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Iserlohn Roosters
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Founded 1959
History EC Deilinghofen
ECD Iserlohn
ECD Sauerland
Iserlohner EC
Iserlohn Roosters
(since 2000)
Arena Eissporthalle Iserlohn
City Iserlohn, North-Rhine-Westphalia
Team Colors Blue, White
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General Manager Flag of Germany Karsten Mende
Head Coach Flag of Germany Ulrich Liebsch
Captain Flag of Germany Robert Hock
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The Iserlohn Roosters are a professional ice hockey team based in Iserlohn, North-Rhine-Westphalia. They are members of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga since 2000 and play their home games at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn which is also known as Eissporthalle am Seilersee. Playing nine years in the DEL the team made the playoffs once. The Roosters are widely regarded for their fans and having one of the best atmospheres at home games in Europe despite having just a capacity for 4967 spectators.


The history of ice hockey in Iserlohn began in the neighbouring town of Hemer. In a district of Hemer called Deilinghofen Canadian soldiers were deloyed. They came to the town after the end of the Korean War in 1953 and soon built an arena - first without a roof. The teenagers in Deilinhofen were interested in this strange kind of sport and wanted to play it, too. They played on streets or frozen ponds and were allowed to play in the arena in 1957 for the first time. Recognizing the joy of the teenagers they got first changing coaches, later with Charles McCuaig a steady trainer. After a long preparation time the first game against a Canadian youth team from Soest was on 8 March 1958 in front of 120 people. Deilinghofen played well, but lost 2-6. The equipment was borrowed by the soldiers. After that game, the matches were more steady and with more bystanders, so the arena had to get a roof in 1958.

EC Deilinghofen (1959–1980)[]


The next goal was reached on 28 February 1959. The EC Deilinghofen was founded in a small tavern. At that time there were only 49 hockey clubs in Germany, only 8 in North-Rhine-Westphalia. In 1959 a team from Deilinghofen started in a junior league and reached the second place. A year later they took part in the German championship and reached place five. In the second season 1960–61 they became first in North Rhine-Westphalia, and the second best team in the country. They only lost against EV Füssen. When they came back to Hemer, thousands of fans celebrated the team and coach Charles McCuaig. The famous newspaper Die Welt wrote a large article about The Canadians from Sauerland. Five ECD players were nominated for the German national team.

Because the players got too old, the team played in a regular league in the 1961–62 season. With Victor Leury as new coach. Deilinghofen lost only one point that season in a scandalous game in Hanover. Later newspapers wrote about a "Schlacht vom Pferdeturm" (Battle of Pferdeturm, Pferdeturm is the name of Hanover's arena). After this match the teams and fans of Deilinghofen and RESG Hannover were arch-enemies for decades. In this season and in two after this Deilinghofen became champion of the north of Germany, but they lost games against the champions of the south and so missed the moving up. In the 1964–65 season they were called "Unaufsteigbar" (not able to moving up). The local brewery and a new mode helped the team to move up to the Oberliga.

But the first Oberliga season was not as successful as the years before, so fewer people than before came to watch. In this season the team had three different coaches and in the next season 1965–66, a German became head coach for the first time: Horst Kubik. In the following years the Aufstiegsrunde (something like playoffs) were reached, but from a financial standpoint the season was bad.

In 1971 the Canadian soldiers were disengaged and the new British soldiers were not interested in the arena, so the team had to search for a new one. Local politics wanted to have an arena in Iserlohn. After the agreement of Iserlohn's town council the Eissporthalle am Seilersee was built by a company from Krefeld near the border to Hemer. In the 1976–77 season Deilinghofen was two places behind Kaufbeuren in the new Zweite Bundesliga. But Kaufbeuren waived the promotion and the ECD got the chance to play in Germany's best hockey league for the first time, 6,776 days after its foundation. In the first season Deilinghofen got only 16 points, but stayed with luck in the Bundesliga.

ECD Iserlohn (1980–1987)[]

In 1980 the club was renamed ECD Iserlohn, because the arena was there for years. In the following season the team was relegated for the first time in its history. Two years later it moved up again. And the next years were the best and most successful seasons in the club's history. In 1986 the ECD reached the semi-final in the playoffs with stars like Jaroslav Pouzar and Martti Jarkko. These two players are fondly remembered by many fans today. But these players also cost a lot. So the president Heinz Weifenbach looked for help in Libya. Muammar al-Gaddafi wanted to pay money. The team only had to advertise for his "Green Book". On 4 December 1987 they did. It was one of the biggest scandals in the history of hockey. A few days later the ECD Iserlohn was strapped.

ECD Sauerland (1988–1994)[]

The next season the ECD Sauerland was founded. They started playing in the Oberliga, although Weifenbach wanted to begin in the Bundesliga. The club had the same, big financial problems as its predecessors. The 1991–92 season was a catastrophe, so the fans were frightened to miss the license. The ECD got the license, but went bankrupt a few days after the end of season.

ECD Sauerland Iserlohn Penguins (1994)[]

Only one day later, on 9 April 1994, the ECD Sauerland Iserlohn Penguins was founded, but the pewee players didn't contract in, so the club hadn't a chance to survive.

Iserlohner EC (1994–2000)[]

The Iserlohner EC was founded on 20 April in the same year. The new committee wanted to avoid financial adventures. After one season the team moved up to the second best league. The following two years were more difficult, but new players during the season revived the club. In 1997 a new coach came to Iserlohn: Greg Poss. After three successful years, the club could move up again, because they bought the license of Rosenheim. The arena in Deilinghofen was torn down in 1999, 40 years after the foundation of the ECD. Many people from Deilinghofen protested against this.

Iserlohn Roosters (since 2000)[]

Iserlohner EC since became a professional team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, and adopted the name Iserlohn Roosters. IEC founded a GmbH (limied company) for the team which administrates the finances and the organisation. The GmbH has been named Iserlohn Roosters GmbH. All junior teams were still under the control of the IEC. The Roosters had the lowest budget of all DEL-teams and the media often referred them as a underdog. In their first two seasons the Roosters placed 15. and 12. In the 2002–03 season playoffs were missed. The Roosters collected two points too less, although the German champion of this year, the Krefeld Pinguine, were beaten 8-1 at the last day of play. For the next season Poss left the club and went on to coach the Nürnberg Ice Tigers, Iserlohn's new coach was Dave Whistle, after nine games Doug Mason was his successor. In the lockout season 2004–05 Mike York and John-Michael Liles came to Iserlohn and helped to reach place eleven despite still the smallest budget in the league. York signed with Iserlohn after his old college friend Bryan Adams, who was the captain of the Roosters, talks to him. Brian Gionta also signed, but leaves without having played because his wife´s pregnancy. 12 players left the club in the summer of 2005. But the Roosters were able to make some great activities on the transfer market, the biggest in signing former DEL-topscorer Brad Purdie and former NHL-player Mark Greig for two years. Nevertheless they got just the eleventh place again despite having the best powerplay in the league. In March 2006, Mason left Iserlohn and signed with the Kölner Haie. Geoff Ward came to Iserlohn and coached the Team. The final rank was eleventh against and he leaves Iserlohn during the summer 2007 to be an assistant coach for the NHL team of the Boston Bruins. After defeating DEG Metro Stars 5:1 in the opening game of the season 2006-07 the Roosters had catched the first place for one week for the first time in their DEL-time. For the season 2007-08 the new coach of the Roosters was Rick Adduono. The Roosters improved the team with Norm Maracle, Bob Wren and other good signings. After the fith game they got a playoff rank and were able to keep it. The offence made the biggest impact. Robert Hock and Michael Wolf started to dominate the league as native players, breaking the dominance of North American players. Finally Wolf was the top goal scorer and Hock became league topscorer. The third man in their line was either Tyler Beechey, who was first signed on a try-out.contract, or Brad Tapper. Also the line with Jimmy Roy, Pat Kavanagh and Ryan Ready helped to reach the playoffs in a way nobody could have expected. But in the quarterfinals they were defeated by the Frankfurt Lions in game 7. For the next season the Roosters signed former New York Islanders coach Steve Stirling. The team failed to continue the way they had the year before and Stirling got fired in February after the team got out of the playoffs ranks. In the summer many players voiced critics to Stirlings work. The assistant coach Ulrich Liebsch became the new head coach. Many key players left the team. Due to the financial crisis the Roosters announce to look for young talented players and don´t focuss on veterans for the season 2009-10.


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

Season League GP W L OTW1 OTL1 GF GA Pts2 Regular Season Playoffs
2000–01 DEL 60 16 31 7 6 152 189 68 15 Did not qualify
2001–02 DEL 60 19 28 4 9 154 183 74 12 Did not qualify
2002–03 DEL 52 17 19 8 8 142 132 75 9 Did not qualify
2003–04 DEL 52 14 26 5 7 137 169 59 12 Did not qualify
2004–05 DEL 52 17 26 4 5 138 156 64 11 Did not qualify
2005–06 DEL 52 18 26 3 5 166 178 65 11 Did not qualify
2006–07 DEL 52 18 24 6 4 148 163 70 11 Did not qualify
2007–08 DEL 56 25 18 8 5 208 196 96 5 Lost in Quarterfinals
2008–09 DEL 52 15 18 7 12 171 187 71 11 Did not qualify
1 the OTW/OTL column includes SOW/SOL (shootout wins/losses).
2 3 points for a win, 2 points for a overtime/shootout win, 1 point for overtime/shootout loss

Team individual records[]

These are the top-ten players in six categories in team history since joining the DEL in 2000.. Figures are updated after each completed DEL regular season.

Most games played
Rank Player Games
1. Collin Danielsmeier 363
2. Christian Franz 215
3. Roland Verwey 213
4. Michael Wolf 211
5. Christian Hommel 206
6. Oliver Bernhardt 197
7. Erich Goldmann 186
8. Dimitrij Kotschnew 181
9. Sebastian Jones 178
10. Colin Beardsmore 171
Most points
Rank Player Points (G/A)
1. Michael Wolf 201 (108/93)
2. Robert Hock 200 (56/144)
3. Ryan Ready 127 (46/81)
4. Bob Wren 110 (34/76)
5. Matt Higgins 98 (35/63)
6. Bryan Adams 91 (39/52)
7. Paul Traynor 89 (21/68)
8. Scott King 87 (30/57)
9. Jimmy Roy 86 (40/46)
10. Tyler Beechey 84 (36/48)
10. Colin Beardsmore 84 (32/52)
Most goals
Rank Player Goals
1. Michael Wolf 108
2. Robert Hock 56
3. Ryan Ready 46
4. Jimmy Roy 40
5. Bryan Adams 39
6. Tomas Martinec 37
7. Tyler Beechey 36
7. Ralph Intranuovo 36
9. Matt Higgins 35
10. Bob Wren 34
10. Mark Greig 34
Most assists
Rank Player Assists
1. Robert Hock 144
2. Michael Wolf 93
3. Ryan Ready 81
4. Bob Wren 76
5. Paul Traynor 68
6. Matt Higgins 63
7. Scott King 57
8. Bryan Adams 52
8. Colin Beardsmore 52
10. Tyler Beechey 48
Most penalties in minutes
Rank Player PIM
1. Jimmy Roy 353
2. Tomas Martinec 327
3. Christian Hommel 304
4. Ryan Ready 288
5. Paul Traynor 282
6. Bryan Adams 251
7. Bob Wren 240
8. Erich Goldmann 238
9. Oliver Bernhardt 232
10. Collin Danielsmeier 223
Most shutouts
Rank Player SO
1. Jimmy Waite 6
2. Dimitrij Kotschnew 5
3. Norm Maracle 4
4. Radek Toth 3
5. Mike Fountain 2
5. Rich Parent 2
5. Duane Derksen 2

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