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Eisbären Berlin
Founded 1954 as SC Dynamo Berlin, 1990 as EHC Dynamo Berlin
Home ice O2 Worldmarker
Based in Berlin, Germanymarker
Colours Red, white, blue.
League Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Head coach Don Jackson
Owner Philip F. Anschutz
Eisbären Berlin (English: Berlin Polar Bears) are a professional ice hockey team based in Berlinmarker, Germanymarker. They compete in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest level of play in professional German ice hockey and are also one of the league's founding members. They won the DEL championship four times in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. The franchise also captured the East Germanmarker Ice Hockey Championship 15 times before reunification. The team used to play in the Berlin district of Hohenschönhausenmarker. Since their inception, the Eisbären had played their home games at the famous "Wellblechpalastmarker" stadium, but in autumn 2008, the team relocated to their new home arena, the O2 Worldmarker. The "Wellblechpalast" is still being used as a training facility. The franchise was acquired by the Anschutz Entertainment Group in 1999.

Club history

1954–1994: GDR and 1. Bundesliga years

The club was founded in 1954 within the existing SC Dynamo Berlin, the sports association of the East German Police, Volkspolizei and the secret service, MfS. They captured their first East German championship in 1966. In 1971 the league was reduced to just two teams and SC Dynamo Berlin and SG Dynamo Weißwasser made up the smallest ice hockey league in the world [128876]. All together Berlin captured the East German championship 15 times [128877]. In 1984, Dynamo Berlin came in third place at the European Cup of Champions [128878].

Following the German reunification in 1990, SC Dynamo Berlin was incorporated into the existing German Bundesliga. The club was renamed to EHC Dynamo Berlin in 1990 [128879]. In that first season in reunited Germany, both EHC Dynamo Berlin and PEV Weißwasser were assigned to the 1. Bundesliga, at the time the highest level of play in German ice hockey, but many of the more talented Eisbären players left the team to sign with other Bundesliga teams. Weißwasser was relegated to the 2. Bundesliga in 1991, Berlin in 1992. In 1992 the club was renamed again, this time to "EHC Eisbären Berlin" and also introduced the polar bear logo [128880]. The Eisbären were promoted back to the 1. Bundesliga after the 1992–93 season. Due to lack of publicity and severe economic difficulties following the reunification, the club was unable afford high profile players and regularly finished at the bottom of the standings.

1994–present: DEL years

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The German Eishockey Bundesliga was abolished following the 1993/94 season and a new league - Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) - was created. The Eisbären are one of the league's 18 founding members.

Following the Bosman ruling of 1995, the club replaced almost the entire roster with veteran European players in 1996/97 [128881]. The campaign was a success and the team finished the season in third place. In 1997 the club was renamed into "EHC neue Eisbären Berlin gegr. 1997 e.V." [128882]. The following season, 1997/98, the Eisbären advanced to the final round of the DEL play-offs, but lost to Adler Mannheim. The team also participated in the Continental Cup in Tamperemarker, Finlandmarker, and finished in second place [128883]. In 1998/99 Eisbären participated in the European Hockey League and finished in third place [128884].

The Anschutz Entertainment Group acquired sole ownership of the Eisbären in 1999, ensuring financial stability [128885]. In 2002/03 and 2003/04 the team finished the regular season in first place, but fell short of capturing the title. At hat time, the team had already become hugely popular, selling out 28 of 31 home games during the 2003/04 season [128886]. In 2005/06 and 2006/07 the Eisbären were the German representative at the Spengler Cup in Davosmarker, Switzerlandmarker [128887].

In 2004/05, a season by characterised by the 2004–05 NHL lockout saw the Eisbären capture their first all-German championship. With the help of NHL veterans, such as Erik Cole, Nathan Dempsey and Olaf Kölzig, Berlin beat Mannheim in three games [128888]. The team successfully defended the title in 2005/06 against the DEG Metro Stars [128889]. The third DEL championship was captured in 2007/08, when the Eisbären beat Kölner Haie in the final round of the play offs.

Home Arena

Until the 2007/08 season the Eisbären played their home games at the Sportforum Hohenschönhausenmarker complex. The corrugated tin roof of the icehockey facility gave rise to the stadium's popular name "Wellblechpalastmarker" (English: corrugated tin palace). The standing/seating capacity of the stadium is 4695.

From 2008/09 onward the Eisbären are playing their home games in the newly-built O2 Worldmarker, a multi functional arena located at the Spreemarker River with an icehockey-capacity of 14200.

Team Anthem

The official song of the Eisbären Berlin is "Hey, wir wollen die Eisbären seh'n" (approximately "Yeah, We Wanna See The Polar Bears"), recorded by veteran East German band the Puhdys in 1997. The song became a popular tune in German mountain resorts during après-ski parties, and went on to appear on several winter-themed music compilations. It has also been adopted by the club's Russian namesake, HC Dynamo Moscow, and could be heard at their games during the 2008/09 season.

Championship teams

Deutsche Eishockey Liga 2004/05 Champions





  • Forwards: Steve Walker, Kelly Fairchild, Rob Shearer, Sven Felski, Florian Keller, Mark Beaufait, Alexander Barta, Matthias Forster, Florian Busch, Martin Hoffmann, Denis Pederson, André Rankel, Patrick Flynn, Tom Fiedler, Stefan Ustorf, Christoph Gawlik, Kay Hurbanek, Thorben Saggau, Thomas Schenkel, Alexander Weiß, Marvin Tepper, Erik Cole, Marcus Sommerfeld, Richard Mueller




Deutsche Eishockey Liga 2005/06 Champions





  • Forwards: Steve Walker, Denis Pederson, Kelly Fairchild, Mark Beaufait, Stefan Ustorf, Sven Felski, Richard Mueller, Christoph Gawlik, Florian Busch, Patrick Jarret, Andre Rankel, Thomas Schenkel, Alexander Weiß, Marcel Müller, Jonathan Lehun, Constantin Braun, Thorben Saggau, Sean Fischer




Deutsche Eishockey Liga 2007/08 Champions

  • Goaltenders: Rob Zepp, Youri Ziffzer


  • Defensmen: Deron Quint, Andy Roach, Frank Hördler, René Kramer, Tobias Draxinger, Brandon Smith, Jens Baxmann, Derek Dinger, Norman Martens, Felix Thomas, Gregor Stein




  • Head Coach: Don Jackson
  • Assistant Coach: Hartmut Nickel
  • Team Manager: Peter John Lee


Current roster

Goaltenders
# align=left Player
1 Markus Keller
72 Rob Zepp
Defensemen
# align=left Player
4 Marvin Degon
6 Andy Roach
7 Frank Hördler
17 Derrick Walser
21 Dominik Bielke
29 Jens Baxmann
44 Steve Hanusch
49 Richie Regehr
Forwards
# align=left Player
10 Chris Hahn
11 Sven Felski
12 Laurin Braun
14 Stefan Ustorf
15 Travis James Mulock
20 Denis Pederson
24 André Rankel
26 Florian Busch
27 Steve Walker
28 Patrick Pohl
43 Alexander Weiß
57 Daniel Weiß
62 Tyson Mulock
90 Constantin Braun


Season-by-season record

Year Team League Record Regular Season Finish Playoffs
1990/91 EHC Dynamo Berlin 1. Bundesliga 8-29-7 (W-L-T) 12th relegated to 2. Bundesliga
1991/92 EHC Dynamo Berlin 2. Bundesliga 7-5-4 (W-L-T) 5th promoted to 1. Bundesliga
1992/93 Eisbären Berlin 1. Bundesliga 8-30-6 (W-L-T) 12th did not qualify
1993/94 Eisbären Berlin 1. Bundesliga 11-31-2 (W-L-T) 11th did not qualify
1994/95 Eisbären Berlin DEL 10-32-2 (W-L-T) 18th did not qualify
1995/96 Eisbären Berlin DEL 11-36-3 (W-L-T) 17th did not qualify
1996/97 Eisbären Berlin DEL 26-19-4 (W-L-T) 4th lost the semi finals
1997/98 Eisbären Berlin DEL 27-14-6-1 (W-L-T-OTL) 1st lost the final
1998/99 Eisbären Berlin DEL 26-17-4-5 (W-L-T-OTL) 2nd lost the semi final
1999/00 Eisbären Berlin DEL 23-30-3 (W-L-OTL) 13th did not qualify
2000/01 Eisbären Berlin DEL 25-31-4 (W-L-OTL) 14th did not qualify
2001/02 Eisbären Berlin DEL 31-24-5 (W-L-OTL) 7th lost the quarter final
2002/03 Eisbären Berlin DEL 35-8-9 (W-L-T) 1st lost the semi final
2003/04 Eisbären Berlin DEL 34-12-6 (W-L-OTL) 1st lost the final
2004/05 Eisbären Berlin DEL 32-14-6 (W-L-OTL) 2nd DEL champion
2005/06 Eisbären Berlin DEL 32-15 (W-L) 1st DEL champion
2006/07 Eisbären Berlin DEL 24-21-3 (W-L-OTL) 9th did not qualify
2007/08 Eisbären Berlin DEL 38-14-4 (W-L-OTL) 2nd DEL champion
[128890][128891]

Notable Players

No. 21 Jiří Dopita 1992 - 1995

No. 11 Sven Felski 1992 - present

No. 19 Andrei Lomakin 1995 - 1997

No. 13 Andrew McKim 1996 - 1999

No. 22 Marc Fortier 1996 - 2002

No. 27 Steve Walker 2000 - present

No. 20 Denis Pederson 2003-2005, 2006 - present

No. 09 Erik Cole 2004/2005 Season

Achievements

  • Deutsche Eishockey Liga Champions: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009


  • Deutscher Eishockey Pokal Winner: 2008


  • IIHF Continental-Cup Tournament in Berlin 1999/00: 2nd place


  • SKODA AUTO European Hockey League (EHL) 1998/99: 3rd place


  • IIHF Continental-Cup Tournament in Tampere 1997/98: 2nd place


  • East German Ice Hockey Champions: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983 ,1984 ,1985 ,1986 ,1987 ,1988[128892]


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