|Most recent season or competition:|
1998–99 Alpenliga season
|Replaced by||International Ice Hockey League|
|Most titles||VEU Feldkirch (4)|
The Alpenliga was an international professional ice hockey league which existed between 1991 and 1999. It was contested by club teams from Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
A sports league is a group of sports teams that compete against each other in a specific sport. At its simplest, it may be a local group of amateur athletes who form teams among themselves and compete on weekends; at its most complex, it can be an international professional league making large amounts of money and involving dozens of teams and thousands of players.
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a country of nearly 9 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi). The terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
In 1994-95 and 1995-96, the Alpenliga was part of a larger competition called the Six Nations Tournament (sometimes called Europäischer Ligacup or Coupe des Ligues Européennes), which pitted its top teams against members of the Atlantic League, another crossborder loop composed of French, Dutch and Danish clubs.
The Six Nations Tournament was an international ice hockey club competition that took place during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.
After 1999, the Alpenliga was replaced with the International Ice Hockey League (often shortened to Interliga), first contested 1999–2000. Eight clubs from Austria, Hungary and Slovenia including, HC Alba Volan, HK Acroni Jesenice, Dunaferr SE, Erste VEU Feldkirch, EC Klagenfurter, HK Olimpija Ljubljana, VSV Villach and WEV Wiener played the first season. The league winners were Villacher SV, and playoff champions were Klagenfurter EC.
The Interliga was an international professional ice hockey league which existed between 1999 and 2007. It was formed in 1999 to replace the Alpine League after Hungarian teams took over the Italian contingency and the base of the league shifted away from the Alps.
After just one season, Austrian teams quit the International Ice Hockey League, and were replaced with Croatian clubs. Yugoslavian, Slovak and Polish organizations also made appearances over the years. The Interliga ceased operations following the 2006–07 season.
This was the 1991-92 Alpenliga season, the first season of the multi-national ice hockey league. The league was split into Group A and Group B. 20 teams participated in the league, and HC Devils Milano of Italy won the championship.
HC Devils Milano were an ice hockey team in Milan, Italy. They played in the Serie A.
Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern and Western Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.
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The Austrian Hockey League is the top-tier ice hockey league in Austria, although it currently features additional teams from Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Italy.
Hokejsko drsalno društvo Olimpija Ljubljana, commonly referred to as HDD Olimpija or simply Olimpija, was a Slovenian professional ice hockey from Ljubljana, Slovenia. They played their home games at the Tivoli Hall. Olimpija has won 13 Yugoslav championships and 15 Slovenian championships. They won ten consecutive titles between 1995 and 2004.
Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Foxes, also known as commercial name HCB Alto Adige Alperia or HCB Südtirol Alperia is an Italian ice hockey team located in the city of Bolzano, South Tyrol autonomous province, that plays in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). It remains the most successful team in the history of the Italian Serie A, with 19 championships.
The 1984-1985 European Cup was the 20th edition of the European Cup, IIHF's premier European club ice hockey tournament. The season started on October 4, 1984, and finished on September 7, 1985.
The 1996-1997 European Cup was the 32nd and last edition of the European Cup, IIHF's premier European club ice hockey tournament. The season started on October 11, 1996, and finished on December 30, 1996.
Daniel Gauthier is a Canadian former ice hockey centre.
The Elite Women's Hockey League (EWHL) is an international competition for different European women's ice hockey clubs. Created in 2004 by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the EWHL consists from several countries in Central Europe and is played in parallel to national championships.
The 1996–97 Austrian Hockey League season was the 67th season of the Austrian Hockey League, the top level of ice hockey in Austria. Six teams participated in the league, and VEU Feldkirch won the championship. EC KAC, EC VSV, and VEU Feldkirch all received byes until the playoffs, as they were also competing in the Alpenliga.
This was the 1995-96 Alpenliga season, the fifth season of the multi-national ice hockey league. 17 teams participated in three groups - Western, Central, and Eastern. VEU Feldkirch of Austria won the championship by defeating CE Wien in the final.
This was the 1996–97 Alpenliga season, the sixth season of the multi-national ice hockey league. 11 teams participated in the league, and VEU Feldkirch of Austria won the championship by defeating Olimpija Ljubljana of Slovenia.
This was the 1997-98 Alpenliga season, the seventh season of the multi-national ice hockey league. Nine teams participated in the league, and VEU Feldkirch of Austria won the championship by defeating EC KAC in the final.
This was the 1998-99 Alpenliga season, the eight and final season of the multi-national ice hockey league. 16 teams participated in the league, and VEU Feldkirch of Austria won the championship by defeating HC Bozen of Italy in the final. The Alpenliga was replaced by the Interliga for the 1999–2000.
The 1986–87 Austrian Hockey League season was the 57th season of the Austrian Hockey League, the top level of ice hockey in Austria. Seven teams participated in the league, and EC KAC won the championship.
The 1985–86 Austrian Hockey League season was the 56th season of the Austrian Hockey League, the top level of ice hockey in Austria. Six teams participated in the league, and EC KAC won the championship.
The Serie A is the top level of women's ice hockey in Italy. It was founded in 1990. The most successful team is HC Agordo, having won ten league titles.
Tom Pokel is an American professional ice hockey coach and a former ice hockey defenseman. He is currently the head coach for the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).
The 2013–14 Inter-National League season was the second season of the Inter-National League, a multi-national ice hockey league consisting of teams from Austria and Slovenia. The league contained 16 teams. The leagues top scorer was Dylan Stanley.
The Alps Hockey League (AlpsHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in Central Europe. Currently, the league is made up of teams representing three nations: Austria, Italy and Slovenia, whilst a team from Croatia is also considering joining. The league formed as a result of a merger between Serie A and the Inter-National League.