Croatian Ice Hockey League

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Croatian Ice Hockey league
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded1991
Founder Croatian Ice Hockey Federation
No. of teams5
CountryCroatia
Most recent
champion(s)
KHL Mladost
Most titles Medveščak (21)
Official website hshl.hr

The Croatian Ice Hockey League is the top ice hockey league in Croatia. The league is operated by the Croatian Ice Hockey Federation.

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History

The league was formed in 1991 with the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Until then, Croatian teams played in the Yugoslav Ice Hockey League. The hockey teams Mladost and Medveščak were playing in the first division, while Sisak and Zagreb were playing in the second division of the Yugoslav league. The former two were much stronger, but as financing went away their best players did not stay with the clubs. This resulted in a more balanced competition, in which KHL Zagreb went on to win three times in a row. Medveščak however managed to remerge as the country's dominant team, as it won the competition for eleven straight seasons.

Due to the very short duration of the season, Croatian teams often play in other leagues, such as the Slohokej League, Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and the now defunct Interliga and Panonian League. Recently, the league expanded to five teams with the addition of KHL Munje from Zagreb.

Teams

TeamCityArenaCapacityFounded
Current teams
Medveščak Mladi Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 5002018
Mladost Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 5001946
Munje Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 5002017
Sisak Flag of Croatia.svg Sisak Dvorana Zibel1,5001934
Zagreb Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb Dvorana Velesajam 5001982

Champions

 
 
ClubCroatian Championship wonTotal
Medveščak 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
22
Zagreb 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2019
5
Mladost 2008, 2021
2

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