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Metal Ligaen
Metal Ligaen
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1954
No. of teams 10
Country(ies) Denmark
Most recent champion(s) Esbjerg Energy
Most championship(s) Herning (16)
Official website http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/

Metal Ligaen is the premier league in Danish ice hockey. The teams are semi-professional with only the best Danish and foreign players being fully professional.

History Edit

It is also known as Superisligaen or Eliteserien, which is the name used in the past and in times where no naming rights agreement is in place. On January 1, 2014 Danish Metal (Dansk Metal) became a sponsor of the Danish ice hockey league, which changed the name to Metal Ligaen, replacing the previous name AL-Bank Ligaen which was named for the sponsorship deal with the Danish bank Arbejdernes Landsbank.

The Danish ice hockey league has become one of the better leagues in Europe, often compared to leagues such as the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan and the DEL2. The league is more of a springboard for foreign players and a place to start their European careers, before traveling to other bigger leagues such as the Swedish Hockey League or DEL. The teams rely mostly on foreign talent, but there is still a lot of skilled professional Danish players. It is mostly the older Danish players, who are full-time professional. Most younger players are semi-professional because of the tight economy in Danish hockey and most of the money is spend on more talented foreign players.

In the past, the league has consisted of as many as 10 teams. Despite the introduction of a salary cap as well as a limit to the number of import players allowed, several teams have struggled financially in recent years. As a result, the Herlev Hornets and the Rungsted Cobras have withdrawn from the league, reducing the number of active teams from 10 to 8. Teams from the second tier league were offered the empty spots, but no team were able to accept the offer, citing financial issues as their main concern.

On June 18, 2016 it was made clear that the foreign player limit of 8, was against EU law and it was therefore removed. The 2016-17 season will be the first time, since 2009, that a Danish icehockey team can have an unlimited amount of foreign players.[1] The salary cap was created to regulating the league. The salary cap of the 2016-17 season, is 6 million DKK.[2]

Teams Edit

Teams for 2015–16 season Edit

Team City/Area Founded Arena Capacity Opened
Aalborg Pirates [3] Aalborg 1967 Gigantium 5000 2007
Esbjerg Energy [4] Esbjerg 1964 Granly Hockey Arena 4200 1976
Frederikshavn White Hawks [5] Frederikshavn 1964 Scanel Hockey Arena 4000 2015
Gentofte Stars [6] Gentofte 1996 Gentofte Skøjtehal 1160 1975
Herning Blue Fox [7] Herning 1947 KVIK Hockey Arena 4100 1988
Herlev Eagles [8] Herlev 1968 DFDS Seaways Arena 1740 1977
Odense Bulldogs [9] Odense 1978 Bryggeriet Vestfyens Arena 3280 1999
Rungsted Ishockey [10] Rungsted 1941 Hørsholm Skøjtehal 2460 1971
Rødovre Mighty Bulls [11] Rødovre 1964 Rødovre Skøjte Arena 3600 1995
SønderjyskE Ishockey [12] Vojens 1963 SE Arena 5000 2011

Teams formerly in league Edit

Team City/Area Arena Founded
Copenhagen Hockey Hvidovre / Copenhagen Hvidovre Skøjtehal 2011

Danish Champions Edit

Season Winner Finalist Bronze
1955 Rungsted IK KSF København Silkeborg
1956 KSF København Rungsted IK not played
1957–1959 not played not played not played
1960 KSF København Rungsted IK Silkeborg
1961 KSF København Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK
1962 KSF København Rungsted IK not played
1963 Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK KSF København
1964 KSF København Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK
1965 KSF København Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF
1966 KSF København Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK
1967 Gladsaxe SF KSF København Esbjerg IK
1968 Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK
1969 Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF Vojens IK
1970 KSF København Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK
1971 Gladsaxe SF Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK
1972 KSF København Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF
1973 Herning IK KSF København Esbjerg IK
1974 Gladsaxe SF no playoff no playoff
1975 Gladsaxe SF no playoff no playoff
1976 KSF København no playoff no playoff
1977 Herning IK no playoff no playoff
1978 Rødovre SIK KSF København Vojens IK
1979 Vojens IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK
1980 Vojens IK Rungsted IK Aalborg IK
1981 Aalborg IK Rødovre SIK Herning IK
1982 Vojens IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK
1983 Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK Herlev IK
1984 Herlev IK Aalborg IK Rungsted IK
1985 Rødovre SIK no playoff no playoff
1986 Rødovre SIK no playoff no playoff
1987 Herning IK no playoff no playoff
1988 Esbjerg IK no playoff no playoff
1989 Frederikshavn IK Aalborg IK Herning IK
1990 Rødovre SIK Herning IK Frederikshavn IK
1991 Herning IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK
1992 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rødovre SIK
1993 Esbjerg IK Herning IK Rødovre SIK
1994 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Aalborg IK
1995 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK
1996 Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK Herning IK
1997 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK
1998 Herning Blue Fox Rungsted IK Frederikshavn White Hawks
1999 Rødovre Mighty Bulls Frederikshavn White Hawks Esbjerg IK
2000 Frederikshavn White Hawks Herning Blue Fox Esbjerg IK
2001 Herning Blue Fox Esbjerg IK Rødovre Mighty Bulls
2002 Rungsted Cobras Odense Bulldogs Herning Blue Fox
2003 Herning Blue Fox Odense Bulldogs Rungsted Cobras
2004 Esbjerg Oilers Aab Ishockey Odense Bulldogs
2005 Herning Blue Fox Aab Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks
2006 SønderjyskE Ishockey Aab Ishockey Herning Blue Fox
2007 Herning Blue Fox Aab Ishockey SønderjyskE Ishockey
2008 Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks SønderjyskE Ishockey
2009 SønderjyskE Ishockey Herning Blue Fox Rødovre Mighty Bulls
2010 SønderjyskE Ishockey Aab Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks
2011 Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks SønderjyskE Ishockey
2012 Herning Blue Fox Odense Bulldogs SønderjyskE Ishockey
2013 SønderjyskE Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks Odense Bulldogs
2014 SønderjyskE Ishockey Herning Blue Fox Odense Bulldogs
2015 SønderjyskE Ishockey Esbjerg Energy Frederikshavn White Hawks
2015-16 Esbjerg Energy Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Farvel til udlændingeloftet i dansk ishockey – Faceoff.dk". http://www.faceoff.dk/i-dag-ryger-udlaendingeloftet/. 
  2. "Liga-klubber får tildelt egenkapital frem til 2019 – lønloft stadig seks millioner – Faceoff.dk". http://www.faceoff.dk/liga-klubber-faar-tildelt-egenkapital-frem-til-2019-loenloft-stadig-seks-millioner/. 
  3. "Aalborg Pirates". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6353. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  4. "Esbjerg Energy". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6358. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  5. "Frederikshavn White Hawks". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6356. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  6. "Gentofte Stars". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6357. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  7. "Blue Fox Herning". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6351. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  8. "Herlev Eagles". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6354. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  9. "Bulldogs Odense". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6350. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  10. "Rungsted Ishockey". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6352. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  11. "Rødovre Mighty Bulls". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6355. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  12. "SønderjyskE". al-bankligaen.dk. http://www.al-bankligaen.dk/Hold.ASPX?HoldID=6357. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 

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

Metal Ligaen seasons
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