Nürnberg Ice Tigers

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The Nürnberg Ice Tigers are a professional ice hockey club located in Nuremberg, Germany. They play in the country's premier league, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Nürnberg Ice Tigers
Nuernberg Ice Tigers Logo.svg
LeagueDeutsche Eishockey Liga
Home arenaArena Nürnberger Versicherung
(capacity: 7,672)
Owner(s)Wolfgang Gastner
General managerWolfgang Gastner, André Dietzsch
Head coachFrank Fischöder
CaptainPatrick Reimer
Franchise history
Nürnberg Ice Tigers


The roots of the team can be traced back to SG Nürnberg, an ice hockey club that played in the 2nd Bundesliga from 1958 until it was closed in 1980 due to financial issues. Today's team was founded in 1980 as EHC Nürnberg 1980 e.V., as a non-profit organization. Play started in 1980–81 in the Bavarian state ice-hockey league (German: Eishockey-Bayernliga). After a single season, the team moved up to the Southern Regional league (German: Regionalliga Süd), and was promoted again after just one season in 1983 to the 3rd tier German Ice Hockey league (German: Oberliga Süd).

By 1987, EHC Nürnberg 1980 moved up to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the early 1990s, financial uncertainty around German professional ice-hockey lead to the foundation of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga – DEL. The DEL was modeled after the NHL, with hopes of providing financial stability through licensing and franchising of teams.

EHC Nürnberg 1980 was admitted to the DEL as a founding member on 13 June 1994, one of 6 teams from the 2nd Bundesliga. As the DEL replaced the 1st Bundesliga and now represents the highest level of German professional ice-hockey, this in effect resulted in a promotion. In the first DEL season, the EHC 80 Nürnberg finished the regular season on the 12th place, only to be eliminated in the first playoff round.

For the next season, the professional team was broken out of the non-profit organization and incorporated as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers, with the youth and amateurs keeping the old name.[1] In the 1998–99 DEL season the Tigers finished the regular season in first place, but lost in the playoff finals to the Adler Mannheim, who dominated German Ice Hockey in the late 1990s.

In 2006, the Ice Tigers and Bionorica AG, signed a three-year agreement giving Bionorica the naming rights to the team. Starting with the 2006–07 DEL season, the team was renamed to Sinupret Ice Tigers, after a Bionorica product.

During the 2008–09 season it became obvious that the Ice Tigers were in a dire financial situation. On 25 November 2008 preliminary insolvency was filed and, on 30 December, declared. This led to the corporate sponsor Bionorica pulling their support in March 2009. An investor group led by local jeweler Thomas Sabo intervened on 3 April 2009, pre-empting bankruptcy proceedings and ensuring participation in the 2009–10 season. The team was known as the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers for eleven years until April 2020. Once the sponsorship by Thomas Sabo ended, the team changed its name back to Nürnberg Ice Tigers.


Players and personnelEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 6 February 2021.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
90   Luke Adam C L 31 2020 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
77   Tim Bender D L 26 2018 Mannheim, Germany
81   Andrej Bires C R 27 2020 Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
71   Andrew Bodnarchuk D L 33 2020 Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
11   Chris Brown RW R 30 2018 Flower Mound, Texas, United States
20   Eric Cornel C R 25 2020 Kemptville, Ontario, Canada
74   Dane Fox LW L 28 2020 Chatham, Ontario, Canada
14   Tom Gilbert D R 38 2017 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
16   Vincent Hessler RW R 23 2020 Berlin, Germany
6   Julius Karrer D L 21 2020 Berlin, Germany
21   Maximilian Kislinger C R 23 2018 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
5   Arturs Kulda D L 33 2020 Leipzig, Germany
10   Marcel Kurth RW L 27 2020 Donaueschingen, Germany
82   Markus Lillich F L 22 2019 Memmingen, Germany
72   Nicklas Mannes D L 23 2019 Ratingen, Germany
9   Tyson McLellan C R 25 2020 San Jose, California, United States
22   Oliver Mebus D L 28 2016 Dormagen, Germany
39   Brett Pollock LW L 25 2020 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
32   Joachim Ramoser LW L 26 2019 Bolzano, Italy
17   Patrick Reimer (C) RW R 38 2012 Mindelheim, Germany
25   Daniel Schmölz LW L 29 2020 Füssen, Germany
43   Ilya Sharipov G L 26 2020 Kazan, Russia
31   Niklas Treutle G L 30 2017 Nürnberg, Germany
18   Timo Walther C L 23 2020 Bangkok, Thailand
24   Marcus Weber D L 28 2013 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Head coachesEdit

All-time recordsEdit


  1. ^ Auf den Spuren des EHC Nürnberg 1980 e.V., ehc80.eu
  2. ^ "Nürnberg Ice Tigers current roster" (in German). Nürnberg Ice Tigers. 6 February 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2021.

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