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The Czech Extraliga is the highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republicmarker. The name of the league is leased a general sponsor and changes frequently. In 1999-00, it was known as the Staropramen Extraliga; for 2001-01 and 2001-02 seasons, it was called the Český Telecom Extraliga; from 2003-04 to 2005-06, it was known as the Tipsport Extraliga; for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, it was known as the O2 Extraliga. As of 2009, it is ranked by the IIHF as the third strongest league in Europe.

The Czech Extraliga is rooted in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League. The Czech Extraliga was spun off in 1993 following the administrative break-up of Czechoslovakiamarker. A lot of Extraliga players leave every year on transfers to the North American NHL and Eurasian league, the KHL. There are currently 57 Czech ice hockey players based in the National Hockey League, making Czechs the third largest nationality represented in the league, after Canadiansmarker and Americans.

Format

14 teams compete in the league. The top 10 teams at the end of the regular season advance to the final play-offs. After the regular season (52 rounds), the teams that finished 7th to 10th will play a pre-quarter final playoff series (best-of-five) to determine who will join the top six into the quarter finals (best-of-seven).

Since the 2006-07 season, three points has been be awarded for a win in regular time, and two points for an overtime victory, while the defeated team in overtime gets one point. If necessary, penalty shots are used to decide games after overtime.

There was also only one assist credited for each goal instead of two since 2006-07, which affected the league statistics, so the rule was cancelled in the 2008-2009 season. Two assists are counted now.

The four lowest ranked teams (11 - 14) after the regular season play in a play out group (12 rounds, all regular-season matches are counted into the ranking). The last placed team after the play out group plays with a winner of 1. národní hokejová liga play off serie (best-of-seven). The winner of this serie will play in the Extraliga next season. The loser will play 1. národní hokejová liga.

2009-10 teams

Note: The names of most teams are leased to general sponsors and change frequently.

Team 2008-09
league
position

Liberec White Tigers 9th
HC Mountfield 11th
HC Energie Karlovy Vary 2nd
HC Eaton Pardubice 5th
HC Plzeň 1929 3rd
PSG Zlín 8th
HC Benzina Litvínov 7th
HC GEUS Okna Kladno 13th
HC Slavia Praha 1st
HC Sparta Praha 4th
HC Oceláři Třinec 10th
HC Vítkovice Steel 6th
BK Mladá Boleslav 14th
HC Kometa Brno promoted from the Czech 1.liga by purchasing licence for Czech Extraliga From Orli Znojmo
12th (Orli Znojmo. Now Playing in the Czech 1.liga, because sold the licence for Czech Extraliga to HC Kometa Brno)


2009-10 Interim positions

monthly actualized

Pos. Team GP Pts
1st HC Vítkovice Steel 22 42
2nd RI OKNA Zlín 22 42
3rd HC Oceláři Třinec 22 41
4th HC Eaton Pardubice 21 40
5th HC Slavia Praha 22 37
6th HC Plzeň 1929 22 37
7th HC Sparta Praha 22 32
8th Mladá Boleslav 22 31
9th HC Benzina Litvínov 22 31
10th Liberec White Tigers 22 30
11th HC Mountfield 21 29
12th HC Energie Karlovy Vary 22 28
13th HC GEUS Okna Kladno 22 28
14th HC Kometa Brno 22 15


The playoffs

The top 10 teams at the end of the regular season play in the final play-offs.

Starting from the 2003-04 season, the play-offs has its own general sponsor, with the play-offs' official name being Česká pojišťovna play-off Tipsport extraligy. The play-offs determine the league championship.

Champions



See also



References

External links

  • http://www.hokej.cz
  • http://hokej.idnes.cz



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