Hannover Scorpions

The Hannover Scorpions are a professional ice hockey team, which plays in the Oberliga, Germany's third tier ice hockey league. They previously played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga from 1996 to 2013.

Hannover Scorpions
Hannover Scorpions logo.svg
CityHanover, Germany
LeagueOberliga
Founded1975
Home arenaEishalle Langenhagen
ColorsRed, White, Black
              
Owner(s)Günter Papenburg
Head coachLen Soccio
WebsiteHannoverScorpions.de
Franchise history
1975–1996ESC Wedemark
1996–1997Wedemark Scorpions
1997–presentHannover Scorpions

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1975 as ESC Wedemark, the team was renamed Wedemark Scorpions in their first DEL season in 1996 after the rock band Scorpions, who also call Hannover, Lower Saxony their home. The next season, the Scorpions relocated to Hannover proper and began playing their home games at TUI Arena in 2000.

Despite playing in the region's top venue, as well as enjoying sizeable corporate and political support, the team has struggled to generate sustained interest in Hannover.

Before relocating there in 1997, the Scorpions played their home games in Mellendorf, a small town located 20 km north in Wedemark township. They were actually considered rivals of Hannover. Thus, many local fans resented their longtime foe taking over the Hannover market at the expense of the city's historic hockey team, the less-favored Indians, and refused to support the Scorpions.[citation needed]

With the club stricken by financial problems at the conclusion of the 2012–13 season, the Scorpions were forced to sell their DEL license to 2nd Bundesliga club the SERC Wild Wings on June 14, 2013.[1] The Scorpions were then placed in the Oberliga, Germany's third tier league.

HonorsEdit

ChampionsEdit

  • DEL Championship (1): 2010
  • Champion 1.League (1): 1996
  • Oberliga Nord Champion (1): 1994
  • Regionalliga Nord Champion (2): 1977, 1991

PlayersEdit

# Nat Player Pos
30   Björn Linda (G)
94   Lukas Müller (G)
31   Simon Peddinghaus (G)
11    Sean Fischer (D/F)
18    Goran Pantic (D)
58   Dennis Schütt (D)
91   Florian Spelleken (D)
15    Robin Thomson (D)
9   Jörn Welkamp (D)
96   Jannik Weist (D)
36   Reiko Berblinger (F/D)
52    Sachar Blank (LW)
11   Björn Bombis (W/C)
82    Michael Budd (F)
88   Noah Janisch (F)
33   Christoph Koziol (LW)
13   Sebastian Lehmann (F)
72   Robin Marek (F)
91   Chad Niddery (LW/C)
23   Thomas Pape (RW)
61   Robin Ringe (F)
21   Patrick Schmid (LW)
8   Delf Sinnecker (F)

Honored membersEdit

Season recordsEdit

Season Games Won Lost Tie OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Rank Playoffs
1996–97 48 12 35 1 3 - 28 150 231 14 Saved in Relegation
1997–98 44 22 14 6 2 - 52 160 142 7 Lost in Quarterfinals
1998–99 52 18 25 3 6 - 66 175 195 11 No Playoffs
1999–00 56 27 26 0 3 - 78 188 195 9 Saved in Relegation
2000–01 60 32 22 0 6 - 99 203 182 7 Lost in Semifinals
2001–02 60 25 28 0 7 - 78 180 201 10 No Playoffs
2002–03 52 23 24 5 0 - 69 142 150 10 No Playoffs
2003–04 52 15 32 0 5 - 48 127 175 13 Saved in Relegation
2004–05 52 21 28 0 3 - 60 133 175 12 No Playoffs
2005–06 52 28 17 - 0 7 84 158 150 7 Lost in Semifinals
2006–07 52 26 17 - 4 5 84 162 157 6 Lost in Quarterfinals
2007–08 56 27 17 - 3 9 86 171 171 8 Lost in Preliminary Finals
2008–09 52 33 14 - 3 2 101 173 151 2 Lost in Semifinals
2009–10 56 28 14 - 4 10 94 169 177 4 Champions
2010–11 52 26 21 - 4 1 81 154 160 5 Lost in Quarterfinals
2011–12 52 18 31 - 2 1 51 119 161 14 No Playoffs
2012–13 52 24 25 - 2 1 72 124 148 11 No Playoffs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DEL club allow Scorpions license move to Schwenningen" (in German). Hannover Scorpions. 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-06-14.

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