The European University Hockey League (EUHL) is the first European university league in ice-hockey that was founded in 2013 and it is managed by the EUHA (the European University Hockey Association). The idea to establish a university hockey league in Europe was invented by Jaroslav Straka, who thanks to Lubomir Sekeras, Frantisek Sadecky and Peter Spankovic turned a dream into reality. Everything started with the initial thought of pan-European expansion through the creation of four divisions to save money and time– Eastern (Slovakia, Czech republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary), Western (Germany I, France, Belgium, The Netherlands), North (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark) and South (Germany II, Austria II, Switzerland, Slovenia). Presently the EUHL consists of 10 teams from 4 countries, but it is already assured that next year this number will be higher. The new applicants come from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Hungary etc., accompanied by American Universities and associations from the USA.
|Current season or competition:|
2013–14 EUHL season
|Countries|| Slovakia (5 teams) |
Czech Republic (3 teams)
Austria (1 team)
Poland (1 team)
|League President||Jaroslav Straka|
|No. of teams||10|
|Recent Champions||UK Praha (1st title)|
|Most successful club||UK Praha (3 titles)|
Four divisions are planned – Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western. Northern division should contain teams from the universities in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark; Eastern division should contain teams from Slovakia, Czech republic, Austria, Poland and Hungary; Southern division should contain teams from Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia and Austria and Western division should contain teams from France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
However, for the first season, 2013–14, only six teams were involved which formed only one division.
In the beginning of the first season only five teams have been confirmed – three from Slovakia and two from Czech republic – even though more universities are interested in joining the league. However, on 13 November 2013 a new participant, VŠEMvs Managers from Bratislava joined the league, thus increasing the number of participants to six.
In the second season the following teams participate:
|Charles University in Prague||Prague||1347||Public||UK Praha||2013||Zimní stadion Slaný||3,200||1|
|City University of Seattle (VŠM)||Trenčín||1999||Private||CityU Gladiators Trenčín||Zimný štadión Pavla Demitru||6,150||0|||
|Czech Technical University||Prague||2001||Public||Technika Praha||0|
|Pan-European University||Bratislava||2004||Private||Paneuropa Kings||Zimný štadión Vladimíra Dzurillu||3,500||0|||
|Slovak University of Technology||Bratislava||1937||Public||Slávia STU||0|||
|University of International and Public Relations Prague in Bratislava||Bratislava||Private||Diplomats Pressburg||2014|| |
|University of West Bohemia||Pilsen||1991||Public||Akademici Plzeň|
|Matej Bel University||Banská Bystrica||1992||Public||UMB Banská Bystrica|
|The Podhale State College of Applied Sciences in Nowy Targ||'PPWSZ -PODHALE NOWY TARG'||2015|
|Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu - National-Louis University||1928||Public||Academy 1928 KTH Krynica||2016|
|University of Graz||Graz||1585||Public||UHT Dukes Graz||2015||Eisstadion Liebenau||4,050|||
|University of Presov||