EC Panaceo VSV are an ice hockey team in the Erste Bank Hockey League. They play their home games at Stadthalle (capacity approximately 4500 spectators) in Villach, Austria. The team colors are blue and white. Their mascot is an eagle - Villach's coat of arms represents an eagle's claw.

EC Panaceo VSV
EC VSV Logo.svg
CityVillach, Carinthia, Austria
LeagueErste Bank Eishockey Liga
1977–
Founded1923; 97 years ago (1923)
Home arenaVillacher Stadthalle
(Capacity: 4,800)
Colors         
Owner(s)EC VSV GmbH
Head coachJyrki Aho
WebsiteEC VSV
Franchise history
1923–EC VSV
Championships
Austrian Champions6 (1981, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2002, 2006)

HistoryEdit

By winning the second divisions title in the 1976–77 season EC VSV gained automatic promotion to Austria's highest league and has tenured since. Following rival team, EC KAC, Villacher is the second oldest club in the EBEL. Although the team finished last in their debut season at the top level (a primary reason why head coach Karol Havasi was replaced by player-coach Ryan D'Arcy by the end of the season), some of their young players, led by Leo Sivec, already showed good promise. In their second season they took the fifth place, the main problem was the vacant coaching job, which was initially filled by Adalbert and Saint John, by the end of the season by injured Bart Crashley.

After missing the playoffs three times in a row, in the 1980–81 season, Villach finally achieved their league title success. Thanks to the youth training under Hermann Knoll and an increased incorporation of the young players (Sivec the oldest residents at that time was just 23 years of age) the EC VSV finished the regular season up to second place. The Final round against the Wiener EV was won narrowly. The following year, however behind Sivec missed presence due to injury most of the season, Villach finished 5th in both the regular season and playoffs.

 
EC VSV in Zagreb

During the last decade of the 20th century EC VSV established themselves as a competitive outfit claiming two early Austrian Championships in 1992 and 1993, in a period when VEU Feldkirch dominated the action in the Austrian Hockey. After struggling against local rivals EC KAC in the playoffs. it was not until the 1998–99 season in which Villach could get past Klagenfurt in the finals again and win their fourth title.

Villacher secured its last title success, it sixth, in the 2005–06 , under coach Greg Holst. They won the title after a dominant regular season, alongside EC Red Bull Salzburg. The two teams met each other in the finals as expected with VSV earning 4: 2 series win. A large influence in helping VSV earn the 2006 title were due to Dany Bousquet, who led the club and league in points with 47 goals and 86 points. His greatest success of the season was certainly the decisive goal in the deciding final match against Salzburg in overtime. Goalkeeper Gert Prohaska finished with a save percentage of 92.85%, a clear margin from second place in the league.

In the following season, on 20 February 2007 marked the end of the longest winning streak at 17 between Villach and rivals KAC in the Carinthian Hockey derby. EC KAC had not recorded a win in almost two years over their rivals.

HonoursEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated July 7, 2019.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
91   Adis Alagić C L 26 2012 Villach, Austria
19   Stefan Bacher (A) D L 31 2006 Wien, Austria
39   Dan Bakala G L 32 2018 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  Patrick Bjorkstrand LW L 28 2019 Herning, Denmark
20   Nico Brunner D L 27 2012 Villach, Austria
  Chris Collins C L 28 2019 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
44   Jamie Fraser D L 34 2018 Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
  Danila Karaban C R 24 2019 Novopolotsk, Belarus
  Anton Karlsson LW L 24 2019 Lerum, Sweden
37   Christof Kromp LW L 22 2015 Villach, Austria
78   Felix Maxa C L 22 2017 Wien, Austria
36   Jerry Pollastrone LW L 34 2018 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
  Marko Pöyhönen D L 32 2019 Hollola, Finland
23   Markus Schlacher D R 32 2015 Villach, Austria
25   Lukas Schluderbacher G L 26 2018 Villach, Austria
61   Patrick Spannring LW L 29 2018 Dornbirn, Austria
  Martin Ulmer RW R 32 2019 Dornbirn, Austria
32   Bernd Wolf D L 23 2018 Wien, Austria

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EC VSV - Team -Roster". EC VSV. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.

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