Metal Ligaen

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Sport Ice hockey
Founded1954
No. of teams9
Country Denmark
Most recent
champion(s)
Rungsted (4)
Most titles Herning (16)
TV partner(s) TV2 Sport
Related
competitions
Danish Division 1
Danish Cup
Official website metalligaen.dk

Metal Ligaen is the premier league in Danish ice hockey. The league consists of 9 professional teams. The name of the league has changed many times, but is being sponsored by Dansk Metal and therefore got the name Metalligaen.

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History

It is also known as Superisligaen or Eliteserien, which is the name used in the past and in times where no naming rights agreement is in place. On January 1, 2014, Danish Metal (Dansk Metal) became the sponsor of the Danish ice hockey league, which changed the name to Metal Ligaen, replacing the previous name AL-Bank Ligaen which was named for the sponsorship deal with the Danish bank Arbejdernes Landsbank.

The Danish Ice hockey league has become one of the better leagues in Europe, often compared to leagues such as the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan and the German DEL2. The league is more of a springboard for foreign players and a place to start their European careers, before traveling to other bigger leagues such as the Swedish Hockey League or DEL. The teams rely mostly on foreign talent, but there is still a lot of skilled professional Danish players. It is mostly the older Danish players, who are full-time professional. Most younger players are semi-professional because of the tight economy in Danish hockey and most of the money is spent on more talented foreign players.

In the past, the league has consisted of as many as 10 teams. Despite the introduction of a salary cap as well as a limit to the number of import players allowed, several teams have struggled financially in recent years. As a result, the Herlev Hornets and the Rungsted Cobras have withdrawn from the league, reducing the number of active teams from 10 to 8. Teams from the second-tier league were offered the empty spots, but no team were able to accept the offer, citing financial issues as their main concern.

On January 9, 2015, TV2 Sport debuted as a new sports channel on Danish TV. Same day, HockeyNight also aired for the first time, with a match between Odense Bulldogs and Rungsted. Since 2015 TV2 Sport has been the place to watch icehockey and other sports.

On June 18, 2016, it was made clear that the foreign player limit of 8, was against EU law and it was therefore removed. The 2016–17 season was the first time, since 2009, that a Danish ice hockey team could have an unlimited number of foreign players. [1] The salary cap was created to regulating the league. The salary cap of the 2016–17 season, was 6 million DKK. [2]

On June 3, Metal Ligaen was expanded once again, to an historic number of 11 teams. Hvidovre Fighters, who had previously left the league in 2013 because of bankruptcy, got their submitted papers approved, making them the 11th team of the 2017/18 season. [3]

League format

The league consists of 9 teams. The latest expansion was in 2014, when Gentofte Stars joined the league after being relegated in 1999. The league format has changed many times. The current structure was implemented in the 2011–12 season. Often it is changed depending on how many teams that are represented in the league. There has never been more than 10 teams in the Danish ice hockey league, making it fairly small structured league compared to other leagues in Europe.

The Danish hockey league is structured so that every team meet 5 times, making the seasons after 2014, 45 games long. The season typically starts in September and ends in February. The top 8 teams of the regular season makes the playoffs. First place gets to pick who they want to play in the quarterfinals. second place pick next and so on. The Metal Ligaen playoffs consists of 3 rounds: quarterfinals, semifinals and the finals. The winner will raise The Prince Henrik's Cup.

As of the 2017/18 Metal Ligaen expansion, the Metal Ligaen regular season was extended from 45 games to a historic 50 games. The playoff format was also changed, where previously the top 8 teams made the playoffs. Now the top 6 teams advanced directly to the Quarterfinals and teams ranking from 7 to 10 would play for the last two wildcard spots. [4]

Metal Cup

The Metal Cup is a tournament held every year. It consists of 12 teams, where all Metal Ligaen teams are represented. Two teams from the 1.division are also represented. The top 4 teams the year before will go straight to the quarterfinals. The 8 other teams will by draw be divided into 4 groups each one of them with a letter from A to D. 4 teams will advance on from first round to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals the last seasons champs will play winner of group A. second-place winner of group B and so on. games in the quarterfinals and semifinals consists of two games. The winner of the tournament will receive the Metal Cup.

In 2017, the Metal Cup format was changed. Because of Hvidovre Fighters joining the league, the format would now only consist of teams from the Metal Ligaen and, instead of a playout format, the top 4 teams after 20 regular season games would be invited to a final four tournament.

Teams

TeamCityFoundedArenaCapacityOpened
Aalborg Pirates [5] Aalborg 1967 Bentax Isarena 50002007
Esbjerg Energy [6] Esbjerg 1964 Granly Hockey Arena 42001976
Frederikshavn White Hawks [7] Frederikshavn 1964 Nordjyske Bank Arena 40002015
Herning Blue Fox [8] Herning 1947 KVIK Hockey Arena 41001988
Herlev Eagles [9] Herlev 1968 PM Montage Arena 17401977
Odense Bulldogs [10] Odense 1978 VinMedKant Arena 32801999
Rungsted Seier Capital [11] Rungsted 1941 Bitcoin Arena 24601971
Rødovre Mighty Bulls [12] Rødovre 1964 Rødovre Centrum Arena 36001995
SønderjyskE Ishockey [13] Vojens 1963 Frøs Arena 50002011

Notable players

List of notable players who have played in the Danish icehockey league.

Danish Champions

SeasonWinnerFinalistBronze Cup Champion
1954–55 Rungsted IK KSF København Silkeborg not yet played
1955–56 KSF København Rungsted IK not playednot yet played
1956–57not playednot playednot playednot yet played
1957–58not playednot playednot playednot yet played
1958–59not playednot playednot playednot yet played
1959–60 KSF København Rungsted IK Silkeborg not yet played
1960–61 KSF København Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK not yet played
1961–62 KSF København Rungsted IK not playednot yet played
1962–63 Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK KSF København not yet played
1963–64 KSF København Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK not yet played
1964–65 KSF København Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF not yet played
1965–66 KSF København Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK not yet played
1966–67 Gladsaxe SF KSF København Esbjerg IK not yet played
1967–68 Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK not yet played
1968–69 Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF Vojens IK not yet played
1969–70 KSF København Gladsaxe SF Esbjerg IK not yet played
1970–71 Gladsaxe SF Rungsted IK Esbjerg IK and Vojens IK not yet played
1971–72 KSF København Esbjerg IK Gladsaxe SF not yet played
1972–73 Herning IK KSF København Esbjerg IK not yet played
1973–74 Gladsaxe SF no playoffno playoffnot yet played
1974–75 Gladsaxe SF no playoffno playoffnot yet played
1975–76 KSF København no playoffno playoffnot yet played
1976–77 Herning IK no playoffno playoffnot yet played
1977–78 Rødovre SIK KSF København Vojens IK not yet played
1978–79 Vojens IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK not yet played
1979–80 Vojens IK Rungsted IK Aalborg IK not yet played
1980–81 Aalborg IK Rødovre SIK Herning IK not yet played
1981–82 Vojens IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK not yet played
1982–83 Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK Herlev IK not yet played
1983–84 Herlev IK Aalborg IK Rungsted IK not yet played
1984–85 Rødovre SIK no playoffno playoffnot yet played
1985–86 Rødovre SIK no playoffno playoffnot yet played
1986–87 Herning IK no playoffno playoffnot yet played
1987–88 Esbjerg IK no playoffno playoffnot yet played
1988–89 Frederikshavn IK Aalborg IK Herning IK Esbjerg IK
1989–90 Rødovre SIK Herning IK Frederikshavn IK not played
1990–91 Herning IK Rødovre SIK Aalborg IK Esbjerg IK
1991–92 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rødovre SIK Esbjerg IK
1992–93 Esbjerg IK Herning IK Rødovre SIK Esbjerg IK
1993–94 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Aalborg IK Herning IK
1994–95 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK not played
1995–96 Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK Herning IK Herning IK
1996–97 Herning IK Esbjerg IK Rungsted IK not played
1997–98 Herning Blue Fox Rungsted IK Frederikshavn White Hawks Herning Blue Fox
1998–99 Rødovre Mighty Bulls Frederikshavn White Hawks Esbjerg IK Frederikshavn IK
1999–2000 Frederikshavn White Hawks Herning Blue Fox Esbjerg IK Rungsted Cobras
2000–01 Herning Blue Fox Esbjerg IK Rødovre Mighty Bulls not played
2001–02 Rungsted Cobras Odense IK Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn IK
2002–03 Herning Blue Fox Odense IK Rungsted Cobras Odense IK
2003–04 Esbjerg Oilers Aab Ishockey Odense IK Rungsted Cobras
2004–05 Herning Blue Fox Aab Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks Nordsjælland Cobras
2005–06 SønderjyskE Ishockey Aab Ishockey Herning Blue Fox Odense Bulldogs
2006–07 Herning Blue Fox Aab Ishockey SønderjyskE Ishockey AaB Ishockey
2007–08 Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks SønderjyskE Ishockey Rødovre Mighty Bulls
2008–09 SønderjyskE Ishockey Herning Blue Fox Rødovre Mighty Bulls Odense Bulldogs
2009–10 SønderjyskE Ishockey Aab Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks SønderjyskE Ishockey
2010–11 Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks SønderjyskE Ishockey SønderjyskE Ishockey
2011–12 Herning Blue Fox Odense Bulldogs SønderjyskE Ishockey Herning Blue Fox
2012–13 SønderjyskE Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks Rødovre Mighty Bulls SønderjyskE Ishockey
2013–14 SønderjyskE Ishockey Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks Aalborg Pirates
2014–15 SønderjyskE Ishockey Esbjerg Energy Frederikshavn White Hawks Herning Blue Fox
2015–16 Esbjerg Energy Herning Blue Fox Frederikshavn White Hawks Odense Bulldogs
2016–17 Esbjerg Energy Gentofte Stars Frederikshavn White Hawks Rungsted Seier Capital
2017–18 Aalborg Pirates Herning Blue Fox Rungsted Seier Capital Aalborg Pirates
2018-19 Rungsted Seier Capital SønderjyskE Ishockey Frederikshavn White Hawks Rungsted Seier Capital

By club

ClubWinnersWinning Years
Herning Blue Fox (earlier known as Herning IK)
16
1973, 1977, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
KSF København
10
1956, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1976
SønderjyskE Ishockey (earlier known as Vojens IK)
9
1979, 1980, 1982, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
Esbjerg Energy (earlier known as Esbjerg Oilers and Esbjerg IK)
7
1969, 1988, 1993, 1996, 2004, 2016, 2017
Rødovre Mighty Bulls (earlier known as Rødovre SIK)
6
1978, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1999
Gladsaxe SF
5
1967, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975
Rungsted Cobras (earlier known as Rungsted IK)
4
1955, 1963, 2002, 2019
Aalborg Pirates (earlier known as AAB Ishockey, Aalborg IK and AaB Ishockey)
2
1981, 2018
Frederikshavn White Hawks (earlier known as Frederikshavn IK)
2
1989, 2000
Herlev Hornets (earlier known as Herlev IK)
1
1984

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