2014–15 Czech 1. Liga season

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The 2014-15 Czech 1. liga season was the 21st season of the Czech 1. liga, the second level of ice hockey in the Czech Republic. 14 teams participated in the league.

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Piráti Chomutov and ČEZ Motor České Budějovice have won this season of the league, with Chomutov later succeeding in the Extraliga qualification, thus being promoted to the league for the following season. They have been replaced by HC Slavia Praha, who have been relegated to the 1. Liga after 20 straight seasons in the Extraliga.

Piráti Chomutov ice hockey team

Piráti Chomutov is a Czech ice hockey team from Chomutov, Czech Republic. Established as ČSK Chomutov in 1945, the team has played in Chomutov through numerous team name changes and elevations/relegations in the Czechoslovak and Czech hockey leagues. As of the 2015–16 season, Piráti Chomutov plays in the top-level Czech Extraliga. Their home arena is the SD aréna located in Chomutov, Czech Republic

Motor České Budějovice ice hockey team

ČEZ Motor České Budějovice is a professional men's ice hockey club, based in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. It is a member of the Czech 1.liga after reforming when the original club, now known as Mountfield HK, moved to Hradec Králové over a sponsorship dispute.

Czech Extraliga highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic

The Czech Extraliga is the highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic. It was created by the 1993 split of the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League following the breakup of Czechoslovakia. The league features 14 teams. It is considered as the fifth best ice hockey league in the world.

HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod was relegated to the Czech 2. liga after almost 9 years in the league, having been plagued by financial difficulties during the entirety of the season. They have been replaced by HC ZUBR Přerov, who have been promoted from the 2. Liga.

HC ZUBR Přerov

HC ZUBR Přerov is an ice hockey team currently playing in the Czech Second National Hockey League. The club is based in Přerov and their home arena is Zimní stadion Přerov. The team is sponsored by the Zubr brewery.

Format

14 teams compete in the league, with the top 6 teams at the end of the regular season play qualifying for the playoffs. The teams that finish 7th through 10th play a play-in series (best-of-five) to determine who will join the top six into the playoff quarter-finals (best-of-seven). No final is played. Instead, two teams which win the semifinals are declared co-champions and both advance to the qualifying group against two worst placed teams at the end of the Extraliga regular season.

The four lowest ranked teams (11–14) after the regular season play in a play-out group (12 games, all regular-season matches are counted into the ranking). The worst team after 12 rounds is relegated to the Czech 2. Liga.

Regular season

Pl. GP W OTW OTL L Goals Pts
1. Piráti Chomutov 52 33 7 6 6 200:102 119
2. ČEZ Motor České Budějovice 52 26 7 3 16 185:134 95
3. SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč 52 28 2 6 16 145:127 94
4. HC Dukla Jihlava 52 24 8 5 15 169:140 93
5. Rytíři Kladno 52 27 4 3 18 185:126 92
6. AZ Havířov 2010 52 23 4 5 20 147:147 82
7. SK Kadaň 52 23 2 8 19 139:134 81
8. HC Stadion Litoměřice 52 24 3 3 22 151:131 81
9. HC Benátky nad Jizerou 52 20 8 2 22 131:126 78
10. HC Slovan Ústečtí Lvi 52 22 2 5 23 159:165 75
11. Salith Šumperk 52 19 4 5 24 154:188 70
12. HC Most 52 11 5 9 27 109:195 52
13. LHK Jestřábi Prostějov 52 9 5 3 35 116:207 40
14. HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod 52 8 6 4 34 115:183 40

Playoffs

Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
              
      
  Piráti Chomutov  
   
 Piráti Chomutov 4
  HC Slovan Ústečtí Lvi 2 
  SK Kadaň  1
  HC Slovan Ústečtí Lvi  3 
 Piráti Chomutov 4
  HC Dukla Jihlava 1 
  HC Dukla Jihlava  
   
 HC Dukla Jihlava 4
  Rytíři Kladno 3 
  Rytíři Kladno  
   
 not played 
   
  ČEZ Motor České Budějovice  
   
 ČEZ Motor České Budějovice 4
  HC Benátky nad Jizerou 2 
  HC Stadion Litoměřice  0
  HC Benátky nad Jizerou  3 
 ČEZ Motor České Budějovice 4
  SK Horácká Slávia Třebíč 1 Third place
  SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč  
   
 SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč 4  not played
  AZ Havířov 0    
  AZ Havířov  
   

2015-16 Extraliga qualification

Pl. GP W OTW OTL L Goals Pts
1. HC Olomouc 12 7 0 2 3 34:26 23
2. Piráti Chomutov 12 5 3 0 4 38:25 21
3. HC Slavia Praha 12 4 3 1 4 25:23 19
4. ČEZ Motor České Budějovice 12 2 0 3 7 22:45 9

Piráti Chomutov have been promoted to the Extraliga for the 2015-16 season.

HC Olomouc have qualified for the 2015-16 Czech Extraliga season

HC Slavia Praha have been relegated to the Czech 1. Liga for the 2015-16 season, after 21 straight seasons in the Extraliga.

ČEZ Motor České Budějovice failed to qualify for the 2015-16 Czech Extraliga season. They will resume playing in the Czech 1. Liga.

Play-out

Pl. GP W OTW OTL L Goals Pts
1. Salith Šumperk 58 21 5 5 27 200:102 78
2. HC Most 57* 12 6 10 29 121:215 58
3. LHK Jestřábi Prostějov 58 13 5 3 37 140:222 52
4. HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod 57* 10 6 5 36 129:202 47

*- the final game between HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod and HC Most was cancelled.

HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod was relegated.

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