Inter-National League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2012
CEO Dr. Dieter Kalt
No. of teams 9 (in 2015-16)
Country(ies) Flag of Austria.svg.png Austria
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Flag of Italy.svg.png Italy
Ceased 2016
Last champion(s) EHC Bregenzerwald (2015–16)
Most championship(s) EHC Bregenzerwald (2)
Official website Inter-National League

The Inter-National League was an international ice hockey league that was a partnership between the national federations of Austria and Slovenia. It was created as a solution to semi-professional hockey in both Austria and neighboring Slovenia. The league merged with the Serie A to become the Alps Hockey League in 2016.


The Inter-National League was founded on July 14, 2012 with seven teams joining the inaugural season. In Austria, seven out of 11 teams from last year’s second tier Austrian National League had left the league. Two teams, Dornbirner and TWK Innsbruck, were accepted into the Austrian Hockey League (also referred to as the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga due to sponsorship reasons.) [1] The remaining teams either folded or chose to play in lower local leagues.

Acroni Jesenice was confirmed to become an inaugural member. However, due to financial problems the team informed the league that they would be folding effective August 31, 2012 (two weeks before the start of the season.) [2]

On June 8, 2013, the league's 2013–14 season was decided and it saw the league jump from six teams to 15. After the late fold of Acroni Jesenice, Team Jesenice will participate in the league this season as one of four new Slovenian clubs. The other three Slovenian newcomers are Bled, Maribor and Celje. The league also welcomed Italian sides SV Caldaro/Kaltern, Eppan Pirates, Merano Junior, Neumarkt-Egna Wildgoose and Gherdëina. For the 2013–14 season, the teams were allowed four imports (two U-22, and two with no age limit). These imports may not be exchanged between teams in the league.[3]

The Italian teams all withdrew after the 2013-14 season, as the Italian Federation mandated they join the country's national league, the Serie A.


The inaugural INL season will start on September 15, 2012, while the last game in the regular season takes place on March 2, 2013. The INL playoffs semi-finals and finals are all played in best-of-five format. The fifth game of the playoffs final - if necessary - would be on the April 2, 2013.[2]

The scheduling for the INL was designed to keep the travel costs at a minimum. Each time will play thirty-six games total in a set of six rounds (three home games, three away against all six opponents.) The league will feature a "double weekend", where opponents are played on back-to-back games during the weekend.[2]


INL games will be scored with the "three-point rule": three points for the winner after regular time, two points if teams win at overtime or shootout, one for the loser after regular time.[2]

Trades and transfersEdit

Transfers will be permitted during the season, but only if both teams reach an agreement.[2]


Team City/area Arena Capacity Founded
Former teams
Bled Flag of Slovenia.svg Bled Bled Ice Hall 1,000 1999
Bregenzerwald Flag of Austria.svg Bregenz Forest Alberschwerde 4,270 1985
Celje Flag of Slovenia.svg Celje Golovec Ice Hall 500 1998
Eppan Pirates Flag of Italy.svg Eppan Eisstadion Eppan 1,400 1981
Feldkirch Flag of Austria.svg Feldkirch Vorarlberghalle 5,200 1945
Gherdëina Flag of Italy.svg Sëlva Pranives Ice Stadium 2,000 1927
Jesenice Flag of Slovenia.svg Jesenice Podmežakla Hall 4,500 2013
Kaltern Flag of Italy.svg Kaltern Palaghiaccio Kaltern 850 1962
Kitzbühel Flag of Austria.svg Kitzbühel Sportpark Kapserbrucke 1,700 1910
KSV Eishockey Flag of Austria.svg Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 4,000 2015
Lustenau Flag of Austria.svg Lustenau Rheinhalle Lustenau 2,200 1970
Maribor Flag of Slovenia.svg Maribor Tabor Ice Hall 1,000 1993
Merano Flag of Italy.svg Merano Meranarena 1,000 2001
Neumarkt-Egna Flag of Italy.svg Neumarkt Würth Arena 3,500 1963
Slavija Flag of Slovenia.svg Ljubljana Zalog Ice Hall 1,000 1964
Kapfenberg Steelers Flag of Austria.svg Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 4,000 2014
Triglav Kranj Flag of Slovenia.svg Kranj Zlato Polje Ice Hall 1,000 1968
Zell am See Flag of Austria.svg Zell am See Eishalle Zell am See 2,600 1928

Inter-National League seasonsEdit

Season Champions Runners-up
2012–13 Bregenzerwald Slavija
2013–14 Neumarkt-Egna Bregenzerwald
2014–15 Lustenau Feldkirch
2015–16 Bregenzerwald Lustenau


External linksEdit

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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