LOS ANGELES – The Eisbaren Berlin Polar Bears of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) won their sixth league championship in eight years after defeating the Adler Mannheim Eagles Tuesday, before a sellout crowd of 14,200 at the O2 World Arena in Berlin. The DEL is the highest level in the German ice hockey league. The Berlin Polar Bears are owned and operated by AEG.
The Polar Bears won the series 3-games-to-2 after a come-from-behind win in Game 4 Sunday in Mannheim. Berlin was trailing 5-2 in the third period before tying the game and eventually winning it in overtime, sending the series back to Berlin for a decisive Game 5. The Polar Bears took Game 5 on home ice, 3-1.
It was Berlin’s sixth DEL championship in eight years, having also won in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
“We are proud of Eisbaren’s run as the most successful professional hockey team in all of Germany,” said Kings Governor and AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke. “Many members of the Kings staff have worked with Peter Lee, the GM for Eisbaren the last five years, to assist with their roster, and several of the players on the club have played in the NHL. Winning the MLS Cup with the Galaxy and the DEL Championship these past few months have been fantastic. Hopefully, we can add to our accomplishments with the Kings, Manchester Monarchs and the Lakers.”
The Polar Bears are one of two German hockey teams owned by AEG. The other is the Hamburg Freezers, who play at the 02 World Hamburg.
The Kings played the Buffalo Sabres in a regular season game at the 02 World Arena in Berlin on Oct. 8 as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premier. The Kings also played the Hamburg Freezers in a special exhibition game at the 02 World Hamburg on Oct. 4.