Tipsport Extraliga since 1993, the top division in the Slovak professional ice hockey whose current title holder is (2012/ 13) of the HKm Zvolen.
The League was established in 1993 after the end of Czechoslovakia by dividing the highest Czechoslovak league, the first league in a Czech and a Slovak professional class. From the season 1993/94 to 1997/ 98, the League was the official name Extraliga, also various sponsors names are out in the title since 1998, so was the game class to 2001 West Extraliga, other names were Boss Extraliga, ST Extraliga and T -Com Extraliga. From 16 January 2007 to November 2011 was the league 's official name Slovnaft Extraliga since she called Tipsport Extraliga.
The Slovak Extraliga is considered the weakest financially among Europe's top seven leagues. In the Champions Hockey League, it was at first whether the success in the European Cup classified as number five and so got a solid starting place. The budgets of the clubs and wages correspond approximately to the Swiss National League B, the differences between the top teams such as HC Slovan Bratislava and the rear teams are great. The best talents leave the country early, especially to the Czech republic or to North America.
2001, the league was increased to ten teams. This number was maintained until 2007, only the up and down mode has been changed several times. Only for the season 2007/ 08 towards a greater change was introduced: The U20 team took part in the Extraliga and is connected to the riser Kežmarok part of a league expansion to twelve teams. Since the 2010/11 season the league will only eleven participants, including the U20 National Team, played.
With the addition of HC Slovan Bratislava in the Continental Hockey League who applied the HK Ves , MHk 32 Liptovsky Mikulas, HC 07 Prešov, HC Dukla Senica and SHK 37 Piestany for inclusion in the Extraliga. The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation end of May 2012 decided to SHK 37 Piestany as promoted in the Extraliga.
Participants in the 2011/12 season
- HC 05 Banská Bystrica
- HC Slovan Bratislava
- HC Košice
- MHC Mountfield Martin
- HK Nitra
- HK Auto Finance Poprad
- HK 36 Skalica
- HC Dukla Trenčín
- HKm Zvolen
- MsHK Garmin Žilina
- HK Orange 20
- 2001: HKm Zvolen
- 2002: HC Slovan Bratislava
- 2003: HC Slovan Bratislava
- 2004: HC Dukla Trenčín
- 2005: HC Slovan Bratislava
- 2006: MsHK Žilina
- 2007: HC Slovan Bratislava
- 2008: HC Slovan Bratislava
- 2009: HC Košice
- 2010: HC Košice
- 2011: HC Košice
- 2012: HC Slovan Bratislava
- 2013: HKm Zvolen
Top goal scorers since 1993
- 2004/ 05 Marian Gaborik ( Dukla Trenčín ) 33 goals
- 2005/ 06 Lubomir Kolník (HK Dynamax Nitra ) 33 goals
- 2006/ 07 Marek Uram (HC Slovan Bratislava) 31 goals
- 2007/ 08 Martin Kuľha (HC Slovan Bratislava) 33 goals
- 2008/ 09 Žigmund Palffy ( HK 36 Skalica ) 52 goals
- 2009/10 Martin Kuľha (HC Slovan Bratislava) 32 goals
- 2010/11 Michel Miklík (HC Košice ) 37 goals
- 2011/12 Martin Kuľha (HK Poprad ) 31 goals
- 2012/13 Roman Tomanek (HK Nitra ) 34 goals
All- Star team since 1998
Since the 1997/98 season All-Star team in the league is chosen after the season.
Since 1994, at the end of the season, the Golden Puck ( slovak: zlatý puk ), awarded to the best Slovak ice hockey player and coach, even outside the Extraliga.