The Ligue Magnus, currently known as Synerglace Ligue Magnus for sponsorship reasons, is the top men's division of the French ice hockey pyramid, established in 1906. The league operated under a variety of names before taking that of its championship trophy, the Magnus Cup, in 2004. The trophy was in turn named for Frenchman and IIHF founder Louis Magnus.
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2022–23 Ligue Magnus season
|No. of teams||12|
|Most titles||Chamonix (30)|
|TV partner(s)||Sport en France, Fanseat|
|Relegation to||FFHG Division 1|
|Domestic cup(s)||Coupe de France|
Teams from the Ligue Magnus can participate in the IIHF's annual Champions Hockey League (CHL), competing for the European Trophy. Participation is based on the strength of the various leagues in Europe (excluding the European/Asian Kontinental Hockey League). Going into the 2022–23 CHL season, the Ligue Magnus was ranked the No. 9 league in Europe, allowing them to send their top team to compete in the CHL.
12 teams play a 44-game regular season. The schedule is fully balanced and there are no geographic conferences. Regulation wins are worth 3 points, as per international rules. The top 8 teams qualify for the Magnus Cup playoffs, with all series contested in a best-of-seven format. The remaining 4 teams play a 6-game round-robin, at the end of which the last-place team is relegated.
Import rule edit
Game night rosters must include at least 10 players who have spent 3 or more years in the French hockey system before the age of 21. French citizenship itself is not a requirement to qualify for non-import status, as long as the player meets the above criteria. Conversely, a citizen of France who was fully trained in a foreign country will count as an import regardless of his French citizenship.
Outdoor games edit
On December 22, 2013, Grenoble and Briançon played an outdoor regular season game at Stade des Alpes, the home of former Ligue 1 soccer club GF38. A sellout attendance of 19,767 set a league record.
Another outdoor game took place on December 30, 2016, when Lyon hosted Grenoble at Parc OL, the home field of seven-time Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais. The event drew a record 25,182 attendance.
Title sponsors edit
In 2016, the league signed its first naming rights deal with Saxoprint, the online printing subsidiary of German conglomerate Cewe, and became known as Saxoprint Ligue Magnus for the following two seasons. In 2018, mobile ice rink supplier Synerglace became the series' new title sponsor.
Internet streaming edit
All league games can be streamed for a monthly subscription fee of approximately €10. The service, managed by Finnish company Fanseat, employed a man-operated main camera for the first three years, before shifting to PlaySight automated technology in 2019.
Video game edit
2023/24 teams edit
|Hormadi||Anglet||Patinoire de la Barre||1969|
|Boxers||Bordeaux||Patinoire de Mériadeck||1999|
|Diables Rouges||Briançon||Patinoire René Froger||1934|
|Pionniers||Chamonix||Centre Sportif Richard Bozon||2016|
|Brûleurs de Loups||Grenoble||Patinoire Pole Sud||1963|
|Spartiates||Marseille||Palais omnisports Marseille Grand-Est||2012|
|Aigles||Nice||Patinoire Jean Bouin||1969|
|Dragons||Rouen||Patinoire de l'Île Lacroix||1982|
|Scorpions||Mulhouse||Patinoire de l'Illberg||2005|
Former teams edit
- Albatros de Brest
- Chamois de Chamonix
- Corsaires de Dunkerque
- Drakkars de Caen
- Ducs de Dijon
- Jets de Viry-Essonne
- Ours de Villard-de-Lans
- Pingouins de Morzine-Avoriaz
- Sangliers Arvernes de Clermont-Ferrand
- Avalanche du Mont-Blanc
Defunct teams edit
Previous winners edit
Titles by team edit
|1||Chamonix||30||1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1979|
|2||Rouen (earlier known as RHC (Rouen Hockey Club) and also known as Rouen Hockey Élite 76)||16||1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021|
|3||Grenoble (earlier known as CSG Grenoble)||8||1981, 1982, 1991, 1998, 2007, 2009, 2019, 2022|
|4||Club des Patineurs de Paris (also known as Ice Skating Club de Paris and Sports d'Hiver de Paris)||7||1908, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1922|
|5||Saint-Gervais||6||1969, 1974, 1975, 1983, 1985, 1986|
|6||Français Volants Paris||4||1936, 1937, 1938, 1989|
|7||Gap||4||1977, 1978, 2015, 2017|
|8||Stade Français Paris (also known as Rapides de Paris)||4||1932, 1933, 1934, 1935|
|9||AC Boulogne-Billancourt||3||1957, 1960, 1962|
|Racing Club de Paris||2||1950, 1951|
|Reims HC||2||2000, 2002|
|Amiens Somme||2||1999, 2004|
|Paris Université Club||1||1953|
|Hockey Club de Mulhouse||1||2005|
- Charles Ramsay Trophy (top scorer)
- Albert Hassler Trophy (most valuable French player)
- Marcel Claret Trophy (most sportsmanlike team)
- Raymond Dewas Trophy (most sportsmanlike player)
- Jean-Pierre Graff Trophy (most promising player)
- Jean Ferrand Trophy (most valuable goaltender)
- Camil Gélinas Trophy (coach of the year)
Notable players edit
- Philippe Bozon (St. Louis Blues, Genève-Servette HC)
- Alain Daigle (Chicago Blackhawks)
- Evgeny Davydov (HC CSKA Moscow, Winnipeg Jets)
- Steve Gainey (Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes)
- Cristobal Huet (Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks)
- Steve Montador (Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres)
- Steven Reinprecht (Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes)
- Mark Rycroft (St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche)
- Richard Sévigny (Montreal Canadiens, Quebec Nordiques)
- Claude Verret (Buffalo Sabres, Lausanne HC, Rochester Americans)
- Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in France, the full regular season was played but the 2020 play-offs were cancelled, and no team was crowned Magnus Cup champion for the 2019–20 season.
- Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in France, the regular season was terminated at its mid-point, the 2021 play-offs were cancelled, and (unlike 2019–20) regular season champion Rouen were crowned Magnus Cup champion of France for the 2020–21 season.
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