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Österreichische Eishockey Liga
2011–12 Erste Bank Eishockey Liga season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1923
CEO Karl Safron[1]
No. of teams 11
Country(ies) Flag of Austria Austria (6 teams)
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia (2 teams)
Flag of Hungary Hungary (1 team)
Flag of Croatia Croatia (1 team)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic (1 team)
Most recent champion(s) Red Bull Salzburg
Most championship(s) EC KAC
Official website

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.


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 Austian 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.


Team City/Area Arena Capacity Founded Joined EBEL
Current Teams
Graz 99ers Flag of Austria Graz Eisstadion Graz Liebenau 4,050 1999 2000/01
EC KAC Flag of Austria Klagenfurt Stadthalle Klagenfurt 5,500 1909 1923/24
Black Wings Linz Flag of Austria Linz Keine Sorgen Eisarena Linz 3,800 1992 2000/01
Red Bull Salzburg Flag of Austria Salzburg Eisarena Salzburg 3,600 1977 2004/05
Vienna Capitals Flag of Austria Vienna Albert Schultz Eishalle 4,500 2000 2001/02
Villacher SV Flag of Austria Villach Villacher Stadthalle 4,800 1923 1977/78
Acroni Jesenice Flag of Slovenia Jesenice Dvorana Podmežakla 6,000 1948 2006/07
Olimpija Ljubljana Flag of Slovenia Ljubljana Dvorana Tivoli 4,500 1929 2007/08
SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 Flag of Hungary Székesfehérvár Ifjabb Ocskay Gábor Ice Hall 3,600 1960 2007/08
KHL Medveščak Zagreb Flag of Croatia Zagreb Dom Sportova / Arena Zagreb 6,000 / 15,024 1961 2009/10
Orli Znojmo Flag of the Czech Republic Znojmo Hostan Arena 5,500 1933 2011/12
Notable Former Teams
HC TWK Innsbruck Flag of Austria Innsbruck Olympiahalle Innsbruck 7,212 1994
VEU Feldkirch Flag of Austria Feldkirch Vorarlberghalle 5,200 1945

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Teams currently participating in the Erste Bank Eishockey League

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.

Austrian Champions Edit

Club Winners Winning Years
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
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
Villacher SV <center>6 1981, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2002, 2006
EK Engelmann <center>4 1938, 1946, 1956, 1957
Red Bull Salzburg <center>4 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
ATSE Graz <center>2 1975, 1978
Vienna Capitals <center>1 2005
Black Wings Linz <center>1 2003
Pötzleinsdorfer SK <center>1 1932

bold - seasons in which league had teams outside Austria

See alsoEdit


  1. Karl Safron neuer EBEL-Präsident

External linksEdit

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