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Hamburg Freezers

Hamburg Freezers
City Hamburg, Germany
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Founded 1999 as Munich Barons
Home arena Barclaycard Arena Hamburg
Colors Light Blue, Navy, White, Gray
                   
General manager Stéphane Richer
Head coach Serge Aubin
Captain Christoph Schubert
Website hamburg-freezers.de
Franchise history
1999–2002 Munich Barons
2002–present Hamburg Freezers

The Hamburg Freezers are a member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) that play their games in Hamburg, Germany. Originally known as the Munich Barons from 1999 until 2002, team owner Philip Anschutz, who also owns Eisbären Berlin, relocated the franchise to Hamburg for financial reasons on 3 June 2002, and renamed the team Hamburg Freezers. Their German nickname is Eisschränke (iceboxes).

The teams official colours are crystal blue and white and they play their home games in the O2 World Hamburg, which has a capacity of 12,947. The Hamburg Freezers have yet to win a league title, but they did reach the play-off semifinals in 2004; their greatest success to date.

Goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère suited up for the Freezers during the 2004–05 NHL lockout season. Giguère played six games for Hamburg and posted a .925 save percentage, with a goals against average of 2.39.

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn lined up for the Freezers in 19 games, amassing 7 goals and 13 assists, earning him a player of the month award for November.

History

The Hamburg Freezers were founded in 2002, when the Munich Barons franchise was moved to Hamburg in northern Germany. The reason for the move was due to low turnouts and financial issues; Munich Barons had an average turnout of under 3,000 spectators, even though the team were crowned league champions in 2000. Despite being the second biggest city in Germany, Hamburg had no representation in the country's top league and was chosen as the next destination for the franchise. The decision seemed to pay off; in their first season, the attendance average was over 5,000, and the team finished in 8th place, making it through to the play-off quarter finals.

In the next 10 years, attendance figures have grown and the average attendance in 2011/12 was over 9,200. Only twice in the team's history have the Freezers failed to make the play-offs, although they have yet to secure a league title.

Rivals

Most of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga teams are based in the south and south west of the country, meaning there are very few local rivals for Hamburg. Being the northernmost franchise in the league, the team have adopted the motto 'Der Norden Sind Wir' (We are the North). However, the Freezers do enjoy 'northern derbies' against two other franchises; Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg and Hannover Scorpions.

The teams main rivals are, unsurprisingly, the team from Germany's biggest city; Eisbaren Berlin. These games often have an extra edge to them, as fans are eager for their side to claim bragging rights.

Mascot

Hamburg Freezer's mascot is Stanley the Lion, 'cousin' of Bailey the Lion of the LA Kings. Freezers' owners, Anschutz Entertainment Group, are also owners of the Kings and made the decision to replace the old yeti mascots with a lion; just like their Stanley Cup winning team's mascot.

Season records

Season Games Won Lost Tie OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Rank Playoffs
2002–03 52 27 19 6 0 - 77 154 152 8 Lost in Quarterfinals
2003–04 52 32 17 0 3 - 95 151 115 3 Lost in Semifinals
2004–05 52 26 24 0 2 - 76 133 148 8 Lost in Quarterfinals
2005–06 52 29 17 - 0 6 85 144 145 6 Lost in Quarterfinals
2006–07 52 32 19 - 1 2 83 169 153 7 Lost in Quarterfinals
2007–08 56 28 20 - 1 7 87 194 171 7 Lost in Quarterfinals
2008–09 52 27 19 - 2 4 82 158 147 8 Lost in Quarterfinals
2009–10 56 20 31 - 4 1 61 162 200 14 No Playoffs
2010–11 52 23 21 - 3 5 69 135 161 11 No Playoffs
2011–12 52 28 24 - 3 2 83 149 149 5 Lost in Quarterfinals
2012–13 52 24 18 - 3 4 85 158 130 5 Lost in Quarterfinals
2013–14 52 30 13 - 5 1 102 162 116 1 Lost in Semifinals
2014–15 52 28 17 - 3 4 90 161 154 4 Lost in Quarterfinals

Current Roster

References

External links

  • Official website
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