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The EHC LIWEST Black Wings Linz are a member of the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. They play their home games in Linz, Austria at the Keine Sorgen Eisarena Linz.

EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz
EHC Linz logo.svg
CityLinz, Austria
LeagueAustrian National League
1997–2000
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
2000–present
Founded1992
Home arenaKeine Sorgen Eisarena Linz
(Capacity: 4,860)
ColorsBlack, cerulean, orange
              
Owner(s)Ing Peter Freunschlag
General managerChristian Perthaler
Head coachTroy Ward
CaptainBrian Lebler
WebsiteEHC Black Wings Linz
Franchise history
1992–2005EHC Black Wings Linz
2005–presentEHC Liwest Black Wings Linz
Championships
Austrian Champions2 (2003, 2012)

HistoryEdit

EHC Black Wings Linz was founded in 1992. After several years in the Austrian minor leagues 2000 the Black Wings started in the highest league Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. In their inaugural season in 2000–01 the Black Wings reached third place in the regular season before suffering elimination in the playoffs. The season 2001–02 they just lost the finals and finished the season as vice champion. In only their third season, in 2002–03, the Black Wings won the Austrian championship, their first.

After the EHC Black Wings Linz went bankrupt in 2005 they were re-established as EHC LIWEST Black Wings Linz through sponse LIWEST. Since under the new ownership the Black Wings have had their best result to date in the championship in season 2006–07 as they became vice champion once more. One year later the Black Wings unexpectedly won the regular season but failed in the playoffs.

In 2012 the Black Wings defeated EC KAC in five games to claim their second EBEL championship in franchise history.[1]

HonoursEdit

Players and personnelEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 29 July 2019.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41   Mario Altmann (A) D L 32 2015 Vienna, Austria
89   Marco Brucker C R 28 2018 Linz, Austria
12   Alexander Cijan F L 25 2019 Klagenfurt, Austria
88   Dan DaSilva RW R 34 2015 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
4   Matt Finn D L 25 2019 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
19   Justin Florek LW L 29 2019 Marquette, Michigan, United States
17   Stefan Freunschlag F R 22 2016 Linz, Austria
66   Stefan Gaffl F R 22 2011 Dornbirn, Austria
11   Marek Kalus LW L 26 2019 Krmelin, Czech Republic
31   David Kickert G L 25 2018 Korneuburg, Austria
77   Ivan Korecky D L 20 2018 Freistadt, Austria
73   Paul Koudelka F L 21 2017 Innsbruck, Austria
13   Gerd Kragl D L 22 2014 Linz, Austria
37   Andreas Kristler LW L 29 2017 Lienz, Austria
7   Brian Lebler (C) RW L 31 2016 Klagenfurt, Austria
18   Valentin Leiler LW L 24 2018 Villach, Austria
27   Moritz Matzka D L 22 2018 Vienna, Austria
87   Marcel Mayrhofer F L 20 2018 Linz, Austria
28   Mark McNeill RW R 26 2019 Langley, British Columbia, Canada
69   Paul Mocher G L 20 2017 Friesach, Austria
80   Julian Pusnik C L 19 2019 Villach, Austria
74   Josh Roach D R 27 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
72   Adrian Rosenberger F L 21 2018 Linz, Austria
92   Troy Rutkowski D R 27 2018 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
9   Rick Schofield C L 32 2016 Pickering, Ontario, Canada
50   Thomas Stroj G R 23 2019 Villach, Austria
84   Dragan Umicevic RW R 34 2018 Dubica, Yugoslavia
61   Juraj Valach D R 30 2019 Topoľčany, Slovakia
51   Daniel Woger LW R 31 2018 Bregenz, Austria
5   Raphael Wolf D L 23 2019 Salzburg, Austria

Head coachesEdit

Franchise records and leadersEdit

Single seasonEdit

Goals: 38 Brian Lebler (2017–18)
Assists: 47 Corey Locke (2017–18)
Points: 72 Rob Shearer (2006–07)
Penalty Minutes: 151 Reid Simonton (2003–04)

CareerEdit

Career Goals: 198 Brian Lebler
Career Assists: 300 Philipp Lukas
Career Points: 457 Philipp Lukas
Career Penalty Minutes: 885 Philipp Lukas
Career Games: 790 Philipp Lukas

Arena dataEdit

The home arena of the Black Wings is the Keine Sorgen Eisarena Linz. It was built in 1986 and was renovated at least two times since that. In 2014 a new stand has been added, increasing its capacity to 4,863 people.

 
Keine Sorgen Ice Arena Linz

Average of attendancesEdit

  • 2003–04: 3,712 visitors per home game
  • 2004–05: 3,068 visitors per home game
  • 2005–06: 3,125 visitors per home game
  • 2006–07: 2,707 visitors per home game
  • 2007–08: 2,615 visitors per home game
  • 2008–09: 2,584 visitors per home game
  • 2009–10: 2,676 visitors per home game
  • ...
  • 2015–16: 4,642 visitors per home game
  • 2016–17: 4,679 visitors per home game
  • 2017–18: 4,709 visitors per home game

FanclubsEdit

The Black Wings have three official fanclubs: Overtime, Powerplay Enns and bully:absolut. In 2007 they consolidated and founded the head club Wings United what makes it easier to organize trips to away games and several events.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Linz beat KAC, secure title". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 1 April 2012. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "EHC Black Wings Linz - Team -Roster". EHC Black Wings Linz. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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