Hockey Club Bolzano Foxes, also known as commercial name HCB Alto Adige Alperia (in Italian) or HCB Südtirol Alperia (in German) is an Italian ice hockey team located in the city of Bolzano, South Tyrol autonomous province, that plays in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). It remains the most successful team in the history of the Italian Serie A, with 19 championships.
|City||Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy|
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
|General manager||Dr. Dieter Knoll|
|Head coach||Clayton Beddoes|
|Serie A||19 (1963, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2012)|
|EBEL||2 (2014, 2018)|
HC Bolzano was founded in 1933 and in the first twenty years of its existence, home games were played in an outdoor rink until 1953, when the club moved into the Bolzano Exhibition Hall, which was the first artificial ice was available. Eleven of the nineteen Italian league titles were won there before the team moved in 1994, to the newly built Palaonda/Eiswelle. At the same time, the team also participated in the Alps League in part, an international ice hockey competition, attended by teams from Slovenia and Austria were involved. In addition to a master and three runner-up titles in this competition, the team also won another seven Italian titles, the last of which in 2012 was given the three-time winning the Coppa Italia, the Italian League Cup competition. Other achievements include three gains of the Supercoppa Italiana and the Six Nations tournament, also called Caucasian Ligacup, in 1994.
In 2013, the HC Bolzano applied again for inclusion in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL), after earlier applications failed each time due to the resistance of the Italian Ice Hockey Federation. However, the chaotic conditions in the Serie A paved the way to acceptance, since a large part of the club that was from the second division had been released. The move was also largely motivated by the need of a new major sponsor to help clear their financial situation.
Known as the HCB Südtirol in the EBEL (the main sponsor is the tourism promotion agency of the Alto Adige – Südtirol region), Bolzano had surprisingly successful inaugural season in 2013–14. On the back of a heavy recruitment scheme which centred in signing Canadian players of Italian heritage, Bolzano finished in fourth place by the end of the Regulation season. In the EBEL finals, they went on to win the championship by defeating the EC Red Bull Salzburg in the finals, and in doing so becoming to first non-Austrian based club to win the Austrian Championship.
With the victory of the EBEL championship, Bolzano ensured qualification to the first edition of the Champions Hockey League, a prestigious tournament for European clubs. Despite their status of EBEL defending Champions, Bolzano due to numerous financial difficulties that risked compromising the entry of the team in these competitions, were late in confirming their status for a second EBEL season.
In May 2016 it was announced that the South Tyrol engery producer Alperia would became the main sponsor of the team.
In 2018 the HC Bozen Alperia defeat the EC Red Bull Salzburg in game-7 of the final to win the EBEL championship for a second time. After the successful final, historic captain Alexander Egger announced his retirement from professional ice hockey.
- Austrian Hockey League
- Winners (2): 2013–14, 2017–18
- Serie A
- Coppa Italia
- Winners (3): 2004, 2007, 2009
- Supercoppa Italiana
- Winners (4): 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012
- Winners (1): 1994
- Six Nations Tournament:
- Winners (1): 1994
- Coppa delle Alpi:
- Winners (1): 1963
|–||Anthony Bardaro||C||R||27||2019||Delta, British Columbia, Canada|
|18||Anton Bernard (C)||W||R||30||2010||Bolzano, Italy|
|7||Daniel Catenacci||C||L||26||2018||Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada|
|94||Daniel Frank||W||L||25||2013||Merano, Italy|
|93||Luca Frigo||LW||L||26||2016||Moncalieri, Italy|
|–||Colton Hargrove||LW||L||27||2019||Rockwall, Texas, United States|
|8||Marco Insam (A)||W||R||30||2010||Selva Gardena, Italy|
|31||Leland Irving||G||L||31||2018||Barrhead, Alberta, Canada|
|26||Angelo Miceli||C||L||25||2017||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|–||Dennis Robertson||D||L||28||2019||Fort St. John, British Columbia|
|–||Kevin Spinozzi||D||L||23||2019||Granby, Quebec, Canada|
|–||Ivan Tauferer||D||R||24||2019||Bolzano, Italy|
Kent Nilsson Roger Akerstrom Glenn Anderson Alexander Andrijevski Dave Baseggio Scott Beattie Oleg Belov James Black Jim Boni Robin Bouchard Steve Bozek Markus Brunner Jim Camazzola Dan Currie Matt DeMarchi Doug Derraugh Nate DiCasmirro Flavio Faggioni Mario Doyon Mark Dutiaume Daniel Fernholm Ron Flockhart Martin Gendron Phil Groeneveld Chris Hajt Rudi Hiti Niklas Hjalmarsson Viktors Ignatjevs Tony Iob Kim Issel Lars Ivarsson Jaromír Jágr Regan Kelly Jordan Krestanovich Brian Loney Jamie Lundmark Bob Manno Daniel Marois Shayne McCosh Paul Messier Robert Mulick Jason Muzzatti Mark Napier Sergei Naumov Jeff Nelson Jan Nemecek Robert Oberrauch Josh Olson Gates Orlando Grigorijs Panteļejevs Dave Pasin Gino Pasqualotto Martin Pavlu Mario Nobili Michel Petit Neil Petruic Frank Pietrangelo Ray Podloski Deron Quint Mike Rosati Adam Russo Peter Schaefer Jeff Sebastian Patrice Tardif Lucio Topatigh Sylvain Turgeon Perry Turnbull Tony Tuzzolino Ramil Yuldashev Rob Zamuner Bruno Zarrillo
- "Giornata storica: il Bolzano sbarca in Ebel" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 29 June 2013.
- "Bozen earns championship title in overtime" (in German). Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Bolzano confirms league participation" (in German). Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- "HC Bolzano - Team -Roster" (in Italian). HC Bolzano. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
- Official website (in Italian) (in German)