The Aalborg Pirates will make their comeback to the Champions Hockey League after winning the Regular Season of Denmark's Metal Ligaen.
In 2012 the Pirates were bought by new owners who put in place the "Masterplan 2018", aiming to take the Pirates to the top of Danish hockey, which resulted in them winning the championship that summer and qualifying for the following season's Champions Hockey League. The Pirates, however, were building again somewhat as they made their European debut after Head Coach Brandon Reid departed for Krefeld over the summer. Replacement Jason Morgan was appointed in late May, arriving after an impressive stint in Hungary's Erste Liga. Morgan won the title in Miskolc in 2016, and led Debrecen to the Semi-Finals a year later, and led his side to an impressive CHL debut - earning a point in Zurich before defeating the Capitals in Vienna after overtime for their first CHL win.
Morgan's tenure was however cut short with the team flagging in their own league, and in early 2019 former Assistant Coach Garth Murray was promoted to the leading role behind the Pirates' bench. He led the team to a fourth-place finish in both the regular season and playoffs by the end of 2019, while season 2019/20 saw the Canadian take the team to the top of the Danish standings with a whopping 18-point margin.
"Hockey with an edge"
Official slogan of the Aalborg Pirates
- Founded in 2012
- Made CHL debut in 2018/19 by earning a point in Zurich
- Won Danish Regular Season in 2019/20 by a sizable margin