The DEL was modeled after the NHL , with hopes of providing financial stability through licensing and franchising of teams. 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 Ice Tigers and Bionorica AG, signed a three-year agreement giving Bionorica the naming rights to the team. During the —09 season it became obvious that the Ice Tigers were in a dire financial situation.
On 25 November preliminary insolvency was filed and declared on 30 December declared. This led to the corporate sponsor Bionorica pulling their support in March An investor group led by local jeweler Thomas Sabo intervened on 3 April , pre-empting bankruptcy proceedings and ensuring participation in the —10 season.
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Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. Retrieved from " https: Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This means, 19 of 56 clubs in the first three divisions of German ice hockey currently come from Bavaria.
Bavaria, especially the southern, mountainous region of it, is the "cradle" of German ice hockey with many former German internationals coming from there.
Historically, the German championship was dominated by clubs from Bavaria and Berlin. Nowadays however, Bavarian teams rarely win a championship.
The situation is actually very similar to the Canadian teams in the NHL , who provide the majority of players but win a minority of titles.
In 87 editions of the German championship until , Bavarian clubs have won Of the current DEL teams, none hold a German title to their name.
One reason for the leading role Bavarian ice hockey had, and still to some extent has, is the number of ice hockey stadiums in the state.
Almost 40 percent of all stadiums in Germany are in Bavaria and twice as many as in the second-ranked state Nordrhein-Westfalen:. Archived from the original on The nine senior leagues split over three tiers, operating on the following modus: For the season, the Bayernliga operated in one single division of 16 clubs.
The season went from October to March Each team in the league played each other twice, home and away. In a best-of-three modus, the winner of the Bayernliga was determined.
The bottom eight teams also played a best-of-three play-down round to determine the two teams relegated to the Landesligas.
Until the end of the season, the league operated on a fourteen club home-and-away season with no play-offs. From , the strength of the league was increased to sixteen clubs in two regional groups of eight.
After a first round, the top four of each group played another group stage, the championship group. The bottom four from each group did the same in a relegation group.
From the season, play-offs were introduced after the championship round. The year after, the league moved to its current modus of a sixteen team home-and-away season with play-offs at the end.
Each of the four Landesligas played a regular season of home-and-away matches. The two first placed teams of each league then entered a championship round of eight teams.
Again played in home-and-away modus, the top two teams of this round gain promotion to the Bayernliga. Should one or more teams from the Bayernliga gain entry to the Oberliga with a lesser number then that being relegated from the Oberliga to the Bayernliga , additional teams may be promoted from the Landesliga.
The other six teams in each of the four Landesligas played out another home-and-away round with the last placed team from each league being relegated to the corresponding Bezirksliga.