HK Acroni Jesenice

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Hokejski klub Acroni Jesenice (English: Acroni Jesenice Hockey Club), commonly referred to as HK Acroni Jesenice or simply Jesenice, was a Slovenian ice hockey team that last played in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League and the Slovenian Ice Hockey League. They played their home games at the Podmežakla Hall in Jesenice. Throughout its history Jesenice was regarded as one of the most successful clubs in Slovenian and Yugoslav ice hockey until September 2012, when the club filed for bankruptcy and was dissolved.[2][3]

HK Acroni Jesenice
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CityJesenice, Slovenia
Founded6 January 1948; 73 years ago (1948-01-06)[1]
Home arenaPodmežakla Hall
ColoursRed, black, white
Slovenian Champions1992, 1993, 1994, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Yugoslav Champions1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988


Before World War IIEdit

The club's roots date back to the period before World War II, when enthusiasts started skating on a natural ice surface. The name of Karlo Vergles is mentioned most often with regards to these ice hockey beginnings.[4] In the 1940–41 season, the first amateur team was assembled with simple equipment mostly made in the local steel and iron factory. Despite that, Jesenice team lost their first game to Zagreb with just a one goal difference.[4]

After World War IIEdit

After World War II, ice hockey returned to the Podmežakla Sports Park. In 1948, an ice-hockey/skating section was formed in the local sport society under the leadership of Drago Cerar. The year was also important for the fact that it was the first time that Jesenice played in a proper tournament against Maribor, Brežice and Celje, with Jesenice winning the tournament.[5]

Development of hockey continued in Jesenice in the following years with the opening of the artificial ice hockey surface in 1954, which was the first in former Yugoslavia. The new venue also included a stand for spectators.[5]

In 1956, Jesenice team hired a hockey coach from Czechoslovakia, Zdenek Blaha. In the 1956–57 season, Jesenice won the Yugoslav championship for the first time.

The Golden AgeEdit

After winning the 1957 championship, Jesenice completely dominated the Yugoslav League by winning 15 consecutive championship titles. Most coaches in this period were foreigners, coming from Czechoslovakia. Notable players in this period include Albin Felc, Dušan Brun, Bogo Jan, Ciril Klinar, Viktor Tišler, Vlado Jug, Gorazd Hiti, Franc Smolej, and Rudi Knez.[6]

After the 1971 season, the Yugoslav championship was more or less divided equally between Jesenice and Olimpija. Jesenice have won the league in 1972–73, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1986–87, and 1987–88. Jesenice have also won the 1974 championship, but the title was later taken away from them by the ice hockey federation. Notable about this period is that the majority of players came from Jesenice or neighboring cities.[6]

After the Slovenian independence (1991 to 2012)Edit

Jesenice vs. VSV EC in 2006

First years after the Slovenian independence were again dominated by the Jesenice team. Alongside local players, the team was reinforced by players from the former Soviet Union under the coaching of Vladimir Krikunov. This resulted in three consecutive championship titles. However, financial and staff problems brought the team to the brink of collapse. The peak of these troubles was the exclusion of Jesenice team from the Slovenian championships in the 1998–99 season.[7]

It took a couple of years for Jesenice to bounce back and in the 2004–05 season, with the arrival of four players from Olimpija, Jesenice won the championship for the first time in over ten years.[8]

in 2006, Jesenice were invited as the first non-Austrian team to play in the expanded Austrian ice hockey championships.[9] From 2006 and until 2012 the club has also won four more Slovenian titles (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011).

Bankruptcy and dissolutionEdit

The club had accumulated debt, reportedly near €2.5 million, at the conclusion of the 2011–12 EBEL season, and was eventually expelled from the league.[10] On 31 August 2012, HK Acroni Jesenice filed for bankruptcy and were dissolved.[2][3] Their affiliate HD Mladi Jesenice were registered and run separately from the main squad.[2][3]


The team played their home matches at the Podmežakla Hall, a 4,500 capacity multi-purpose indoor hall in Jesenice.


Winners (23): 1956–571970–71, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88
Runners-up (13): 1953–54, 1955–56, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1989–90
Winners (8): 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977
Winners (9): 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
Runners-up (9): 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12
Winners (2): 2004–05, 2005–06
  • Rudi Hiti Summer League
Winners (6): 1992, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011[11][12]


Year Coach Honours
1963–1966   Jiŕi Pleticha 3x Yugoslav Champion
1966–1967   Rudi Černy 1x Yugoslav Champion
1967–1969   Oldrich Mlcoch 2x Yugoslav Champion
1969–1972   Ciril Klinar 2x Yugoslav Champion
1972–1974   Boris Afanasiev 1x Yugoslav Champion
1974–1975   Jože Trebušak
1975–1976   Rudi Černy
1976–1978   Vlastimil Bubník 2x Yugoslav Champion
1978–1979   Ciril Klinar
1979–1982   Boris Svetlin 2x Yugoslav Champion
1982–1983   Albin Felc
1983–1985   Boris Svetlin
1985–1987   Roman Smolej 2x Yugoslav Champion
1987–1988   Vaclav Červeny 1x Yugoslav Champion
1988–1989   Rudi Hiti
1989–1990   Ciril Klinar
1989–1990   Vaclav Červeny
1990–1991   Jan Selvek
1991–1993   Vladimir Krikunov 2x Slovenian Champion
1993–1995   Sergey Borisov 1x Slovenian Champion
1995–1996   Drago Mlinarec
1996–1997   Paul Arsenault
1996–1997   Franci Žbontar
1997–1998   Zdenek Uher
1997–1998   Drago Mlinarec
1998–1999   Pavle Kavčič
1999–2001   Vaclav Červeny
2001–2002   Pavle Kavčič
2002–2006   Roman Pristov 2x Slovenian Champion
2006–2007   Matjaž Kopitar EBEL: 5th place
2007–2008   Kim Collins
2008–2009   Douglas Bradley 2x Slovenian Champion; EBEL: 2x Quarterfinals
2009–2009   Ildar Rakhmatullin [sl]
2009–2010   Mike Posma
2010–2012   Heikki Mälkiä [fi]
2012   Bojan Magazin


Notable playersEdit



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