Orli Znojmo

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Orli Znojmo
Orli Znojmo logo.svg
City Znojmo, Czech Republic
League 2nd Czech Republic Hockey League
(2020–present) Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
(2011–2020)
Founded1933;88 years ago (1933)
Home arena Nevoga Arena
(Capacity: 4,500)
ColorsRed, white
  
Owner(s)Pavel Ohera
General managerRostislav Docekal
Head coach Miroslav Fryčer
CaptainDavid Bartoš
Website Orli Znojmo
Franchise history
1933–1993TJ Sokol Znojmo
1993–1997SK Agropodnik Znojmo
1997–2001HC Excalibur Znojemští Orli
2001–2006HC JME Znojemští Orli
2006–2009HC Znojemští Orli
2009–Orli Znojmo
Championships
Czech 1. Liga2 (1998, 1999)

Orli Znojmo (in English Znojmo Eagles) is a Czech-based ice hockey team that currently plays in the Austrian Hockey League. The club Orli Znojmo is based in Znojmo and their home arena is Nevoga Arena.

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From 1999 to 2009, the club competed in the Czech Extraliga. Their biggest success in that league was a third-place finish in 2005-06. National Hockey League players Patrik Eliáš, Martin Havlát and Tomáš Vokoun played for this club during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. On 1 April 2009, Orli sold its Czech Extraliga license to another South Moravian club, HC Kometa Brno.

After two seasons under ownership of Rene Burger in the Czech First League, the club announced on 31 May 2011 that they were joining the Austrian-based Erste Bank Hockey League. [1]

History

The club was founded in 1933 originally as TJ Sokol Znojmo and played until the early 1990s, at only a regional level. In 1993, Znojmo entered a sponsorship with Czech-Austrian company Excalibur under Jaroslav Vlasak. With this financial support club moved to become a professional outfit and in 1994 joined the Czech Second League. Renamed SK Agropodnik Znojmo, they competed for the following three seasons in the Second League. From 1996, the club served as an affiliate to Extraliga clubs, HC Pardubice and HC Dukla Jihlava, in order to further establish junior players experience. After a successful playoffs in 1997, Znojmo were promoted to the Czech First League.[ citation needed ]

In their two seasons in the Czech First League, Znojmo now known as HC Excalibur Znojemští Orli, in reflecting their sponsorship, formed a competitive team and won their first Championship title in 1997–98 before failing to gain promotion in a 4:3 series defeat to HC Slezan Opava. After claiming their second consecutive title in the 1998–99 season, Znojmo were victorious in the promotion playoffs against Dukla Jihlava to celebrate their first entry into the Czech Extraliga.[ citation needed ]

In the following years, the club was able to hold its own in the Extraliga, but never managed to get past the playoff semi-finals. In 2001 was called again changed their name due to sponsorship to new sponsor in HC JME Znojemští Orli. The club's largest success in the Extraliga came in the achievement of the play-off semi-final in the 2005–06 season.[ citation needed ]

After two seasons in the First League under Rene Burger in the spring of 2011, the club applied for inclusion in the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. Under the ambition to give the team a new perspective, without having to take the financial risk of promotion in the Extraliga. [2] On 31 May 2011, the EBEL granted the application after the Czech Ice Hockey Association's consent on the condition that the club continues to participate with a team in the first league. This requirement was not later maintained.

Honours

Domestic

Czech Extraliga

International

Austrian Hockey League

Pre-season

Tipsport Hockey Cup

Players

Current roster

Source: hcorli.cz [3] Source: eliteprospects.com [4] As of September 4, 2020.

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
98 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dominik Groh G L22 2019 Vrchlabí, Czech Republic
93 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Beránek RW L27 2019 Brno, Czech Republic
13 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Anthony Luciani RW R30 2018 Maple, Ontario, Canada
10 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Podešva C L32 2020 Vsetín, Czechoslovakia
53 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Radim Matuš RW L27 2017 Třinec, Czech Republic
34 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vladimír Oščádal F L22 2017 Znojmo, Czech Republic
16 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Adam Sedlák D R29 2018 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
31 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jakub Stehlík D R30 2015 Znojmo, Czechoslovakia
23 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Svoboda RW R33 2019 Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia

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References

  1. "Znojmo to join Austrian EBEL". eurohockey.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  2. "EBEL expands to Czech Republic". hockeyfans.at (in German). 31 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  3. "Orli Znojmo Roster" . Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. "Team Roster / Orli Znojmo". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 28 April 2020.