Czech Extraliga
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Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
No. of teams 14
Country(ies) Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Most recent champion(s) HC Škoda Plzeň
Official website

The Czech Extraliga (Czech: Extraliga ledního hokeje, ELH) is the highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic. As of 2009, it is ranked by the IIHF as the third strongest league in Europe.

The Czech Extraliga is rooted in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League. The Czech Extraliga was spun off in 1993 following the administrative break-up of Czechoslovakia. A lot of Extraliga players leave every year on transfers to the North American NHL and Eurasian league, the KHL. There are currently 57 Czech ice hockey players based in the National Hockey League, making Czechs the third largest nationality represented in the league, after Canadians and Americans.

Name Edit

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

  • In 1999-2000 season - Staropramen Extraliga
  • In 2001-2002 season - Český Telecom Extraliga
  • From 2003 to 2006 - Tipsport Extraliga
  • From 2007 to 2010 - O2 Extraliga
  • From 2010 - Tipsport Extraliga

League formatEdit

14 teams compete in the league. The top 10 teams at the end of the regular season advance to the final play-offs. After the 52-game regular season, the teams that finished 7th to 10th play a pre-quarter-final playoff series (best-of-five) to determine who will join the top six into the quarter-finals (best-of-seven).

Since the 2006-07 season, three points have been be awarded for a win in regular time and two points for an overtime victory, while the defeated team in overtime gets one point. If necessary, penalty shots are used to decide games after overtime.

There is also only one assist credited for each goal instead of two since 2006-07, which affected the league statistics, so the rule was cancelled in the 2008-09 season. Two assists are counted now.

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). The winner of this series will play in the Extraliga the following season. The loser will play in the First League.

2010-11 teamsEdit

Note: The names of most teams are leased to general sponsors and change frequently.

Team 2008-09 league position
Bílí Tygři Liberec 9th
HC Mountfield České Budějovice 11th
HC Energie Karlovy Vary 1st
HC ČSOB Pojišťovna Pardubice 5th
HC Plzeň 1929 4th
PSG Zlín 7th
HC Verva Litvínov 8th
Rytíři Kladno 13th
HC Slavia Praha 2nd
HC Sparta Praha 3rd
HC Oceláři Třinec 10th
HC Vítkovice Steel 6th
BK Mladá Boleslav 14th
HC Kometa Brno promoted from the Czech 1.liga by purchasing the license for the Czech Extraliga from Orli Znojmo


2009-10 TeamsEdit

Past championsEdit

Extraliga winners
Season Winner Result Runner-up
1993-94 HC Olomouc
1994-95 HC Dadák Vsetín
1995-96 HC Petra Vsetín
1996-97 HC Petra Vsetín
1997-98 HC Slovnaft Vsetín
1998-99 HC Slovnaft Vsetín
1999-00 HC Sparta Praha
2000-01 HC Vsetín
2001-02 HC Sparta Praha
2002-03 HC Slavia Praha
2003-04 HC Hamé Zlín
2004-05 HC Moeller Pardubice
2005-06 HC Sparta Praha
2006-07 HC Sparta Praha
2007-08 HC Slavia Praha
2008-09 HC Energie Karlovy Vary
2009-10 HC Pardubice
2010-11 HC Oceláři Třinec
2011-12 HC Pardubice
2012-13 HC Škoda Plzeň

See alsoEdit

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