2002-03 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Sport Ice Hockey
Season champions Krefeld Pinguine

The 2002-03 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season was the 9th season since the founding of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (German Ice Hockey League). The Krefeld Pinguine became German Champions. The Schwenninger ERC Wild Wings lost their license due to insolvency proceedings and the Frankfurt Lions were granted a stay in the league.

Regular SeasonEdit

The eight best placed teams in the regular season would enter playoffs, while the last two teams would have to fight relegation in a playdown series.

Team GP W SOW SOL L GF:GA Points
1.Eisbären Berlin5230598188:134109
2.Kölner Haie 52264157151:117101
3.DEG Metro Stars522410414151:11796
4.Adler Mannheim52258316152:12994
5.Nürnberg Ice Tigers52237616133:12789
6.Krefeld Pinguine52208222147:13378
7.Kassel Huskies52197719118:12778
8.Hamburg Freezers521710619154:15277
9.Iserlohn Roosters52178819142:13275
10.Hannover Scorpions52185524142:15069
11.Augsburger Panther52166624127:14666
12.ERC Ingolstadt 52165724122:13565
13.Frankfurt Lions52146626133:17160
14.Schwenninger ERC Wild Wings5246113199:18435

GP = Games played, W = Win, SOW = Shootout Win, SOL = Shootout loss, L = Loss
    = Qualified for playoffs     = Season ended     = Relegation playdown

Playdown Edit

The two lastplaced teams, the Frankfurt Lions and Schwenninger ERC Wild Wings played a playdown best-of-seven series against relegation.

Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Frankfurt Lions Schwenninger ERC Wild Wings 2:4 3:6 1:2 6:4 4:3 4:7 2:3

Despite the Lions having a 25 point advantage in the regular season, the Wild Wings won the playdown series. However, as insolvency proceedings against the Wild Wings opened, the DEL canceled their license and the Lions were allowed to stay in the league.


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  1  Eisbären Berlin 4  
8  Hamburg Freezers 1  
  1  Eisbären Berlin 1  
  6  Krefeld Pinguine 3  
3  DEG Metro Stars 1
  6  Krefeld Pinguine 4  
    2  Kölner Haie 2
  6  Krefeld Pinguine 3
  2  Kölner Haie 4  
7  Kassel Huskies 3  
2  Kölner Haie 3
  4  Adler Mannheim 0  
4  Adler Mannheim 4
  5  Nürnberg Ice Tigers 1  

Quarterfinals Edit

Staring March 12th, 2003, the quarterfinals were played in a best-of-seven series.

Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Eisbären Berlin Hamburg Freezers 4:1 5:2 5:6 SO 3:2 2:1 4:0
Kölner Haie Kassel Huskies 4:3 1:3 3:1 2:1 4:5 4:1 2:3 5:1
DEG Metro Stars Krefeld Pinguine 1:4 1:2 5:6 OT 1:0 2:5 1:4
Adler Mannheim Nürnberg Ice Tigers 4:1 5:4 1:6 5:1 4:2 3:0

OT = Overtime; SO = Shootout

Semifinals Edit

On March 28th, 2003, the quarterfinals best-of-five series opened.

Game 1 2 3 4 5
Eisbären Berlin Krefeld Pinguine 1:3 4:1 2:4 0:1 1:4
Kölner Haie Adler Mannheim 3:0 3:2 5:3 4:3 OT

OT = Overtime; SO = Shootout
The big surprise was the loss of Eisbären Berlin (Berlin Polar Bears) to the Krefeld Pinguine (Krefeld Penguins). The Eisbären were considered a strong favorite as the finished the regular season with 109 points vs. the Pinguines 78.

Finals Edit

The final series started April 11th, 2003 with a homegame for the Kölner Haie who were the higher placed team after the regular season.

Game 1 2 3 4 5
Kölner Haie Krefeld Pinguine 2:3 2:5 2:3 3:2 3:2 OT 1:3

OT = Overtime; SO = Shootout

With this, the Krefeld Pinguine won the German title for the second time in their history. They almost accomplished this feat with a playoff sweep; this was somewhat unexpected, as their regular season record was not indicative of the playoff performance.

Top players Edit

Category Name Team Record
Most points Flag of the United States Mark Beaufait Eisbären Berlin 54 Points
Most goals Flag of Austria Christoph Brandner Krefeld Pinguine 28 Goals
Most assists Flag of Canada.svg Brad Purdie Krefeld Pinguine 41 Assists
Best goalie Flag of Canada.svg Frederic Chabot Nürnberg Ice Tigers 0.945
Best defender Flag of Canada.svg Jeff Tory Hamburg Freezers 46 Points

Team PhotosEdit


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