April 24, 2014 - Updated on May 6, 2014
April turns to May; spring warms the snow away from the mountains and hockey leagues worldwide wrap up their seasons. Already champions have been crowned in the Slovak Extraliga with HC Kosice taking the cup and Czech Extraliga where PSG Zlin swept away HC Kometa Brno to win the title. Now the KHL and the Austrian EBEL Leagues have also been decided, read below for wrap-ups of the series
Slovak Extraliga: HC Kosice claims championship
In Slovakia, HC Kosice defeated HC Nitra in a seven game Extraliga championship series that went down to the wire at Kosice’s home stadium, the Steel Arena. Both clubs showed verve and panache, but Kosice was ultimately victorious at home in front of a boisterous crowd of almost 8500. The Steel Arena was rocking and Colosseo’s Center-Hung Cube was a full participant in the fun with an amazing game show presentation that had been programmed using our Colosseo DirectorHD, Colosseo Timer and Colosseo Flow, moving graphics seamlessly around the LED ribbon boards and scoreboard. Peter Grega, Hockey Director for Steel Arena said, “for the final we prepared a special graphics package that played at the end of the match when the winner was clear. It consisted of some fireworks on video cube together with music from Queen - We Are the Champions. Our external graphic designer created some new graphics and the feedback was great!” He also offered his feeling about his Colosseo equipment over the course of the Extraliga season. “We didn’t need much support this season because most of the time everything worked seamlessly. When we did need some support, it was solved immediately with a phone call, and they were mostly either software updates or some small technical issues.”
Czech Extraliga: PSG Zlin skates to victory
In the finals of the Czech Extraliga, PSG Zlin skated away from their Moravian rivals HC Kometa Brno to win the championship 4-1. Brno shocked season-long league leader Sparta Praha in a hard-fought seven-game series to advance to the finals but is struggled to maintain intensity, form and focus against their motivated Moravian foes. Colosseo’s equipment was installed in Kometa’s Rondo Hall in 2009 and was integrated into the existing scoreboards and advertising fasciae. Fans enjoy an excellent experience in Brno as our Video Goal Judge displays results on the LED scoreboard and all video output is controlled with our Colosseo Director 16HD.
KHL: Magnitogorsk mauls their way to victory
Three overtime games took Magnitogorsk back from the brink of elimination to winner-takes all one-game shot for the title and Magnitogorsk did not disappoint their fans. After being down 2-1 early in the series, Magnitogorsk came back to lead the series 3-2 but Lev Praha fought back with a 5:4 OT victory that sent the series to the winner-take all game in Russia. Behind captain Sergei Mozyakin, the Russian team sealed the deal winning 7:4 and taking home the Gagarin Cup. Congratulations to all the players for an incredibly exciting series that will surely cement the reputation of the KHL as one of the top leagues in the world.
HC Bolzano takes home EBEL championship in their first try
HC Bolzano, who joined the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey League (EBEL) just this year, beat EC Red Bull Salzburg 3:2 in a thrilling overtime match in the fifth and final game of the series. The Foxes went down early 1:0 when the Red Bulls had a powerplay, but the Foxes answered back in the 2nd period only to have another goal scored on another powerplay just two minutes later. Again, though, the foxes fought back and leveled the score 2:2 at the end of the period. After a hard-fought but scoreless third period, the game went to OT and was decided in the 72nd minute of play when Ziga Prance slotted home the winner. Colosseo participates in EBEL league as a technology partner of Albert Schutz Eishalle in Vienna, home of Vienna Capitals, where we've installed a Giant LED screen, our Video Goal Judge, Colosseo Director 24HD, Colosseo Timer and Colosseo Flow.
NHL: First Round Playoff action
Boston vs. Detroit, St. Louis vs. Chicago, The Rangers vs. the Flyers, the Avalanche vs. the Wild, Tampa vs. Montreal, Pittsburgh vs. Columbus, San Jose vs. the LA Kings and the Ducks vs. Dallas are the first round NHL matchups now taking place. It’s the first time in FOREVER that original NHL franchises Boston and Detroit have faced off in the playoffs and the series is a doozy. Colosseo is now involved in NHL action after supplying the Verizon Center, home to the Washington Capitals with a Single Media Platform including our Colosseo Director 24HD, a 3D Visualizer and Colosseo ShowManager & Designer. We are proud to be part of the NHL and hope that next year there will be playoff games with the Caps involved!