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Vienna Capitals

The Vienna Capitals Hockey Club were founded 2001, and prolong the long and well-marked tradition of ice hockey in the capital of Austria. In 2005, the Capitals made history by becoming the first Viennese hockey champions in 43 years. Since 2011-12, the Caps have played their home games in a multi-purpose ice sports centre now known as the 'Erste Arena', which allows a capacity of 7,000 spectators.

Throughout the years, Vienna has been Austria's best-drawing club in attendance, regularly gathering crowds of 5,000-plus. The Vienna Capitals were a member of the European Trophy club competition and have progressed as far as the semi-finals. In 2012/13 and again in 2014/15, the Caps reached the EBEL finals. Although they were winners of the 2013-14 regular season, their post-season ended early in the quarter-finals. In 2016/17 they dominated the EBEL regular season, and went on to sweep the playoffs without dropping a game.

In 2017/18 they again dominated the regular season, but were surprisingly eliminated in the Semi-Finals. With Serge Aubin departing to ZSC Lions in the summer of 2018, the Capitals re-organised off the ice with the appointment of former Calgary Flames Assistant Coach Dave Cameron. The Canadian led the team to a second-place finish in the 2018/19 season, securing their CHL qualification in the EBEL's Pick Round. However the Caps' bid for a return to the playoff finals saw them agian fall in the Semi-Final stage, going out to eventual champions KAC in six games.

Vienna have been a mainstay in the Champions Hockey League but have found advancing past the Group Stage a hard hurdle to get over. After getting through the first stage in their first two seasons, the Capitals have not managed to repeat it since.

"Welcome to Capitals City." Official slogan of the Vienna Capitals

Quick Facts

  • Only professional hockey team in the Austrian capital
  • Qualified for every CHL season since 2014
  • Not been to the CHL Playoffs since 2016

CHL Record

SeasonStage
2014/15Round of 16
2015/16Round of 32
2016/17Group Stage
2017/18Group Stage
2018/19Group Stage
2019/20Group Stage

 

 
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