The new season of the ICEHL hockey league is starting in Drevi, in which the only Slovenian representative remains SŽ Olimpija from Ljubljana. Today at 7:15 p.m. on the home ice in Tivoli, the green and white team will face off against the team from Linz.
In the 2023/24 season, 13 clubs will compete in the expanded Austrian championship. Most are Austrian (Vorarlberg, Innsbruck, Graz, Linz, Vienna Capitalsegg whites VSVSalzburg and the KAC of Cologne), three Italian and South Tyrolean (Bolzano, Pustertal, Asiago), and one each comes from Slovenia (SŽ Olimpija) and Hungary (Fehervar).
The third season of dragons after returning
The coming season will be already 24. performance of the regional competition, where the title is defended by the first superpower of the league RB Salzburg. SŽ Olympia begins its third season after returning to the regional elite. In the first season after their return, the people of Ljubljana reached the quarter-finals, in the previous season they said goodbye already after the regular season, and their wish for 2023/24 is to be in the knockout stages again.
The competition will take place according to quadrilateral system, each team will play each twice at home and away. After these 48 rounds of the regular season, the second season will begin. The first six teams will have already secured the playoffs. In the intermediate part, the teams in places 7, 8, 9 and 10 will compete for the last two tickets.
“It’s the atmosphere great, but these were preparatory matches. Now, in the coming weeks and months, we will see if we are on the right track. But the ‘mood’ is right, we have a ‘mix’ of older and younger people. Even the foreigners got involved well, we are like one big family,” the new captain said before the season Žiga Pavlinwho returned to Tivoli after many years.
THE LEAGUE ICEHL – EXPANDED AUSTRIAN P.1. CIRCLE
Today at 19.15: SŽ OLYMPIA – LINZ
GRADEC – VIENNA INNSBRUCK – BOLZANO SALZBURG – KAC ZELOVEC PUSTERTAL – VORARLBERG ASIAGO – FEHERVAR