Motor České Budějovice

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Banes Motor České Budějovice is a professional men's ice hockey club, based in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. It is a member of the Czech Extraliga (ELH) after reforming when the original club, now known as Mountfield HK, moved to Hradec Králové over a sponsorship dispute.[1] Home stadium of the team Banes Motor České Budějovice is Budvar Arena in České Budějovice.

Banes Motor České Budějovice
CityČeské Budějovice, Czech Republic
LeagueCzech 1.liga
2004-05, 2013–2020
Czech Extraliga
1993-2004, 2005–2013, 2020–
Founded1928 (1928)
Home arenaBudvar Arena
(capacity: 5870)
ColoursRed, white, blue, yellow
PresidentRoman Turek
General managerStanislav Bednařík
Head coachLadislav Čihák
Asst. coachJiří Hanzlík
CaptainMilan Gulaš
Franchise history
1928–1948AC Stadion České Budějovice
1949–1950ZSJ Obchodní domy České Budějovice
1950–1952SKP České Budějovice
1965–1992Motor České Budějovice
1992–2006HC České Budějovice
2006–2013HC Mountfield
2013–2020ČEZ Motor České Budějovice
2021–2023HC Motor České Budějovice
2023–presentBanes Motor České Budějovice

History edit

Bandy era in České Budějovice edit

The long history started in 1911, when group of young gymnasium students devised a plan to start a bandy team. Their first hockey rinks were situated exactly where the Malše river and Vltava river merge. Dr. Zdeněk Černý was the first coach, manager, as well as a player of the team. The bandy club lasted until World War I. Some of the first victims of the war were players from České Budějovice such as Áda Schrabal, Karel Selinka, Jan Vrkoč, and Leo Feigl.

Adaptation to ice hockey edit

On 3 December 1921 SK České Budějovice played its first amateur ice hockey match in Strakonice.

On 10 January 1928 a club known as AC Stadion České Budějovice was founded by the merging two clubs in České Budějovice - Viktoria and Slovan. The club joined Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League, the nation's top ice hockey league, in 1936. In their first season, they finished third behind LTC Praha and AC Sparta Praha.

Lone championship & decades of failure edit

In the 1950–51 season, the club, now called SKP České Budějovice, won its first and only championship in any top-tier league. The club has failed to finish higher than third place (1952–53) in the highest league ever since.

After a disastrous 1962–63 season in which the team won none of the 32 games, the club was relegated to the Czechoslovak Second League until 1968. Overall, HC České Budějovice had been relegated to the second-tier league five other times since the 1958-59 season as of 2013; in each case the club re-earned promotion to the top league the following season.

Although it lost in the semifinals of the 2007–08 Czech Extraliga season, HC České Budějovice qualified for the 2008–09 Champions Hockey League as the winner of the regular season. However, its success was short-lived, as it finished eleventh and survived a relegation round the following season.

War of the Beers edit

Following the 2012–13 season, the Czech Extraliga reached a sponsorship deal with Radegast to sell its beer in all Extraliga arenas. This agreement conflicted with the deal České Budějovice already had with Budweiser Budvar Brewery for their arena. Under the agreement, the club and the city of České Budějovice would face stiff penalties for selling any beer other than Radegast products.[2][3] Unable to resolve the dispute, the club decided on 18 June 2013 that no new agreement could be reached between the parties involved and voted to immediately relocate to Hradec Králové for the 2013-14 season.[4][5]

In July 2013, plans were unveiled to resume professional hockey in České Budějovice, with a club playing in the Czech First National League.[6]

Honours edit

Domestic edit

Czech Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

  Czechoslovak Second Ice Hockey League Championship (4): 1960, 1968, 1970, 1992
  1st Czech Republic Hockey League Championship (4): 2005, 2017, 2019, 2020

Players edit

Current roster edit

Source:[7]Source:[8]As of June 2, 2021.

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
77   Milan Gulaš (C) RW R 38 2021 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
79   Martin Hanzl C L 30 2021 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
49   Dominik Hrachovina G L 29 2021 Brno, Czech Republic
23   Lukáš Pech (A) C L 40 2021 Jihlava, Czechoslovakia
44   Petr Šenkeřík D L 33 2021 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
2   Jan Strmeň G L 32 2018 Havířov, Czechoslovakia
82   Michal Vondrka RW L 42 2021 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
90   Roman Vráblík D L 34 2021 Písek, Czechoslovakia
  Brant Harris C R 34 2023 Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada

Alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Hradec Králové schválil přesun HC Mountfield" (in Czech). 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  2. ^ "V Českých Budějovicích kvůli sporu o pivo mohou přijít o extraligový hokej" (in Czech). 2013-05-29. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  3. ^ Tuniz, Davide (2013-06-06). "The War of the Beers". Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  4. ^ "Hradec Králové schválil přesun HC Mountfield" (in Czech). 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  5. ^ Tuniz, Davide (2013-06-29). "HC Mountfield definitely moves to Hradec Kralove". Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  6. ^ Lhota, Ladislav (2013-07-20). "HC Motor získal prvoligovou licenci" (in Czech). Archived from the original on 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  7. ^ "Team Roster / Motor České Budějovice". Retrieved 2021-02-23.
  8. ^ "Team Roster / Motor České Budějovice". Retrieved 2021-05-02.

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