TH Unia Oświęcim
Towarzystwo Hokejowe Unia Oświęcim is a Polish ice hockey club based in Oświęcim, Poland. They currently play in the Polska Hokej Liga, the top-level ice hockey league in Poland. The team's colors are blue and white.
|TH Unia Oświęcim|
|League||Polska Hokej Liga|
|Founded||1946 (club); |
1958 (ice hockey section)
|Home arena||Hala Lodowa MOSiR|
|General manager||Ryszard Skórka|
|Head coach||Josef Doboš|
|1958-1999||KS Unia Oświęcim|
|1999–2006||Dwory Unia Oświęcim|
|2006-2009||TH Unia Oświęcim|
|2009-2014||Aksam Unia Oświęcim|
|2014-present||TH Unia Oświęcim|
The club was created in 1946, with the hockey section being created in 1958. From 1958 to 1999 it was called KS Unia Oświęcim, and from 1999 to 2006, Dwory Unia Oświęcim. Their home ice is the Hala Lodowa MOSiR which can holds 3,500 people.
In June 2020, Jewish Israeli-Canadian and Team Israel captain Eliezer Sherbatov signed a one-year contract with the team, which plays just a short walk from the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp, where one million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Sherbatov said, "I have a great deal of motivation because it is Auschwitz. I want to win the championship, the Polish Cup and the continental title, and then everyone will know the one who did this is a Jewish-Israeli." His father told him: "to work hard, to show his lion’s heart, and to be proud of Israel and show people we are still alive."
- Polish Championship:
- Winners (8) : 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
- 2nd Place (7) : 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2020
- 3rd Place (2) : 2011, 2012
- Polish Cup (Ice Hockey):
- Winners (2) : 2000, 2003
|1991/1992||I liga||Playoff Champions|
|1997/1998||I liga||Playoff Champions|
|1998/1999||I liga||Playoff Champions|
|2008/2009||I liga||1 (promotion)|
- "Re-Plast Unia"
- Cramer, Philissa (10 August 2020). "Israeli ice hockey star signs to play in Oswiecim, otherwise known as Auschwitz". Times of Israel.
- Marty Klinkenberg (August 21, 2020). "Israeli-Canadian Eliezer Sherbatov on his Jewish heritage and playing hockey in Poland". The Globe and Mail.
- Official website (in Polish)