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The Inter-National League was an international ice hockey league that was a partnership between the national federations of Austria and Slovenia. It was created as a solution to semi-professional hockey in both Austria and neighboring Slovenia. The league merged with the Serie A to become the Alps Hockey League in 2016.

Inter-National League
SportIce hockey
Founded2012
Ceased2016
CEODieter Kalt
Country
Last
champion(s)
Bregenzerwald (2015–16)
Most titlesBregenzerwald (2 titles)
Official websiteInter-National League

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HistoryEdit

The Inter-National League was founded on July 14, 2012 with seven teams joining the inaugural season. In Austria, seven out of 11 teams from last year’s second tier Austrian National League had left the league. Two teams, Dornbirner EC and TWK Innsbruck, were accepted into the Austrian Hockey League (also referred to as the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga due to sponsorship reasons.) The remaining teams either folded or chose to play in lower local leagues.

Acroni Jesenice was confirmed to become an inaugural member. However, due to financial problems the team informed the league that they would be folding effective August 31, 2012 (two weeks before the start of the season.)[1]

On June 8, 2013, the league's 2013–14 season was decided and it saw the league jump from six teams to 15. After the late fold of Acroni Jesenice, Team Jesenice participated in the league this season as one of four new Slovenian clubs. The other three Slovenian newcomers were Bled, Maribor and Celje. The league also welcomed Italian sides SV Caldaro/Kaltern, Eppan Pirates, Merano Junior, Neumarkt-Egna Wildgoose and Gherdëina.

For the 2014–15 season, Maribor and the five Italian teams left the league, whereas Kitzbühel and Steelers Kapfenberg joined the competition. In addition, the teams were allowed four imports (two U-22, and two with no age limit). These imports could not have been exchanged between teams in the league.[2]

SchedulingEdit

The inaugural INL season started on September 15, 2012, while the last game in the regular season took place on March 2, 2013. The INL playoffs semi-finals and finals were all played in best-of-five format.[3]

The scheduling for the INL was designed to keep the travel costs at a minimum. Each team played a total of 36 games in a set of six rounds (three home games, three away against all six opponents.) The league featured a "double weekend", where opponents were played on back-to-back games during the weekend.[2]

ScoringEdit

INL games were scored with the "three-point rule": three points for the winner after regular time, two points if teams win after overtime or shootout, and one for the loser after regular time.[2]

Trades and transfersEdit

Transfers were permitted during the season, but only if both teams reached an agreement.[2]

TeamsEdit

Team City Arena Founded
Former teams
Bled   Bled Bled Ice Hall 1999
Bregenzerwald   Bregenz Forest Alberschwerde 1985
Celje   Celje Golovec Ice Hall 1998
Eppan Pirates   Eppan Eisstadion Eppan 1981
Feldkirch   Feldkirch Vorarlberghalle 1945
Gherdëina   Sëlva Pranives Ice Stadium 1927
Jesenice   Jesenice Podmežakla Hall 2013
Kaltern   Kaltern Palaghiaccio Kaltern 1962
Kitzbühel   Kitzbühel Sportpark Kapserbrucke 1910
KSV Eishockey   Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 2015
Lustenau   Lustenau Rheinhalle Lustenau 1970
Maribor   Maribor Tabor Ice Hall 1993
Merano   Merano Meranarena 2001
Neumarkt-Egna   Neumarkt Würth Arena 1963
Slavija   Ljubljana Zalog Ice Hall 1964
Steelers Kapfenberg   Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 2014
Triglav Kranj   Kranj Zlato Polje Ice Hall 1968
Zell am See   Zell am See Eishalle Zell am See 1928

Inter-National League seasonsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Davide Tuniz (August 31, 2012). "Acroni Jesenice withdraws from Inter-National League". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Davide Tuniz (June 8, 2013). "The new INL comes". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Davide Tuniz (July 16, 2012). "New Inter National League to replace Austrian Nationalliga and Slohokej". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012.

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