Fehérvár AV19
Fehérvár AV 19 Logo.png
City: Székesfehérvár, Hungary
League: Országos Bajnokság I
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Founded: 1960 (1960)
Home Arena: Ifjabb Ocskay Gábor Ice Hall
(Capacity: 3,600)
General Manager: Viktor Szélig
Head Coach: Hannu Järvenpää
Franchise history
1960–1998: Székesfehérvári Volán SC
1998–2000: Alba Volán-Riceland
2000–2007: Alba Volán-FeVita
2007–2009: Alba Volánbusz Székesfehérvár
2009–2014: SAPA Fehérvár AV19
2014–: Fehérvár AV19
2019-: Hydro Fehérvár AV19

Fehérvár AV19 is a Hungarian ice hockey team that plays in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League. They were founded in 1960 and played from 1978 in the Hungarian Országos Bajnokság I through sorts of affiliations until 2012, claiming the Championship on 13 occasions. They play their home games at Ifjabb Ocskay Gábor Ice Hall in Székesfehérvár. In 2009, the club was renamed after the main sponsor Sapa Profiles Kft Hungary, the Hungarian subsidiary of a Swedish aluminum group.

History[edit | edit source]

Székesfehérvári Volán Sports Club was founded in 1960. In 1964–65, the team started playing in outdoor rinks and 10 years later the hockey department came together with the intention of having a professional team. In 1977, the opening of a rink started a new chapter in the history of Hungarian hockey and Volan. At this point, only Budapest and Dunaújváros had suitable structure for hockey. They played their first season in the Hungarian championships in 1977–78, and three years later on the back of Budapest VSC folding and the Sports club benefiting from an influx of BVSC players captured their first Hungarian championship in 1981, becoming the first provincial team to do so.

At the turn of the millennium, Alba Volán-FeVita rose to prominence to become the top team in the nation. This culminated in the series of 10 consecutive championship titles of the Hungarian league from 2003. This turn of domination persuaded the club seek application into the Austrian League for stronger competition. This happened against the background, to better expose the players of the national team in the A-group level. In their first EBEL season in 2007–08, Alba Volánbusz experienced to skill level difference and finished in last place, this was offset however, by the successful Hungarian national team inclusion at the 2008 IIHF World Championships after seventy years back promotion to the highest international division.[1]

Fehérvár AV19' still competed in the Hungarian Championship at first, with the club sourcing a farm team SAPA AV19 Székesfehérvár II in the Championship or the MOL Liga. However after many years of struggling to field a competitive team in 2012 they were unable to participate in the Hungarian Championship, as they were required to enter their second team in the Erste Bank Junior League. They did not directly inform the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation of their decision. This led to angst, however, the club still participated in the Hungarian Cup.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Players and personnel[edit | edit source]

Head coaches[edit | edit source]

  • Flag of Hungary József Kertész 1977–1979
  • Flag of Hungary Ambrus Kósa 1979–1981
  • Flag of Hungary János Balogh 1981–1983
  • Flag of Hungary Antal Palla 1983–1985
  • Flag of Hungary Gábor Ocskay senior 1985–1988
  • Flag of Hungary Ferenc Lőrincz 1988–1989
  • Flag of Hungary Elek Tamás 1989–1991
  • Flag of Ukraine Borisz Puskarjov 1996–97
  • Flag of Hungary Tibor Kiss 1997–2000
  • Flag of Slovakia Jan Jasko 2000–2003
  • Flag of Slovakia Branislav Sajban 2003–2004
  • Flag of Canada Pat Cortina 2004–2006
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Karol Dvorak 2006
  • Flag of Slovakia Jan Jasko 2006–2008
  • Flag of Hungary Lajos Énekes 2008
  • Flag of the United States Ted Sator 2008–2009
  • Flag of Hungary Lajos Énekes 2009
  • Flag of Finland Jarmo Tolvanen 2009–2010
  • Flag of Sweden Ulf Weinstock 2010–2011
  • Flag of Canada Kevin Primeau 2011–2012
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Neliba 2012–2013
  • Flag of Canada Marty Raymond 2013–2014
  • Flag of the United States Rob Pallin 2014–2016
  • Flag of Canada Tyler Dietrich 2016
  • Flag of Canada Benoit Laporte 2016–2017
  • Flag of Finland Hannu Järvenpää 2017–

Honored members[edit | edit source]

Fehérvár AV19 retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
19 Gábor Ocskay C 1993–2009 1 April 2009[2]
24 Krisztián Palkovics RW 1993–2012 7 September 2012
25 Balázs Kangyal D 1997–2008 27 January 2009

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Slovenia makes it mark in Austrian playoffs (2004-02-26). Retrieved on 2014-05-06.
  2. "Nation mourns hockey heros death", 2009-03-31. 

External links[edit | edit source]

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