Ligue Magnus

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Ligue Magnus
Current season, competition or edition:
Hockey current event.svg 2019–20 Ligue Magnus season
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Sport Ice hockey
Founded1906
No. of teams12
CountryFrance
Most recent
champion(s)
Grenoble (7)
Most titles Chamonix (30)
TV partner(s) Sport en France, Fanseat
Relegation to FFHG Division 1
Domestic cup(s) Coupe de France
Official website liguemagnus.com

Synerglace Ligue Magnus is the current name for the top men's division of the French ice hockey pyramid, established in 1906. [1] The league operated under a variety of names before taking that of its championship trophy, the Magnus Cup, in 2004. The trophy was in turn named for Frenchman and IIHF founder Louis Magnus.

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Format

12 teams play a 44-game regular season. The schedule is fully balanced and there are no geographic conferences. [2] Regulation wins are worth 3 points, as per international rules. [2] The top 8 teams qualify for the Magnus Cup playoffs, with all series contested in a best-of-seven format. [2] The remaining 4 teams play a 6-game round-robin, at the end of which the last-place team is relegated. [2]

The Magnus Cup champions qualify for the following season's Champions Hockey League. [2] All Ligue Magnus teams also take part in the French Cup.

Import rule

Game night rosters must include at least 10 players who have spent 3 or more years in the French hockey system before the age of 21. French citizenship itself is not a requirement to qualify for non-import status, as long as the player meets the above criteria. Conversely, a citizen of France who was fully trained in a foreign country will count as an import regardless of his French citizenship.

Outdoor games

On December 22, 2013, Grenoble and Briançon played an outdoor regular season game at Stade des Alpes, the home of former Ligue 1 soccer club GF38. A sellout attendance of 19,767 set a league record.
Another outdoor game took place on December 30, 2016, when Lyon hosted Grenoble at Parc OL, the home field of seven-time Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais. The event drew a record 25,182 attendance. [3]

Title sponsors

In 2016, the league signed its first naming rights deal with Saxoprint, the online printing subsidiary of German conglomerate Cewe, and became known as Saxoprint Ligue Magnus for the following two seasons. [4] In 2018, mobile ice rink supplier Synerglace became the series' new title sponsor. [5]

Media

Television

Select regular season and playoff games air on cable and broadband television channel Sport en France. [6]

Internet streaming

All league games can be streamed for a monthly subscription fee of approximately €10. The service, managed by Finnish company Fanseat, employed a man-operated main camera for the first three years, before shifting to PlaySight automated technology in 2019. [7]

Video game

Hockey Dangles '16: Saxoprint Magnus Edition, an arcade-style mobile video game based on the league, was released for Android and iOS devices in September 2016. [8]

2018/19 Teams

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Ligue Magnus game in 2007
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TeamCityArenaFounded
Gothiques Amiens Coliséum 1967
Ducs Angers IceParc 1982
Hormadi Anglet Patinoire de la Barre1969
Boxers Bordeaux Patinoire de Mériadeck 1999
Pionniers Chamonix Centre Sportif Richard Bozon 2016
Rapaces Gap Alp'Arena 1937
Brûleurs de Loups Grenoble Patinoire Pole Sud 1963
Lions Lyon Patinoire Charlemagne 1953
Aigles Nice Patinoire Jean Bouin1969
Dragons Rouen Patinoire de l'Île Lacroix 1982
Etoile Noire Strasbourg Patinoire Iceberg 2000
Scorpions Mulhouse Patinoire de l'Illberg2005
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Teams currently participating in the Ligue Magnus

Former teams

Defunct teams

Previous winners

Titles by team

PlTeamTitlesWinning seasons
1 Chamonix 301923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1979
2 Rouen (earlier known as RHC (Rouen Hockey Club) and also known as Rouen Hockey Élite 76)151990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
3 Club des Patineurs de Paris (also known as Ice Skating Club de Paris and Sports d'Hiver de Paris)71908, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1922
4 Saint-Gervais 61969, 1974, 1975, 1983, 1985, 1986
5 Grenoble (earlier known as CSG Grenoble)71981, 1982, 1991, 1998, 2007, 2009, 2019
6 Français Volants Paris 41936, 1937, 1938, 1989
7 Gap 41977, 1978, 2015, 2017
8 Stade Français Paris (also known as Rapides de Paris)41932, 1933, 1934, 1935
9 AC Boulogne-Billancourt 31957, 1960, 1962
10 Brest 21996, 1997
  Mont-Blanc 21987, 1988
  Racing Club de Paris 21950, 1951
  Reims HC 22000, 2002
  Amiens Somme 21999, 2004
15 Megève 11984
  CP Lyon 11956
  SC Lyon 11907
  ASG Tours 11980
  Paris Université Club 11953
  Hockey Club de Mulhouse 12005
  Briançon 12014

Awards

Notable players

In addition, Bob Gainey (Montreal Canadiens) and Brian Propp (Philadelphia Flyers) have played in the second tier of French hockey.

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References

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