Alps Hockey League heads into fourth season

18 teams of three nations are ready to begin the fourth season of Alps Hockey League on September 14th. Nine Austrian teams, seven from Italy and two clubs of Slovenia go in the title race with the season being split in three phases.

After a successful third campaign, the Board of Governors has approved the mode for the 2019-20 season. 18 teams go in the title race as seven Austrian, seven Italian and the two Slovenian clubs of last season confirmed their participation for the new Alps Hockey League campaign. With Steel Wings Linz and Vienna Capitals Silver two new teams in the east joined the league, while Hockey Milano Rossoblu had to withdraw their entry for economic reasons. Both new arrivals play their season opener on September 14th, 2019 - the league's first game day - at home. While champion HK SZ Olimpija welcomes EC-KAC II, runner-up HC Pustertal travel to VEU Feldkirch.

Game Mode
The season is split in three phases. In the regular season the teams play in two full rounds against each other – 34 games per team. The first six teams qualify for the Master Round in the second phase and have already a guaranteed ticket for the AHL playoffs.

Phase 1) Regular Season
The competition will be carried out in one group.

Please find the detailed schedule of the Regular Season here.

Phase 2a): “Master Round”:
The teams placed first to sixth of Phase 1 will play a round robin among each other to decide the placements for the playoffs. The points from the regular season will not be taken along. The first-placed team receives four bonus points, the second-placed team receives three bonus points, the third-placed team receives two bonus points and the fourth-placed team receives one bonus point. Teams placed in fifth and sixth after the regular season will not receive bonus points. During the Master Round the top 6 teams play for the privilege to pick their quarterfinal opponent.

Phase 2b): “Qualification Round A and Qualification Round B”:
The teams ranked on the places 7-18 are split in the second phase, the qualification round, into two groups of six teams each. The points from the regular season will not be taken along. The best-placed team of each group receives four bonus points, the second best receives three bonus points, the third-best receives two bonus points and the next best team receives one bonus point. The last four teams after the regular season will not receive any bonus point in each group. The two winners of the qualification round groups assure the last tickets for the quarterfinals.

Setting List Qualification Round Group A and B:


Phase 3) Playoffs
Then playoffs start with the eight teams qualified play out the champion. Semifinals are played in a “best-of-five” mode, while the quarters and finals will be "best-of-seven". The champion of Alps Hockey League 2019-20 will be crowned after up to 441 games maximum. (306 games regular season phase 1, 90 games regular season phase 2 and 26-45 Playoff games).