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Czech Extraliga

Czech Extraliga
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 Czech Extraliga season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
No. of teams 14
Country Czech Republic
Most recent champion(s) PSG Zlín
Most titles VHK Vsetín (6)
TV partner(s) Česká televize
Related competitions Czech 1.liga
Czech 2.liga
Official website

The Czech Extraliga (Czech: Extraliga ledního hokeje, ELH) 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.[1]

Naming and sponsorship

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

  • 1999–2000 – Staropramen Extraliga
  • 2001–2002 – Český 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 Česká pojišťovna 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 two worst placed teams after the play-out group plays with the two semi-finalists of the First League in qualify group,they will play totally 12 matches,(twice home and twice away with every team in group), with the 1st and 2nd placed teams of that group being qualified to play in Extraliga the following season while the 3rd and 4th 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.[2] However, after some legal difficulties and strong opposition by the public the whole proposition was scratched.

Current teams

Team City Arena Capacity
Kometa Brno Brno Kajot Arena 7,200
HC Olomouc Olomouc Zimní stadion Olomouc 5,500
Mountfield HK Hradec Králové Zimní stadion Hradec Králové 7,700
Energie Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary KV Arena 6,000
BK Mladá Boleslav Mladá Boleslav Ško-Energo Aréna 4,200
Bílí Tygři Liberec Liberec Tipsport Arena 7,500
Verva Litvínov Litvínov Ivan Hlinka Stadion 7,000
ČSOB Pojišťovna Pardubice Pardubice ČEZ Aréna (Pardubice) 10,194
HC Škoda Plzeň Plzeň ČEZ Aréna (Plzeň) 8,420
Slavia Praha Prague O2 Arena 17,360
Sparta Praha Prague Tipsport Arena 13,995
Oceláři Třinec Třinec Werk Arena 5,200
Vítkovice Steel Ostrava ČEZ Aréna (Ostrava) 9,551
PSG Zlín Zlín Zimní stadion Luďka Čajky 7,500

Past champions

by Year

by Club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
VHK Vsetín
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
HC Sparta Praha
2000, 2002, 2006, 2007
HC Pardubice
2005, 2010, 2012
HC Slavia Praha
2003, 2008
PSG Zlín
2004, 2014
Energie Karlovy Vary
HC Oceláři Třinec
HC Olomouc
HC Škoda Plzeň

by Region

Region Titles Winning Clubs
Zlín Region
VHK Vsetín (6), PSG Zlín (2)
HC Sparta Praha (4), HC Slavia Praha (2)
Pardubice Region
HC Pardubice (3)
Olomouc Region
HC Olomouc (1)
Karlovy Vary Region
Energie Karlovy Vary (1)
Moravian-Silesian Region
HC Oceláři Třinec (1)
Plzeň Region
HC Škoda Plzeň (1)

See also


  1. ^ "Russian league tops first CHL ranking". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Czech Extraliga Managers Want to Close the League". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

External links

  • Czech Extraliga official website (Czech)
  • Hokej
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