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The North Sea Cup is the only professional ice hockey league in the Netherlands and Belgium and the highest level of competition organized by the Nederlandse IJshockey Bond (NIJB; English: "Dutch Ice Hockey Federation") and sanctioned by the Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation. Operating as the Dutch "Eredivisie" (English: "Premier Division"; literally Honours Division) from 1946, the league renamed itself as the "North Sea Cup" and became international in 2011 when two Belgian teams, HYC Herentals and White Caps Turnhout, joined the league.


List of teams for 2011-12 season.

Team City Arena
Eindhoven Kemphanen Eindhoven IJssportcentrum Eindhoven (cap. 1,700)
HYS The Hague The Hague de Uithof (cap. 2,610)
Geleen Eaters Sittard-Geleen Glanerbrook (cap. 1,200)
Heerenveen Flyers Heerenveen Thialf (cap. 3,500)
Tilburg Trappers Tilburg Stappegoor (cap. 2,500)
HYC Herentals Herentals Bloso Ijsbaan (cap. 1,200)
White Caps Turnhout Turnhout Kempisch Ijsstadion (cap. 1,200)
Amsterdam Capitals Amsterdam Jaap Eden Hal (cap. 1,300)
Leuven Chiefs Leuven Ijs Baan Leuven


The Eredivisie was formed after World War II, with teams in Amsterdam, The Hague and Tilburg. It suspended operations from 1950 to 1964, but has organized a season of competition annually ever since. Over the years the number of teams competing has fluctuated between 3 and 10 (currently 9), and the number of games played in the regular season between 4 and 36 (currently 28).

Efforts to expand the Eredivisie from 2008 were frustrated by the global recession. For the 2008-2009 season, the Utrecht Dragons and Eindhoven Kemphanen joined the league. In 2009-2010, Utrecht returned to the Eerste Divisie. Prior to the 2010-2011 season, Amstel Tijgers, one of the oldest teams in the league, dropped out, as did Groningen Grizzlies after three seasons, due to poor results on the ice and low revenues. In 2010 the Zoetermeer Panthers were set to join the Eredivisie; it competed in, and won, the National Cup but dropped out of the Eredivisie due to financial problems.

Two former Belgian Elite Series teams, White Caps Turnhout and HYC Herentals, joined the league for 2010–2011, which prompted the name change from the all Dutch "Eredivisie" to the more international name "North Sea Cup". For the second season of the North Sea Cup (2011–2012), one new Dutch team (Amsterdam Capitals) and one new Belgian team (Leuven Chiefs) will take part in the league. In August 2011, the Nijmegen Devils announced that they would not be participating in the North Sea Cup for the 2011-12 season and will be back for the 2012 season.[1]

In the early years of the Eredivisie, the winner of the regular season was crowned the Dutch National Champion, but for most of its history the regular season determined playoff seeding, and a playoffs were then held to determine the National Champion. Since 2010-2011, with the addition of Belgian teams, the regular season has determined the North Sea Cup winners. At the end of the regular season, the Dutch and Belgian teams play in separate Dutch and Belgian playoffs for their respective national championships. The Belgian and Dutch teams also play in separate, pre-season national cup tournaments (the Dutch Cup and Belgian Cup).

Other Dutch and Belgian Leagues Edit

Below the North Sea Cup in the Netherlands is the Eerste Divisie (First Division), an amateur league. As the North Sea Cup is professional and the Eerste Divisie is amateur, there is no automatic relegation or promotion between the two leagues, but teams have sometimes moved from one division to the other for financial reasons. Some cities (such as Tilburg, The Hague and Amsterdam) have a professional team in the North Sea Cup and an amateur team in the Eerste Divisie.

In Belgium, below the North Sea Cup is the Belgian National League, made of amateur teams. There is no automatic relegation or promotion. Leuven will become the first team to move from the Belgian National League to the North Sea Cup in 2011-2012.

IIHF Continental CupEdit

The respective Belgian and Dutch national champions each year qualify for the Continental Cup.

2012 Round 1, Group A Continental Cup.[2] Hosted in Ankara, Turkey. September 30-October 2, 2011

Team Country W L GF GA Pts
White Caps Turnhout Flag of Belgium Belgium 2 0 21 3 6
Tartu Kalev-Välk Flag of Estonia Estonia 1 1 13 7 3
Başkent Yıldızları Flag of Turkey Turkey 0 2 3 27 0
HC Metulla* Flag of Israel Israel 0 0 0 0 0
  • HC Metulla withdrew from tournament in July, 2011

2012 Round 2, Group B Continental Cup.[3] Hosted in Dunaujvaros, Hungary. October 21-October 23, 2011

Team Country W L GF GA Pts
DAB-Docler* Flag of Hungary Hungary 2 1 17 8 6
HYS The Hague Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 2 1 17 7 6
White Caps Turnhout Flag of Belgium Belgium 2 1 16 15 6
CH Jaca Flag of Spain Spain 0 3 0 0 3
  • DAB-Docler won the three way Tie-breaker with HYS The Hague and White Caps Turnhout and will advance to play in Group D in the Third Round.


(note: from 1946-2010: Dutch National Champion; from 2010-2011 on, North Sea Cup winner)

Season Winner
1945–46 H.H.IJ.C. Den Haag
1946–47 T.IJ.S.C. Tilburg
1947–48 H.H.IJ.C. Den Haag
1948–49 Not Played
1949–50 IJsvogels Amsterdam
1950–64 Not Played
1964–65 H.IJ.S. Hoky Den Haag
1965–66 H.IJ.S. Hoky Den Haag
1966–67 H.IJ.S. Hoky Den Haag
1967–68 H.IJ.S. Hoky Den Haag
1968–69 H.IJ.S. Hoky Den Haag
1969–70 S.IJ. Den Bosch
1970–71 Tilburg Trappers
1971–72 Tilburg Trappers
1972–73 Tilburg Trappers
1973–74 Tilburg Trappers
1974–75 Tilburg Trappers
1975–76 Tilburg Trappers
1976–77 Feenstra Verwarming Heerenveen
1977–78 Feenstra Verwarming Heerenveen
1978–79 Feenstra Flyers Heerenveen
1979–80 Feenstra Flyers Heerenveen
1980–81 Feenstra Flyers Heerenveen
1981–82 Feenstra Flyers Heerenveen
1982–83 Feenstra Flyers Heerenveen
1983–84 Vissers Nijmegen
1984–85 Deko Builders Amsterdam
1985–86 Lada GIJS Groningen
1986–87 IJ.H.C. Rotterdam Panda's
1987–88 Spitman Nijmegen
1988–89 Gunco Panda's Rotterdam
1989–90 Gunco Panda's Rotterdam
1990–91 Peter Langhout Reizen Utrecht
1991–92 Pro Badge Utrecht
1992–93 Flame Guards Nijmegen
1993–94 Couwenberg Trappers Tilburg
1994–95 Couwenberg Trappers Tilburg
1995–96 CVT Keuken Trappers Tilburg
1996–97 Fulda Tigers Nijmegen
1997–98 Van Heumen Tigers Nijmegen
1998–99 Agio Huys Tigers Nijmegen
1999–2000 Agio Huys Tigers Nijmegen
2000–01 Diamant Trappers Tilburg
2001–02 Boretti Tigers Amsterdam
2002–03 Boretti Tigers Amsterdam
2003–04 Amsterdam Bulldogs
2004–05 Amsterdam Bulldogs
2005–06 Hatulek Emperors Nijmegen
2006–07 Destil Trappers Tilburg
2007–08 Destil Trappers Tilburg
2008–09 HYS The Hague
2009–10 Romijnders Devils Nijmegen
2010–11 HYS The Hague


  1. EuroHockeyNews. Retrieved on 2011-08-11.
  2. 2012 Preliminary. Retrieved on 2011-08-11.
  3. 2012 Preliminary. Retrieved on 2011-08-11.

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