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The Croatian Ice Hockey League is the top ice hockey league in Croatia. At the end of the season the Croatian Championship is held. The league is operated by the Croatian Ice Hockey Federation.

Croatian Ice Hockey league
SportIce Hockey
Founded1991
FounderCroatian Ice Hockey Federation
No. of teams4
Country Croatia
Most recent
champion(s)
KHL Zagreb
Most titlesMedveščak (21)
Related
competitions
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga

HistoryEdit

The league was formed in 1991 with the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Until then Croatian teams played in the Yugoslav Ice Hockey League. The hockey teams Mladost and Medveščak were playing in the first division, while Sisak and Zagreb were playing in the second division of the Yugoslav league. The former two were much stronger, but as financing went away their best players did not stay with the clubs. This resulted in a more balanced competition, in which KHL Zagreb went on to win three times in a row. Medveščak however managed to remerge as the country's dominant team, as it won the competition for eleven straight seasons.

Due to the very short duration of the season, Croatian teams often play in other leagues, such as the Slohokej League, Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and the now defunct Interliga and Panonian League. In the future there may be other clubs in the league, such as Karlovac. However, any expansion will be slow to come due to lack of funds and indoor ice arenas.

TeamsEdit

Team City Arena Capacity Founded
Current teams
Medveščak   Zagreb Dom Sportova 5,000 1961
Mladost   Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 500 1946
Sisak   Sisak Klizalište Zibel 500 1934
Zagreb   Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 500 1982
Former teams
HDK Maribor   Maribor Tabor Ice Hall 1,000 1993

ChampionsEdit

 
 
Club Croatian Championship won Total
Medveščak 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
21
Zagreb 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
4
Mladost 2008
1

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