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Czech Extraliga
Current season or competition:
2009–10 Czech Extraliga season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
No. of teams 14
Country(ies)  Czech Republic
Most recent champion(s) HC Energie Karlovy Vary
Most championships Vsetínská hokejová (6)
TV partner(s) Česká televize
Official website http://www.hokej.cz/

The Czech Extraliga is the highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic. The name of the league is leased a general sponsor and changes frequently. In 1999-00, it was known as the Staropramen Extraliga; for 2001-01 and 2001-02 seasons, it was called the Český Telecom Extraliga; from 2003-04 to 2005-06, it was known as the Tipsport Extraliga; for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, it was known as the O2 Extraliga. As of 2009, it is ranked by the IIHF as the third strongest league in Europe[1].

The Czech Extraliga is rooted in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League. The Czech Extraliga was spun off in 1993 following the administrative break-up of Czechoslovakia. A lot of Extraliga players leave every year on transfers to the North American NHL and Eurasian league, the KHL. There are currently 57 Czech ice hockey players based in the National Hockey League, making Czechs the third largest nationality represented in the league, after Canadians and Americans.

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Format

14 teams compete in the league. The top 10 teams at the end of the regular season advance to the final play-offs. After the 52-game regular season, the teams that finished 7th to 10th play a pre-quarter-final playoff series (best-of-five) to determine who will join the top six into the quarter-finals (best-of-seven).

Since the 2006-07 season, three points have been be awarded for a win in regular time and two points for an overtime victory, while the defeated team in overtime gets one point. If necessary, penalty shots are used to decide games after overtime.

There is also only one assist credited for each goal instead of two since 2006-07, which affected the league statistics, so the rule was cancelled in the 2008-09 season. Two assists are counted now.

The four lowest ranked teams (11 - 14) after the regular season play in a play-out group (12 games, all regular-season matches are counted into the ranking). The last-place team after the play-out group plays with the winner of the First League playoff series (best-of-seven). The winner of this series will play in the Extraliga the following season. The loser will play in the First League.

2009-10 teams

Note: The names of most teams are leased to general sponsors and change frequently.

Team 2008-09 league position
Liberec White Tigers 9th
HC Mountfield (České Budějovice) 11th
HC Energie Karlovy Vary 2nd
HC Eaton Pardubice 5th
HC Plzeň 1929 3rd
PSG Zlín 8th
HC Benzina Litvínov 7th
HC GEUS Okna Kladno 13th
HC Slavia Praha 1st
HC Sparta Praha 4th
HC Oceláři Třinec 10th
HC Vítkovice Steel 6th
BK Mladá Boleslav 14th
HC Kometa Brno promoted from the Czech 1.liga by purchasing the license for the Czech Extraliga from Orli Znojmo

2009-10 Interim positions

monthly actualized

Pos. Team GP Pts
1st HC Plzeň 1929 51 106
2nd HC Eaton Pardubice 51 93
3rd RI OKNA Zlín 51 93
4th HC Vítkovice Steel 51 88
5th HC Sparta Praha 51 84
6th HC Oceláři Třinec 51 83
7th HC Slavia Praha 51 71
8th Liberec White Tigers 51 70
9th HC Mountfield (České Budějovice) 51 70
10th HC Benzina Litvínov 51 70
11th HC Energie Karlovy Vary 51 63
12th HC Kometa Brno 51 63
13th Mladá Boleslav 51 62
14th HC GEUS Okna Kladno 51 55

The playoffs

The top 10 teams at the end of the regular season play in the final play-offs.

Starting from the 2003-04 season, the play-offs has its own general sponsor, with the play-offs' official name being Česká pojišťovna play-off Tipsport extraligy. The play-offs determine the league championship.

Champions

See also

References

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