HDD Olimpija Ljubljana

Hokejsko drsalno društvo Olimpija Ljubljana, commonly referred to as HDD Olimpija or simply Olimpija, was a Slovenian professional ice hockey from Ljubljana. They played their home games at the Tivoli Hall. Olimpija has won 13 Yugoslav championships and 15 Slovenian championships. They won ten consecutive titles between 1995 and 2004.

HDD Olimpija
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CityLjubljana, Slovenia
LeagueErste Bank Eishockey Liga
(2007–2017)
Slovenian Championship
(1991–2017)
Yugoslav Hockey League
(1937–1991)
Founded1928; 93 years ago (1928)
(as SK Ilirija)[1]
Dissolved2017; 4 years ago (2017)
Operated1928–2017
Home arenaTivoli Hall
(Capacity: 7,000)
ColorsGreen, white, black      
Franchise history
1928–1941SK Ilriia
1946HK Udarnik
1947HK Triglav
1948HK Enotnost
1949–1961HK Ljubljana
1962–2002HK Olimpija
2002–2017HDD Olimpija
Championships
Slovenian Championship15 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Yugoslav Championship13 (1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984)

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1928 as SK Ilirija.[1] It was the first club on the territory of Yugoslavia to play organized ice hockey under the Canadian rules. In the 2007–08 season, their first in Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, they made it all the way to the Finals, but lost 4 games to 2 against EC Red Bull Salzburg.[2] Following the 2016–17 season, the club was dissolved due to financial debt.[3]

Club names through history
  • SK Ilrija (1928–1941)
  • HK Udarnik (1946)
  • HK Triglav (1947)
  • HK Enotnost (1948)
  • HK Ljubljana (1949–1961)
  • HK Olimpija (1962–1985)
  • HK Olimpija Kompas (1985–1991)
  • HK Olimpija Hertz (1991–1998)
  • HK Olimpija (1999–2002)
  • HDD Zavarovalnica Maribor Olimpija[4] (2002–2008)
  • HDD Tilia Olimpija (2008–2012)
  • HDD Telemach Olimpija (2012–2016)
  • HDD Olimpija (2016–2017)

ArenaEdit

The team played their home matches at the Tivoli Hall complex, a 7,000 all-seated ice hockey indoor hall in Ljubljana.[5][6]

HonoursEdit

[1]

Runners-up (1): 2007–08
Winners (13): 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84
Runners-up (13): 1947–48, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1964–65, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1987–88, 1990–91
Winners (4): 1969, 1972, 1975, 1987
Winners (15): 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
Runners-up (10): 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2016–17
Winners (4): 1993–94, 1995–96, 2000, 2015–16
  1. ^ The first official tournament was played in 2015–16.[7]
  • Slovenian Ice Hockey Supercup
Winners (2): 1998–99, 2016–17
Winners (2): 2000–01, 2001–02
Runners-up (1): 1996–97
Third place (1): 1995
  • Karawankencup
Winners (4): 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1978–79
  • Alpencup
Winners (1): 1971–72
  • Rudi Hiti Summer League
Winners (3): 2000, 2002, 2004

Team captains (since 1988)Edit

Former NHL playersEdit

Head coaches (since 1989)Edit

  •   Nikolai Ladygin, 1989–1990
  •   Alexander Astashev, 1990–1991
  •   Štefan Seme, 1991–1992
  •   Peter Janoš, 1992–1993
  •   Brad Buetow, 1993–1994
  •   Pavle Kavčič, 1994–1995, 1995–1996, 1996–1997
  •   Matjaž Sekelj, 1997–1998, 1998–1999
  •   Bud Stefanski, 1998–1999
  •   Matjaž Sekelj, 1999–2000
  •   Marjan Gorenc, 2000–2001, 2001–2002
  •   Chris Imes, 2002–2003
  •   Matjaž Sekelj, 2003–2004, 2004–2005
  •   Andrej Brodnik, 2005–2006
  •   Ildar Rahmatullin, 2006–2007, 2007–2008
  •   Mike Posma, 2007–2008, 2008–2009
  •   Randy Edmonds, 2008–2009
  •   Bojan Zajc, 2008–2009
  •     Dany Gelinas, 2009–2010
  •   Hannu Järvenpää, 2009–2012
  •   Heikki Mälkiä, 2012–2012
  •   Bojan Zajc, 2012–2014
  •   Ivo Jan, 2014
  •   Fabian Dahlem, 2014–2016
  •   Bojan Zajc, 2016–2017

Retired numbersEdit

  • 24 – Tomaž Vnuk, C, 1987–2009[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "HDD Olimpija Ljubljana" (in Slovenian). Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  2. ^ Sportal (12 March 2008). "Red Bull Salzburg prvak lige EBEL" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ Jurij Završnik (9 May 2017). "HDD Olimpija na pokopališče". Ekipa24 (in Slovenian). Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Odslej Zavarovalnica Maribor Olimpija". sta.si (in Slovenian). 17 October 2002. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Hala Tivoli (dvorana in drsališče Tivoli) – Šport Ljubljana". sport-ljubljana.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  6. ^ Vanja Brkić (8 August 2011). "V Hali Tivoli bodo delali bolj kakovosten led". Dnevnik (in Slovenian). Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Pokal Slovenije" (in Slovenian). Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Vnuks jersey retired at Tivoli". Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010.

External linksEdit

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