National League A

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National League A
2015–16 NLA season
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Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1999
CEO Marc Furrer
No. of teams 12
Country(ies) Switzerland
Most recent champion(s) SC Bern
Most championship(s) HC Davos (31)
TV partner(s) SRG Teleclub
Official website www.nationalleague.ch
Related competitions National League B

National League A (NLA) is a professional ice hockey league in Switzerland. It is the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system and of the two-tier National League. Prior to the 2007-08 season, the league was officially called Nationalliga A (German, French: Ligue Nationale A (LNA), Italian: Lega Nazionale A). The NLA has the most attended hockey club in Europe, SC Bern, and is also the second most attended league within the same continent, only surpassed by the Swedish Elitserien.[1]

Season structure

During the regular season, each of the 12 teams play 50 games. The top eight teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs to determine the Swiss champion in best-of-seven series'. The bottom four teams in the standings play a relegation tournament with the loser then playing the winner of the National League B playoffs in a best-of-seven series for a spot in the successive NLA season.

Current teams

The following teams will participate in the 2015–16 NLA season:

Team City Arena Capacity
HC Ambrì-Piotta Ambrì Valascia 6,500
SC Bern Bern PostFinance-Arena 17,131
EHC Biel Biel/Bienne Tissot Arena 7,000
HC Davos Davos Vaillant Arena 6,800
HC Fribourg-Gottéron Fribourg BCF Arena 6,700
Genève-Servette HC Geneva Patinoire des Vernets 7,135
Kloten Flyers Kloten Kolping Arena 7,719
Lausanne HC Lausanne CIG de Malley 7,600
HC Lugano Lugano Pista La Resega 7,800
SCL Tigers Langnau im Emmental Ilfis Stadium 6,050
EV Zug Zug Bossard Arena 7,015
ZSC Lions Zürich Hallenstadion 11,200

Past champions

For a season-by-season articles, see List of NLA seasons.

References

External links

See also

European Hockey Overview
Top-Level Leagues
International

Alps Hockey League - Balkan Ice Hockey League - BeNe League - European University Hockey League - Kontinental Hockey League - MOL Liga

National

Armenia - Austria - Belarus - Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Georgia - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Macedonia - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Serbia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey - Ukraine - United Kingdom

Second-Level Leagues
Belarus - Balkan League - Belgium - Czech Republic - Denmark - England - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Latvia - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Russia - Slovakia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey
Third-Level Leagues
Austria - Czech Republic - Denmark - England - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Italy - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Russia - Scotland - Slovakia - Sweden - Switzerland
Fourth-Level and lower Leagues
Czech Republic (4, 5) - Finland (4, 5, 6, 7) - France - Germany (4, 5) - Hungary - Netherlands (4, 5, 6) - Norway (4, 5) - Poland - Russia - Sweden (4, 5, 6, 7, 8), Switzerland (4, 5, 6)
Cup Competitions
Cups

Belarus - Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bulgaria - Czech Republic - Denmark - East Germany - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Scotland - Serbia - Slovenia - Soviet Union - Spain - Switzerland - Ukraine - Yugoslavia

Supercups

Belgium - Estonia - Hungary - Italy - Poland - Netherlands - Slovenia - Spain

Defunct Leagues
Soviet Union - Russia - Czechoslovakia - Yugoslavia - West Germany - East Germany - Ireland - Luxembourg - Malta - Portugal - Alpenliga - Interliga - Inter-National League - North Sea Cup - Panonian League - Eastern European - Balkan League - Baltic League - Carpathian League - Slohokej Liga - English League - English National League - Scottish National League - British Hockey League - Ice Hockey Superleague - German Championship - Swedish Championship - Klass I - Svenska Serien - Elitserien - Swedish Division I - SM-sarja - Swiss National Championship - Swiss International Championship
Women's Leagues
International leagues

Elite Women's Hockey League - EWHL Super Cup - Low Countries Cup

National leagues

Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey

Defunct leagues

Czechoslovakia - Interliga

Junior Leagues
Austria - Belarus - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany (East Germany) - Great Britain - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Lithuania - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Russia (Soviet Union) - Serbia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey - Ukraine
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