Founded 1967
Arena Thialf
(Capacity: 2,500)
League BeNe League
2015-present
Eredivisie
1971-2015
Dutch Cup
GM Flag of Netherlands Rob van Aalderen
Website UNIS Flyers


The UNIS Flyers are an ice hockey club located in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The team competes in the BeNe League and also takes part in the Dutch Cup. Home games are played in the ice hockey arena which forms part of the Thialf complex.

History[edit | edit source]

The UNIS Flyers were founded in 1967 and played their first season in the Eredivisie in 1971-72. The Flyers set the Eredivisie record for the most consecutive championships with 7 between 1976 and 1983.

Heerenveen is the smallest Dutch city currently represented in the BeNe League (although the Belgian city of Herentals is smaller).

Over the years, the Flyers have competed under a variety of different names, since 2013 they have been known as the UNIS Flyers, due to a sponsorship deal with industrial electronics company UNIS Group.

Names marked with * are sponsorship names.
Competed name Seasons Notes
Thialf Heerenveen 1971/72 - 1973/74
Peters & Jagers Heerenveen* 1974/75
Feenstra Verwarming Heerenveen* 1975/76 - 1977/78
Feenstra Flyers* 1978/79 - 1983/84
Freriks Flyers* 1984/85
BP Flyers* 1985/86 - 1989/90
Forbo Flyers* 1990/91 - 1991/92
Flyers 1992/93 - 1994/95 (until January 1995)
Pelgrim Flyers* 1994/95 - 1999/00 (from January 1995)
Formido Flyers* 2000/01 - 2003/04
Vadeko Flyers* 2004/05 - 2007/08
Hajé Flyers* 2008/09 - 2009/10
A6.nl Flyers* 2010/11
Friesland Flyers 2011/12 - 2012/13 (until January 2013 still sponsored by A6.nl)
UNIS Flyers* 2013–present

Championships[edit | edit source]

National Championship
9 times Champion: 1976-77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 2015-16, 2016-17
Dutch Cup
12 times winner: 1976-77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1997–98, 2001-02, 2015-16, 2016-2017

Season results[edit | edit source]

Recent seasons from 2005-06 to 2012-13.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime Wins, OTL = Overtime Losses, L = Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Season GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
2012–13 36 21 2 3 10 138 97 70 3rd, Eredivisie Lost semi-finals to Tilburg (0W-3L)
2011–12 14 5 0 1 8 52 63 16 6th, North Sea Cup Lost qtr.final round-robin to The Hague and Tilburg(0W-1OTL-7L)
2010–11 28 15 4 0 9 118 105 53 3rd, North Sea Cup Lost quarter-finals to Geleen (0-2)
2009–10 28 15 2 2 9 125 88 51 5th, Eredivisie Lost quarter-finals to Geleen (0-2)
2008–09 24 11 1 2 10 87 79 37 5th, Eredivisie Lost quarter-finals to Nijmegen (0-3)
2007-08 24 18 1 1 4 119 53 57 2nd, Eredivisie Lost finals to Tilburg (1-4)
2006-07 20 8 3 0 9 80 78 30 4th, Eredivisie Lost semi-finals to Geleen (0-3)
2005-06 20 12 1 3 4 92 56 41 2nd, Eredivisie Lost finals to Nijmegen (2-3)

Roster[edit | edit source]

Updated February 25, 2019.[1]

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
31 Flag of Netherlands Sjoerd Idzenga L 2006 Heerenveen, Netherlands
46 Flag of Netherlands Jeff Honebeeke L 2017 Delfzijl, Netherlands
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
3 Flag of Finland Pippo Limnell Finocchiaro R 2015 Catania, Italy
14 Flag of Netherlands Niels van der Vossen L 2011 Netherlands
18 Flag of Netherlands Kenny Welles L 2010 Oudeschoot, Netherlands
24 Flag of Canada Trevor Hunt L 2018 Maple Ridge, Canada
52 Flag of Netherlands Mark Hoekstra R 2010 Heerenveen, Netherlands
76 Flag of Netherlands Viktor Nordemann L 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands
91 Flag of Netherlands Ernesto Klem R 2016 The Hague, Netherlands
91 Flag of the United States Todd Ratchford R 2018 Howell, United States
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
7 Flag of Netherlands Jasper Nordemann R F 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands
10 Flag of Netherlands Brent Janssen R F 2013 Heerenveen, Netherlands
11 Flag of Netherlands Aldo van Aalderen L F 2013 Joure, Netherlands
16 Flag of Netherlands Ronald Wurm R RW 2014 The Hague, Netherlands
19 Flag of Netherlands Marco Postma L C 2014 Leeuwarden, Netherlands
21 Flag of Netherlands Tony Demelinne L LW 2012 The Hague, Netherlands
22 Flag of Slovakia Adam Bezak L RW 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia
27 Flag of Netherlands Rick Neef L F 2017 Heerenveen, Netherlands
28 Flag of Netherlands Lars den Edel R F 2016 Leeuwarden, Netherlands
84 Flag of Netherlands Kevin Nijland L F 2008 Heerenveen, Netherlands
92 Flag of Netherlands Dennis Sikma L F 2014 Heerenveen, Netherlands
97 Flag of Netherlands Marc Nijland L F 2015 Netherlands

Staff[edit | edit source]

  • Mike Nason – Head Coach
  • Jacco Landman – Assistant Coach
  • Rob van Aalderen – Team manager
  • Theo van der Duin - Equipment manager
  • Erik Veen – Physiotherapist
  • Piety Elsinga - Physiotherapist

Former coaches[edit | edit source]

Notable players[edit | edit source]

  • Flag of Netherlands Alwin Assenberg
  • Flag of Netherlands Jolke Balt
  • Flag of Netherlands Jeroen Beeksma
  • Flag of Canada Cole Byers

References[edit | edit source]

  1. UNIS Flyers Roster (dutch). Retrieved on February 25, 2019.

External links[edit | edit source]

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