Ligue Magnus

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Ligue Magnus
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 Ligue Magnus season
Ligue Magnus logo 2016.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1906
No. of teams 12
Country France
Most recent
champion(s)
Dragons de Rouen (15)
Most titles Chamonix (30)
Relegation to FFHG Division 1
Official website liguemagnus.com

Synerglace Ligue Magnus is the current name for the top men's division of the French ice hockey pyramid, established in 1906. The league was renamed in 2004 to take the name of its championship trophy, the Magnus Cup. The trophy was in turn named for Frenchman and IIHF founder Louis Magnus. During the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, the league was officially known as Saxoprint Ligue Magnus, due to a sponsorship deal with Saxoprint, the online printing subsidiary of German conglomerate Cewe.

Format[edit]

12 teams play a 44-game regular season. The schedule is fully balanced and there are no geographic conferences.
The top 8 teams qualify for the Magnus Cup playoffs, with all series contested in a best-of-seven format. The remaining 4 teams play a 6-game round-robin, at the end of which the last-place team is relegated.
The Magnus Cup champions qualify for the following season's Champions Hockey League.
All Ligue Magnus teams also take part in the French Cup.

Import rule[edit]

Game night rosters must include at least 11 players who have spent 3 or more years in the French hockey system before the age of 21.
French citizenship itself is not a requirement to qualify for non-import status, as long as the player meets the above criteria. Conversely, a citizen of France who was fully trained in a foreign country will count as an import regardless of his French citizenship.

Level of play[edit]

The Ligue Magnus is considered a mid-tier European league. The International Ice Hockey Federation ranks it below the Central European Erste Bank Eishockey Liga or the Norwegian league, but ahead of the Dutch and British leagues.

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

The Magnus Cup championship series is broadcast on L'Equipe.

Internet streaming[edit]

All league games can be watched online in their entirety, live or delayed, for a monthly subscription fee of approximately €8. The service is managed by Finnish company Fanseat.

Video game[edit]

Hockey Dangles '16: Saxoprint Magnus Edition, an arcade-style mobile video game based on the league, has been released for Android and iOS devices.[1] Its launch coincided with the opening of the 2016-17 season.

Outdoor games[edit]

On December 22, 2013, Grenoble and Briançon played an outdoor regular season game at Stade des Alpes, the home of former Ligue 1 soccer club GF38. A sellout attendance of 19,767 set a league record.
Another outdoor game took place on December 30, 2016, when Lyon hosted Grenoble at Parc OL, the home field of seven-time Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais. The event drew a heavily papered 25,182 fans, which was nonetheless touted as a new record.[2]

2017/18 Teams[edit]

Ligue Magnus game in 2007
2004-13 logo
2013-16 logo
Team City Arena Founded
Gothiques Amiens Coliséum 1967
Ducs Angers Patinoire du Haras 1982
Boxers Bordeaux Patinoire de Mériadeck 1999
Pionniers Chamonix Centre Sportif Richard Bozon 2016
GamYo Épinal Patinoire de Poissompré 1997
Rapaces Gap Alp'Arena 1937
Brûleurs de Loups Grenoble Patinoire Pole Sud 1963
Lions Lyon Patinoire Charlemagne 1953
Aigles Nice Patinoire Jean Bouin 1969
Dragons Rouen Patinoire de l'Île Lacroix 1982
Etoile Noire Strasbourg Patinoire Iceberg 2000
Scorpions Mulhouse Patinoire de l'Illberg 2005

Former teams[edit]

Defunct teams[edit]

Previous winners[edit]

Titles by team[edit]

Pl Team Titles Winning seasons
1 Chamonix 30 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1979
2 Rouen (earlier known as RHC (Rouen Hockey Club) and also known as Rouen Hockey Élite 76) 14 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
3 Club des Patineurs de Paris (also known as Ice Skating Club de Paris and Sports d'Hiver de Paris) 7 1908, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1922
4 Saint-Gervais 6 1969, 1974, 1975, 1983, 1985, 1986
  Grenoble (earlier known as CSG Grenoble) 6 1981, 1982, 1991, 1998, 2007, 2009
6 Français Volants Paris 4 1936, 1937, 1938, 1989
  Gap 4 1977, 1978, 2015, 2017
  Stade Français Paris (also known as Rapides de Paris) 4 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935
9 AC Boulogne-Billancourt 3 1957, 1960, 1962
10 Brest 2 1996, 1997
  Mont-Blanc 2 1987, 1988
  Racing Club de Paris 2 1950, 1951
  Reims HC 2 2000, 2002
  Amiens Somme 2 1999, 2004
15 Megève 1 1984
  CP Lyon 1 1956
  SC Lyon 1 1907
  ASG Tours 1 1980
  Paris Université Club 1 1953
  Hockey Club de Mulhouse 1 2005
  Briançon 1 2014

Awards[edit]

Notable players[edit]

In addition, Bob Gainey (Montreal Canadiens) and Brian Propp (Philadelphia Flyers) have played in the second tier of French hockey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockey Dangles'16 Saxoprint Magnus Edition - Trailer FR (Trailer) (in French). Toulon: GamYo Studio. July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ Riglet, Sébastien (December 31, 2016). "Winter Game : 25182 personnes au Parc OL, vraiment ?". LeSportDauphinois.com. JHN Média. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 

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