division of the Second League.

Three points are awarded for a win in regular time, and two points for an overtime victory, while the defeated team in overtime gets one point. If necessary, penalty shots are used to decide games after overtime.

The level of 1.národní hokejová liga is slightly lower than Czech Extraliga but there is a lot of players moving between those two leagues every season. Each team in this league is allowed to have 5 imports. The league has no wage limitations, average wage is $ 2200 a month, but some of the best players reportedly signed contracts for more than $ 5000 a month, plus most of the teams cover accommodation expenses for their players during the season.

2015-2016 teamsEdit

ChampionsEdit

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