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Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg
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Full name Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg
Founded 1980
Based In Nuremberg
Arena Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
(Capacity: 8,400)
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
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Owner(s) Thomas Sabo
GM Lorenz Funk
Head Coach Andreas Brockmann

The Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg are a member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) (German ice hockey league). They play their home games at Nuremberg Arena, in Nuremberg, Germany.


EHC 80 Nürnberg

The roots of the team can be traced back to the "SG Nürnberg", a club that played since 1958/59 in 2nd Bundesliga, that folded in spring of 1980 after years of financial trouble. Today's team was founded in 1980 as EHC Nürnberg 1980 e.V., as a non-profit organization. Play started in 1980–81 in the Bavarian state ice-hockey league (German: Eishockey-Bayernliga). After a single season, the team moved up to the Southern Regional league (German: Regionalliga Süd), and was promoted again after just one season in 1983 to the 3rd tier German Ice Hockey league (German: Oberliga Süd).

Nürnberg Ice Tigers

By 1987, EHC Nürnberg 1980 moved up to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the early 90's, financial uncertainty around German professional ice-hockey lead to the foundation of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga – DEL. The DEL was modeled after the NHL, with hopes of providing financial stability through licensing and franchising of teams.

EHC Nürnberg 1980 was admitted to the DEL as a founding member on June 13, 1994, one of 6 teams from the 2nd Bundesliga. As the DEL replaced the 1st Bundesliga and now represents the highest level of German professional ice-hockey, this in effect resulted in a promotion. In the first DEL season, the EHC 80 Nürnberg finished the regular season on the 12th place, only to be eliminated in the first playoff round.

For the next season, the professional team was broken out of the non-profit organization and incorporated as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers, with the youth and amateurs keeping the old name[1]. The 1998–99 DEL season has brought the greatest success so for the for the Tigers; 1st place in the regular season, only to lose in the playoff finals to the Adler Mannheim, who dominated German Ice Hockey in the late 1990s.

Sinupret Ice Tigers

In 2006, the Ice Tigers and Bionorica AG, signed a three year agreement giving Bionorica the naming rights to the team. Starting with the 2006–07 DEL season, the team was renamed to Sinupret Ice Tigers, after a Bionorica product.

During the 2008–09 season it became obvious that the Ice Tigers were in a dire financial situation. On November 25, 2008, preliminary insolvency was filed and on December 30, 2008, declared. This lead to the corporate sponsor Bionorica pulling their support in March 2009. An investor group lead by local Jeweler Thomas Sabo interveened on April 3, 2009, preempting bankruptcy proceedings and ensuring participation in the 2009–10 season. The team is now known as Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. Some operations are brought back under the umbrella of the non-profit EHC Nürnberg 1980 as well.

Current roster

As of 04 July 2010. [1]

# Player Catches Contract Place of birth
25 Flag of Germany Patrick Ehelechner L 2010 Rosenheim, Germany
88 Flag of Germany Sebastian Stefaniszin L 2010 Berlin, Germany
# Player Shoots Contract Place of birth
5 Flag of Germany Rob Leask L 2011 Toronto, Ontario
6 Flag of the United States Jim Fahey L 2011 Boston, Massachusetts
8 Flag of Sweden Fredrik Eriksson L 2011 Örebro, Sweden
9 Flag of the United States Jeff Likens L 2011 Barrington, Illinois, USA
27 Flag of Germany Tim Schüle L 2010 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
29 Flag of Germany Martin Ancicka L 2010 Kladno, Czech Republic
# Player Position Shoots Contract Place of birth
10 Flag of Germany Colin Beardsmore C L 2010 Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
14 Flag of Germany Alexander Oblinger C L 2012 Augsburg, Germany
16 Flag of Canada Éric Chouinard C L 2010 Atlanta, MA, USA
18 Flag of Germany Vitalij Aab C L 2011 Qarağandı, Kazakhstan
19 Flag of Canada Greg Leeb C L 2011 Red Deer, AB, Canada
33 Flag of Germany Björn Barta LW L 2010 Berlin, Germany
37 Flag of Germany Johannes Sedlmayr LW L 2010 Bad Tölz, Germany
38 Flag of Canada Brad Leeb C L 2010 Red Deer, AB, Canada
81 Flag of the Czech Republic Dusan Frosch RW L 2012 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
83 Flag of Germany Adrian Grygiel W L 2008 Katowice, Poland
90 Flag of Germany Simon Fischhaber LW L 2010 Greiling, Germany


  • Head Coach: Andreas Brockmann
  • Assistant Coach: Derek Mayer
  • General Manager: Lorenz Funk Jr.
  • Chairman: Günther Hertel
  • Vice-President: Norbert Schumacher
  • Chief Executive: Dr. M. Norbert Schmitt
  • PR Manager: Ralf Kissau
  • Sponsoring: Christian Riedle
  • Media Manager: Andi Krauss


  • The most DEL games for the club: Martin Jiranek (492 games)
  • The most DEL goals for the club: Martin Jiranek (173 goals)
  • The most DEL penalty minutes for the club: John Craighead (576 minutes)

DEL balance

  • 825 games, 424 wins, 27 remis, 374 losses, 2609:2501 goals

Former coaches

Notable players


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