ERC Ingolstadt

  • German Cup Winner 2005
  • Second-division Champion 2001
  • Master 2.Liga/Süd 1996
  • Champion league / South 1987
  • Regional Champion 1979

The ERC Ingolstadt is a German ice hockey club from the Upper Bavarian city of Ingolstadt, who plays in the German Ice Hockey League since 2003. The first team was spun off after the rise of the home club founded in 1964, is responsible for the amateur, women's and youth football today in a limited liability company.

The biggest success of the club, its teams deliver their home games since 2003 in the Saturn Arena, was winning the German Ice Hockey Cup 2005, participation in the European Trophy, and the second division championship in 2001. The club colors of ERC Ingolstadt are blue and white.

  • 2.1 cadres of the 2013/14 season
  • 2.2 Major former teams 2.2.1 second division Champion 2001
  • 2.2.2 Cup Winner 2005
  • 3.1 Locked jersey numbers
  • 3.2 Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame Germany
  • 3.3 Internal club records
  • 3.4 Balance in the DEL
  • 3.5 Other important (former) players
  • 3.6 Participation of players on the All- Star Game
  • 5.1 Hockey
  • 5.2 more sports


The establishment and the walkover

After the ERC Ingolstadt was founded in 1964, the association began ten years later with the game running in the national league north in art ice rink, in which they won the championship in 1976 and 1977. From then on, a walkover followed by Bayern League ( Championship, 3rd place) and the Regionalliga Süd ( Regional League Championship and German Masters 1979) in the Oberliga Süd. After five years, the Ingolstadt reached for the first time the promotion round to the 2nd Bundesliga. In 1987 she won the championship in the Oberliga Süd.

The retreat

In 1989, she withdrew for financial reasons in the national league north back, but managed to move up to the 1991 Bavarian League and 1992 in the Regionalliga Süd. Under Ignaz Berndaner, coach since 1994 in Ingolstadt, managed the club in 1995 to move up to the 2nd League South, where they arrived in 1996 as a master promotion to the 1st League South.

Hacker-Pschorr - League

With the rise in Regensburg at the end of the season 1995 /96 ERCI rose to the then second highest league in the German Ice Hockey. The opponents in this league were traditional clubs such as the EC Bad Tolz, SC Riessersee or the ES white water. In this dominated Bavarian club derby league the team under coach Ignaz Berndaner reached third place in the table, which entitled them to promotion to the newly created League ( Bundesliga 2 ) in the second season.

The 2nd Bundesliga

With the founding of the 2nd Bundesliga Ingolstadt in 1998 was there with Gerd Wittmann as the new coach, who has been replaced during the season by Peter Obresa. 2000 managed the club the runner-up of the 2nd Bundesliga ( behind Dusseldorf ). The second league championship in 2001 after the victory in the finals against the EC Bad Tölz brought Ingolstadt in the 2001/ 02 season to participate in the IIHF Continental Cup, so that was in Zvolen Ingolstadt in the semifinals of the tournament on 25 November 2001.

In the 2001 /02 season Ingolstadt succeeded again the runner-up of the 2nd Bundesliga behind the REV Bremerhaven, were being sold in Ingolstadt before the lost finale Champion T -shirts. Having flirted on the part of the REV with a license application for the DEL, the application was not filed sometimes for financial reasons as well as from the inadequacy of the current venue of the REV to date. Ingolstadt was allowed to submit an application for a license in turn as runner-up according to the rules of the cooperation agreement between the DEB and the DEL. Due to this application Ingolstadt was taken by the DEL and thus granted the license.

Since the Ingolstadt GmbH, in the introduction of the ESBG the first team was outsourced, named ERC Ingolstadt Panther had the same surname as the Augsburger Panther had to be dispensed with the nickname in the DEL - the name with the fans but still used.

Participation in the DEL (since 2002)

In 2002, the team completed their first game in the DEL with the Cologne Sharks to the hundreds of fans arrived on a special train. This game was lost with 1:2. What followed was an average season with a coaching change. On January 3, 2003, then- coach Jim gave bonuses in his resignation and was replaced by Olle Aus. At the end of ERC Ingolstadt finished twelfth.

In September 2003, was another important step in the history of ice hockey in Ingolstadt, when the club moved to the new multi-purpose arena. The first home game the team lost 3:4 after penalty shootout against the Kassel Huskies. All in all, the 2003/04 season should be more successful than the previous one. With a seventh place in the final direct qualification for the play- offs has been saved.

There, the team met in the quarterfinals first to the Nuremberg Ice Tigers. After the first game of the series ended with a 2-1 defeat after the shootout, the team lost the second game with 2:5 from Ingolstadt view. The team won the next four games and decided the series with 4-2 victories for itself. In the semifinals, it was for the team to leading scorer Doug branch in the capital to the polar bear Berlin. Finally, the team lost the series with 0-3 victories and suffered some significant losses, such as the 0:5 in the third game. However, the club's management was able to speak positively to the season, as she has been sporting the most successful in recent years and the average average attendance of 4294 was more than satisfactory.

The 2004/05 season brought a touch of gloss in the German NHL Hockey Arenas. Also in Ingolstadt was due to the lockout in the best league in the world one or the other NHL professional under contract. Mention is especially Marco Sturm, the behind Jakub Ficenec was the second best scorer at the end of the season with 45 points scorer. More stars from the North American Elite League were eg the striker Andy McDonald, Jamie Langenbrunner and the defender Aaron Ward. The high expectations in the environment have not been met, with the final fifth place after the main round, the team reached the quarterfinals of the playoffs. There, the team met the Cologne. The series chosen, the Ingolstadt 4-3 victories for itself. In the semifinals, the team met with the Polar Bears Berlin. As in the previous season was subject to ERC Ingolstadt future champion Berlin and lost the series with 1:3 victories.

The following season, the main round was designed successful than before. With a second place, Bayern reached the quarter- finals of the playoffs. The ERC won the first match on home soil with a 3-2 victory over the Hannover Scorpions. The Scorpions prevailed in the Best of Seven Series 4-3 victories.

The 2006/ 07 was marked by a scandal game. On 28 November 2006 it came in the Lanxess Arena, the largest mass brawl in the German ice hockey history. With the score at 3-0 for the Cologne Sharks of guest keeper Jimmy Waite attacked the Cologne striker Aaron Gavey. What followed was a fight that drew a total of 211 penalty minutes after the end. Seven players had to immediately leave the ice. Referee of the evening was the American referee Rick Looker. For several minutes the players from both teams beat each other until finally blew the fuses even at Cologne Moritz Müller and the Ingolstadt Christoph Melischko. Both players had to later be sewn at the ear on the face. The game ended 10-0 for the Sharks. At the end of the season, the ERC again reached the play-offs and failed as last year in the quarterfinals.

A year later it was sporty not so good for the ERC Ingolstadt. By the tenth place in the table after the main round, the team qualified for national player Yannic Seidenberg for the pre- playoffs. There, they lost the series 1-2 against the Hamburg Freezers. In the 2008 /09 season, the ERC Ingolstadt participated for the first time in their history at the Spengler Cup in Davos, in part. The Panthers met in addition to the ordinary participants HC Davos and Team Canada on Dynamo Moscow and HC Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. Despite a victory against the hosts from Davos they occupied the last place in the tournament.


Squad of the 2013/14 season

(As of 17th December 2013)

Significant former teams

Second division Champion 2001

Cup Winner 2005


Locked jersey numbers

So far, three jersey numbers for the Panthers were locked.

( Team membership and position in brackets)

  • Glen Goodall (1999-2010, storm)
  • Doug Ast (2003-2009, storm)
  • Jimmy Waite (2003-2009, Tor)

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame Germany

In the "Hall of Fame" of the German Ice Hockey Museum personalities are included who have rendered outstanding services to the sport of ice hockey in Germany. The only Excellent, who worked throughout his career even when ERC Ingolstadt, Ignaz Berndaner, who was from 1994 to the ERC as a coach. As a national player of the defenders participated in nine World Championships and two Olympic Games, where he won the bronze medal in 1976 with the national team. At the national level Berndaner played for SC Riessersee, with whom he won the 1980 German Championship, as well as for the EC Hedos Munich, where he ended his career after the 1991/92 season.

Internal club records

(All statistics are on the level at the end of the season 2012/13 )

Record in the DEL

Abbreviations: Sp = Matches, W = Wins, L = Losses, HeiSp = Home Games, AuSP = Away Games

(All statistics are on the level at the end of the season 2012/13 )

Other major (former) players

( Team membership and position in brackets)

  • Jimmy Waite (2003-2009, Tor)
  • Jakub Ficenec (since 2003, defense)
  • Aaron Ward (2004-2005, defense)
  • Marco Sturm (2004-2005, storm)
  • Andy McDonald (2004-2005, storm)
  • Jamie Langenbrunner (2004-2005, storm)
  • Doug Ast (2003-2009, storm)
  • Christoph Melischko (2002-2008, storm)
  • François Bouchard (2002-2003, defense)

Participation of players in the All -Star Game

Some players of the ERC Ingolstadt were nominated for the DEL All- Star game, a friendly match, which takes place every year since 1998 and compete in the most outstanding player of the German Ice Hockey League against each other.


  • Schauppel Eugen (1975-1977)
  • Klaus Auhuber (1977-1978)
  • Josef Cvach (1978-1980)
  • Jorma Siitarinen (1980-1981)
  • Jaroslav Tuma (1981-1983)
  • Richard Neubauer (1983-1984)
  • Jiri Pokorny (1984-1985)
  • Niesporek Eugen (1985-1988)
  • Frank Carnevale (1988-1989)
  • Andy Małysiak (1989-1992)
  • Richard Neubauer (1992-1994)
  • Rudi Heitmanek (1994 )
  • Ignaz Berndaner (1994-1998)
  • Gerd Wittmann ( 1998)
  • Peter Obresa (1998-1999)
  • Jim Boni (1999-2003)
  • Olle Aus (2003)
  • Ron Kennedy (2003-2007)
  • Mike Krushelnyski (2007-2008)
  • Benoit Laporte (2008)
  • Greg Thomson ( 2008)
  • Bob Manno (2009)
  • Greg Thomson (2009-2010)
  • Rich Chernomaz (2010-2012)
  • Rick Nasheim (2012-2013)
  • Niklas Sundblad Since 2013

Home club


The men's team took in 2008/ 09 at the District League Bayern ( = 6 division) and some rose as masters of northern group in the - at the national league Bayern - fifth rate. In the 2012/13 season they were again masters of the northern group. Now the club wants to log off their men's team. Furthermore, the original club maintains a women's team, which competes in the Women's Bundesliga from the 2012/13 season. In the first season they reached the 6th place (out of seven). In the junior level in all age groups involves teams in the game mode. The division of students and youth team is the Bavarian League.

More sports

In addition to the sport of ice hockey are in the original club nor the departments figure skating, curling and the Department Skaterhockey participating with teams at the league schedule of the BRIV.


Since the 2003/ 04 season, the ERC Ingolstadt carries its home games in the Saturn Arena. In September 2003, the multifunctional arena was opened. It offers at hockey games room for 4815 spectators and is next to the sport of ice hockey is also the venue for numerous concerts or other events. In the very first season in the new arena, the hall was often very well stocked with an average attendance of 4294.

From 1974 to 2003 the team played the ERC Ingolstadt at the ice rink at the Jahn road. The open-air stadium with 3,500 spectator seats, but no longer met the DEL standards and thus a move to a newer ice rink was inevitable to obtain the location of Ingolstadt in higher-class hockey.


  • Werner Kopp (1964-1972)
  • Ignaz Zinsmeister (1972-1975)
  • Werner Kopp (1975-1978)
  • Josef Himmer (1978-1983)
  • Manfred Schumann (1983-2004)
  • Dr. Wolfgang Ott (2004 - 2011)
  • Christian Lösel ( since 2011 )