|SC Bietigheim-Bissingen Steelers|
SC Bietigheim-Bissingen / Kornwestheim (until 1991)
SC Bietigheim-Bissingen (1991 -?)
Bietigheim Steelers (1992/2001)
|Parent club||SC Bietigheim-Bissingen Steelers e. V.|
|executive Director||Volker Schoch|
|Head coach||Daniel Naud|
|Season 2018/19||2nd place / PO quarter finals|
The Bietigheim-Bissingen Steelers e. V. is a Baden-Württemberg ice hockey and curling club from Bietigheim-Bissingen in the greater Stuttgart area, whose professional ice hockey team, Bietigheim Steelers , has been outsourced to a GmbH since the 2007/08 season, in the 2nd ice hockey Bundesliga , which has been operating since the 2013 / 14 DEL2 means playing.
On July 6, 1981 the association of SC Kornwestheim e. V. instead. From 1981 to 1987, the Kornwestheim ice hockey club took part in the Baden-Württemberg regional league. In the 1988/1989 season the company moved to Bietigheim. This was the reason to give the club a new name. Since then the club has been called: SC Bietigheim / Kornwestheim (SCBBK). In the 1989/1990 season, the club played in the Baden-Württemberg League. In the 1990/1991 season there was promotion to the Regionalliga Süd-West. In the summer of 1991 the club was renamed the Skating Club (SC) Bietigheim-Bissingen and was able to move up to the Regionalliga Süd for the 1992/93 season. The nickname Steelers, which comes from the main sponsor at the time, Ekatit-Edelstahl, also came from this time in the early 1990s.
When the leagues were redistributed for the introduction of the DEL in 1994, the SC was divided into the 2nd league south , from where it was promoted to the 1st league south in 1997 - but the team became part of the 1998 season when the 2nd ice hockey Bundesliga was introduced / 99 downgraded one class to the 1st League South . From 1999 onwards it was established in the 2nd Bundesliga. Before the 2001/02 season, the club name was renamed SC Bietigheim-Bissingen Steelers . In the summer of 2007, the first team was outsourced from the club to Steelers GmbH . For the 2007/2008 season, a sporting director was appointed for the first time in the club's history. As of April 9, 2007, this was Michael Komma , who had previously also been a trainer at SC Bietigheim-Bissingen.
In the 2008/09 season the Steelers won the championship in the 2nd Bundesliga and were therefore entitled to promotion to the German Ice Hockey League due to the withdrawal of the Füchse Duisburg . However, the application to participate in the licensing was withdrawn prematurely because the home ground in Ellental did not meet the criteria of the 9,000-point plan and discussions with the operators of the Porsche-Arena , located just under 20 kilometers away from Stuttgart , were unsuccessful.
The 2009/10 season was also successful. The team, which could be kept together for the most part after the championship, reached fourth place in the table in the main round and thus had home rights. In the playoff quarter-finals, the Landshut Cannibals were defeated 4-2. The subsequent semi-final against the Schwenninger Wild Wings was less successful. The Steelers took the lead 1-0 in the series, but could only win one of the following games and lost 4-2.
After top performers like Justin Kelly or Alexander Serikow had load jams at the beginning of the 2010/11 season , the team was in the bottom of the table for most of the season. This meant the previous sporting low point of the team, who had been used to success so far. After only 3 wins from 17 games, the master coach Christian Brittig was dismissed and replaced by the youth coach Danny Held . This was able to lead the team into the pre-playoffs, but where it lost 2-0 to the strong promoted Starbulls Rosenheim.
In the 2011/12 season they hoped to play for the playoffs again and strengthened the team with PJ Fenton and Olivier Latendresse. Nevertheless, the team was unfortunately only at the bottom of the table again. On November 25th , Danny Held was replaced as coach by Canadian Kevin Gaudet , despite a high 7: 4 win against the then championship leaders and later champions Landshut Cannibals . This could no longer save the team from the area of the playdowns and ended the season in 11th and third from last place. Despite all fears, the playdowns were successfully completed with 14 points in 8 games and an impending relegation was prevented. The team was still able to win a title. For the first time in the club's history, the Steelers were able to win the DEB Cup.
For the 2012/13 season Kevin Gaudet strengthened the team with the promise that they never want to play in the playdowns again. Among other things, he brought the Rodman brothers and with Joey Vollmer one of the best goalies in the league. Due to the NHL lockout and the serious injury of David Rodman , TJ Galiardi was initially loaned by the San Jose Sharks . When he was injured after 8 games and 10 points at the derby against the Heilbronner Falken and David Rodman was not yet fit, the New York Islanders loaned Josh Bailey the first-round draft pick from 2008 . The team now worked better than in previous seasons and came in first at the end of the main round.
At the beginning of March 2018, the game operating company announced savings of at least 300,000 euros per season and announced that it would be parting with head coach Gaudet at the end of the 2017/18 season. "The Steelers have never been more successful in any coaching era and have firmly established themselves as the top team of the DEL2 in the six years of the Gaudet era," the club praised its achievements. Gaudet had led to two DEL2 championship titles (2013 and 2015), in 2014 and 2016 they were runner-up under the direction of the Canadian and cup winners in 2012 and 2013. At the end of his tenure, Gaudet led the team again to win the DEL2 championship in spring 2018.
In the 2018/19 season, the Steelers always kept up with the top six in the league and finished the main round in second place in the table. In the following play-offs they failed in the quarterfinals against the Dresdner Eislöwen 3: 4. At the end of the season, the long-time player Marcus Sommerfeld (retired) and the fan-favorite Shawn Weller left the club.
In May 2019, the cooperation that had already existed in the past for the promotion of young talent with the Iserlohn Roosters was extended.
League affiliation since 1990
|season||Division||League name||Main round||Finals|
|1990/91||4th league||Regionalliga South-West||6th place||Qualifying round : 3rd place|
|1991/92||4th league||Regionalliga South-West||1st place||Qualifying round : 2nd place|
|1992/93||4th league||Regional league south||13th place||-|
|1993/94||4th league||Regional league south||3rd place||-|
|1994/95||3rd league||2nd League South||8th place||Promotion round : 6th place|
|1995/96||3rd league||2nd League South||3rd place||Promotion round : 5th place|
|1996/97||3rd league||2nd League South||1st place||Promotion play-offs : 2nd round|
|1997/98||2nd league||Hacker Pschorr League||13th place||-|
|1998/99||3rd league||1st League South||1st place||Qualifying round : 3rd place|
|1999/00||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||8th place||Playoff quarterfinals|
|2000/01||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||4th Place||Playoff quarterfinals|
|2001/02||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||3rd place||Playoff semifinals|
|2002/03||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||1st place||Playoff semifinals|
|2003/04||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||6th place||Playoff semifinals|
|2004/05||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||8th place||Playoff quarterfinals|
|2005/06||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||3rd place||Playoff quarterfinals|
|2006/07||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||9th place||-|
|2007/08||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||7th place||Playoff quarterfinals|
|2008/09||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||1st place||master|
|2009/10||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||4th Place||Playoff semifinals|
|2010/11||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||10th place||Pre-playoffs|
|2011/12||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||11th place||Relegation round: 2nd place|
|2012/13||2nd league||2nd Bundesliga||1st place||master|
|2013/14||2nd league||DEL2||3rd place||Runner-up|
|2014/15||2nd league||DEL2||1st place||master|
|2015/16||2nd league||DEL2||1st place||Runner-up|
|2016/17||2nd league||DEL2||1st place||Runner-up|
|2017/18||2nd league||DEL2||2nd place||master|
|2018/19||2nd league||DEL2||2nd place||Playoff quarterfinals|
Squad of the 2018/19 season
As of September 2, 2019
Significant past teams
Master of the DEL2 2017/18
Attackers: Frédérik Cabana , Norman Hauner , Justin Kelly , Max Lukes , Matt McKnight , Tyler McNeely , Andrew McPherson , Leon Müller , Alexander Preibisch , René Schoofs , Marcus Sommerfeld , Shawn Weller , Benjamin Zientek
Master of the DEL2 2014/15
|Goal:||Patrick Golombek , Siniša Martinović , Andreas Mechel|
|Defense:||Dominic Auger , Adam Borzęcki , Markus Gleich , Benjamin Hüfner , Max Prommersberger , Bastian Steingroß|
|Storm:||Frédérik Cabana , Michael Fink , Lucas Fröhlich , Mark Heatley , Robin Just , Marcel Kahle , Justin Kelly , Benjamin Kronawitter , Matt McKnight , Jason Pinizzotto , René Schoofs , Archie Skalbeck , Marcus Sommerfeld , Chris St. Jacques , Marco Windisch , David Wrigley|
Champion of the 2nd Bundesliga and DEB Cup winner 2012/13
|Goal:||Mathias Lange , Jochen Vollmer , Max Häberle , Andreas Mechel|
|Defense:||Alexander Genze , Doug Andress , Ralf Herbst , Marcel Neumann , Markus Gleich , Bastian Steingroß , Tomáš Gulda|
|Storm:||Rene Schoofs , Mike Bishai , David Rodman , Marcus Sommerfeld , Florian Schnitzer , Robin Just , Marcel Rodman , Philipp Quinlan , PJ Fenton , Achim Moosberger , Mark Heatley , Chris St. Jacques , Barry Noe|
DEB Cup Winner 2011/12
|Goal:||Sébastien Charpentier , Andreas Mechel , Martin Morczinietz , Dustin Strahlmeier|
|Defense:||Doug Andress , Dennis Dörner , Alexander Genze , Ralf Herbst , Marcel Neumann , Pascal Schoofs , Mike Schreiber|
|Storm:||Fabian Calovi , PJ Fenton , Mark Heatley , Andrej Kaufmann , Leontin Kreps , Arturs Kruminsch , Achim Moosberger , Ty Morris , Barry Noe , Daniel Oppolzer , Patrick Schmid , René Schoofs , Chris St. Jacques , Marvin Tepper , Brent Walton|
Champion of the 2nd Bundesliga 2009
|Goal:||Siniša Martinović , Martin Morczinietz , Maximilian Meschik|
|Defense:||Doug Andress , Pascal Schoofs , Andreas Geipel , Stéphane Robitaille , Marcel Neumann , Dirk Wrobel , Alexander Dotzler , Heiko Smazal|
|Storm:||Rene Schoofs , Max Seyller , Kasper Degn , Dan Heilman , Florian Jung , Andrej Kaufmann , Dominik Hammer , Brent Walton , Justin Kelly , Herbert Geisberger , Alexander Serikow , Viktor Beck , Gregory Schmidt , Barry Noe|
Vice-champion of the 1st League South 1999 (promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga)
|Goal:||Patrick Labrecque , Christian Baader , Mario Schüssel|
|Defense:||Kai Alroth , Mark Jablonski , Stephan Bauer , Frank Appel , Timo Nykopp , Václav Drobný , Tomasz Mieszkowski|
|Storm:||Manuel Hess , Marc Mundil , Ulrich Liebsch , Darren Ritchie , Mike Bader , Danny Held , Andrej Jaufmann , Tim Leahy , Craig Teeple , Andreas Naumann , Ken Filbey|
Champion of the 2nd League South 1997
|Goal:||Pasi Räty , Oliver Weißenberger , Mario Schüssel|
|Defense:||Mika Segermann , Kai Alroth , Guido Holzmann , Risto Siltanen , Markus Pollok , Stephan Bauer|
|Storm:||Eduard Dumpis , Mariusz Piasecki , Kenneth Filgis , James McKee , Marc Mundil , Steve Pépin , Bertil Filgis , Volker Kronauer , Danny Held , Harald Munz , Andrej Emersic , Michael Stegmann , Sven Zwerenz , Andreas Naumann , Mikko Nieminen , Matthias Kliemann|
One of the outstanding players is the Canadian Craig Teeple , who played a total of six seasons for the professional team and set several records. Among other things, he is the team's most successful scorer with 531 points. His compatriot Darren Ritchie , who scored a total of 206 goals and is thus the best goalscorer, is also represented more frequently in the club records .
|player||Sp||T||V||Pt||Pt / col||SM||Seasons||Years|
Other major former players
(Team membership and position in brackets)
Participation of players and coaches in the ESBG All-Star Game
|Participation in the All-Star-Game while being part of the team|
|Dan Bjornlie||defense||2005-2007||2007||Team United Nations|
|Alexandre Jacques||Storm||2004-2008||2006||Team United Nations|
|Carl-Johan Johansson||defense||2007||2007||Team United Nations|
|Peter Kathan||defense||2007-2008||2008||Team Germany|
|Eric Schneider||Storm||2005-2006||2006||Team United Nations|
|Marko Suvelo||goalkeeper||2007-2008||2008||Team Germany|
Trainer since 1999
|since 2018||Hugo Boisvert|
After Petteri Lehmussaari was promoted to the then second-class Hacker-Pschorr League between 1996 and 1998 , the team then stagnated under Lehmussaari and Doug Kacharvich and was downgraded to third division when the 2nd Bundesliga was founded, the US-American Tom Pokel signed as head coach. In 1999 the Steelers managed to get promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga . Tom Pokel stayed as coach and led the team into the playoffs. The second season 2000/01 in the 2nd division took place under Tom Pokel. After this season Pokel ended his coaching career and the Steelers presented his successor in Thomas Dolak .
Thomas Dolak's system in Bietigheim was not well received by either the fans or the players, so that Dolak was dismissed in November 2001 after an unsuccessful four months. His successor was the Canadian Gary Prior , with whom the club put down a series of eight wins in a row. The end was with Gary Prior in the semi-finals of the playoffs against Bremerhaven. Prior decided not to extend his contract in Bietigheim even before the playoffs. His successor for the 2002/03 season was Markus Berwanger . Despite a successful season, Berwanger was dismissed third in the table in January 2003. This was preceded by four defeats in a row. The then youth coach Uli Liebsch and the captain Craig Teeple trained the team for two weekends before a successor was presented with Danny Naud . Naud reached first place with the Steelers after the main round and was eliminated in the subsequent play-offs in the semifinals against Freiburg. This success could be repeated in the following season . After a bad start to the 2004/05 season , Naud was dismissed.
Danny Naud was followed by former Steelers player and youth coach Uli Liebsch. Liebsch was with the Steelers in three seasons and was released from his position as a coach in November 2006. For the time being, the youth coach Danny Held took over the management of the professional team. At the end of December a new trainer was presented with Michael Komma . Komma fell ill just a short time later, in February 2007, and was unable to lead the training. Here, too, Danny Held stepped in as an interim trainer. For the 2007/08 season Michael Komma was appointed sports director and Christian Brittig was hired as the new head coach. After more than three years in office, Christian Brittig was given a leave of absence in November 2010 after three wins from 17 games. For the third time, Danny Held took over the 1st team of the Steelers, initially as interim coach. Danny Held was also the head coach at the beginning of the 2011/12 season before the Canadian Kevin Gaudet was hired on November 25, 2011 . Under Kevin Gaudet, the Bietigheim Steelers experienced the most successful period in their club's history: The Steelers reached all possible finals and won the championship three times and the cup competition twice.
Hugo Boisvert took over the Bietigheim team for the 2018/19 season after financial savings made it impossible for Gaudet to continue to sign.
Since the promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga, the Bietigheimers have employed eleven full-time coaches. Four from Germany, five from Canada and one each from the Czech Republic and the USA. Kevin Gaudet had the longest tenure at 6 years, 4 months and 27 days.
The teams of SC Bietigheim-Bissingen played their home games until December 16, 2012 in the Ellental ice arena , which has space for 3250 spectators. The hall was built in 1980. The ice arena has around 2500 standing places and around 750 seats. The away block is on the back straight, in the immediate vicinity of the goal where the visiting goalkeeper is in the first and third third of a Steelers home game.
Before the 2010/2011 season, the audience capacity was reduced to 2662 due to fire protection regulations.
In October 2011, preparations began for the construction of a new ice rink, the EgeTrans Arena , next to the previous one. In the first construction phase, a new parking area with an access road was built for this purpose, as the new hall was largely built on the previous parking area. From November 2011 it was possible to follow the construction site via a webcam. The game in the hall began on December 21, 2012 with a derby against the Heilbronner Falken , which was won 4: 3 after extra time. After the opening of the EgeTransArena, the Ellental ice arena was dismantled into a training ice hall, which will continue to be used for training and games for the young, amateur and professional teams.
- nickname has been used by the 1st team since 1992, and in 2001 the club was renamed accordingly
- Internet site Steelers GmbH December 18, 2001: "Member Information" (accessed online July 7, 2012)
- Internet site Steelers GmbH July 8, 2007: "Steelers found GmbH - New Managing Director in Ellental" ( Memento from September 10, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed online July 7, 2012)
- eishockey.info, Steelers withdraw application for DEL license - financial hurdles and non-DEL- approved stadium , accessed April 14, 2014
- steelers.de, Bietigheim withdraws DEL application ( Memento from April 15, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
- Archived copy ( Memento of March 8, 2018 in the Internet Archive )
- https://www.eishockeynews.de/aktuell/artikel/2018/04/22/die-bietigheim-steelers-gewinnen-beim-sc-riessersee-mit-2-0-und-fiegen-dritte-meisterschaft-in -six-years.html
- Ice hockey magazine. Retrieved June 25, 2019 .
- hockeydb.com, Bietigheim Steelers player since 1999
- eliteprospects.com, SC Bietigheim-Bissingen - All Time Overall Totals Player Stats
- Bietigheim Steelers - All Time Overall Totals Player Stats
- eissport-weisswasser.de, ESBG All Star Game on February 28th in Straubing
- steelers.de, Marko Suvelo and Peter Kathan at the All Star Game
- del-2.org, Bietigheim leave coach Christian Brittig
- Steelers and head coach Kevin Gaudet go their separate ways. Retrieved August 21, 2018 .
- Dominik Sander: green-white-blue - trainer. Retrieved August 21, 2018 .
- steelers.de, reduction of audience capacity in Ellental ( Memento from December 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
- habenigheim-bissingen.de, development plan Ellental
- ellentalarena.de, Live Webcam ( Memento from October 31, 2012 in the Internet Archive )