HC Sparta Praha
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Hockey Club Sparta Praha, commonly known as Sparta Prague, is a Prague based Czech ice hockey team playing in the Czech Extraliga. The club has won four Czech championships (most recently in 2007) and four Czechoslovak championships, as well as two Spengler Cups, making it one of the most successful hockey clubs in Czech history. The team plays its home games at O2 Arena, the largest arena in the coutry. It is the most attended Czech hockey club.
|HC Sparta Praha|
|City||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Founded||December 6, 1903|
|Home arena||O2 Arena|
|Colours||Blue, yellow, burgundy |
|General manager||Petr Ton|
|Head coach||Uwe Krupp|
|1903–1948||AC Sparta Praha|
|1948–1949||Sokol Sparta Bubeneč|
|1949–1951||ZSJ Bratrství Sparta Praha|
|1951–1953||ZSJ Sparta ČKD Sokolovo Praha|
|1953–1965||TJ Spartak Praha Sokolovo|
|1965–1990||TJ Sparta ČKD Praha|
|1990–present||HC Sparta Praha|
- Founded: The club was originally formed in 1903 as a bandy club and then has transformed into a hockey club in 1909.
- Best finishes: National champions of Czechoslovakia: 1952–53, 1953–54, 1989–90, 1992-93. National champions of the Czech Republic: 1999–00, 2001–02, 2005-06, 2006–07
- Worst finishes: Czechoslovakia: 8th place (1972-73, 1980-81, 1982-83, 1985-86), Czech Republic: 12th place (2010-11).
Highest national league participation: From the league foundation in 1936 to 1950 and from 1951 up to this day.
- International achievements: Spengler Cup winner in 1962, 1963, Spengler Cup 2nd place in 2004, European League 2nd place 2000, European Champions Cup 2nd place in 2008, Champions Hockey League 2nd place 2017.
- Club colours: Blue, yellow and red. After the club owner of the LA Kings entered to Sparta, starting in the 2001-02 season, club jerseys used a combination of black, white and grey. But since the 2005-06 season, jerseys have regularly been burgundy and white.
The Sparta Praha hockey club is one of the oldest hockey clubs on the planet and one of the most successful and famous clubs in Czechoslovakian and later Czech ice hockey history.
Sparta’s great successes were reached in the years following World War II as it won two national titles in a row - 1952/53 and 1953/54 - under the name Spartak Sokolovo. The next highly successful period came much more recently when Sparta won the national league in 1989/90 and again in 1992/93. Another recent achievement (along with two third-place finishes in 1995/96 and 1996/97) was Sparta’s participation in the final group of the European League (EHL) in 1996/97.
After a few years of bad luck and less success, Sparta returned to the top of the Czech Extraliga in 1999/00 when they were crowned league champions. That victory was the first of four championships they would win over seven seasons, adding Extraliga titles in 2002, 2006 and 2007. In addition to those achievements, Sparta managed to be part of the Top Four in the European League (EHL) again in 1999/2000 and achieved the greatest result in Czech hockey history: second place.
HC Sparta Praha has regularly been one of the best teams in the Czech Extraliga, making the playoffs almost every year. HC Sparta Praha's home games are played at O2 Arena which is the largest hockey arena in the Czech Republic with a capacity of over 17,300 spectators. They have moved there from the Tipsport Arena in 2015.
- Winners (4): 1999–00, 2001–02, 2005-06, 2006–07
- Runners-up (2): 2000–01, 2015–16
- 3rd place (6): 1995–96, 1996–97, 2002–03, 2003-04, 2008–09, 2013–14
- Winners (4): 1952–53, 1953–54, 1989–90, 1992-93
- Runners-up (7): 1936–37, 1937–38, 1956–57, 1962–63, 1966–67, 1973-74, 1987-88
- 3rd place (6): 1955-56, 1960-61, 1964-65, 1967-68, 1976-77, 1986-87
- Winners (2): 1962, 1963
- Runners-up (1): 2004
- Runners-up (1): 2008
- Runners-up (1): 1999-00
- Runners-up (1): 2016-17
Updated September 20, 2018