|City||Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria|
|League||Erste Bank Eishockey Liga|
|Home arena|| Stadthalle Klagenfurt |
|Owner(s)||Dr. Will Schasche|
|General manager||Oliver Pilloni|
|Head coach||Petri Matikainen|
|Austrian Champions||31 (1934, 1935, 1952, 1955, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2019)|
EC KAC, or the Klagenfurt Athletic Sports Club, is a professional ice hockey team in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League. The team plays their home games in Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria at Stadthalle Klagenfurt. EC KAC has won the most Austrian ice hockey Championships, a total of 31 times including 11 consecutive titles from 1964 to 1974, and four consecutive from 1985 to 1988. Most recently they won it in 2019
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.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, usually known as just Klagenfurt, is the capital of the federal state of Carinthia in Austria. With a population of 100,817, it is the sixth-largest city in the country. The city is the bishop's seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt and home to the University of Klagenfurt.
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a country in Central Europe comprising nine federated states. Its capital, largest city and one of nine states is Vienna. Austria has an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi), a population of nearly nine million people and a nominal GDP of $477 billion. 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 terrain is landlocked and 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 regional languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
The Klagenfurt Athletic Sports Club was founded on 18 September 1909 as an association.In 1919 the first attempts to establish an ice hockey team were trialled with an initial two-year apprenticeship from 1923 to 1925, before hockey was established as a full-fledged association in 1926.
In 1926, EC KAC joined the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation. At that time, there were no uniforms and the hockey players wore gym shorts, soccer socks, football jerseys, and skates known as Friesen, which used shoes made of wood with a metal bar as a runner, which were laced with leather straps on the feet. The puck was initially made from two soles of women's shoes nailed together. Much depended more on the ingenuity and dedication of the players and the preparation of the ice surface at the Kreuzberglteich.
In the 1933–34 season, EC KAC won its first league title and thus stopped the almost uninterrupted dominance of the Vienna Ice Skating Association. It marked the first time the title had not been awarded to a team from Vienna. The Second World War interrupted play abruptly and post-war it took a long time to get the league back functioning properly. However, many stars from the KAC's first league title success could again be counted to be the nucleus and further accelerated the rise of EC KAC well into the 1950s.
Between 1952 and 1960, KAC managed three further League titles, in a period in which Innsbruck EV were prominent in the Austrian Championship. With games still played outdoors and susceptible to inclement weather, on 22 November 1959, the Stadthalle Klagenfurt complex opened, which after several modifications is still in use today as the home rink of EC KAC.
At the turn of the 1960s, with the influx of influential players such as Dieter Kalt Snr and Sepp Puschnig, KAC sowed the seeds in dominating the Austrian championship from 1964 to 1980, in which the title went fifteen times to Klagenfurt. The team's only serious challenger in that time was ATSE Graz, which broke through with titles in 1975 and 1978.
Josef "Sepp" Puschnig is a retired ice hockey player. He participated at three Winter Olympics. He was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1999.
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During this time, EC KAC also partook in several European Cups. They first played in the 1965–66 season, and in the following 1966–67 season, the team reached the semi-finals and had to compete, as in the following season, against ZLK Brno. In 1969–70, EC KAC reached the final against HC CSKA Moscow, where they lost. Overall, EC KAC participated in the tournament nineteen times; only two fewer than the record held by CSKA Moscow.
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Updated 27 June 2019.
|46||Johannes Bischofberger||C/LW||L||25||2016||Dornbirn, Austria|
|44||Adam Comrie||D||L||29||2018||Kanata, Ontario, Canada|
|3||David Fischer ( A )||D||R||31||2016||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|17||Manuel Ganahl||W||L||29||2019||Bludenz, Austria|
|21||Manuel Geier ( C )||W||R||31||2008||Judenburg, Austria|
|19||Stefan Geier||W||L||31||2008||Judenburg, Austria|
|16||Patrick Harand ( A )||F||L||35||2012||Wien, Austria|
|11||Lukas Haudum||C||L||22||2019||Linz, Austria|
|30||Lars Haugen||G||L||32||2018||Oslo, Norway|
|27||Thomas Hundertpfund ( A )||F||L||29||2014||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|18||Thomas Koch||C||L||36||2011||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|10||Andrew Kozek||LW||L||33||2018||Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada|
|80||Nikolaus Kraus||F||L||22||2015||Wien, Austria|
|72||Siim Liivik||C||L||31||2018||Paide, Estonia|
|31||David Madlener||G||L||27||2016||Feldkirch, Austria|
|50||Matt Neal||F||L||27||2016||Minesing, Ontario, Canada|
|8||Nick Petersen||RW||R||30||2018||Wakefield, Quebec, Canada|
|81||Marco Richter||LW||L||23||2016||Wien, Austria|
|84||Ramon Schnetzer||D||L||23||2016||Feldkirch, Austria|
|28||Martin Schumnig||D||R||30||2006||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|24||Steven Strong||D||L||26||2015||Villach, Austria|
|92||Clemens Unterweger||D||L||27||2018||Lienz, Austria|
|47||Marcel Witting||RW||L||23||2018||Hall in Tirol, Austria|
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