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DEL2, also known as DEL II, is the second-level of ice hockey in Germany, below the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (German Ice Hockey League). Founded in 2013, it is administered by the ESBG.

DEL2
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018–19 DEL2 season
DEL2 logo.png
Formerly2nd Bundesliga
SportIce hockey
Founded2013
Inaugural season2013–14
No. of teams14
CountryGermany Germany
Most recent
champion(s)
Bietigheim Steelers
Most titlesBietigheim Steelers (2x)
Promotion toDEL (2020-21 onward)
Related
competitions
DEL and Oberliga
Official websitewww.del-2.org

In September 2015 the DEL and DEL2 agreed to reintroduce promotion and relegation between the two leagues from the 2017–18 season onwards. The DEL2 champion would then have the opportunity to be promoted, provided it fulfilled the licensing requirements of the DEL, while the last-placed DEL club would be relegated.[1]

In the 2015–16 season the league was the best-supported second-tier ice hockey league in Europe with an average of 2,688 spectators per game.[2]

On 1 July 2016 the Fischtown Pinguins became the first DEL2 team to be admitted to the DEL, replacing the Hamburg Freezers in the league for 2016–17.[3]

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Current teamsEdit

The league had 12 teams participating in the 2013–14 season, before expanding to 14 teams from the 2014–15 season.[4]

DEL2 Teams: 2016–17 Season[5]
Team Location Arena Capacity Founded Joined league
City State
EC Bad Nauheim Bad Nauheim   Hesse Colonel Knight Stadion 4,500 1982 2013
EHC Bayreuth Bayreuth   Bavaria Städtisches Kunsteisstadion Bayreuth 4,555 2006 2016
Bietigheim Steelers Bietigheim-Bissingen   Baden-Württemberg EgeTransArena 4,500 1981 2013
Eispiraten Crimmitschau Crimmitschau   Saxony Eisstadion im Sahnpark 5,222 1990 2013
Dresdner Eislöwen Dresden   Saxony EnergieVerbund Arena 4,200 1990 2013
Löwen Frankfurt Frankfurt   Hesse Eissporthalle Frankfurt 6,990 2010 2014
EHC Freiburg Freiburg im Breisgau   Baden-Württemberg Franz Siegel Stadion 5,800 1984 2015
Heilbronner Falken Heilbronn   Baden-Württemberg Kolbenschmidt Arena 4,000 1980 2013
Kassel Huskies Kassel   Hesse Eissporthalle Kassel 6,100 1977 2014
ESV Kaufbeuren Kaufbeuren   Bavaria Erdgas Schwaben Arena 3,100 1946 2013
Lausitzer Füchse Weißwasser   Saxony Eisarena Weißwasser 3,050 1932 2013
Ravensburg Towerstars Ravensburg   Baden-Württemberg Eissporthalle Ravensburg 3,300 1881 2013
SC Riessersee Garmisch-Partenkirchen   Bavaria Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum 6,929 1923 2013
Tölzer Löwen Bad Tölz   Bavaria Hacker-Pschorr-Arena 4,115 1928 2017

Former teamsEdit

Former DEL2 Teams:
Team Location Arena Capacity Founded Joined league Left league
City State
EV Landshut Landshut   Bavaria Eisstadion am Gutenbergweg 6,750 1948 2013 2015
Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven   Bremen Eisarena Bremerhaven 4,674 1974 2013 2016
Starbulls Rosenheim Rosenheim   Bavaria Emilo Stadion 4,750 1928 2013 2017

ChampionsEdit

The champions, runners-up and regular season winners of the league:[6]

Season Champions Runners-up Regular Season
2013–14 Fischtown Pinguins Bietigheim Steelers Fischtown Pinguins
2014–15 Bietigheim Steelers Fischtown Pinguins Bietigheim Steelers
2015–16 EC Kassel Huskies Bietigheim Steelers Bietigheim Steelers
2016-17 Löwen Frankfurt Bietigheim Steelers Bietigheim Steelers
2017-18 Bietigheim Steelers SC Riessersee SC Riessersee

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DEL: Rückkehr zu Auf- und Abstieg? Fahrplan steht! (in German) kicker.de, published: 8 September 2015, accessed: 22 September 2015
  2. ^ "EUROPEAN ATTENDANCE RANKING PUBLISHED". iihf.com. International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Bremerhaven wird DEL-Standort" [Bremerhaven joins the DEL]. kicker.de (in German). Kicker (sports magazine). 1 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  4. ^ "DEL II is official". Eurohockey.com. 2013-07-13.
  5. ^ "DEL2 startet mit 14 Teams in die neue Saison" [DEL2 starts new season with 14 teams] (in German). DEL2. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  6. ^ DEL 2 (in German) kicker.de, accessed: 22 September 2015

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