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08-19-2013, 06:50 PM
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Aug. 19: Italian News, Rosenheim Loses


Starbulls Rosenheim 1
EC Villacher SV 3


The Starbulls lost the rematch to their Austrian foes. The shots on goal are not shown in the summary and it is hard to glean from a translated story just what the game was like. Shawn Weller had an assist.

Rosenheim will now play HC Bozen/Bolzano Foxes (Italian team new to the EBEL) on Friday before facing the Bisons on August 27th.

Links:
:. [Game Story at Rosenheim24.de] :. [Translated]
:. [Summary] :. [Translated]



I have also pieced together the changes in Italian hockey. I have linked stories from the meetings they held. Their top league is to now be called Elite.A and there is no automatic promotion/relegation system. Teams can move up if they meet arena, sponsorship, and other criteria. Most of the 2nd tier teams are either moving to the INL (such as Neumarkt/Egna) or otherwise restructuring. One (Sterzing/Vipetano) is moving back to Elite.A. Last season (as "Serie A") they had 10 teams. HC Bozen/Bolzano Foxes have moved to the Austrian EBEL. HC Alleghe Civette lost sponsorship and are moving down a league. I have no idea what has happened to Aquile Friuli Venezia Giulia. So, 10 - 3 = 7. Then you add Sterzing/Vipetano and they are back to 8. One team they thought they may lose to the KHL is Hockey Milano Rossoblu. Although they are not listed at Eurohockey.com, their own website claims they are set for the Elite.A this year. The other five returnees are Asiago Hockey, HC Valpellice, Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina, SHC Fassa, and HC Val Pusteria/Pustertal.

Could the KHL succeed in "non-traditional" hockey markets like Milan? Well, the NHL has tried Phoenix, Atlanta, etc. so what the heck! BTW, Andrew Raycroft and Angelo Esposito play for Milan.

Links:
:. [LIHG Planning Story] :. [Translated]
:. [LIHG League Format Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Alleghe Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Milano Story] :. [Translated]



Ritten/Renon Sport have released a full roster page, and an interview with Chris Mason. Sounds like he and his wife wanted to spend some time in Italy before he retires. He had previously played in Norway.

Links:
:. [Ritten Roster Announced] :. [Translated]
:. [Ritten Mason Interview] :. [Translated]

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