Alps Hockey League

The Alps Hockey League (AlpsHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in Central Europe. The league is made up of teams from Austria, Italy and Slovenia.[2] The league was established as a result of a merger between Serie A and the Inter-National League.

Alps Hockey League
Alps Hockey League logo.png
SportIce hockey
FoundedMay 21, 2016[1]
Inaugural season2016–17
CommissionerChristian Feichtinger
No. of teams16
CountriesAustria (7 teams)
Italy (7 teams)
Slovenia (2 teams)
(2020–21)
ContinentEurope
Most recent
champion(s)
Olimpija Ljubljana (2nd title)
(2020–21)
Most titlesOlimpija Ljubljana
(2 titles)
Related
competitions
Austrian Hockey League
Inter-National League
Serie A
Official websiteOfficial website

FormationEdit

The Alps Hockey League was founded in spring 2016, and is a joint venture between the Austrian Ice Hockey Association, the Federazione Italiana Sport del Ghiaccio, and the Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia. The three national governing bodies have stated that they are keen to ensure that the league is both of a high standard, and financially viable in the long term.[3] In addition, the league has also stated that it is open to teams from other nations, including the Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia.[4]

Regarding players, each team can sign a maximum four foreign born players. The AlpsHL operates a points based system similar to that of the EBEL, with each team having 16 points at their disposal.[5] As a result of this, the league aims to focus on the development of young players from the participating countries.[6]

2020–21 teamsEdit

In the 2020–21 season, the AlpsHL consisted of 16 teams, with seven teams from Austria and Italy, and two from Slovenia. Hockey Milano Rossoblu was the league's most recent expansion team, replacing in 2018 HC Neumarkt-Egna, which had withdrawn due to financial difficulties.[7] However, after only one season, Milano also withdrew from the league.[8]

Austria

Italy

Slovenia

Alps Hockey League seasonsEdit

Season Champions Runners-up Series
2016–17   Ritten Sport   Asiago Hockey 1935 4–1
2017–18   Asiago Hockey 1935   Ritten Sport 4–3
2018–19   HK Olimpija Ljubljana   HC Pustertal Wölfe 4–3
2019–20 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21   HK Olimpija Ljubljana   Asiago Hockey 1935 3–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alps Hockey League, è ufficiale" (in Italian). May 21, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Red Bulls schicken B-Team in die Alps Hockey League" (in German). June 6, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "AHL offiziell vorgestellt - Einschreibefrist endet am 15. Juni" (in German). May 30, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Tommaso Teofoli illustra i dettagli dell'Alps Hockey League" (in Italian). June 9, 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Start der neuen Alps Hockey League" (in German). May 30, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Neue Liga präsentiert" (in German). May 30, 2016. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "ALPS HOCKEY LEAGUE HEADS INTO THE THIRD SEASON". erstebankliga.at. July 5, 2018. Archived from the original on July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Petra Mavrič (July 23, 2019). "Olimpija bo branjenje alpske krone začela doma, Jesenice k "neznanki"" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved July 23, 2019.

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