Schwenninger Wild Wings
|Schwenninger Wild Wings|
SEC Schwenningen (1904–1950)
Schwenninger ERC (1950–1994)
Schwenninger Wild Wings (since 1994)
|Nickname||The Wild Wings, wild swans|
|Parent club||Schwenninger ERC 04 eV|
|Club colors||Dark blue , white|
|league||German ice hockey league|
|capacity||6223 seats (of which 1792 seats)|
|executive Director||Michael Werner , Thomas Burger|
|Head coach||Niklas Sundblad|
|Season 2019/20||14th place / no playoff participation|
The Schwenninger Wild Wings are an ice hockey team from Villingen-Schwenningen in Baden-Württemberg . The "Wild Wings" are a professional team that has been outsourced to serc04wildwings Vermarktungs- und Betriebs GmbH and have been playing in the DEL again since the 2013/14 season . The club's greatest success was reaching the play-off semi-finals of the 1st Bundesliga in 1990 . The Wild Wings were a founding member of the German Ice Hockey League in 1994.
The SERC plays its home games in the 6,193-seat Helios Arena , the club colors are blue and white. The team's main club is the Schwenninger Eis- und Rollsportclub 04 eV , which has the junior and senior division, figure skating and inline hockey division . The most famous players who played at the SERC in the youth and / or later joined the team include the current captain of the German national ice hockey team Marcel Goc , the Seidenberg brothers Dennis and Yannic and the former DEL record player Andreas Renz .
The first beginnings in Schwenningen ice sports (1904–1947)
The history of the Schwenninger ERC goes back over 100 years. The club was founded on July 20, 1904 in a Schwenningen inn as a swimming and ice sports club (swimming and ice club eV - SEC Schwenningen). The establishment was preceded by a swimming accident in the nearby Salinsee, in which four young people were killed. As a result, some citizens of the city intended to set up a swimming club, which would give young people an additional activity by setting up a separate ice sports department. A natural ice rink for ice hockey, figure skating and curling was quickly built on Rottweiler Strasse.
For the time being, however, the club only served the citizens of Schwenningen for recreational sports; the first ice hockey matches did not take place until 1927, when the SEC Schwenningen played against the teams from Titisee and Stuttgart. During this time, the club was also internationally successful and was playing for a championship at the end of the 1920s. In 1931 the SEC became champion of the South-West Ice Skating Association and then took part in the final round of the German championship . In the following five years, the SEC won the southwest German ice hockey championship without interruption and again took part in the preliminary round of the German championship in 1933 .
First sporting successes after the Second World War (1947–1964)
After the Second World War , those responsible were looking for a new sporting home for the ECS and were forced to opt for a riding arena, as the natural ice rink was misused during the war. In 1947 the parent club separated from its swimming department and instead founded a new division with the roller hockey department. A short time later, the reconstruction of the former home ground on "Rottweiler Straße" began. At the beginning of the 1950s, the name was changed: from now on, the association was called Schwenninger ERC. From 1952 to 1956, the SERC took part as champions of Württemberg in the qualifying games for the league , but the qualification did not succeed. In the 1957/58 season, the ice and roller sports club was again champions, but this time the club voluntarily waived the subsequent qualification.
At the end of the 1950s, when the canal was relocated, the water table sank rapidly, so that extremely cold weather was necessary for ice processing. As a result, the club was on the verge of dissolution, as no match could take place without a suitable home ground. In December 1964, an initially uncovered artificial ice rink was finally completed, which saved the club from collapse. A previously founded artificial ice rink association made a significant contribution to the fact that the club could continue to exist. Nevertheless, the SERC looked into an uncertain future, as there was no youth work and there was also no competitive team.
Promotion to the Bundesliga (1964–1981)
|1976/77||OIL||4th Place||5th place|
|1977/78||OIL||3rd place||3rd place|
|1978/79||OIL||2nd place||2nd place|
|1979/80||2nd BL||3rd place||-|
|1980/81||2nd BL||2nd place||-|
Those responsible decided in the mid-1960s for a syndicate with the WSV Titisee and signed the former Bundesliga player Ernst Wölfl , who helped the club to a renaissance. Initially, the SERC only played friendly matches. Only with the introduction of the fourth general division in Germany in 1974 did the SERC move up to the Regionalliga Süd . For the 1976/77 season, the ice hockey club was able to rise as a runner-up in the Oberliga Süd, as the actual master, SC Reichersbeuren, did without promotion. The Schwenninger rose from this league as runner-up in 1979 under coach Peter Ustorf in the 2nd Bundesliga. In the first season in the second highest German division, the ice hockey club was able to reach third place in the table.
The team was equal on points with the then runner-up, the EHC 70 Munich , and only ended up in third place due to the poorer goal difference. In the end, the team lacked five goals for a possible promotion to the Bundesliga . In the following season , the SERC finally reached second place in the table with 68:20 points. The points deficit of the then third-placed, Deggendorfer SC , was 16 points. Thus, the Schwenninger rose as runner-up in 1981 in the ice hockey Bundesliga. Despite considerable financial burdens, the club's management dared to move up to the Bundesliga together with local rivals ERC Freiburg .
The years in the Bundesliga (1981-1994)
After the club played in the top German league for the first time in its club history in the 1981/82 season , the Schwenninger team reached ninth place in the table and thus missed qualifying for the play-offs.
|1982/83||BL||5th place||Quarter finals|
|1984/85||BL||6th place||Quarter finals|
|1985/86||BL||8th place||Quarter finals|
|1986/87||BL||7th place||Quarter finals|
|1987/88||BL||8th place||Quarter finals|
|1988/89||BL||5th place||Quarter finals|
|1990/91||BL||6th place||Quarter finals|
|1991/92||BL||8th place||Quarter finals|
|1992/93||BL||9th place||2nd round ↓|
Then the remaining in the Bundesliga had to be won in the relegation round. With a second place and a point ratio of 15: 5, the league could be secured. In the following season , the Swans managed for the first time to qualify for the finals of the Bundesliga with a fifth place in the table after the preliminary round. There the SERC retired in the first play-off round in a best of three series with 1: 2 defeats against the Cologne EC .
While the ice hockey club missed the play-offs again in the 1983/84 season , Schwenningen regularly reached at least the play-off quarter-finals in the following eight seasons. The high point in the club's history so far was the game year 1989/90 , when the Baden-Württemberg team reached the semi-finals after a 3-2 quarter-final victory against BSC Prussia . There the club failed because of the Düsseldorfer EG , which won the German championship a little later . The German-Canadian Wally Schreiber was one of the most influential players in Schwenningen's ice sport in the 1980s. The former NHL player scored 74 points in a total of 46 league games in the 1989/90 season and, alongside the native Canadian Grant Martin , who was also one of the league's top scorers, played a major role in reaching the semi-finals.
The team could not repeat the success from the 1989/90 season and instead retired in the quarter-finals in 1991 and 1992. The swans lost in the play-off quarter-finals of 1991 with 1: 3 defeats against Starbulls Rosenheim and a season later with 0: 3 defeats against Düsseldorfer EG. The DEG, which won the German championship after a final victory, inflicted heavy defeats on the Schwenningers. The SERC lost the first game with 1: 5, the second with 2: 5 and the decisive third in Schwenningen with 1:11.
In the 1992/93 season , the club could not prevent the sporting descent, not least because of the very small budget compared to the competition. However, since the German ice hockey association withdrew its Bundesliga license from local rivals EHC Freiburg , the SERC remained in the Bundesliga despite two defeats in the play-downs against Eisbären Berlin and EHC Freiburg. With the departure of the Schwenninger top scorer Wally Schreiber, who moved to EC Hedos Munich in the summer of 1993 , the ice hockey club faced a difficult 1993/94 season . Ultimately, the team reached ninth place in the table after the preliminary round and thus missed qualifying for the play-offs, as in the previous year. The SERC secured relegation with two wins against the EC Kassel Huskies .
From the DEL to the license withdrawal (1994-2003)
As a result of a reform of German ice hockey, the Bundesliga was replaced by the German Ice Hockey League as the new top division for the 1994/95 season . In the course of this league reform, most teams changed, e.g. T. only slightly, their club names. Often an animal name was combined with the name of the city. The Schwenningen ERC also changed its official name and from then on took part in gaming operations under the name SERC Wild Wings . The association was able to meet the license requirements for the newly created DEL and thus became one of the founding members.
|1994/95||DEL||9th place||Quarter finals|
|1995/96||DEL||5th place||Round of 16|
|1996/97||DEL||11th place||1st round ↓|
|2001/02||DEL||16th place||1st round ↓|
|2002/03||DEL||14th place||1st round ↓|
The expansion of the artificial ice rink was also completed. From then on, the association was able to use two covered ice rinks and an expanded cabin wing. In the first season in the DEL, the SERC team reached ninth place in the table and qualified for the play-off round of 16, which the club won against the Starbulls Rosenheim. In the quarter-finals that followed, the club lost all four games against BSC Prussia and were eliminated in the second round. In addition to the professional team in the DEL, an amateur team from Schwenningen under the name SERC Fire Wings took part in the third-class 2nd league south in 1996/97 and 1997/98 .
While the Schwenninger reached the first round of the play-offs again in 1996 , the SERC could not qualify for the play-offs in the following seven seasons and instead only took part in the relegation round. One of the defining actors of the Wild Wings during this time was the Canadian Gordon Hynes , who scored 56 points in 47 league games in the 1996/97 season and was thus the defender with the highest points in the league. At the end of the 2000/01 game year , the club was 16th and last in the table.
Relegation could only be secured in the play-downs when the DEL founding member was able to defeat the Berlin Capitals in a Best of Seven series with 4: 3 games. In addition, the Wild Wings got into considerable financial difficulties and could only end the season through fundraising campaigns by supporters and regional donors. However, the opening of insolvency proceedings could only be delayed until January 29, 2003, and so the Wild Wings were withdrawn from their DEL license in April 2003, despite the fact that they were not relegated to the sport. The athletic relegated Frankfurt Lions, who were inferior to the Wild Wings in the play-downs, remained in the DEL and was able to win the championship there in the following season. Bad audience numbers and the sponsors' payment difficulties were the reasons announced by the board at the time for the debt burden of several 100,000 euros. The Wild Wings were able to successfully complete the insolvency proceedings in summer 2003, which enabled the club to join the 2nd Bundesliga.
The new beginning in the 2nd Bundesliga (2003-2013)
Since the Schwenninger met all the requirements for the license from the ESBG, the game operations of the Wild Wings could be continued from the 2003/04 season in the 2nd Bundesliga. During the first season in the 2nd Bundesliga for 21 years, the relegated team ended up in eighth place in the table and thus successfully qualified for the subsequent play-offs, where the swans were eliminated in the first round. After the ice hockey club was eliminated in the play-off quarter-finals in the following season, the Baden-Württemberg team reached the semi-finals for the first time in 2006 , which was lost with 1: 3 defeats against the eventual final winners and thus the first promoted, the Straubing Tigers .
|2003/04||2nd BL||8th place||Quarter finals|
|2004/05||2nd BL||4th Place||Quarter finals|
|2005/06||2nd BL||6th place||Semifinals|
|2006/07||2nd BL||4th Place||Quarter finals|
|2007/08||2nd BL||4th Place||Semifinals|
|2008/09||2nd BL||8th place||Round of 16|
|2009/10||2nd BL||1st place||final|
|2010/11||2nd BL||4th Place||final|
|2011/12||2nd BL||3rd place||Semifinals|
|2012/13||2nd BL||2nd place||final|
In the 2006/07 season , the club finished fourth after the preliminary round, behind the candidate for promotion from Kassel , the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg and the REV Bremerhaven . In the play-off quarter-finals, the SERC was eliminated against the Landshut Cannibals .
In the spring of 2007, the SERC Wild Wings were again on the brink of failure when the operating license for the stadium roof expired. Supported by a broad rescue operation by the population and the fans, the city council of Villingen-Schwenningen decided in March that the stadium would be poorly renovated. Thus, the club was able to continue its game operations. In November 2007 the municipal council decided to expand it into a multifunctional hall.
A season later, in the 2007/08 season, the management estimated a season budget of 2.1 million euros and thus maintained the second most expensive team of players next to SC Bietigheim-Bissingen and behind the Kassel Huskies. Ultimately, the Schwenninger placed after the preliminary round, as in the 2006/07 season, in fourth place, which meant the qualification for the final round. While SC Riessersee could be defeated in the play-off quarter-finals , the Schwenningen ice and roller sports club had no chance against the Kassel Huskies in the second round. The 2008/09 season was less successful after the semi-finals in the previous year. The team finished eighth after the preliminary round and missed the direct play-off qualification. Instead, the SERC consequently competed against the Fischtown Pinguins in qualifying for the play-off quarter-finals. The Schwenninger ERC lost the series with 0: 2 defeats.
The 2009/10 season was marked by many newcomers from the Tölzer Löwen , as they had to file for bankruptcy in the preseason. The season was the most successful in the history of the Wild Wings. While the main round ended in first place, the team had to admit defeat in the playoff final against the main round second EHC Munich.
After this season, Schwenningen signed four players with DEL experience: Roland Mayr , Philipp Schlager , Radek Křesťan and Jonas Lanier . The contracts with Guy Lehoux , Marc St. Jean , Markus Schröder , Andrej Kaufmann and Florian Kirschbauer were not extended or terminated. In addition, they had to let go of one of their top scorers, Jason Guerriero , because the new season was played with five foreign players per team instead of the previous six. On July 29, 2010, the Black Forests achieved a transfer success when they signed the DEL record player Andreas Renz from the Kassel Huskies , as Renz canceled his contract in Kassel for family reasons and returned to Schwenningen. On September 6th, the club was able to announce another transfer when they signed Christoph Melischko from the Huskies, after they had filed for bankruptcy and neither the license for the DEL nor for the 2nd ice hockey Bundesliga , many players left the club and Melischko decided on the Wild Wings, making him the sixth new signing with DEL experience.
The 2010/11 season was initially successful for the Wild Wings. The Wild Wings were in first place 44 times of the season and the team had a 13 point lead on runners-up Ravensburg Towerstars , but at the end of the season they fell into a low. Even the newcomer Siniša Martinović and returnee Andy Schneider could not prevent nine away defeats in a row and slipping to fourth place. In the playoffs the Wild Wings came back and defeated the ESV Kaufbeuren in the quarter-finals and the Dresdner Eislöwen in the semi-finals with a sweep . Again the Wild Wings were in the final, this time it was the main round champion Ravensburg Towerstars. The Wild Wings lost all three games (7: 2; 3: 4 n.V. and 2: 1) and were runner-up again.
As a title favorite, the 2011/12 season started very badly. With well-known engagements like Justin Mapletoft, Peter Boon, Chris Schmidt and David Walker as well as the newcomers Dominik Walsh, Marc Wittfoth, Mirko Sacher and Kai Kristian it should work. But by losing the cup against the upper division EV Füssen in the first round of the DEB Cup and four defeats from five games in the league, they were in the bottom of the table. After Axel Kammerer's dismissal, they later parted with Justin Mapletoft as he was unable to meet expectations in any way. When the regular goalkeeper Sinisa Martinovic also failed to perform, the club was already in crisis. When Jürgen Rumrich was signed, his goal was to leave the bottom of the table and qualify for the playoffs. Mathias Lange and Pierre-Luc Sleigher were brought into the team. The sign of life came on November 8, 2011. The Wild Wings won against the Fischtown Pinguins 3-0, the game was dominated by the two late signers Lange and Sleigher. Sleigher scored all three goals, while Lange managed a shutout in his first game. This allowed the Wild Wings to play a strong season and they still reached 3rd place. Before the turn of the year you could still commit Robby Sandrock, who came as a blueliner, but did not do justice to this role. In the playoffs they met the Lausitzer Füchse in the quarter-finals. You could win the series 4: 1, but when you met the Starbulls Rosenheim in the semifinals, they won the series 4: 2.
The 2012/13 season, the Wild Wings were again traded as title contenders. Under the new coach Stefan Mair and assistant coach Andreas Renz, Lukas Lang, Stefan Meyer, Rob Hennigar, Ray Macias, Alexander Dück, Andre Mangold, Tom-Patric Kimmel, Matt Mackay, Marcel Thome and the later new signing Alex Leavitt were signed. Dan Hacker in particular stood out this season, he was voted top scorer of the league and best striker and best player in the league. In the main round, they finished second behind Bietigheim Steeler. The playoffs were called "Tour der Ländle" by the fans because they defeated Heilbronn 4-1 in the quarter-finals, Ravensburg was also defeated 4-1 and in the final they lost 4-2 to the main round champion Bietigheim Steelers.
Return to the DEL (since 2013)
From the summer break the rumors became loud that the Hannover Scorpions and the Düsseldorfer EG were in financial difficulties. It turned out that Düsseldorf remained in the DEL while Hanover wanted to sell the DEL license. On May 23, 2013 it was announced at a press conference of the Hannover Scorpions that they would sell their license to Schwenningen. On June 14, 2013, the DEL declared that the clubs of the German Ice Hockey League had unanimously approved the application by Hannover Scorpions Eishockey-Betriebs-GmbH to move to Schwenningen.
With the publication of the DEL schedule for the 2013/14 season on July 3, 2013, the Wild Wings published their new logo. The Schwenninger swan is no longer part of the logo of the DEL team.
In the main round, the Wild Wings finally took 13th place and thus missed participation in the play-offs. In both 2014/15 and 2015/16 , the Wild Wings finished last in the main round and did not qualify for the play-offs.
In the 2017/18 season, the team moved into the playoffs as tenth in the main round and defeated Wolfsburg with 0-2 wins in the first round.
Squad of the 2020/21 season
As of March 22, 2020
- Coaching staff
|activity||Nat.||Surname||Date of birth||In the team since||place of birth|
|Trainer||Niklas Sundblad||3rd January 1973||2019||Stockholm|
|Assistant coach||Petri Liimatainen||20th July 1969||2019||Hasselby|
Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame Germany
Personalities who have rendered outstanding services to ice hockey in Germany will be admitted to the “Hall of Fame” of the German Ice Hockey Museum. Of the actors recorded in Schwenningen:
(Team membership and activity / position in brackets)
Blocked jersey numbers
In the course of history, the Schwenninger Wild Wings officially blocked twelve jersey numbers.
- Jaroslav Maly - he wore the shirt number # 17 , is the honorary captain and was largely responsible for the SERC's promotion from the Oberliga to the Bundesliga.
- Dan Hacker - he wore the shirt number # 20 , played in Schwenningen from 2009 to 2015 and ended his career there in 2015. During his time in Schwenningen he was the team's top scorer every year.
- Karl Altmann - he wore the shirt number # 21 , was used in a total of 477 games during his time at the Schwenninger ERC and is one of the players with the most league appearances in the history of Schwenningen ice hockey.
- George Fritz - he wore the shirt number # 22 for a total of 12 years and leads the SERC's eternal scorer list with 438 points (207 goals and 231 assists).
- Thomas "Jackson" Deiter - he wore the shirt number # 24 and was in the squad of the Schwenningen ERC between 1983 and 1995. During this time he and his team were only active in the highest German ice hockey league , the 1st Bundesliga or the DEL.
- Wallace Schreiber - he wore the number 25 on his back , was a crowd favorite with the nickname "Wally" and together with Grant Martin and Bruce Hardy formed one of the most dangerous assault lines in the history of the 1st Bundesliga.
- Matthias Hoppe - he wore the shirt number # 27 , is in the Hall of Fame Germany, played a total of 17 seasons for SERC and was one of the top goalkeepers. In the 2009/10 season his son Fabian played a few games for the SERC number 27.
- Grant Martin - he wore the shirt number # 28 and, along with Wally Schreiber and Bruce Hardy, was one of the most dangerous assault lines in the history of the 1st Bundesliga.
- Rudolf Hipp - he wore the shirt number # 30 and formed the SERC goalkeeper team with Matthias Hoppe.
- Mark MacKay - he wore the shirt number # 81 and was captain of the team for a long time during his involvement with the SERC. Furthermore, he became a crowd favorite and top scorer. In 389 games he scored 372 times. At the end of the 2001/02 season he ended his career.
- Mike Bullard - The longtime NHL player and record scorer and record scorer of the DEL was active as a striker with the Swans between 2000 and 2003 and wore the shirt number # 98 . During this time he scored 83 points in 102 games. During the 2002/03 season he left the SERC in the direction of Heilbronner Falken , but returned once more to the ailing Schwenninger, where he ended his career.
- Andreas Renz , the former DEL record player, wore the number # 31 .
Other important (former) players
(Team membership and position in brackets)
Participation of players in the DEL All-Star Game
Some Wild Wings players were nominated for the DEL All-Star Game while they were on the team . This is a friendly game that has been held annually since 1998 and in which the most outstanding players of the German Ice Hockey League compete against each other.
|Participation in the All-Star-Game while being part of the team|
|Mike Bullard||striker||2002||DEL All-Star Team|
|Mark MacKay||striker||2002||Team Germany|
Participation of players in the ESBG All-Star Game
The ESBG All-Star Game has been held annually since 2006 and brings together the best players from the 2nd national and upper leagues.
|Participation in the All-Star-Game while being part of the team|
|Brad Bergen||defender||2006, 2007||Team black-red-gold|
|Robert Brezina||striker||2006||Team black-red-gold|
|Dušan frog||striker||2008||Team black-red-gold|
|Dominic Auger||defender||2007||Team United Nations|
|Dustin Whitecotton||striker||2008||Team United Nations|
Trainer since 1994
The first coach of the SERC Wild Wings since the establishment of the German Ice Hockey League was the native Czech Miroslav Berek , who was dismissed at the beginning of the 1994/95 season and then replaced by the Canadian Bob Burns . Burns looked after the team for three seasons and was able to celebrate some successes. So he reached the quarter-finals of the play-offs with the swans in his first season and the second round in the following year. In his last tenure as a coach he missed the play-offs with the SERC and instead entered the relegation round with the DEL founding member.
|2015-2016||Helmut de Raaf|
|2002||Bedřich Pastyřík and Danny Held|
For the 1997/98 season the management was able to commit Ron Ivany . The North American could not reach the play-offs with the team twice in a row. As a result, his contract, which expired in the summer of 1999, was not renewed and his compatriot Rich Chernomaz was hired.
Chernomaz was followed by Kim Collins and finally in the 2002/03 season the American Tom Pokel , who was released from his duties as head coach on October 30, 2002 due to the lack of sporting success. The coaching duo Bedřich Pastyřík and the former Frankfurt Lions player Danny Held ended the season in last place. Despite a 4-2 win after games in the play-downs, the SERC was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga due to a license withdrawal . The leader in the all-time DEL scorer table Mike Bullard as well as the German-Canadian Marcel Breil and the German Bernhard Kaminski were responsible for the professional team in the following years. Kaminski reached the play-off semi-finals with the swans during his tenure, but was sacked December 19, 2007. His successor, the former SERC trainer Peter Ustorf , who had led the club from the league to the first division between 1978 and 1980 , only worked as head coach for ten months and his contract was then terminated due to unsuccessfulness.
The Canadian Greg Pruden , who started on October 25, 2007 and acted as a coach until the end of the 2007/08 season , and the native Finn Jari Pasanen were then Ustorf's successors. Those in charge of the Schwenninger ERC fired Pasanen in December 2008 and shortly afterwards introduced a new head coach with Kim Collins. Collins, who was active during his active ice hockey career among other things with the Augsburg Panthers in the German Ice Hockey League, received a contract until 2009. After the end of the 2008/09 season , his contract was not renewed. The Canadian's successor was Axel Kammerer , who was the trainer of the SERC for two years. After the Wild Wings had lost four of five games at the start of the 2011/12 season, he was released. From October 16, 2011 Jürgen Rumrich was the head coach of the SERC, but left the club after the end of the 2011/12 season.
Before the 2012/13 season, the club signed Stefan Mair for the first time, a coach from Italy, who reached the final of the 2nd Bundesliga in his debut season. Even after advancing to the DEL, he remained in office before he was dismissed in November 2014 after a series of defeats.
After Dave Chambers and Helmut de Raaf temporarily took over the post, Pat Cortina was hired in 2016 , who was able to put together a constant team in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons . This was evidenced by reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1998. Due to the bad start to the season with only 7 points from 15 games, Pat Cortina was on leave in November 2018. On an interim basis, manager Jürgen Rumrich took over the post for about a week.
After a short search, the Briton Paul Thompson was hired as the new coach on November 8, 2018 . He signed a contract until the end of the season with a club option for another season.
The Schwenningen ERC acts as a registered sports club alongside the professional team. In addition to the professional team, the ice hockey department is active in sports with the "Young Wings" as the junior team and the "Old Wings" as the senior team. There is also the amateur team, called "Fire Wings", and the "Lady Wings", which represent the women's team . The Schwenninger ERC Fire Wings take part in the fourth-class Regionalliga Süd-West . In the youth sector, the club maintains ten youth teams, including one junior, two schoolchildren, two boys, two Bambini and two junior teams. The sporting figurehead is the school team that is active in the German Junior League (DNL).
There is also an inline hockey department called “Power Wings”, which became German runner-up in 2005. There is also a figure skating and curling department and the popular sports department of the “Fun Wings”.
Fans and rivalries
The fans of the SERC Wild Wings are very atmospheric. The SERC Wild Wings fan clubs all belong to the SERC Fan Club Association. The SERC Supporters 99 is next to Augsburg 98 the oldest still existing Ultrà movement in German ice hockey.
The Wild Wings' greatest rivals are all based in Baden-Württemberg . These include the Wölfe Freiburg and the Adler Mannheim . The "Black Forest Derby" against the Freiburg wolves is particularly explosive. One reason is the geographical proximity of the cities of Schwenningen and Freiburg, another is the rivalry between Baden (Freiburg) and Württemberg (Schwenningen), and yet another is the market leadership of the main sponsors Rothaus (Freiburg) and Fürstenberg (Schwenningen). Bietigheim, Ravensburg and Heilbronn are among the Swabian clubs that fought for the championship with Schwenningen in the league. But since Schwenningen has been playing in the DEL again since the 2013/14 season, the rivalry with the Adler from Mannheim is very important again. Besides Schwenningen, they are the only team from Baden-Württemberg in the DEL.
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Since December 1964, the "Helios Arena", as the former "Eisstadion am Bauchenberg" has been officially called since the 2008/09 season , has been the home ground of the Schwenningen teams. The ice rink is located in the Schwenninger part of the twin towns of Villingen-Schwenningen near the Schwenninger Moos . In addition to ice hockey, the stadium is also used for curling , figure skating and ice stock sport . The stadium area also has a second ice rink, which is available to the public as well as youth and amateur teams for training.
Initially, the "Eisstadion am Bauchenberg" was a simple artificial ice rink that was only covered in 1976. Parallel to the roofing, a grandstand was built on the north side and the stadium was expanded until 1981. At the end of the 1980s, the stadium was expanded to include a cabin wing and the south and east grandstands and thus closed on three sides. In February 2007, the town council of Villingen-Schwenningen approved the first expansion stage for a modernized ice rink. The renovation work began in the summer break of 2007. This includes a new fire protection wall between the two ice rinks, new sanitary facilities, a new upper floor, new seats and a new entrance area at the back. This completed the first of three construction phases.
In the summer break of 2008, the construction company in charge started the second phase of construction, which included some major changes. The old roof was replaced by a completely new roof with steel girders, an upper tier was drawn in, the outer walls were newly bricked and new rooms were created. The last construction phase, the completion of which was planned for 2009, included, among other things, the seating of the upper tier and the expansion of the VIP boxes. Since then, the Helios Arena has a capacity of around 6300 for ice hockey games and for concerts with indoor seating, it can accommodate 8000 people. In addition to its main function as a venue for the Schwenninger Wild Wings, the arena is used for events such as concerts and conferences.
The Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brewery (Fürstenberg) has been a partner and main sponsor of the SERC Wild Wings for over 25 years . In addition, the Wild Wings also have regional sponsors such as Bad Dürrheimer , Schwenninger Krankenkasse or Werner Wohnbau . The fan manufacturer Helios holds the naming rights of the ice stadium on Bauchenberg.
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