From the foundation until today
“The road from an innovative idea to one of Europe’s biggest sport statistic providers!”
- August 1, 2004
With a lot of passion and the vision to develop something brand new in sport statistics Martin Vejvar and Rene Ortner established the company hockeydata in 2004. The new software is used in the Austrian league “NHL-Graz” and administers the game operations of 35 teams.
- March 1, 2005
The first international tournament
Following the corporate philosophy “hockey for every standard and on international level” hockeydata supports the “World Tournament” in Zell am See (AUT) in 2005. Those responsible of the biggest youth tournament in Central Europe are enthusiastic about the new features and the perceptible simplification of the tournament organisation.
- August 1, 2006
Red Bulls Face-Off
Red Bull becomes aware of the many advantages and the good feedback about the statistic software of hockeydata. This results into an invitation to the tournament “Red Bulls Face-Off” and hockeydata accepts responsibility for the whole tournament statistics.
- October 1, 2007
Product “data:board” is put into operation
hockeydata takes the next step and enlarges its product range. Due to dissatisfaction with classic “home/away” scoreboards hockeydata develops the software solution “data:board” which combines displaying game time, result and score with new multimedia features such as line-ups, advertisement and statistical analysis. At the new hockey rink in Hart near Graz the first “data:board” is put into service.
- December 31, 2007
Red Bulls Salute
The event “Red Bulls Face-Off” is transformed into the “Red Bulls Salute” which is now the biggest European tournament for first-class pro hockey teams. Also the North American “L.A. Kings“ participate in this year and hockeydata gets in touch with the first team of the famous NHL. Since then hockeydata is in charge of all Red Bulls Salute tournaments.
- August 1, 2008
e-grep UEFA Futsal Cup
The ambitious soccer variation “Futsal” left its mark on hockeydata. The qualifying round of the UEFA futsal Cup 2008 is held in Graz (AUT) and hockeydata is responsible for all statistical logging of data. Also the screen solution “data:board” is in use during the whole tournament. On the basis of this successful involvement the hockeydata team may also take care of the Austria’s National Futsal League in the following years.
- September 1, 2009
The first Austrian regional hockey association
As the first Austrian regional hockey association, the Styrian STEHV, decides to hand over the whole administration to hockeydata. This includes not only the statistics and game operation but also the application system and players administration for ice hockey and inline hockey. Only 36 months later follows the regional hockey association of Lower Austria.
- October 1, 2009
Rewritable player license cards
hockeydata reaches another milestone in cooperation with the “National Hockey League Graz”: the whole player license system is changed over to a modern version of check identification cards, using a rewritable(!) surface as medium. For the first time it is possible to remark important information directly and forgery-proof on the player license during the current championship. With this feature hockeydata puts down a marker concerning environmental issues as well: expired licenses can be rewritten and reused anytime!
- February 1, 2010
Cooperation with Servus TV/Erste Bank Eishockey Liga starts
hockeydata signs a contract with the television broadcaster Servus TV and becomes a major part in full HD-quality TV productions of Austria’s top-level hockey league, the “Erste Bank Eishockey Liga” (EBEL). Every game, which is broadcasted on television, is analysed and statistically recorded by at least three stats keepers of hockeydata. The captured data is directly transformed into graphic templates, which can be put on air in real time.
- July 1, 2011
Graphics and data gathering for the Red Bull Media House/Ice hockey
It is not just the data gathering anymore! hockeydata takes over the responsibility for the whole Servus TV television graphics projects in hockey and acts as general contractor for graphical inserts during the live broadcasted games. For this new task hockeydata develops the editorial system “onAir”. In a web browser all graphical contents can easily be edited and automatically generated with statistical data – before or even during the show!
- August 1, 2012
The German hockey league - DEL
Next stop: Germany! Servus TV appreciates the successful work in the Austrian hockey league EBEL and engages hockeydata for the German league DEL as well. In this project hockeydata pays particular attention on television graphics and statistical operating, the editorial analysis of statistical data.
- March 23, 2014
A new sport affiliates into the statistical portfolio! Starting with season 2014, hockeydata takes care of the Austrian Football League (AFL) in statistical matters. This support includes the detailed statistical capturing of all plays and drives during the game by stats keepers on the scene as well as the web integration of this data. Hereby all data is live updated and immediately available for all fans, teams, media and players!
- May 30, 2014
American Football European Championship
The data gathering for American football experiences a first highlight – hockeydata supervises the statistics of the European Championships held in Austria. All data gathered by the stats keepers are published on the official website of the EC. Through its accuracy and the speed of updates the statistics arouse enthusiasm in the international audience as well.
- October 23, 2014
hockeydata is the official stats provider of the "European University Hockey League“
hockeydata is the official statistics partner of the “European University Hockey League“ - the next international coup! At the start nine university teams of three nations (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria) are competing for the championship of the league (“EUHL” for short). In the years ahead additional nations such as Germany, Sweden or France are supposed to follow the project.
- July 1, 2015
Cooperation with the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation
hockeydata takes the next big step in Austria – with several local hockey federations already working exclusively with the hockeydata services, the whole Austrian Ice Hockey Federation (OEHV) decides to incorporate the hockeydata system. Besides the management of all games a nation-wide standardized electronical game report system is introduced, seamlessly integrated in the administration of the player registration and licensing of all Austrian hockey players. In conjunction with the management staff of the OEHV hockeydata extends and improves the system steadily.
- August 15, 2015
"Erste Bank Eishockey Liga"
In conjunction with the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation, the highest league of Austria -the “Erste Bank Eishockey Liga“ - its junior leagues forges a cooperation with hockeydata using the latest statistic system including the complete coverage via online scoring. Moreover, the long-term goal of all involved is the comprehensive collection of time-on-ice data to raise the league to the highest European level.
- February 11, 2016
"Servus Alpenpokal 2016"
hockeydata sticks to working on the ice but changes the sport. Servus TV hosts the “Servus Alpenpokal”, Europe’s biggest tournament for Bavarian curling, for the fist time. hockeydata specifically develops a statistics software for this sport and the gigantic live broadcast. The hockeydata team is on site for the statistic gathering as well as for the TV and event graphics.
- March 1, 2016
ORF project "Guten Morgen Österreich"
In cooperation with the partner NEP Germany hockeydata starts into a new scope: for the morning show “Guten Morgen Österreich” by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF. hockeydata provides the service of graphic operating from 6 to 9 am. Together with the team of the ORF the employees of hockeydata are on tour throughout Austria every week from Monday to Friday.
- July 31, 2016
Sky Austria completes the hockey broadcasting
In addition to Servus TV also Sky Austria broadcasts the games of the “Erste Bank Eishockey Liga”. Thanks to many years of experience in the TV section the services of hockeydata are engaged by Sky Austria as well. hockeydata is now responsible for the statistics gathering during all live games.
- February 11, 2017
European Youth Olympic Festival 2017
hockeydata contributes the official statistics for the hockey tournament of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2017 in Erzurum (Turkey) in cooperation with Swiss Timing. Our team gathers all statistics to the games of the participating teams from Turkey, Russia, Belarus, France and Slovakia.
- April 8, 2017
World Legends Hockey League
hockeydata is exclusively allowed to contribute the official statistics to the finals of the „World Legends Hockey League“ in Straubing/Germany. A very special tournament - only former players of a national team older than 45 years, who have competed in at least one IIHF tournament, are authorized to play in the „World Legends Hockey League“.
- September 6, 2017
The German hockey federation relies on hockeydata
Following the Austrian hockey federation also the German hockey federation “Deutsche Eishockey-Bund e.V. (DEB)” uses the software solutions of hockeydata. In a next step the gathering of statistics in all leagues, which belong to the German hockey federation, is performed with the electronic game report “e-grep”. This enables a comprehensive live scoring!
- February 14, 2019
New office in Carinthia
In addition to the official corporate headquarter in Graz, hockeydata opens an office in Carinthia/Austria. The brand-new building complex in Klagenfurt offers various possibilities for meetings with partners and customers as well as space for development.