Inter-National League

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Inter-National League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2012; 10 years ago (2012)
CEO Dieter Kalt
No. of teams 9
Country  Austria (6 teams)
 Slovenia (3 teams)
Most recent champion(s) Bregenzerwald (2015–16)
Most titles Bregenzerwald (2 titles)
Official website Inter-National League

The Inter-National League is an international ice hockey league that is a partnership between the national federations of Austria and Slovenia. It was created as a solution to semi-professional hockey in both Austria and neighboring Slovenia.

History

The Inter-National League was founded on July 14, 2012 with seven teams joining the inaugural season. In Austria, seven out of 11 teams from last year’s second tier Austrian National League had left the league. Two teams, Dornbirner and TWK Innsbruck, were accepted into the Austrian Hockey League (also referred to as the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga due to sponsorship reasons.) The remaining teams either folded or chose to play in lower local leagues.

Acroni Jesenice was confirmed to become an inaugural member. However, due to financial problems the team informed the league that they would be folding effective August 31, 2012 (two weeks before the start of the season.)[1]

On June 8, 2013, the league's 2013–14 season was decided and it saw the league jump from six teams to 15. After the late fold of Acroni Jesenice, Team Jesenice participated in the league this season as one of four new Slovenian clubs. The other three Slovenian newcomers were Bled, Maribor and Celje. The league also welcomed Italian sides SV Caldaro/Kaltern, Eppan Pirates, Merano Junior, Neumarkt-Egna Wildgoose and Gherdëina. For the 2013–14 season, the teams were allowed four imports (two U-22, and two with no age limit). These imports may not be exchanged between teams in the league.[2]

Scheduling

The inaugural INL season started on September 15, 2012, while the last game in the regular season took place on March 2, 2013. The INL playoffs semi-finals and finals were all played in best-of-five format.[3]

The scheduling for the INL was designed to keep the travel costs at a minimum. Each team played a total of 36 games in a set of six rounds (three home games, three away against all six opponents.) The league featured a "double weekend", where opponents were played on back-to-back games during the weekend.[2]

Scoring

INL games are scored with the "three-point rule": three points for the winner after regular time, two points if teams win after overtime or shootout, and one for the loser after regular time.[2]

Trades and transfers

Transfers are permitted during the season, but only if both teams reach an agreement.[2]

Teams

Team City/area Arena Capacity Founded
Current teams
Bregenzerwald Austria Bregenz Forest Alberschwerde 4,270 1985
Celje Slovenia Celje Golovec Ice Hall 500 1998
Feldkirch Austria Feldkirch Vorarlberghalle 5,200 1945
Jesenice Slovenia Jesenice Podmežakla Hall 4,500 2013
Kitzbühel Austria Kitzbühel Sportpark Kapserbrucke 1,700 1910
KSV Eishockey Austria Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 4,000 2015
Lustenau Austria Lustenau Rheinhalle Lustenau 2,200 1970
Slavija Slovenia Ljubljana Zalog Ice Hall 1,000 1964
Zell am See Austria Zell am See Eishalle Zell am See 2,600 1928
Former teams
Bled Slovenia Bled Bled Ice Hall 1,000 1999
Eppan Pirates Italy Eppan Eisstadion Eppan 1,400 1981
Gherdëina Italy Sëlva Pranives Ice Stadium 2,000 1927
Kaltern Italy Kaltern Palaghiaccio Kaltern 850 1962
Maribor Slovenia Maribor Tabor Ice Hall 1,000 1993
Merano Italy Merano Meranarena 1,000 2001
Neumarkt-Egna Italy Neumarkt Würth Arena 3,500 1963
Steelers Kapfenberg Austria Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 4,000 2014
Triglav Kranj Slovenia Kranj Zlato Polje Ice Hall 1,000 1968

Inter-National League seasons

Season Champions Runners-up
2012–13 Bregenzerwald Slavija
2013–14 Neumarkt-Egna Bregenzerwald
2014–15 Lustenau Feldkirch
2015–16 Bregenzerwald Lustenau

References

  1. Davide Tuniz (August 31, 2012). "Acroni Jesenice withdraws from Inter-National League". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Davide Tuniz (June 8, 2013). "The new INL comes". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved June 8, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Davide Tuniz (July 16, 2012). "New Inter National League to replace Austrian Nationalliga and Slohokej". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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