HK Olimpija
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CityLjubljana, Slovenia
LeagueChampions Hockey League
(2022–present)
ICE Hockey League
(2021–present)
Slovenian League
(2004–present)
Alps Hockey League
(2017–2021)
Slohokej League
(2009–2012)
Founded2004; 18 years ago (2004)[1]
Home arenaTivoli Hall
ColoursGreen, white
   
Head coachMitja Šivic
CaptainŽiga Pance
Websitewww.hkolimpija.si
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Team colours
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Team colours
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Team colours
Team colours
Home colours
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Team colours
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Away colours
Franchise history
2004–presentHK Olimpija
Championships
Slovenian League2 (2019, 2022)
Alps Hockey League2 (2019, 2021)

Hokejski klub Olimpija (English: Olimpija Hockey Club), currently named HK Slovenske železnice Olimpija due to sponsorship reasons, is an ice hockey club from Ljubljana, Slovenia. The club competes in the Champions Hockey League, ICE Hockey League and the Slovenian League. Founded in 2004 as a farm team of HDD Olimpija, the club turned professional in 2017 after HDD Olimpija folded. Olimpija won the Slovenian Championship twice, in 2019 and 2022, and the Alps Hockey League twice, in 2019 and 2021. Olimpija play their home games at Tivoli Hall.

History

HK Olimpija was founded in 2004 with the primary task of educating young players and promoting ice hockey in Ljubljana and its surroundings.[2]

The history of ice hockey in Ljubljana dates back to 1928, when SK Ilirija was founded. In 1932, they played the first official ice hockey match in Slovenia. The club changed its name several times before becoming Olimpija in 1962.[3] HDD Olimpija was dissolved in 2017.[4] After the dissolution, HK Olimpija reassembled the professional team.

In addition to the men's professional team, the club also has a women's squad. Since the 2016–17 season, they have won six consecutive national titles.[5]

Early years (2004–2017)

Initially, the club focused on developing young players. As a farm team of HDD Olimpija, they played in the Slovenian League for several seasons, finishing third as their best result in the 2010–11 season.[6]

Successes with a professional team (2017–2021)

In the 2017–18 season, the newly established professional team played its inaugural season in the Alps Hockey League and finished as runners-up in the Slovenian League and the Slovenian Cup. In 2018–19, Olimpija won the "treble" after winning all three competitions in which they participated: the Alps Hockey League, the Slovenian League and the Slovenian Cup.[7] The following season they won the Cup again, while the other two competitions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2020–21 season, Olimpija defended the AHL title and became the first club to win the competition multiple times.[8] However, they failed to defend the national title, narrowly losing 3–2 in the final against their rivals HDD Jesenice.[9]

Return of ICE Hockey League to Ljubljana (2021–present)

In the 2021–22 season, Olimpija joined the international ICE Hockey League, where HDD Olimpija previously played until 2017.[10]

Club identity

Colours and badge

Olimpija's traditional colours in all sports are green and white. These two colours are consistent with the colours of the flag of Ljubljana. The club plays home matches in mostly green uniforms, while the away kits are predominantly white. The badge represents a dragon, holding an ice hockey stick. The dragon is also the city's symbol, representing power, courage and wisdom.[11] Derived from the city symbols, Olimpija's nicknames are Zmaji (The Dragons) and Zeleno-beli (The Green and Whites).[12][13]

Supporters and rivalries

Tivoli Hall

In addition to fans from Central Slovenia and other parts of the country, Olimpija has two official supporters groups. Ledeni zmaji (The Ice Dragons) are exclusively fans of the ice hockey club, while the Green Dragons mostly attend football matches of NK Olimpija and attend the most important matches and derbies of HK Olimpija.

HK Olimpija's main rivals are HDD Jesenice. The matches between the two sides are referred to as the "Eternal Derby" (Slovene: Večni derbi). Both clubs and their predecessors from the same cities have contested over 500 matches against each other.[14]

Arena

The team play their home matches at Tivoli Hall, a 7,000 all-seated ice hall in Ljubljana.[15] The hall opened in 1965 and was most recently renovated in 2020.[16]

Current roster

Updated on 2 September 2022[17][18]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
2 Slovenia Tine Klofutar D L 22 2021–22 Jesenice, Slovenia
4 Finland Joona Erving D L 28 2021–22 Haukipudas, Finland
9 Slovenia Kristjan Čepon D L 26 2021–22 Ljubljana, Slovenia
10 Slovenia Miha Beričič F L 18 2022–23 Ljubljana, Slovenia
11 Slovenia Gregor Žeželj F L 20 2018–19 Slovenia
12 Slovenia Nik Simšič F L 25 2018–19 Ljubljana, Slovenia
13 Slovenia Žiga Pance (C) F L 33 2020–21 Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
14 Slovenia Aljoša Crnovič D L 23 2021–22 Slovenia
17 Slovenia Žiga Mehle F L 20 2018–19 Ljubljana, Slovenia
20 Slovenia Gregor Koblar F L 29 2021–22 Jesenice, Slovenia
22 Slovenia Tian Hebar D L 17 2020–21 Ljubljana, Slovenia
23 Slovenia Jaka Sodja F L 22 2021–22 Slovenia
27 Slovenia Mark Čepon D L 24 2018–19 Ljubljana, Slovenia
30 Slovenia Luka Kolin G L 18 2021–22 Ljubljana, Slovenia
31 Canada Anthony Morrone G L 23 2022–23 Lorraine, Quebec, Canada
32 Canada Carl Neill D R 26 2022–23 Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada
33 Slovenia Žan Us G L 26 2021–22 Kranj, Slovenia
42 Slovenia Jaka Šturm F L 23 2021–22 Slovenia
47 Canada Joseph Garreffa F L 23 2022–23 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
46 Slovenia Nejc Stojan D L 23 2022–23 Slovenia
55 United States Chris Dodero F L 26 2022–23 West Chicago, Illinois, United States
68 Canada Marc-Olivier Vallerand F L 33 2022–23 Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
70 Slovenia Rok Kapel F R 23 2021–22 Jesenice, Slovenia
88 Slovenia Miha Zajc F L 25 2020–21 Ljubljana, Slovenia
91 Slovenia Tadej Čimžar F L 30 2020–21 Kranj, Slovenia
92 Slovenia Aleksandar Magovac D R 31 2020–21 Jesenice, Yugoslavia
93 Slovenia Luka Kalan F L 29 2021–22 Kranj, Slovenia
98 Slovenia Urban Podrekar D L 17 2022–23 Kranj, Slovenia

Honours

Winners (2): 2018–19, 2021–22
Runners-up (2): 2017–18, 2020–21
Winners (2): 2018–19, 2020–21
Winners (3): 2018–19, 2019–20, 2021–22
Runners-up (1): 2017–18

References

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  2. ^ "About the club". HK Olimpija. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  3. ^ "HDD Olimpija Ljubljana" (in Slovenian). Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia. Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
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  5. ^ "Državno prvenstvo" (in Slovenian). Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Sezona 2010/2011, tekmovanje DP Člani 10/11" (in Slovenian). Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
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  12. ^ "Zmaji na rdeče bike pozabili z zmago nad rdečimi železarji". Delo (in Slovenian). 23 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Zeleno-beli v zmagovalnem ritmu, Jeseničani končali črni niz". Delo (in Slovenian). 31 October 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Olimpija po loteriji dobila 500. derbi z Jesenicami" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 26 October 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
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  18. ^ "HK SZ Olimpija – Roster". ICE Hockey League. Retrieved 25 November 2021.