Orli Znojmo

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Orli Znojmo (in English Znojmo Eagles) is a Czech-based ice hockey team that currently plays in the Austrian Hockey League. The club Orli Znojmo is based in Znojmo and their home arena is Nevoga arena.

Orli Znojmo
Orli Znojmo logo.svg
CityZnojmo, Czech Republic
LeagueCzech Extraliga
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Founded1933; 87 years ago (1933)
Home arenaNevoga Arena
(Capacity: 4,500)
Owner(s)Pavel Ohera
General managerRostislav Docekal
Head coachMiroslav Fryčer
CaptainDavid Bartoš
WebsiteOrli Znojmo
Franchise history
1933–1993TJ Sokol Znojmo
1993–1997SK Agropodnik Znojmo
1997–2001HC Excalibur Znojemští Orli
2001–2006HC JME Znojemští Orli
2006–2009HC Znojemští Orli
2009–Orli Znojmo
Czech 1. Liga2 (1998, 1999)

From 1999 to 2009, the club competed in the Czech Extraliga. Their biggest success in that league was a third-place finish in 2005-06. National Hockey League players Patrik Eliáš, Martin Havlát and Tomáš Vokoun played for this club during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. On 1 April 2009, Orli sold its Czech Extraliga license to another South Moravian club, HC Kometa Brno.

After two seasons under ownership of Rene Burger in the Czech First League, the club announced on 31 May 2011 that they were joining the Austrian-based Erste Bank Hockey League.[1] Orli Znojmo, professional ice hockey club - team.


The club was founded in 1933 originally as TJ Sokol Znojmo and played until the early 1990s, at only a regional level. In 1993, Znojmo entered a sponsorship with Czech-Austrian company Excalibur under Jaroslav Vlasak. With this financial support club moved to become a professional outfit and in 1994 joined the Czech Second League. Renamed SK Agropodnik Znojmo, they competed for the following three seasons in the Second League. From 1996, the club served as an affiliate to Extraliga clubs, HC Pardubice and HC Dukla Jihlava, in order to further establish junior players experience. After a successful playoffs in 1997, Znojmo were promoted to the Czech First League.[citation needed]

In their two seasons in the Czech First League, Znojmo now known as HC Excalibur Znojemští Orli, in reflecting their sponsorship, formed a competitive team and won their first Championship title in 1997–98 before failing to gain promotion in a 4:3 series defeat to HC Slezan Opava. After claiming their second consecutive title in the 1998–99 season, Znojmo were victorious in the promotion playoffs against Dukla Jihlava to celebrate their first entry into the Czech Extraliga.[citation needed]

In the following years, the club was able to hold its own in the Extraliga, but never managed to get past the playoff semi-finals. In 2001 was called again changed their name due to sponsorship to new sponsor in HC JME Znojemští Orli. The club's largest success in the Extraliga came in the achievement of the play-off semi-final in the 2005–06 season.[citation needed]

After two seasons in the First League under Rene Burger in the spring of 2011, the club applied for inclusion in the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. Under the ambition to give the team a new perspective, without having to take the financial risk of promotion in the Extraliga.[2] On 31 May 2011, the EBEL granted the application after the Czech Ice Hockey Association's consent on the condition that the club continues to participate with a team in the first league. This requirement was not later maintained.


Current rosterEdit

Updated 22 June 2019.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
10   David Bartoš (C) C L 28 2011 Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia
  Petr Beránek RW L 26 2019 Brno, Czech Republic
  Antonín Bořuta D L 31 2019 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
  Parker Bowles LW L 25 2019 Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
42   Jan Bulín F L 21 2018 Znojmo, Czech Republic
  Matěj Češík C L 31 2019 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
  Dominik Groh G L 21 2019 Vrchlabí, Czech Republic
21   Adam Jonáš D L 20 2018 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
26   Michal Kruckovyč D L 22 2018 Znojmo, Czech Republic
19   Teemu Lassila G L 36 2018 Helsinki, Finland
88   Anthony Luciani RW R 29 2018 Maple, Ontario, Canada
53   Radim Matuš RW L 26 2017 Třinec, Czech Republic
  Philip McRae C L 29 2019 Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
  Ondřej Mikliš D L 23 2019 Sumperk, Czech Republic
44   Petr Mrázek C R 25 2017 Brno, Czech Republic
22   Patrik Novák LW L 27 2013 Opava, Czechoslovakia
34   Vladimír Oščádal F L 21 2017 Znojmo, Czech Republic
16   Adam Sedlák D R 28 2018 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
31   Jakub Stehlík D R 29 2015 Znojmo, Czechoslovakia
  Tomáš Svoboda RW R 32 2019 Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  Kevin Tansey D L 26 2019 Hammond, Ontario, Canada


  1. ^ "Znojmo to join Austrian EBEL". eurohockey.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  2. ^ "EBEL expands to Czech Republic". hockeyfans.at (in German). 31 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Orli Znojmo Roster". OrliZnojmo. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.

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