Discussion in 'Central Europe' started by Milos Krasic, Aug 23, 2016.
Graz and Salzburg advance in 6 games. SFs: Vienna - Salzburg, Graz - Klagenfurt.
Finally, HC Orli Znojmo have opted to stay in EBEL. It seems their only other option would have been the third tier of the Czech league - semi professional I guess? Would have been huge step back.
Feldkirch on the other hand is apparently not yet ready to enter EBEL. It seems they are now aiming for 2020-2021.
Semi-finals: Klagenfurt sweep Graz in 4 games while Vienna need 7 games to overcome Salzburg.
Now to the finals. Vienna win the first game.
Vienna - Klagenfurt (2:3 in the series). Next game is on wednesday in Klagenfurt.
Klagenfurt is the new champion.
I will go take my cookie now
Conrats to them on the great season, kudos for managing to sign Petersen and Haugen somehow and nice to see them rewarded.
Been almost three years since anybody posted in this thread, but in light of today's news I thought it was worth resurrecting it.
The Austrian Erste Bank League playoffs were cancelled today in their entirety, due to corona virus. The government has banned people from attending live sporting events, and the league decided they didn't want to play their playoffs in empty stadiums. So as a result there will be no post season champion in the Erste Bank League for 2019/2020. Will be interesting to see what the Champions League does to determine who, if anyone, will be the the remaining Erste Bank League representative in the Champions League for next season.
From the EBEL portal:
Aufgrund der vorzeitigen Beendigung gibt es in dieser Spielzeit keinen Meister der Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. Neben dem EC Red Bull Salzburg und dem HCB Südtirol Alperia qualifizierten sich die spusu Vienna Capitals als Drittplatzierte der Pick Round für die Champions Hockey League.
Also to note, that Bratislava Capitals should be the new team in season 2020/2021. They have money, so they could have an interesting team.
So that will bring it to 12 teams?
Good to see a Slovak representative.
Linz will most likely get a new team:
Katze aus dem Sack: Frohe Ostern für Oberösterreichs Eishockeyfans
To sum up: a group of sponsors of the Black Wings have founded a new team out of dissatisfaction with the way team president Mr Freunschlag has been running the team.
They have applied for a spot in the league next season, and although the application period is officially over, they should most likely get a spot since one of the sponsors that changed allegiance is Linz AG, a company owned by the city of Linz and owner of the building the Black Wings play in, leaving the Black Wings homeless.
I guess there's still more to come in this ordeal surrounding the team that has been going on for weeks now, but it seems pretty clear now Mr Freunschlag won't be president of the team that plays hockey in Linz next season.
The member clubs have accepted Bratislava Capitals to the league for the next season.
Source (in German)
How will be this league named? Heard, that the main sponsor doesnt have any interes.
They found a new sponsor just the other day, bookmaker "bet-at-home"
Eishockey-Liga hat mit bet-at-home einen neuen Sponsor gefunden - derStandard.at (German)
I think they've been made official or something recently...
Not sure any Slovakians care, but it's good news I guess.
Orli Znojmo have decided to drop out of the league. Their sponsors have been hit hard by the economic consequences of the pandemy and the club expects that only 60% of their 2019-2020 fundings will be available to them next season. They could be back for 2021-2022, but that remains yet to be determined.
That is interesting. They openly say, that to be in Czech leagues isnt a long time plan. It is only for the next season. I can imagine, Slovak League will want to catch Znojmo to their net.
The money in Slovakia just isn’t there considering the travel implications.
What else could they do? Its EBEL or Slovak League. EBEL (or how the league will be named) has higher demand to money. And to have a Czech team in Slovak league, plus one from Hungary and eventually from Poland, that could be interesting also for sponsors.
Apparently the Slovak/Hungary/Poland thing is actually being discussed.
The experts speak: How the coronavirus has affected pro hockey in Central Europe
Next week the Austrian Hockey Federation is going to elect a new executive committee. The incumbent president is running for another term, but is facing opposition by allegedly five of the nine regional sub-federations, including Vienna and Carinthia. The opposing candidates want the post of the Sports Manager to be separated from the post of the National Team Coach. So far Roger Bader holds both offices at once. They also want to get more children to play hockey, more lobbying work by the federation to secure better funding, and financial relief for the sports clubs that are affected by the Covid crisis.
As for the EBEL/BAHEL, the opposition group wants to review the conditions of the agreement between the league and the Austrian Hockey Federation once the contract runs out in July 2021. They say that too few of the players developed by the Austrian clubs manage to establish themselves in the league.
The election today ended with a victory of the opposition. Their candidate Klaus Hartmann was voted new president of the Austrian hockey federation. The incumbent president Gernot Mittendorfer was defeated. He received 121 votes, Hartmann (backed by the regional federations of Carinthia, Vienna, Lower Austria, Salzburg and Vorarlberg) got 133. However, the losing party is allegedly contesting the election.
Update: The election is indeed being challenged and the arbitration body is expected to start working in about two weeks. But it could take six or seven months to reach a conclusion. In the meantime the hockey federation's Chief Executive Officer Christian Hartl has resigned. He had refused to grant the newly elected presidium access to documents, arguing that it could be illegal to hand them over if the presidium wasn't elected in conformity with the law.
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