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Synerglace Ligue Magnus is the current name for the top men's division of the French ice hockey pyramid, established in 1906. The league was renamed in 2004 to take the name of its championship trophy, the Magnus Cup. The trophy was in turn named for Frenchman and IIHF founder Louis Magnus. During the 2015–16 and 2016-17 seasons, the league was officially known as Saxoprint Ligue Magnus, due to a sponsorship deal with Saxoprint, the online printing subsidiary of German conglomerate Cewe.

Ligue Magnus
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018–19 Ligue Magnus season
Ligue Magnus logo.png
SportIce hockey
Founded1906
No. of teams12
CountryFrance
Most recent
champion(s)
Grenoble (7)
Most titlesChamonix (30)
Relegation toFFHG Division 1
Official websiteliguemagnus.com

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FormatEdit

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.

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

Import ruleEdit

Game night rosters must include at least 11 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.

Level of playEdit

The Ligue Magnus is considered a mid-tier European league.

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

The Magnus Cup championship series is broadcast on L'Equipe.

Internet streamingEdit

All league games can be watched online in their entirety, live or delayed, for a monthly subscription fee of approximately €8. The service is managed by Finnish company Fanseat.

Video gameEdit

Hockey Dangles '16: Saxoprint Magnus Edition, an arcade-style mobile video game based on the league, has been released for Android and iOS devices.[1] Its launch coincided with the opening of the 2016-17 season.

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 heavily papered 25,182 fans, which was nonetheless touted as a new record.[2]

2018/19 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hockey Dangles'16 Saxoprint Magnus Edition - Trailer FR (Trailer) (in French). Toulon: GamYo Studio. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  2. ^ Riglet, Sébastien (31 December 2016). "Winter Game : 25182 personnes au Parc OL, vraiment ?". LeSportDauphinois.com. JHN Média. Retrieved 1 January 2017.

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