Polska Hokej Liga

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Polska Hokej Liga
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Sport Ice hockey
FoundedApril 26, 2013(8 years ago) (2013-04-26)
Founder Polish Ice Hockey Federation
Inaugural season 2013–14
CEO Mirosław Minkina
No. of teams11
Country Poland
Headquarters Katowice
Most recent
champion(s)
GKS Tychy (3rd title)
Most titles GKS Tychy (3 titles)
TV partner(s) TVP Sport
Relegation to Polish 1. Liga
Related
competitions
Polish Cup
Polish 1. Liga
Official website polskahokejliga.pl

The Polska Hokej Liga is the premier ice hockey league in Poland. Previously, it was known as the I Liga or Ekstraklasa from 1926 to 1999, and the Polska Liga Hokejowa from 1999 to 2013. In 2013, it was reorganized as a limited liability company and renamed the Polska Hokej Liga. It follows a system of relegation to and promotion to/from the Polish 1. Liga.

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History

The championship started in 1925-26. At first, it was a non-league system composed of regional tournaments. The tournaments had two stages. The best teams qualified to the final tournament, of which the winner was declared champion. In 1938, the Polish Ice Hockey Federation decided to reorganize the championship, by creating a league system. Those plans were abandoned due to the outbreak of World War II.

The current structure of the league began in 1955.

Current Teams (2019–2020)

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Teams currently in the Polska Hokej Liga.
TeamCityArenaCapacityFounded
Comarch Cracovia Kraków Lodowisko im. Adama "Rocha" Kowalskiego/Tauron Arena Kraków 2,514/15,3281923
Energa Toruń Toruń Tor-Tor4,5001922 (Original) 2010 (Current)
GKS Katowice Katowice Lodowisko Spodek Satelita1,5001964
GKS Tychy Tychy Stadion Zimowy w Tychach2,5351971
JKH GKS Jastrzębie Jastrzębie-Zdrój Jastor1,9861963
Lotos PKH Gdańsk Gdańsk Hala Olivia 5,5001953 (Original) 2014 (Current)
Naprzód Janów Katowice Jantor1,4171950 (Original) 2004 (Current)
Podhale Nowy Targ Nowy Targ Miejska Hala Lodowa3,5001932 (Original) 2015 (Current)
SMS PZHL Katowice Katowice Lodowisko Spodek Satelita1,5001994 (Original) 2017 (Current)
Unia Oświęcim Oświęcim Hala Lodowa MOSiR2,6861958
Zagłębie Sosnowiec Sosnowiec Stadion Zimowy2,1251933 (Original) 1998 (Current)

Medalists

SeasonWinner2nd place3rd placeRegular season
2013–14 KH Sanok GKS Tychy GKS Jastrzębie GKS Tychy
2014–15 GKS Tychy GKS Jastrzębie Podhale Nowy Targ GKS Jastrzębie
2015–16 Cracovia GKS Tychy Podhale Nowy Targ Cracovia
2016–17 Cracovia GKS Tychy Polonia Bytom GKS Tychy
2017–18 GKS Tychy GKS Katowice Podhale Nowy Targ GKS Tychy
2018–19 GKS Tychy Cracovia GKS Katowice GKS Katowice
2019–20 GKS Tychy Unia Oświęcim GKS Jastrzębie GKS Tychy
2020–21 GKS Jastrzębie Comarch Cracovia GKS Tychy GKS Katowice

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