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

Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers logo.svg
CityNuremberg
LeagueDeutsche Eishockey Liga
Founded1980
Home arenaArena Nürnberger Versicherung
(capacity: 7,672)
Colours              
Owner(s)Thomas Sabo
General managerWolfgang Gastner, André Dietzsch
Head coachKurt Kleinendorst
CaptainPatrick Reimer
Websitewww.icetigers.de
Franchise history
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg

HistoryEdit

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 90's, 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 declared 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 is now known as the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.

LogosEdit

Players and personnelEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 24 July 2019.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41   Will Acton C L 32 2018 Edina, Minnesota, United States
95   Eugen Alanov LW L 24 2017 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
61   Chad Bassen C L 36 2018 Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
77   Tim Bender D L 24 2018 Mannheim, Germany
68   Tim Bernhardt LW L 22 2019 Mannheim, Germany
11   Chris Brown RW R 28 2018 Flower Mound, Texas, United States
9   Brandon Buck LW L 31 2018 Delaware, Ontario, Canada
88   Austin Cangelosi C R 25 2019 Hillsborough, New Jersey, United States
91   Philippe Dupuis RW R 34 2016 Laval, Quebec, Canada
2   Brett Festerling D L 33 2016 Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
14   Tom Gilbert D R 36 2017 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
19   Pascal Grosse D L 20 2018 Düsseldorf, Germany
21   Maximilian Kislinger C R 21 2018 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
34   Jonas Langmann G L 27 2019 Bad Kissingen, Germany
22   Oliver Mebus D L 26 2016 Dormagen, Germany
15   Jim O'Brien C R 30 2019 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
32   Joachim Ramoser LW L 24 2019 Bolzano, Italy
17   Patrick Reimer (C) RW R 36 2012 Mindelheim, Germany
20   Kevin Schulze D L 26 2019 White Bear Lake, Minnesota, United States
13   Rylan Schwartz C L 29 2019 Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada
55   Chris Summers D L 31 2019 Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
31   Niklas Treutle G L 28 2017 Nürnberg, Germany
24   Marcus Weber D L 26 2013 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany


Head coachesEdit

All-time recordsEdit

  • The most DEL games for the club: 492 Martin Jiranek
  • The most DEL goals for the club: 178 Patrick Reimer
  • The most DEL penalty minutes for the club: 576 John Craighead

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Auf den Spuren des EHC Nürnberg 1980 e.V., ehc80.eu
  2. ^ "Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers current roster" (in German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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