Ligue Magnus

Synerglace Ligue Magnus is the current name for the top men's division of the French ice hockey pyramid, established in 1906.[1] 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 International Ice Hockey Federation founder Louis Magnus.

Ligue Magnus
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019–20 Ligue Magnus season
Ligue Magnus logo.png
SportIce hockey
Founded1906
No. of teams12
CountryFrance
Most recent
champion(s)
Grenoble (7)
Most titlesChamonix (30)
TV partner(s)Sport en France, Fanseat
Relegation toFFHG Division 1
Domestic cup(s)Coupe de France
Official websiteliguemagnus.com

FormatEdit

12 teams play a 44-game regular season. The schedule is fully balanced and there are no geographic conferences.[2] Regulation wins are worth 3 points, as per international rules.[2] The top 8 teams qualify for the Magnus Cup playoffs, with all series contested in a best-of-seven format.[2] The remaining 4 teams play a 6-game round-robin, at the end of which the last-place team is relegated.[2]

The Magnus Cup champions qualify for the following season's Champions Hockey League.[2] All Ligue Magnus teams also take part in the French Cup.

Import ruleEdit

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 gamesEdit

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.[3]

Title sponsorsEdit

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.[4]
In 2018, mobile ice rink supplier Synerglace became the series' new title sponsor.[5]

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Select regular season and playoff games air on cable and broadband television channel Sport en France.[6]

Internet streamingEdit

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.[7]

Video gameEdit

Hockey Dangles '16: Saxoprint Magnus Edition, an arcade-style mobile video game based on the league, was released for Android and iOS devices in September 2016.[8]

2018/19 TeamsEdit

 
Ligue Magnus game in 2007
 
2004-13 logo
 
2013-16 logo
Team City Arena Founded
Gothiques Amiens Coliséum 1967
Ducs Angers IceParc 1982
Hormadi Anglet Patinoire de la Barre 1969
Boxers Bordeaux Patinoire de Mériadeck 1999
Pionniers Chamonix Centre Sportif Richard Bozon 2016
Rapaces Gap Alp'Arena 1937
Brûleurs de Loups Grenoble Patinoire Pole Sud 1963
Lions Lyon Patinoire Charlemagne 1953
Aigles Nice Patinoire Jean Bouin 1969
Dragons Rouen Patinoire de l'Île Lacroix 1982
Etoile Noire Strasbourg Patinoire Iceberg 2000
Scorpions Mulhouse Patinoire de l'Illberg 2005
Teams currently participating in the Ligue Magnus

Former teamsEdit

Defunct teamsEdit

Previous winnersEdit

Titles by teamEdit

Pl Team Titles Winning seasons
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) 15 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
3 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
4 Saint-Gervais 6 1969, 1974, 1975, 1983, 1985, 1986
5 Grenoble (earlier known as CSG Grenoble) 7 1981, 1982, 1991, 1998, 2007, 2009, 2019
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
10 Brest 2 1996, 1997
  Mont-Blanc 2 1987, 1988
  Racing Club de Paris 2 1950, 1951
  Reims HC 2 2000, 2002
  Amiens Somme 2 1999, 2004
15 Megève 1 1984
  CP Lyon 1 1956
  SC Lyon 1 1907
  ASG Tours 1 1980
  Paris Université Club 1 1953
  Hockey Club de Mulhouse 1 2005
  Briançon 1 2014

AwardsEdit

Notable playersEdit

In addition, Bob Gainey (Montreal Canadiens) and Brian Propp (Philadelphia Flyers) have played in the second tier of French hockey.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Championnat de France 1906/07". hockeyarchives.info. Hockeyarchives. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e Règlements généraux de la Saxoprint Ligue Magnus. Issy-Les-Moulineaux: Fédération Française de Hockey sur Glace. August 2020.
  3. ^ Riglet, Sébastien (31 December 2016). "Winter Game : 25182 personnes au Parc OL, vraiment ?". LeSportDauphinois.com. JHN Média. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  4. ^ "La D1 de hockey devient la "Saxoprint Ligue Magnus"". lexpress.fr. AFP. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  5. ^ Mandin, Louise (18 June 2018). "Synerglace succède à Saxoprint en tant que partenaire-titre de la Ligue Magnus". sportstrategies.com. Sport Stratégies.
  6. ^ Warnier, Mathieu (24 September 2020). "Ligue Magnus : Le championnat arrive sur Sport en France". sports.orange.fr. Orange. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  7. ^ Mucret, Leslie (21 August 2019). "La FFHG prolonge son partenariat avec Fanseat". sportmag.fr. Even'Dia. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  8. ^ Hockey Dangles'16 Saxoprint Magnus Edition - Trailer FR (Trailer) (in French). Toulon: GamYo Studio. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.

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