|Rote Teufel Bad Nauheim|
|City:||Bad Nauheim, Germany|
|Home Arena:||Colonel Knight Stadion|
|1946-1982:||VfL Bad Nauheim|
|1981-2004:||EC Bad Nauheim|
|2004-2006:||Rote Teufel Bad Nauheim|
|2006-2013:||EC Rote Teufel Bad Nauheim|
|2013-present:||EC Bad Nauheim|
History[edit | edit source]
VfL Bad Nauheim was founded in 1946 and played in the top-level German leagues (the Oberliga and later the Eishockey-Bundesliga) for most of their existence. They declared bankruptcy in 1982, a season which saw them relegated from the Eishockey-Bundesliga.
With VfL's looming financial difficulties, another club, EC Bad Nauheim was founded in 1981 and began playing in the fourth-level Regionalliga. They were promoted to and won the Oberliga in 1984, and spent the rest of their history bouncing between the Oberliga and the 2nd Bundesliga. The club faced financial issues between 1990 and 1993, but succeeded in resolving them. Financial problems struck again however, and the club was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2001.
The club was saved by the GmbH and was known officially as EC Bad Nauheim Spielbetriebs GmbH between 2001 and 2004. This arrangement ended in 2004 and Rote Teufel Bad Nauheim was created.
Rote Teufel Bad Nauheim encountered financial difficulties in the summer of 2006 and were replaced by EC Rote Teufel Bad Nauheim. This incarnation mostly played in the Oberliga, winning the league in 2013 and earning promotion to the DEL II the following season.
The Eishockey Cracks Bad Nauheim (EC Bad Nauheim) were created in 2013 as a successor to EC Rote Teufel. They played their inaugural 2013-14 season in the DEL II.
Season-by-season records[edit | edit source]
|1957-58||Oberliga West||5th place|
|1967-68||Bundesliga West||2nd place Relegation|
|1981-82||Regionalliga South-West||5th place first round, Group 1|
|1984-85||2. Bundesliga Nord||2nd place Qualification round|
|1985-86||2. Bundesliga Nord||1st place Qualification round|
|1986-87||2. Bundesliga Nord||8th place Qualification round|
|1987-88||2. Bundesliga Nord||8th place Qualification round|
|1988-89||2. Bundesliga Nord||5th place Qualification round|
|1989-90||2. Bundesliga Nord||8th place Qualification round|
|1990-91||2. Bundesliga Nord||5th place Qualification round|
|1991-92||2. Bundesliga Nord||2nd place Qualification round|
|1992-93||2. Bundesliga Nord||Play-downs|
|1994-95||1. Liga Nord||Quarterfinals|
|1995-96||1. Liga Nord||Quarterfinals|
|1996-97||1. Liga Nord||Semifinals|
|1997-98||1. Liga Nord||Runner-up|
|2001-02||2. Bundesliga||4th place in relegation round|
|2005-06||Oberliga||8th place in relegation round|
|2007-08||Oberliga North||7th place, won Play-downs|
|2013-14||DEL2||9th place in regular season|