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Inter-National League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2012
CEO Dieter Kalt
No. of teams
Ceased 2016
Last champion(s) Bregenzerwald (2015–16)
Most championship(s) Bregenzerwald (2 titles)
Official website Inter-National League

The Inter-National League was an international ice hockey league that was 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. The league merged with the Serie A to become the Alps Hockey League in 2016.


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 EC 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 2014–15 season, Maribor and the five Italian teams left the league, whereas Kitzbühel and Steelers Kapfenberg joined the competition. In addition, the teams were allowed four imports (two U-22, and two with no age limit). These imports could not have been exchanged between teams in the league.[2]


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]


INL games were 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 were permitted during the season, but only if both teams reached an agreement.[2]


Team City Arena Founded
Former teams
Bled Flag of Slovenia Bled Bled Ice Hall 1999
Bregenzerwald Flag of Austria Bregenz Forest Alberschwerde 1985
Celje Flag of Slovenia Celje Golovec Ice Hall 1998
Eppan Pirates Flag of Italy Eppan Eisstadion Eppan 1981
Feldkirch Flag of Austria Feldkirch Vorarlberghalle 1945
Gherdëina Flag of Italy Sëlva Pranives Ice Stadium 1927
Jesenice Flag of Slovenia Jesenice Podmežakla Hall 2013
Kaltern Flag of Italy Kaltern Palaghiaccio Kaltern 1962
Kitzbühel Flag of Austria Kitzbühel Sportpark Kapserbrucke 1910
KSV Eishockey Flag of Austria Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 2015
Lustenau Flag of Austria Lustenau Rheinhalle Lustenau 1970
Maribor Flag of Slovenia Maribor Tabor Ice Hall 1993
Merano Flag of Italy Merano Meranarena 2001
Neumarkt-Egna Flag of Italy Neumarkt Würth Arena 1963
Slavija Flag of Slovenia Ljubljana Zalog Ice Hall 1964
Steelers Kapfenberg Flag of Austria Kapfenberg Sportzentrum Kapfenberg 2014
Triglav Kranj Flag of Slovenia Kranj Zlato Polje Ice Hall 1968
Zell am See Flag of Austria Zell am See Eishalle Zell am See 1928

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


  1. Davide Tuniz (August 31, 2012). Acroni Jesenice withdraws from Inter-National League. Retrieved on September 6, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Davide Tuniz (June 8, 2013). The new INL comes. Retrieved on June 8, 2013.
  3. Davide Tuniz (July 16, 2012). New Inter National League to replace Austrian Nationalliga and Slohokej. Retrieved on September 6, 2012.

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