Cologne Sharks

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Cologne Sharks
Greatest successes
  • Eight-time German champion :
    1977, 1979, 1984, 1986–1988, 1995, 2002
  • German cup winner 2004
Club information
history Kölner EC (1972–1994)
Kölner Haie (since 1994)
Parent club KEC “Die Haie” e. V.
Club colors Red - white KEC

Black - white - red Cologne Sharks

league German ice hockey league
Venue Lanxess Arena
capacity 18,650 seats
executive Director Philipp Walter
Head coach Uwe Krupp
captain Moritz Müller
Season 2019/20 11th place

The Kölner Haie are a Cologne ice hockey club that was founded in 1972 by splitting off from the Cologne EK . The club was one of the founding clubs of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) in 1994 and is still a member there today. The Haie have been playing in the top German ice hockey league since 1973 and have been German champions eight times during this period .

The professional department operates as a limited liability company under the official name of Cologne Ice Hockey Society “Die Haie” GmbH. The parent club, in which the youth and amateur department is integrated, is called KEC “Die Haie” e. V.


1972 to 1976: founding and advancement

The shark became the symbol of the KEC in 1972, here on the jersey of Erich Kühnhackl (1977)

In the summer of 1972, the ice hockey department of the Cologne EK , which had played in various lower classes since 1936, separated from the parent club. The members were of the opinion that they would be able to play ice hockey more successfully as an independent club , as this gave them more freedom of choice and better financial opportunities. On August 10, 1972, the independence of the ice hockey department was decided and Peter Rentergent was appointed president. Since the KEC initially remained attached to the old club as an independent department - it was initially called Kölner EC in the Cologne EK - the team was allowed to start directly in the top division . The KEK was still a member of the German Ice Hockey Federation and therefore had the right to start in this division.

The new club was originally only supposed to be called Kölner EC - but the register of associations did not allow this because of its similarity to the Cologne EK. Therefore, the addition "Die Haie" was later added to the club name. The shark was also shown in the first logo that the goalkeeper and artist Dieter Horký designed at the time . Today the shark is the unmistakable trademark of the club and has officially been part of the name since 1995.

In the first season 1972/73 in the major league, the Haien succeeded in advancing to the ice hockey Bundesliga . The team, made up of strong players such as Detlef Langemann , Wim Hospelt or player / manager Günter Peters, outclassed the opponents in the second-highest division, sometimes by double digits. In her first year in the Bundesliga there were always problems in and around the team. Team captain Sigbert Stotz ended his career due to an injury and there was unrest in the board. Manager Peters, who was said to have had financial problems with his tire business, fled the city without news. The club dismissed the coach and brought back promotion coach Ondrej Bendík . Nevertheless, in the end they just managed to stay in the league.

1975/76 was the first major crisis season for the sharks. The dispute within the presidium led to the resignation of President Rentergent at the beginning of 1976, who had also come under fire for alleged payments to the KEC players, who were officially still considered amateurs. Due to the poor performance and the turbulence in the club - in the middle of the season coach Bendík was also dismissed for persistent failure - the number of spectators fell sharply, which led to a financial deficit.

1976 to 1983: First successes despite financial worries

Despite the acute money problems, the Haie attracted attention with large transfers. The new President Jochem Erlemann signed Gerhard Kießling and his son Udo as coach and defender. Even more spectacular, however, was the purchase of Erich Kühnhackl from EV Landshut for the record transfer fee of more than DM 600,000 . Curious about the commitment: Jochem Erlemann had several times sent employees with money to negotiate with Kühnhackl in Landshut, which, however, were unsuccessful. Nevertheless, the star player moved to Cologne. But just when the KEC had established itself in the top tier of the league, tax back payments and debts of more than two million DM became known. Only once initiated consolidation measures enabled the club president, the insolvency avert and keep the game operation to continue. And so the Haien succeeded in winning the first championship in March 1977, when they defeated the former series champions from Berlin and the Rhenish rivals from Düsseldorf and Krefeld in the newly introduced championship round.

After the KEC failed to defend its title, the president signed many new players. Among other things, Miroslav Sikora came to Cologne, who remained connected to the Haien as a player and manager for the next 20 years. Gerhard Kießling, master coach from 1977, also returned to the Haien after he was surprisingly dismissed immediately after the first championship. The Haie managed to win their second title of the season, but this was overshadowed by the resignation of the president. Jochem Erlemann's successor was Heinz Landen , and Clemens Vedder was appointed treasurer .

The next seasons were characterized by the sporting mediocrity and the financial consolidation of the club. In the 1980/81 season , the KEC reached the play-off qualification, but the team was in the relegation round because of the involvement in the pass forger scandal (use of Canadians or Americans who did not have German citizenship as German players) offset. On March 9, 1981, there was also a mass beating in the Bundesliga match against VfL Bad Nauheim . The referee imposed a total of 166 penalty minutes, including match, game time and disciplinary penalties.

By 1983 a powerful team was formed with young, aspiring players like Miroslav Sikora, Gerd Truntschka , Uwe Krupp and Helmut de Raaf , as well as experienced players like Udo Kießling and Uli Hiemer .

1983 to 1988: four championships in five years

With Jozef Golonka , an experienced coach was hired who led the team to the final of the playoff round, where they met EV Landshut. The Haie defeated Landshut EV 5-0 in the fifth and decisive game and celebrated the German championship.

A year later, the Haie, who were again favorites, had to settle for third place. Because of numerous injuries, only eleven healthy field players played in the semifinals against the Mannheim ERC . The season was overshadowed by the foul by Mannheim's Roy Roedger , who hit KEC striker Steve McNeill in the right eye with the tip of his club. It was only thanks to several operations that part of the eyesight was saved. Roedger was banned from many games and finally sentenced to a compensation payment of 200,000 DM. Haie striker Peter Schiller also caused a sensation when , out of boredom, he pushed the puck behind his own goal and did push-ups in the European Cup match against HC Bozen , which the KEC won 6-1.

The 1985/86 season , the first season in which the former Haie player Hardy Nilsson was coach of the Cologne gang, was one of the most successful in the club's history for the KEC. From the beginning, the team dominated the league and went into the playoffs as leaders. There they only lost one game, won the first series of finals against Düsseldorfer EG (DEG) 3-0 and celebrated the championship again. Before that, they had already finished second in the European Cup. But this season also had a sad event for the Haie: 19-year-old Ralf Philipp , nephew of long-time KEC striker Rainer Philipp , was killed in a car accident. Since then, the Haien's jersey number 8, which the young talent had “inherited” from his uncle, has no longer been given to players.

In the 1986/87 season , the KEC was the first team since the introduction of the playoffs to defend the title they had won the previous season. In the playoffs, in which they went to second in the preliminary round, the Haie lost no game and defeated Schwenningen , DEG and Mannheim in three games each. Clemens Vedder had already resigned from his position as treasurer for private reasons before the season . A year later, the Haie made the title hat-trick perfect when they won the fifth decisive game 4-1 in the final of the playoffs against Sportbund Rosenheim . They defeated the team that was the only one better placed in the preliminary round. At the beginning of the playoffs, the KEC set a record that has never been achieved to this day: Including the three victories against Frankfurt and Mannheim, the team won 20 playoff games in a row.

1988 to 1994: The Rhenish rivals

After the title hat trick, the Haie were also among the favorites in the 1988/89 season , and they had topped the table after the preliminary round. After winning the runner-up in the European Cup, the Cologne team was eliminated in the semi-finals of the national championship against DEG. The goalkeepers had been swapped with DEG before the season ( Joseph "Peppi" Heiß came on for Helmut de Raaf ), and Dieter Hegen and Gerd Truntschka’s changes to their Rhine rivals were announced during the season . In the 1989/90 season everything seemed to come down to a duel between the two Rhenish rivals. At the end of the preliminary round, the Haie took second place behind DEG. However, the KEC was eliminated in the semifinals against Rosenheim. What remained was a record that still exists today: Nine play-off semi-finals in a row.

In the two following seasons, too, not everything went as planned for the Haien. In 1990/91 the team struggled with many injuries, but still managed to qualify for the playoffs as the front runners. There they reached the final against DEG through victories against Hedos Munich and BSC Preussen . After the KEC had made up a 0-2 match deficit, they lost 4-0 in the decisive fifth game. In 1991/92 , when 19-year-old Jozef Stümpel began his international career, unrest in the area caused problems from the start. So initially the expansion of the ice rink, which was believed to be safe, was rejected by the city. Shortly after the start of the season, Ray Whitney , who had just been signed up, left the Haie for North America. When the start of the season failed, coach Nilsson came under fire and after being eliminated in the quarter-finals against Mannheim, a power struggle began behind the scenes, culminating in the resignation of several board members.

For the 1992/93 season there were again financial bottlenecks at the Kölner Haien. Despite some departures from players, the team reached second place after the preliminary round. In the playoffs they first prevailed against Kaufbeuren (3: 0) and Mannheim (3: 1), before they met DEG again in the final. In one of the most exciting final series in Bundesliga history, DEG won the decisive fifth game on Brehmstrasse in Düsseldorf 2-1 after extra time.

The Sharks' financial troubles were made worse when President Landen suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma shortly after the season ended . The recently newly appointed vice president and managing director accumulated almost seven million DM in debt, and players' salaries were in some cases no longer paid. President Landen also announced his resignation at the end of the 1993/94 season . Bernd Schäfer III . should, initially as interim president, renovate the association. Despite the confusing situation in the board of directors, the KEC qualified fifth for the playoffs, where they were defeated in the semifinals by the eventual champions Hedos Munich.

1994 to 2001: New league, new arena

After founding the German Ice Hockey League (DEL), in which clubs were also allowed to compete as GmbHs for the first time, Heinz Hermann Göttsch took over the position of main shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of the newly founded Cologne ice hockey company "Die Haie" GmbH. Through extensive consolidation measures and fundraising campaigns from fans, the Haie succeeded in attracting some top-class professionals to the Rhine. After a disappointing preliminary round, which ended the KEC in sixth place, the team improved from game to game in the playoffs and eliminated Kaufbeuren, Mannheim and the Berlin Prussians. In the final series, they finally defeated EV Landshut in the decisive fifth game 4-0 and celebrated the first championship in DEL history.

In the 1995/96 season the club reached the final again after first place after the preliminary round, where they met DEG again. But after the KEC had won the first game, there was no more victory, and only the runner-up remained. In addition, the Haie reached the final of the European Cup in December 1995, which was only lost to Jokerit Helsinki in the penalty shoot-out. A year later, the Haie team had also been greatly changed by the so-called Bosman decision , they were less successful in the newly founded European Hockey League (EHL) and were eliminated in the group stage. In the DEL playoffs, the team met Landshut for the fourth year in a row. This time, however, Bayern won the quarter-final series in four games.

They met again a year later when they met again in the quarter-finals. The Haie, after a mixed preliminary round with a lot of unrest in the team and in the environment as third in the final round, were inferior to the Landshutern and won no game. In the following season, too, when the Haie moved to the newly completed LANXESS Arena (“Kölnarena” until 2008) in October 1998 , there were many problems at the KEC at the beginning. As in the previous year, players were sacked shortly after the start of the season, the team structure was not right, and the team's performance stagnated. Only when with trainer Lahtinen, assistant coach Helland and managers Miro Sikora the entire sports management was replaced, the later in the made NHL successful managers Andy Murray for more consistency in the club and in the team. In the playoffs for the championship, however, the Haie were eliminated again in the quarterfinals against the Frankfurt Lions after five games.

In the 1999/2000 season , according to many experts, the Haie team was considered to be one of the best in German ice hockey in recent years. So everything went as planned: In December, the first German team in 35 years to win the Spengler Cup in Davos , after the preliminary round the KEC took the top position, and in the playoffs the Augsburg Panthers and Berlin Capitals were unbeaten defeated. But in the final against the Munich Barons the slump came, the Haie lost the subsequent three games after the opening win and had to give the Barons the title. A year later, the Hanover Scorpions had a decisive influence on the Haie season: In January, Bob Leslie was replaced by Lance Nethery as coach for the second time after losing to the Scorpions . On one of the last game days, the KEC qualified for the play-offs with a win against Hanover after they had threatened to miss them for the first time. In the play-offs, the KEC was eliminated in three games against the Scorpions in the quarter-finals.

2001 to 2006: Successful years and the Zach era

Haie players after their home game win against the Augsburger Panther , 2005/06 season

Similar to previous years, the Haie played a poor preliminary round in the 2001/02 season. Ironically, in the year of the 30th anniversary of the club, it was only at the end of the preliminary round that they made it into the final round. There the sharks first met the Krefeld penguins , but they were thrown out of the competition in three games. In the semifinals, the KEC prevailed in five games against the Munich Barons. Also in the final against the Mannheimer Adler only the fifth game decided on the championship. The KEC won this 2-1 with goals from Alex Hicks and Dwayne Norris and achieved its eighth German championship. The tenure of Hans Zach began in Cologne with the aim of defending his title . During the previous season, the then national coach's commitment was made perfect, which meant that Rich Chernomaz had no future in Cologne despite the championship title. The Haie already convinced in the preliminary round, which they finished in second place after a final sprint (20 games without defeat after regular time). The KEC reached the final again via Kassel and Mannheim, this time against the Rhenish rival from Krefeld. After losing the first two games, the team fought for a decisive fifth game in the Kölnarena, in which, however, the Krefeld team defeated the Haie 3-1. In addition to the runner-up, they were also in the final of the re-introduced DEB Cup , which they lost to Mannheim.

The Haie and their final opponents from Berlin before the fourth final game of the 2007/08 season.

After the successful last years, the Haie were again among the favorites for the title in the DEL in 2003/04 . And after the 2004 cup win against Kassel and fourth place after the preliminary round, a lot was expected from the KEC team. But the Haie, plagued by many injuries during the season, could not hold back in the quarter-final series against the Frankfurt Lions and failed because of the eventual German champions. Nevertheless, many positive memories remained of the season, also because of the new club record of 6,500 season tickets sold and the establishment of the Alex Hicks initiative by the Haie striker. A year later - Rodion Pauels had meanwhile become the sports coordinator of the Haie - came again in the quarterfinals. After another season with many long-term injuries, the Haie took fourth place. In the play-offs, the Haie had to admit defeat 2: 5 in the decisive seventh game in the Kölnarena against a team from ERC Ingolstadt, which had been strengthened by the lockout with NHL players .

In the 2005/06 season there was another encounter with DEG in the play-offs for the first time in ten years. After the Haie finished the preliminary round in 5th place and eliminated the Nürnberg Ice Tigers in only four games in the quarterfinals , the semi-final series against DEG followed. In the fourth game, the Haie were behind shortly before the end when Bill Lindsay made extra time possible, in which he also marked the winning goal. In the decisive game on Brehmstrasse, however, the Haie lost 3: 5 and were eliminated in the semi-finals.

2006 until today

In the 2006/07 season , the season for the KEC also ended in the semifinals. In the first year under the new coach Doug Mason , the Cologne team played a preliminary round marked by ups and downs, finished in fifth place and thus reached the play-offs for the 26th time in a row. In the cup final , the Haie lost, as in 2003, against the Adler Mannheim after extra time. The Cologne team won the play-off quarter-finals against Ingolstadt, who were better placed after the preliminary round, but were defeated in the semi-finals against eventual champions Adler Mannheim. During the following season there was a spectacular goalkeeper change at the Haien: Travis Scott - until then statistically the best goalkeeper in the league - received a highly paid offer from a Russian club and was transferred there within a few days. The Cologne team signed the German national goalkeeper Robert Müller from Mannheim as a replacement . This led the KEC to the final, where they lost 1: 3 to the Eisbären Berlin . Previously, the Haie had defeated the reigning champions Mannheim in the quarter-finals and the Frankfurt Lions in the semi-finals. In the third game in the series against Mannheim, both teams almost set a new world record. Only after 168 minutes did Philip Gogulla score the winning goal in the sixth overtime.

Goal celebration at the Cologne Sharks

During the summer break of 2008 there was some turmoil at the KEC when striker Ivan Čiernik launched a move to the KHL for HK Sibir Novosibirsk after allegedly criticizing his coach Doug Mason. As a replacement for Čiernik, thanks to Todd Warriner's contacts, NHL veteran Mike Johnson was hired, but his contract was terminated in December 2008. After losing seven games in a row at the start of the season - the worst start to the season in the club's history - coach Doug Mason was dismissed. The management appointed the former assistant coach Clayton Beddoes as successor for Mason , whom an old friend, Andreas Lupzig , was put at his side. In December 2008, the Haie also parted with Beddoes, and the previous junior coach Rupert Meister was installed as a coach until the end of the season. Nevertheless, the team did not reach the playoffs for the first time in 28 years in 2008/09 . Due to the poor performance and the economic crisis, the KEC remained far below its usual audience average, which brought the club into a serious financial crisis. The KEC caused a stir in spring 2009 when it applied for short-time allowance for employees in the office . The insolvency proceedings could only be prevented through the engagement of new shareholders .

On May 21, 2009 the club announced that their goalkeeper Robert Müller had died of cancer. Thereupon Müller's shirt number, number 80, was blocked by the Cologne Sharks. After the Kölner Haie dropped out of the playoff ranks in the 2009/10 preliminary round and lost a large part of their games, coach Igor Pawlow and assistant coach Rupert Meister were relieved of their duties on December 2, 2009 and by the coaching team Bill Stewart and ex - Shark player Niklas Sundblad replaced. During the season, however, it was not clear whether the Haie would be able to play it to the end due to a further deterioration in the financial situation. After initially not having to file for bankruptcy, the club reached the first playoff round, but had to admit defeat to ERC Ingolstadt .

Due to the poor performance and the financial problems, the summer break 2010 became a test of patience for the fans. The sole shareholder Heinz Hermann Göttsch had left. He had pumped 30 million euros into the club for 17 years. Almost daily reports in the press about an imminent “going to the district court” or failed negotiations with potential new sponsors caused the rumor mill to boil. After the LanxessArena accommodated the Cologne-based company with a new lease, Thomas Eichin was able to announce on May 31 that the license application had been submitted to the DEL on time. There was no sigh of relief, however, because there was still a financial gap of around one million euros that had to be closed within the five-day grace period granted by the DEL. Finally, on June 8, 2010, the relieving message came: “The future of the sharks secured!” The management had succeeded in attracting a group of private investors.

In November 2010, the KEC was back at the bottom of the table and dismissed coach and manager Stewart. Niklas Sundblad was promoted to head coach, new partner Jan Broer became the second managing director alongside Eichin. In addition, the then national coach Uwe Krupp was hired as coach and sports manager for the 2011/2012 season. Despite being 15 points behind the last play-off spot, the Haie reached the finals with a 1-0 win in Iserlohn on the penultimate match day. After two wins against newly promoted EHC Munich , the team lost all three games against Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals . In the following year , the Haie, who entered with only five foreign licenses, survived the first play-off round with two wins against Augsburg, but were eliminated again without a win in the quarter-finals against the eventual champions from Berlin.

On November 8, 2012, an all-star game with many former players was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the KEC. Hardy Nilsson's team won as “Kölsche Haie” 8: 4 against Hans Zach's “Kölsche Vulkane” team. The main round of the 2012/13 season ended with the Kölner Haie in second place in the table. After successes against Straubing (4: 1) and Wolfsburg (3: 0) they lost to the Eisbären Berlin with 1: 3 games in the final and became runner-up. In the following season, the Haie again missed winning the championship when they lost 3-4 games in the final of the German ice hockey championship against ERC Ingolstadt .

The 2014/15 season was very bad for the KEC. After a bad start to the season (13th place after 10 games) in the DEL and elimination in the Champions Hockey League , Uwe Krupp was dismissed, whereupon Niklas Sundblad was hired as the new head coach. The Cologne team climbed in the table under Sundblad, but could not steadily establish themselves in the playoff ranks. Ultimately, it was enough for 11th place, which meant that the Kölner Haie missed the play-offs for the first time since the 2008/09 season. This was followed by a change in personnel in summer 2015. While players like captain John Tripp and longtime goalkeeper Danny aus den Birken left the club, there were numerous well-known newcomers in Gustaf Wesslau , Per Åslund , Shawn Lalonde and Fredrik Eriksson . Despite the restructured squad, there was no consistency in the team's sporting appearances in the 2015/16 season , so head coach Sundblad and his assistant Petri Liimatainen were dismissed in January 2016 and Cory Clouston was committed. On January 30, 2016, Mark Mahon was announced as sporting director. The Haie went into the playoffs as the fourth-best team in the main round in the 2016/17 season and were eliminated there in the quarter-finals (3: 4 wins) against Wolfsburg.

After a negative streak of three defeats from four games, the Haie parted ways with Clouston on November 20, 2017, and Peter Draisaitl became his successor as coach . With him, the Haie finished 6th at the end of the main round and qualified for the playoffs. There the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals against the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers . Captain Christian Ehrhoff ended his career after leaving. Trainer Peter Draisaitl and sports director Mark Mahon announced a change in the team. Twelve players left the KEC after the season. Including Philip Gogulla , who wore the sharks jersey from 2004 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2018.

In January 2019, coach Draisaitl had to leave, and the Canadian Dan Lacroix was signed as his successor until the end of the 2018/19 season. After a 4th place in the preliminary round of the season , the Haie documents in the play-off semifinals to the eventual title holder Adler Mannheim . For the following season 2019/20 , Mike Stewart was signed by league rivals Augsburger Panther, a new coach.

After a 1: 2 defeat at Pinguins Bremerhaven on matchday 47, Mike Stewart was sacked at the end of February 2020. At this time the Haie were with 53 points in 11th place in the table and had lost 17 games in a row. Uwe Krupp was hired again as head coach; under him, four of the last five games of the season have been won. In the table, however, the Haie could not improve any more and ended the season in 11th place.


Squad for the 2019/20 season

As of July 31, 2019

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in the team since place of birth
53 GermanyGermany Bastian Kucis G April 21, 1997 2018 Kaufbeuren , Germany
CanadaCanada Justin Pogge G April 22, 1986 2020 Fort McMurray , Canada
67 GermanyGermany Hannibal Weitzmann G September 25, 1995 2016 Berlin , Germany
15th United StatesUnited States Taylor Aronson D. December 30, 1991 2019 Placentia , California , United States
CanadaCanada Maury Edwards D. March 16, 1987 2020 Calgary , Alberta , Canada
92 CanadaCanada Kevin Gagné D. April 14, 1992 2019 Edmundston , New Brunswick , Canada
22nd GermanyGermany Maximilian Glötzl D. May 16, 2002 2019 Schongau , Germany
3 GermanyGermany Simon Gnyp D. September 10, 2001 2018 Burghausen , Germany
46 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Jakub Kindl D. February 10, 1987 2019 Šumperk , Czechoslovakia
91 GermanyGermany Moritz MüllerC. D. November 19, 1986 2003 Frankfurt am Main , Germany
7th GermanyGermany Dominik Tiffels D. February 20, 1994 2017 Cologne , Germany
79 GermanyGermany Colin Ugbekile D. September 26, 1999 2019 Solingen , Germany
27 GermanyGermany Pascal Zerressen D. November 22, 1992 2013 Tönisvorst , Germany
19th CanadaCanada Jason Akeson RW 03rd June 1990 2018 Orléans , Ontario , Canada
16 Flag of Canada and Germany.svg Jason Bast C. 0June 2, 1989 2019 Regina , Saskatchewan , Canada
2 GermanyGermany Erik Betzold F. January 18, 2000 2019 Nordhausen , Germany
37 GermanyGermany NetherlandsNetherlands Dani Bindels F. November 11, 1998 2018 Geleen , Netherlands
17th GermanyGermany Nicolas Cornett F. July 22, 1999 2019 Nuremberg , Germany
13 GermanyGermany Lucas Dumont F. 0June 8, 1997 2016 Leonberg , Germany
CanadaCanada Justin Fontaine RW 0November 6, 1987 2020 Bonnyville , Alberta , Canada
59 CanadaCanada Colby GenowayA. RW December 12, 1983 2018 Morden , Manitoba , Canada
86 United StatesUnited States Ben Hanowski W. October 18, 1990 2017 Little Falls , Minnesota , USA
77 GermanyGermany Mick Koehler F. February 23, 1998 2018 Bonn , Germany
10 CanadaCanada Jon Matsumoto C. October 13, 1986 2019 Ottawa , Ontario , Canada
9 GermanyGermany Marcel Müller LW July 10, 1988 2018 Berlin , Germany
50 GermanyGermany Alexander Oblinger C. January 17, 1989 2018 Augsburg , Germany
20th GermanyGermany Robin Palka RW March 26, 1999 2018 Gummersbach , Germany
CanadaCanada James Sheppard C. April 25, 1988 2020 Lower Sackville , Nova Scotia , Canada
24 CanadaCanada Zach Sill C. May 24, 1988 2019 Truro , Nova Scotia , Canada
23 Flag of Canada and Germany.svg Colin Smith C. June 20, 1993 2019 Edmonton , Alberta , Canada
21st GermanyGermany Frederik Tiffels LW May 20, 1995 2018 Cologne , Germany
93 GermanyGermany Sebastian Uvira C. January 26, 1993 2014 Freiburg , Germany
Coaching staff
activity Surname Date of birth In the team since place of birth
Trainer GermanyGermany Uwe Krupp June 24, 1965 2020 Cologne , Germany
Assistant coach Flag of Canada and Germany.svg Greg Thomson May 28, 1963 2016 Edmonton , Canada
Assistant coach GermanyGermany Thomas Brandl February 9, 1969 2016 Bad Toelz , Germany
Assistant coach CanadaCanada Ron Pasco 3rd February 1972 2019 Ottawa , Canada

Significant past teams

German champion 1977

position Name (number)
Goal: Axel Richter (1) , Wolf Herbst (2)
Defense: Jouko Öystilä (4) , Harald Krüll (5) , Kjell-Rune Milton (9) , Dieter Langemann (3) , Matthias Maurer (17) , Bernd Beyerbach (19) , Udo Kießling (25)
Storm: Peter Schiller (6) , Karl-Gustav Richter (7) , Michael Muus (8) , Craig Sarner (11) , Hans Rothkirch (12) , Erich Kühnhackl (24) , Marcus Kuhl (15) , Wim Hospelt (18) , Franz Hofherr (20) , Henryk Jaworowski (23) , Detlef Langemann (14)
Trainer: Gerhard Kießling

German champion 1979

position Name (number)
Goal: Claus Verleih (21) , Rainer Makatsch (25)
Defense: Udo Kießling (4) , Harald Krüll (5) , Christian Nikola (8) , Vic Stanfield (18) , Georg Kink
Storm: Walter Stadler (2) , Peter Schiller (6) , Dick Decloe (7) , Miroslav Sikora (11) , Hans Rothkirch (12) , Hardy Nilsson (13) , Erich Kühnhackl (14) , Marcus Kuhl (15) , Siegfried Hardt (16) , Franz Hofherr (20) , Henryk Jaworowski (23) , Detlef Langemann (24)
Trainer: Gerhard Kießling

German champion 1984

position Name (number)
Goal: Helmut de Raaf (1) , Peter Zankl (20)
Defense: Toni Forster (2) , Udo Kießling (4) , Uwe Krupp (5) , Richard Trojan (6) , Peter Gailer (7) , Werner Kühn (18) , Rene Ledock (21) , Uli Hiemer (25)
Storm: Rainer Philipp (8) , Drew Callander (9) , Miroslav Sikora (11) , Christoph Augsten (12) , Jörg Lautwein (14) , Marcus Kuhl (15) , Holger Meitinger (16) , Gerd Truntschka (17) , Jörg Parschill (19) , Peter Schiller (22) , Guido Lenzen (23) , Rob Tudor (24) , Georg Giovannakis
Trainer: Jozef Golonka

German champion 1986

As a player and coach master: Hardy Nilsson
position Name (number)
Goal: Helmut de Raaf (1) , Thomas Bornträger (30) , Alexander Lange
Defense: Udo Kießling (4) , Justyn Denisiuk (5) , Richard Trojan (6) , Brian Young (7) , Werner Kühn (18) , Rene Ledock (21) , Uwe Krupp (25)
Storm: Bodo Kummer (2) , Marc Otten (9) , Doug Berry (10) , Miroslav Sikora (11) , Christoph Augsten (12) , Bogusław Maj (13) , Gordon Blumenschein (15) , Holger Meitinger (16) , Gerd Truntschka (17) , Peter Schiller (22) , Steve McNeil (24) , Helmut Steiger (27)
Trainer: Hardy Nilsson

German champion 1987

position Name (number)
Goal: Helmut de Raaf (1) , Thomas Bornträger (30) , Alexander Lange
Defense: Tom Thornbury (3) , Udo Kießling (4) , Justyn Denisiuk (5) , Brian Young (7) , Andreas Pokorny (14) , Werner Kühn (18) , Rene Ledock (21)
Storm: Marc Otten (9) , Doug Berry (10) , Miroslav Sikora (11) , Christoph Augsten (12) , Bogusław Maj (13) , Holger Meitinger (16) , Gerd Truntschka (17) , Thomas Gröger (19) , Dieter Hegen (23) , Udo Schmid (26) , Helmut Steiger (27)
Trainer: Hardy Nilsson

German champion 1988

position Name (number)
Goal: Helmut de Raaf (1) , Dirk Voss (22) , Marcus Beeck (30)
Defense: Tom Thornbury (3) , Udo Kießling (4) , Andreas Pokorny (14) , Peter Romberg (15) , Werner Kühn (18) , Rene Ledock (21) , Robert Sterflinger (24)
Storm: Thomas Brandl (7) , Roger Nicholas (9) , Doug Berry (10) , Miroslav Sikora (11) , Holger Meitinger (16) , Gerd Truntschka (17) , Thomas Gröger (19) , Dieter Hegen (23) , Ernst Köpf (25) , Udo Schmid (26) , Helmut Steiger (27) , Jörg Jung
Trainer: Hardy Nilsson

German champion 1995

position Name (number)
Goal: Josef Heiss (1) , Olaf Grundmann (33)
Defense: Thorsten Sendt (2) , Mike Schmidt (4) , Jörg Mayr (6) , Mirko Lüdemann (12) , Andreas Pokorny (14) , Karsten Mende (23) , Frank Hohenadl (24) , Herbert Hohenberger (30)
Storm: Thomas Brandl (7) , Stefan Mann (9) , Ronny Reddo (10) , Leo Stefan (13) , Peter Draisaitl (17) , Andreas Lupzig (22) , Michael Rumrich (26) , Jozef Stümpel (28) , Martin Ondrejka (29) , Tobias Abstreiter (37) , Franz Demmel (55) , Sergei Beresin (94) , Thorsten Koslowski ()
Trainer: Wladimir Wassiljew (until January 1995) , Bob Murdoch (from January 1995)

German champion 2002

position Name (number)
Goal: Dimitri Pätzold (30) , Chris Rogles (31) , Michael Hirt (40)
Defense: Markus Jocher (5) , Jörg Mayr (6) , Petri Liimatainen (7) , Mirko Lüdemann (12) , Toni Porkka (16) , Brad Schlegel (29) , Andreas Renz (35) , John Miner (47)
Storm: Collin Danielsmeier (10) , Christoph Ullmann (13) , Dwayne Norris (14) , Björn Barta (15) , Alexander Kuzminski (18) , Vitali Stähle (19) , Alex Hicks (21) , Niklas Sundblad (25) , Jason Young (28) , Corey Millen (33) , André Faust (36) , Tino Boos (37) , Benjamin Hinterstocker (38) , Thomas Schinko (39) , Éric Bertrand (44) , Dave McLlwain (71)
Trainer: Lance Nethery (until February 2002) , Rich Chernomaz (from February 2002)


Blocked jersey numbers

Record player of the sharks: Mirko Lüdemann

Eight jersey numbers are no longer given by the Kölner Haien in honor of the players who wore them, as a special recognition of their achievements for the club. The players' jerseys have been hanging under the roof of the hall in the Lanxess Arena since the 1000th home game on September 26, 2010.

  • GermanyGermany Joseph "Peppi" Heiss - he wore the shirt number # 1 from 1988 to 2001 as a goalkeeper and crowd favorite.
  • GermanyGermany Udo Kießling - his jersey number # 4 was banned before the anniversary game "40 Years KEC" on November 8, 2012.
  • GermanyGermany Jörg Mayr - played for the Kölner Haie for 13 years, his jersey number # 6 is no longer awarded.
  • GermanyGermany Rainer and Ralf Philipp - their jersey number # 8 has not been awarded since the death of Ralf Philipp.
  • GermanyGermany Miroslav Sikora - his jersey number # 11 is no longer available due to his 16 years of membership in the club.
  • GermanyGermany Mirko Lüdemann - his jersey number # 12 is no longer awarded due to his 23-year membership in the club.
  • GermanyGermany Detlef Langemann - the jersey number # 14 of the Haie founding member and long-time captain was blocked on November 22, 2011.
  • GermanyGermany Robert Müller - his jersey number # 80 has not been awarded in the league since his death in May 2009.

Club-internal records

Status: 2014/15 season

Best statistics during team membership
category Surname number
Most games Mirko Lüdemann
Josef "Peppi" Hot
Miroslav Sikora
1,136 (in 21 seasons)
690 (in 13 seasons)
644 (in 15 seasons)
Most goals Miroslav Sikora
Gerd Truntschka
Marcus Kuhl
270 (in ten seasons)
250 (in eight seasons)
Most templates Gerd Truntschka
Miroslav Sikora
Mirko Lüdemann
Most of the points Miroslav Sikora
Gerd Truntschka
Mirko Lüdemann
Most penalty minutes Dave McLlwain
Andreas Lupzig
Andreas Renz
852 (in nine seasons)
811 (in twelve seasons)
807 (in nine seasons)

(Status of the statistics: playing times in the 1st Bundesliga and the German Ice Hockey League from the promotion in 1972 to the end of the 2011/12 season .)

Longest game

  • 168: 16 minutes (March 22, 2008, quarter-final against Adler Mannheim , winning goal by Philip Gogulla , longest game in German ice hockey history and second longest ice hockey match worldwide)

Important (former) players

(Team membership, position and achievements in brackets)

Born in Neuss, he came from the youth of the KEC and was later national goalkeeper for many years. In 1988 he switched to rival Düsseldorfer EG in exchange for Peppi Heiss .
  • GermanyGermany Uwe Krupp
    (1982–1986, defense, two championships)
Born in Cologne, he played for his home club until 1986 and then moved to the NHL. He is the first German Stanley Cup winner, was national coach from 2005 to 2011 and was head coach of the Kölner Haie from 2011 to 2014.
Schiller was one of the first German stars to play at the KEC. He received special attention from fans when he did push-ups behind his own goal in a European Cup match.
The 152-time national player played for the KEC for nine years. To date, with 500 points in 421 games, he is the fourth-best scorer in the club's history.
As a 19-year-old Stümpel came to Cologne in 1991, but after a few games he moved to the Boston Bruins for the first time in the NHL. During the lockout in the 1994/95 season, he returned to the sharks for a few games. He played a total of 62 games (78 points scorer) for the KEC.
"Peppi" Heiss played in Cologne for eleven years and played a total of 690 games for the Haie. The former national goalkeeper was always very popular with the fans. His shirt number # 1 is no longer awarded at the KEC.
  • GermanyGermany Jörg Mayr
    (1989–2002, defense, two championships)
Mayr didn't play for any other team in the professional field. In total, he played 641 games for the Haie, who blocked his shirt number after the end of his career.
The German player of the century was signed by then coach Gerhard Kießling and played for three years in Cologne. He scored 158 goals in 138 games.
Born in Tölz, he came to the KEC at the age of 18 and in the following years developed into one of the best German strikers of the 1990s. He played 414 games for the Haie and celebrated 116 appearances in the national team. He is currently active in the KEC junior coaching team.
Before Beresin played 554 games in the NHL, he first played for two years for the Kölner Haie (88 games, 137 points). He was top scorer in both seasons and celebrated the championship with the KEC in 1995.
  • GermanyGermany Udo Kießling
    (1976–1979 and 1982–1992, defense, six championships)
Kießling played for the KEC for 13 years and played 534 games for the Haie. He was the first German in the NHL in 1981 and is a record national player with 320 appearances. His shirt number # 4 is no longer awarded at the KEC.
"Lüde" played in Cologne for 23 years and is the Haie record player with 1,240 appearances. His shirt number # 12 will no longer be awarded at the KEC.
Born in Poland, he came to the Haie at the age of 21. He still leads the club statistics in the categories goals and scorer points. After his active career, he was manager of the KEC for a few years.
In twelve years at the KEC, Lupzig collected 811 penalty minutes in 537 missions. Because of his physical style of play, he was very popular with the Cologne fans, with the opposing supporters he was always a stimulus. Today he works as a coach.
The former NHL player is the best foreign player in the club's history with 462 points and also the most punished shark with more than 800 penalty minutes. From 2006 to 2009 the oldest field player in DEL history was also the team captain .
  • GermanyGermany Werner Kühn
    (1979–1990, defense, four championships)
Kühn played for the KEC for twelve years, during which time he was almost always a national player. Today he plays in the traditional team.
Renz, nicknamed "Eisen-Renzi" due to his perseverance, played a total of nine years in Cologne and was always part of the national team during this time. He was the first player with more than 800 appearances in the DEL.
Truntschka played a total of 459 games for the KEC in ten years and was one of the best German players in the 1980s. His 555 templates are a club record to this day.
Draisaitl, born in today's Czech Republic, played in Cologne for a total of six years. During this time he became a German national player, collected 390 scorer points in 306 games for the Haie and became German champion in 1995 with the KEC.
Due to his combative style of play, Hicks was very popular with the Cologne fans, although he was not the outstanding scorer. In 2003 he founded the Alex Hicks Initiative, which organizes actions for the benefit of disadvantaged children.


Previous trainer of the Kölner Haie
season Trainer
1972/73 CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Ondrej Bendík
1973/74 * CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Jiří Hanzl
1974–1976 * CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Ondrej Bendík
1975/76 * SwedenSweden Kjell rune Milton
1975/76 GermanyGermany Uli Rudel
1976/77 GermanyGermany Gerhard Kießling
1977/78 SwedenSweden Olle Ost
1978/79 GermanyGermany Gerhard Kießling
1979/80 GermanyGermany Otto Schneitberger
1980-1983 GermanyGermany Heinz Weisenbach
1983-1985 SlovakiaSlovakia Jozef Golonka
1985-1992 SwedenSweden Hardy Nilsson
1992–1995 * RussiaRussia Vladimir Vasilyev
1995-1997 CanadaCanada Bob Murdoch
1997/98 * CanadaCanada Kevin Primeau
1997–1999 * FinlandFinland Timo Lahtinen
1999/2000 CanadaCanada Lance Nethery
2000/01 * CanadaCanada Bob Leslie
2000–2002 * CanadaCanada Lance Nethery
2001/02 CanadaCanada Rich Chernomaz
2002-2006 GermanyGermany Hans Zach
2006–2008 * CanadaCanadaNetherlandsNetherlands Doug Mason
2008/09 * CanadaCanada Clayton Beddoes
2008/09 GermanyGermany Rupert Master
2009 * GermanyGermanyRussiaRussia Igor Pavlov
2009-2010 * CanadaCanadaItalyItaly Bill Stewart
2010/11 SwedenSweden Niklas Sundblad
2011-2014 * GermanyGermany Uwe Krupp
2014–2016 * SwedenSweden Niklas Sundblad
2016–11 / 2017 * CanadaCanada Cory Clouston
2017–01 / 2019 * Czech RepublicCzech RepublicGermanyGermany Peter Draisaitl
01/2019–04/2019 CanadaCanada Dan Lacroix
since 2019 CanadaCanadaAustriaAustria Mike Stewart
* Dismissed / resigned during the current season.

After the ice hockey department of the Cologne EK had become independent, Ondrej Bendík remained the team's coach. In the debut season, he made the climb confidently, but then decided to work in his home country. His successor was his Czechoslovakian colleague Jiří Hanzl , who was replaced by Bendík after only six months. In the sportingly and financially difficult 1975/76 season , the Haie first dismissed Bendik and Kjell-Rune Milton took over as player-coach. Later he was temporarily replaced by Uli Rudel until the end of the season.

In the summer of 1976 the Haie signed Gerhard Kießling, the best German trainer at the time. Thanks to the financially improved situation of the KEC, he was given the opportunity to put together his dream team and brought the championship title to Cologne for the first time . Despite the success, his contract was initially not extended and Olle Öst took over the office for a year before Kießling was brought back and won the second championship title. After another transition year under Otto Schneitberger , Heinz Weisenbach was signed in 1980 . Despite a few problems such as the passport forgery scandal and various financial problems, Weisenbach built a strong squad of young players in three years.

With the coaches Jozef Golonka (1983-1985) and Hardy Nilsson (1985-1992) the Cologne Sharks celebrated their most successful period with a total of four league titles, two other runners-up and third place in the European Cup in 1989. Vladimir Vasilyev was 1992, so far only Russian managers behind the gang of the KEC, which only made it to the finals in the 1992/93 season . During the first DEL season 1994/95 he was replaced due to poor performance of the team by Bob Murdoch, who led the team from 6th place to the championship.

After Murdoch's departure in 1997, there were many coach changes at the KEC in the following years. With the exception of Timo Lahtinen, none of the following coaches stayed longer than a season. Kevin Primeau and Bob Leslie were fired during the season, with Lance Nethery resigning in early 2002. His successor Rich Chernomaz took over the team in 6th place and made it through the play-offs against the three top teams of the preliminary round. But since the Haie had already signed a contract with Hans Zach , he switched to the Frankfurt Lions .

Under Zach, the Haie were runner-up in 2003 and cup winners a year later, before the contract was no longer renewed in 2006. With Doug Mason , the KEC got a more offensively playing coach who built up and rejuvenated the team in the long term. After the runner-up in 2008 Mason was dismissed in the following season after the worst start to the season in the club's history (seven defeats in a row) and replaced by his previous assistant Clayton Beddoes . Since the situation did not improve under his leadership, he was dismissed only a few months later and Rupert Meister took over the position until the end of the season. From the summer of 2009 until the beginning of December of the same year, Igor Pavlov , who had switched from the Krefeld penguins to the sharks, was the main person behind the gang. He was replaced by the Italo-Canadian Bill Stewart . Stewart still managed to qualify for the first play-off round in 2010, but he was given leave of absence in the following season after twelve defeats from 18 games and his previous assistant coach Niklas Sundblad was appointed as his successor. Shortly afterwards, Uwe Krupp was hired as a coach from the 2011/12 season . After a bad start to the season 2014/15 , Krupp was dismissed and Niklas Sundblad was again appointed head coach, who was replaced by Cory Clouston in January the following season .

This in turn was released in November 2017 and replaced by Peter Draisaitl on the same day . Draisaitl remained in office until January 2019 when he was also dismissed. The Canadian Dan Lacroix became his successor. For the season 2019/20 was Mike Stewart committed which signed a contract for two years.

Parent club

The parent club of the Kölner Haie, the KEC “Die Haie” e. V., today includes all Haie youth and amateur teams. In 1998 the association merged with the KEC “Die Jung-Haie” e. V., to give the youngsters better training conditions, and adopted their name. Since the beginning of the 2005/06 season, the non-profit association has been called KEC “Die Haie” e. V. Basis for the cooperation of the e. V. forms a cooperation agreement with the Cologne ice hockey company "Die Haie" mbH, which is responsible for DEL games. In addition, with Peter Schönberger on the board and Jan Broer on the administrative board, representatives of the company are also involved in the structures of the parent association.


Since the 2017/18 season, the Kölner Haie have participated in three women's teams in the ice hockey association of North Rhine-Westphalia, became champions of the 2nd division north in 2020 and were promoted to the women's Bundesliga for the 2020/21 season .


In addition to the team in the German Junior League , the KEC “Die Haie” e. V. registered five more teams in the boys ', youngsters' and bambini areas for the league operation in the 2008/09 season. All teams play in the highest possible league for them. The association offers an ice skating school for children aged four and over. Through the cooperation with the lower-class club Füchse Duisburg , the players are offered a supplementary step between DNL and DEL. For the 2011/12 season, the KEC also started a senior amateur team (NRW League) for the first time since 2001/02, which allows players who do not switch to professional business to remain in the club. After being promoted in the premiere season, the amateur team of the Cologne EC will play in the Regionalliga West in the 2012/13 season . The KEC's game and training facility is Kölnarena 2, which also houses the office. For the 2016/17 season, the amateur team was withdrawn from play.

The young sharks celebrated their first successes in younger age groups, where the KEC has won several NRW championships, which is, for example, the greatest possible success with boys and small school children. The Haie school team became German champions for the first time in the 2005/06 season. The DNL team became German champions in 2006/07 with a final victory against the young eagles from Mannheim . The Haie had previously made it into the finals three times from 2002 to 2004, but lost each to the young eagles. In the play-offs of 2008, the young sharks again lost to the eventual title holder from Mannheim.

  • German Youth Champion 2013
  • German student champion 2015

Traditional team

Training facility and headquarters of the office since 2000: The Kölnarena 2

The traditional Cologne ice hockey club “Die Haie” was founded back in 1979, where former players and coaches can stay connected to ice hockey in Cologne even after their professional career. After the traditional team was organized as a loose interest group, it was decided through the initiative of Naoki Tomita in 2003 to found a registered club to promote ice hockey in the cathedral city.

Since then, the team has been playing regularly and taking part in national and international tournaments. The team also plays against other traditional teams from well-known clubs on special occasions, such as the season opening of the Kölner Haie professionals. The team's squad includes Ron Pasco , Thomas Brandl , Werner Kühn and the former KEC trainer Uwe Krupp , behind the gang of the team is the former Haie trainer Ondrej Bendík . In addition to Uwe Krupp, the former KEC players Udo Kiessling , Detlef Langemann , Lothar "Schnäuz" Zimmer and Rainer Philipp are listed as honorary members.

The KEC “Die Haie” Traditionsmannschaft e. V. pursues exclusively charitable purposes. It is organized and financed independently of the professional department, the Cologne ice hockey company “Die Haie” mbH, as well as the youth department, the Cologne ice hockey club “Die Haie” e. V.


Ice and swimming stadium Cologne

The ice and swimming stadium in Cologne, which was also known publicly as the ice stadium on Lentstraße due to its location on Lentstraße , was already the home ground of the ice hockey department in the days of Cologne EK. The stadium was built in 1936 and was a venue for the ice hockey world championship in 1955 . Even though the stadium has been rebuilt several times since it was built (most recently in 1975) and with a total of 7,200 seats it was in the upper third of the DEL capacity, the construction of a new hall has been discussed in Cologne since the late 1980s.

In March 2007 the ice rink was closed due to acute danger of collapse and in summer 2008 the demolition of the building began. A new combination of ice and swimming arena was built on the site, the Cologne Lentpark.

Lanxess Arena

Since 1998 the location of the Kölner Haie: The Lanxess Arena

In 1998, a multifunctional hall was finally built, in which the sharks should also find a place: the Kölnarena. Since the 1998/99 season , the Kölner Haie have played their home games in the arena in the Deutz district on the right bank of the Rhine, which can hold over 18,500 spectators . In 2000, a modern ice hockey training center was built near the Kölnarena, where the Haie professional team trains and the youth and amateur teams can hold their games as well as training. This hall is also the training and play venue for Cologne's women's ice hockey team, the Cologne Brownies .

The first goal in the Lanxess Arena was scored by Chris Snell (then Frankfurt Lions ); first shooter from Cologne was Brian McReynolds . In 2000 the Haie broke the previous European record with over 18,500 spectators at a league home game. Due to the large capacity, the Haie have become the team with the greatest number of spectators in the DEL. In a Europe-wide comparison of the number of spectators, the Haie were in second place behind SC Bern in the 2005/06 season with an average of 12,453 visitors per game . After the main round 2018/19, the Haie had an average attendance of 11,573 (occupancy 62.05%) and were therefore in fourth place in Europe, and fifth in the previous season. The Haie celebrated their highest victory so far in the arena in the 2006/07 season when they beat the then table leaders ERC Ingolstadt 10-0.

The Haie's lease with Kölnarena Management GmbH was extended in autumn 2006 and runs until 2013. Before the signing, it was speculated that the Haie would build a new hall together with the Cologne basketball team RheinEnergie Köln , as the KEC would only be under the contract at the time from around 10,000 viewers achieved its own income. But due to improved conditions in the new contract, the Haie will continue to play in the Kölnarena until 2013. Since June 1, 2008 it has been called the Lanxess Arena .

Audience statistics for the last few years
season Home games spectator Spectators per game
2015/16 33 (26/7) 406.155 (312.966 / 93.189) 12,308 (12,037 / 13,312)
2014/15 26 (26/0) 290.188 (290.188 / 0) 11,161 (11,161 / 0)
2013/14 35 0(26/9) 444,391 0(304,522 / 139,869) 12,697 0(11,712 / 15,541)
2012/13 33 0(26/7) 417.187 0(317.174 / 100.013) 12,642 0(12,199 / 14,288)
2011/12 29 0(26/3) 301,431 10,394
2010/11 28 0(26/2) 277,409 9,907
2009/10 29 0(28/1) 291,421 10,049
2008/09 26 0(26/0) 268,895 10,342
2007/08 36 0(28/8) 471,514 13,098
2006/07 30 0(26/4) 391.101 13,037
2005/06 30 0(26/4) 384.198 12,807
2004/05 30 0(26/4) 375.423 12,515

(The total occupancy rate for the entire season is given. Preliminary and main round are listed separately in brackets.)

Club culture


Darkened LANXESS Arena before the start of the game

There are a total of 41 official, active fan clubs of the Kölner Haie. In addition to the fan clubs from Cologne and the surrounding area, there are also organized Haie fans in Heidelberg , Vienna and Kelmis (Belgium). All official fan clubs are united in the Haie fan project, which has been the first point of contact for all Haie fans since the 2001/02 season. However, the number of organized fans only makes up a fraction of the total fan potential - only about a third of season ticket holders are organized in fan clubs.

In the early days of the DEL, there was a friendship between the fans of the Kölner Haie and those of the Eisbären Berlin , but due to the sporting rivalry between the two clubs in recent years, this has been a bit frozen or sometimes even turned into the opposite. There was also a friendship with the fans of SC Riessersee and those of EC Hedos Munich . These were created during shared Bundesliga times. In the last few years these friendships have also fallen asleep because the sporting paths of the teams, and thus also the fans, no longer met regularly. The Haie fans have the closest ties to the supporters of the Swiss national league club HC Lugano . Both cities have fan clubs for the other team and games are visited several times a year.

A special rivalry exists between the fans of the Haie and those of the Düsseldorfer EG , which primarily exists due to the geographical proximity and the rivalry between the two cities, which is never so serious, and is based on reciprocity. But the numerous duels for the German championship since the 1980s and the frequent player changes between the two clubs also promoted this development. The rivalries with the fans of the Krefeld Pinguine and the Iserlohn Roosters are also geographic - the games against Krefeld are often referred to as the Little Rheinderby by fans and in the press . There was also a rivalry with the Adler Mannheim fans . Here the origin was primarily in the constant duels for the championship, especially since the DEL was founded. However, in the years from 2006 onwards it developed a little backwards - today there are even some friendly fan clubs on both sides.

In 2005 the Kölschrock band Brings composed the song Hoch, Höher, Haie for the KEC. The song has long been considered the club's unofficial anthem and was played at most of the Sharks' games. An older hymn of the sharks is We Are the Sharks of the group The 3 Colonias . The song was written in 1995 and played a lot, especially in the ice rink on Lentstrasse. In recent years this song has also been used more and more by the DJ in the Lanxess Arena to create a good mood before the game. In 2010 the Cologne band Die Kolibris composed the song Wir sind Haie , which was based on the sharks' slogan at the time. Since the 2013/14 season, the song Mer halde zesammen, KEC by Hanak has been the official anthem that is played before the game starts .

Mascot Sharky

The distinguishing feature of the Kölner Haie has been the great white shark since the ice hockey team split off from the Cologne EK in 1972 . The shark, whose appearance in the logo has changed several times over the years, not only gives the KEC its name, but is also an important part of the merchandising as a mascot. Before and after the home games as well as during the third breaks, Sharky enters the ice rink as a skater in a plush shark costume and serves to entertain the audience. In addition, it is used in the foyer area of ​​the arena in particular to entertain children. A plush shark also presents trophies and awards at special events.


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Web links

Commons : Kölner Haie  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. New trademark: Die Haie
  3. The main thing was that it stayed
  4. A year of coaching change
  5. Dr. Erlemann's big coup
  6. Bring the second title
  7. The " Passport Forger Scandal"
  8. Joschi, take over!
  9. injuries as a spoilsport
  10. beginning of the era Nilsson
  11. Nobody can stop the sharks
  12. A record for the ages
  13. A single nightmare
  14. A club on the edge
  15. A great new beginning
  16. An arena of records
  17. As in a fairy tale - the eighth title
  18. Last Zach year ends with a play-off crime thriller against DEG
  19. A strong season was only missing the coronation
  20. The Kölner Haie part ways with trainer Mason
  21. Handelsblatt April 30, 2009
  24. LANXESS arena and KEC lay a common basis for the future
  25. Haie apply for DEL license ( Memento from June 4, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  26. Sharks' future secured! June 8, 2010.
  28. Klassen-trainer-cory- clouston
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  34. Welcome Mike Stewart - new trainer of the Kölner Haie introduced. Kölnische Rundschau , April 30, 2019, accessed on July 18, 2019 .
  35. Mirko Lüdemann becomes the new Haie record player
  36. Detlef Langemann's number 14 is no longer awarded in his honor!
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  42. Record game in the Kölnarena: After more than 168 minutes of play, the Haie win against Mannheim!
  44. Mike Stewart is the trainer of the Kölner Haie. Bonner Generalanzeiger , April 24, 2019, accessed on July 19, 2019 .
  45. a b about us ( Memento from March 12, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), ( Memento from November 3, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  46. Administrator: Result of the reports men and women - season 2016/17. (No longer available online.) In: Archived from the original on September 16, 2016 ; accessed on September 13, 2016 .
  47. Ice Hockey News from March 19, 2019, page 4
  48. The Lanxess Arena
  49. ESB Marketing Network: Haie lead DEL to attendance record. In: March 7, 2016, accessed November 9, 2018 .
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  51. Audience figures: Haie still on top position in Europe!
  52. DEL and ServusTV report records in the anniversary year - Haie with 444,391 viewers!
  53. Spectators: Haie are also top in Europe!
  54. Haie with over 100,000 spectators in the playoffs alone! Well over 400,000 fans in the 12/13 season!
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