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Mountfield Hokejový Klub is a professional men's ice hockey club based in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. It is a member of the Czech Extraliga. The club was formed after the original HC Mountfield was unable to resolve a sponsorship dispute.[1]

Mountfield HK
Mountfield HK logo.svg
CityHradec Králové, Czech Republic
LeagueCzech Extraliga
Founded1925 (1925)
Home arenaČPP Aréna Hradec Králové
ColorsRed, white, black
              
General managerAleš Kmoníček
Head coachVáclav Sýkora
CaptainRadek Smoleňák
Websitewww.mountfieldhk.cz

HistoryEdit

Mountfield HK aligns itself with the history of Královští Lvi, a club formed in Hradec Králové in 1926 that operated a men's team until 2013. In the meantime, Mountfield a.s., a Czech-based home and garden retailer, owned and operated a hockey club in České Budějovice from 2006 to 2013.

Following the 2012–13 season, the Czech Extraliga reached a sponsorship deal with Radegast to sell its beer in all Extraliga arenas. This agreement conflicted with the naming rights deal České Budějovice already had with Budweiser Budvar Brewery for their arena. Under the agreement, the club and the city would face stiff penalties for selling any beer other than Budvar products.[2][3] Unable to resolve the dispute, the club decided on June 18, 2013 that no agreement could be reached between the parties involved and voted to immediately relocate to Hradec Králové for the 2013–14 season.[4][5]

Since then, Královští Lvi has been Mountfield HK's youth program, while Motor České Budějovice inherited Hradec Králové's spot in the Czech 1.liga.

PlayersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "V Českých Budějovicích kvůli sporu o pivo mohou přijít o extraligový hokej" (in Czech). ihned.cz. 2013-05-29. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  2. ^ "V Českých Budějovicích kvůli sporu o pivo mohou přijít o extraligový hokej" (in Czech). ihned.cz. 2013-05-29. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  3. ^ Tuniz, Davide (2013-06-06). "The War of the Beers". eurohockey.com. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  4. ^ "Hradec Králové schválil přesun HC Mountfield" (in Czech). ceskatelevize.cz. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  5. ^ Tuniz, Davide (2013-06-29). "HC Mountfield definitely moves to Hradec Kralove". eurohockey.com. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  6. ^ "Mountfield HK \ Soupiska muži 2013/2014" (in Czech). www.mountfieldhk.cz. Retrieved 2013-07-28.

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