Latvian Hockey Higher League

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Hockey current event.svg 2020–21 Latvian Hockey League season
Optibet Hockey League logo.png
CountriesFlag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
Founded1931
No. of teams7
Recent Champions HK Olimp/Venta 2002 (2020–21)
Most successful club HK Liepājas Metalurgs (7)
Website https://www.optibethokejaliga.com/

The Latvian Hockey Higher League (Latvian : Latvijas Virslīgas hokeja čempionāts), also known as the Optibet Hockey League (Latvian : Optibet hokeja līga) since 2017 due to sponsorship by Optibet, is the top tier league of ice hockey in Latvia currently comprising seven teams. Previously it was also known as the Latvian Open Hockey Championships (Latvijas atklātais čempionāts hokejā) and the Samsung Premier League (Samsung Premjerlīga) from 2006 to 2008. The league was established in 1931.

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HK Liepājas Metalurgs, which played in the league between 1999 and 2013, has been the most successful team of the tournament, having won seven titles.

Several former National Hockey League players have played in the league, including Latvians Kaspars Astašenko, Helmuts Balderis, Oskars Bārtulis, Viktors Ignatjevs, Artūrs Irbe, Aleksandrs Kerčs, Jānis Sprukts as well as imports Konstantin Pushkaryov, Rob Schremp.

Teams

Teams in 2020–21

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Latvian hockey League teams for the 2020–21 season.
Latvian Hockey Higher League
TeamCityArenaCap.Affiliate TeamFound.
HK Liepāja Liepāja LOC ledus halle 1,143 HK Liepāja Juniors (JAHL)2014
HK Mogo Riga Mogo ledus halle
Inbox.lv ledus halle
600
1,000
HK Mārupe (JAHL)2014
HK Prizma Riga Riga Volvo sporta centra 1,000 HK Prizma Riga-2 (JAHL)1996
HS Rīga Riga Hokeja halle Rīga 300 HS Riga 2002 (JAHL)1999
HK Zemgale/LLU Jelgava Jelgavas ledus halle 2,360 JLSS Zemgale B (JAHL)2001
HK Olimp/Venta 2002 Riga Inbox.lv ledus halle 1,0002019
HK Dinaburga Daugavpils Daugavpils ledus halle 1,984 HK Dinaburga Daugavpils-2 (JAHL)2013

Notable previous teams

Previous teams that have won a title or played at least five seasons in the competition, winning at least one medal.

TeamCityJoined leagueLeft leagueLeague titles
HK Kurbads Riga 201420202
Dinamo Juniors Rīga Riga 201020141
HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs Ozolnieki 200820140
HK SMScredit.lv Riga 201220131
HK Liepājas Metalurgs Liepāja 199920137
DHK Latgale Daugavpils 200520120
ASK/Ogre Ogre 200320110
HK Riga 2000 Riga 200020095
Vilki/OP Riga Riga 200020060
Lido/Nafta Riga Riga 199420010
Nik's Brih Riga Riga 199220003
Essamika Ogre Ogre 199220001
Juniors Riga Riga 199220000
Sāga Ķekava Ķekava 199119961
Alianse Riga Riga 199419961
Pardaugava Riga Riga 199119952
US Riga Riga 193119423
Dinamo Riga Riga 194019411
ASK Rīga Riga 193119405
LSB Rīga Riga 193119400
Unions Rīga Riga 193119392
RFK Rīga Riga 193119360

League champions

Titles by team

TitlesClubYears
7 Liepājas Metalurgs 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
5 ASK Rīga 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939
5 HK Riga 2000 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
3 US Rīga 1937, 1940, 1942
3 HK Nik's Brih Riga 1995, 1998, 1999
2 Unions Rīga 1932, 1933
2 HK Pardaugava Riga 1993, 1994
2 HK Kurbads 2017, 2018
2 HK Mogo 2015, 2019
1 Dinamo Riga 1941
1 HK Sāga Ķekava Riga 1992
1 Alianse Riga 1996
1 LB/Essamika 1997
1 Dinamo-Juniors Riga 2010
1 SMScredit.lv Riga 2013
1 HS Rīga/Prizma 2014
1 HK Liepāja 2016
1 HK Olimp/Venta 2002 2021

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