During the season is before the next one!

NEED: We have an urgent need for more referees in the DPL. We are asking for help from all participating Teams in the DPL.
You all want to play your games – no one wants to have a game postponed. You need officials who know their game.
Here we require YOUR assistance.
No Refs, no Game!
During the last two seasons, we have been able to add new recruits and partially integrate them into the DPL. Unfortunately, not all have remained with DPL as referees.
For you the teams in the DPL, this means please spread the word in your teams and in your hockey circles – we want to keep the games going! We have many weekend games this season and unfortunately not enough referees available for the weekend games! The main reason for the weekend shortfall is simple: many of our referees are also committed to other regular leagues (EBW, DEB etc). We are doing our best to ensure the DPL schedule is not disrupted.
Many of our referees drive 300 to 400 km on a given evening to ensure that the games can be played. This means driving for 7-8 hours for a couple of games – that is definitely a committment!
If you have trained referees in your team, please reach out to them. These are exactly the kind of refs we are looking for to help distribute the workload for your referees.

We need your support!

Thank you – your DPL Management Team

Affiliated Player Update: 3 Games Max

In oder to prevent misuse of the aforementioned Affiliated Player rules, the following update has been inserted into our rule book “§2.3 Melderegularien:”

Der Föderlizenz Spieler darf maximal 3 Spiele in der höheren Division spielen.  Ab der 4. Spiel in der höheren Division wird der Spieler als regulären Spieler in der Mannschaft der höheren Division gesetzt und somit aus der Mannschaft in der unteren Division gestrichen.

Essentially this means that once you play your 4th game as an affiliated player in the higher division club, you are considered a regular player in that team. You will no longer be allowed to continue playing in the lower division club.

The updated rule book is available as always via the Downloads link in our Website. Hockey Rule Book 2023-2024 (in German only)

Beer Tent for DPL Finals on 26.3.2023

The EC Eppelheim Eisbären are celebrating their 40th anniversary on Sat March 25. As part of the celebration, a Beer Tent will be set-up and remain in place for our Finals on the 26th.
The Club has asked for our co-operation and patronage and to limit the number of cases of beer brought by the teams themselves.
Thanks for your co-operation.

Your DPL Management Team

DPL: Non-contact league


As we are a non-contact / no-check league, we will issue the following penalties:

Headbutt/ Kicking(including simply attempting to do so): Game Misconduct each time

Check directed at the head and check from behind: 2+10, 5+20 or Game Misconduct

We don’t use single 5 min penalties – Game/ Match Penalty will always be assessed in addition.

Your DPL Management Team

2022/23 Season

We’re starting this year with 37 Teams in 5 Divisions.

  • We welcome a new Team, Huskies 4 from Waldbronn, starting this season in Division 5!
  • We welcome back two teams to the DPL – Tigers 1 (Div 2) and Tower Warriors (Div 4)!

Good luck to all teams this hockey season. Enjoy!

Kind regards

Your DPL Management Team

Martina Steiner

It is with great shock that we learned of the sudden death of a long-time DPL member Martina Steiner.
She was the heartbeat and driving force behind the BodyJacks. Before that, she also actively and passionately supported the Bodycheck team.
She will be greatly missed by us and especially by the players & members of the BodyJacks.

Our deepest condolences go out to her husband Christoph Steiner and her family.
Rest in peace Martina. We will miss you.

Your DPL Management Team

Heilbronn Hockey Camp

Senior Hockey Camp Aug 2020 in Heilbronn

For the 10th year in a row, the „Senior“ Hockey Training Camp for DPL players and friends took place. Returning to the “home” rink in Heilbronn, the Camp took place from Aug 7-8. Using 2 ice times per day, Ronny Arendt put the players and goalies through their paces. Skating, passing, 5 on 5 positioning and strategy plus numerous other drills kept the hockey camp participants on their toes over the 2 days.

A big thank you goes out to the Camp‘s organizer Arne Röhrig.👏🏼🏒🥅

Looking forward to next year’s Camp!

Icehouse Eppelheim needs your support

The corona Pandemie has not only forced an early end to the DPL Hockey season, it is threatening the on-going operation of many of the ice rinks used by the DPL. Please help support one of the main rinks used by the DPL – Icehouse Eppelheim. Nearly one-third of all DPL Teams call the Icehouse home.
More info and how you can support the Icehouse here (in German): https://www.eisbaeren-eppelheim.de/de/news/2020-2021/2021-01-25-eisbaeren-brauchen-eis.php