Czech Extraliga

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The Czech Extraliga (Template:Lang-cs) is the highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic. It was created by the 1993 split of the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League following the breakup of Czechoslovakia. In 2008 the IIHF ranked the Extraliga as the third-highest ice hockey league in Europe.<ref name="IIHFRank">Template:Cite web</ref> Many Extraliga players leave every year on transfers to the North American NHL and the KHL.

Naming and sponsorship

The name of the league is leased to a general sponsor and changes frequently.

  • 1999-2000 – Staropramen Extraliga
  • 2001-2002 – ?eský Telecom Extraliga
  • 2003-2006 – Tipsport Extraliga
  • 2007-2010 – O2 Extraliga
  • 2010-currentTipsport Extraliga

League format

14 teams compete in the league, with the top 6 teams at the end of the regular season play qualifying for the playoffs to determine the league champion, known as the ?eská pojiš?ovna play-off Tipsport extraligy. The teams that finish 7th through 10th play a play-in series (best-of-five) to determine who will join the top six into the playoff quarter-finals (best-of-seven). The four lowest ranked teams (11–14) after the regular season play in a play-out group (12 games, all regular-season matches are counted into the ranking). The last-place team after the play-out group plays with the winner of the First League playoff series (best-of-seven), with the winner of that series being qualified to play in Extraliga the following season while the losing team plays in the First League.

Since the 2006-07 season, 3 points have been awarded for a regulation win and 2 points for an overtime victory, while the defeated team in overtime gets 1 point. If necessary, penalty shots are used to decide games after overtime.

From the 2006-07 season through the 2007-08 season there was only one assist credited for each goal instead of the standard two that other leagues credit. This rule change affected league statistics in a negative manner, and so the rule was changed back to the standard two assists starting in the 2008-09 season.

During the 2011-12 season the association of Czech Extraliga managers attempted to close the league to prevent any relegations to or promoting from the second tier national league and also set a maximum salary cap similar to the NHL system. However, after some legal difficulties and strong opposition by the public the whole proposition was scratched.

Current teams

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Team City Arena Capacity
Kometa Brno Brno Kajot Arena 7,200
Piráti Chomutov Chomutov SD Arena Chomutov 5,250
Mountfield HK Hradec Králové Zimní stadion Hradec Králové 7,700
Energie Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary KV Arena 6,000
Rytí?i Kladno Kladno Zimní stadion Kladno 8,600
Bílí Tyg?i Liberec Liberec Tipsport Arena 7,500
Verva Litvínov Litvínov Ivan Hlinka Stadion 7,000
?SOB Pojiš?ovna Pardubice Pardubice  ?EZ Aréna (Pardubice) 10,194
HC Škoda Plze? Plze?  ?EZ Aréna (Plze?) 8,420
Slavia Praha Prague O2 Arena 17,360
Sparta Praha Prague Tipsport Arena 13,995
Ocelá?i T?inec T?inec Werk Arena 5,200
Vítkovice Steel Ostrava  ?EZ Aréna (Ostrava) 9,551
PSG Zlín Zlín Zimní stadion Lu?ka ?ajky 7,500

Past champions

by Year

  • 1994 HC Olomouc
  • 1995 HC Dadák Vsetín
  • 1996 HC Petra Vsetín
  • 1997 HC Petra Vsetín
  • 1998 HC Slovnaft Vsetín
  • 1999 HC Slovnaft Vsetín
  • 2000 HC Sparta Praha
  • 2001 HC Vsetín
  • 2002 HC Sparta Praha
  • 2003 HC Slavia Praha
  • 2004 HC Hamé Zlín
  • 2005 HC Moeller Pardubice
  • 2006 HC Sparta Praha
  • 2007 HC Sparta Praha
  • 2008 HC Slavia Praha
  • 2009 Energie Karlovy Vary
  • 2010 HC Pardubice
  • 2011 HC Ocelá?i T?inec
  • 2012 HC Pardubice
  • 2013 HC Škoda Plze?

by Club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
VHK Vsetín
<center>1 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
HC Sparta Praha <center>4 <center>1 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007
HC Pardubice <center>3 <center>3 2005, 2010, 2012
HC Slavia Praha <center>2 <center>3 2003, 2008
PSG Zlín <center>1 <center>3 2004
Energie Karlovy Vary <center>1 <center>1 2009
HC Ocelá?i T?inec <center>1 <center>1 2011
HC Olomouc <center>1 <center>0 1994
HC Škoda Plze? <center>1 <center>0 2013

by Region

Region Titles Winning Clubs
Zlín Region <center>7 VHK Vsetín (6), PSG Zlín (1)
Prague <center>6 HC Sparta Praha (4), HC Slavia Praha (2)
Pardubice Region <center>3 HC Pardubice (3)
Olomouc Region <center>1 HC Olomouc (1)
Karlovy Vary Region <center>1 Energie Karlovy Vary (1)
Moravian-Silesian Region <center>1 HC Ocelá?i T?inec (1)
Plze? Region <center>1 HC Škoda Plze? (1)



External links


See also

  • 1. národní hokejová liga
  • 2. národní hokejová liga

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