The Vienna Capitals have reached the finals in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga in two of the past three seasons. However, Vienna’s only championship in the EBEL came back in 2004-05. 2015-16 should be another successful season for the Capitals and there are five Ontario Hockey League grads on the roster to help ensure that happens.
Stewart makes the jump from Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga, where he’s played since 2009-10 with the Straubing Tigers. Karl played three years in the OHL from 2000-01 to 2002-03 with the Plymouth Whalers. He was a second round pick by the Whalers at the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, 40th overall.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Stewart has played pro since 2003-04 in the NHL, AHL and DEL. Karl played 69 regular season games in the NHL between 2003-04 and 2007-08 with the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Stewart has signed for one year with the Capitals, through the 2015-16 season.
Fraser has played in the EBEL since 2011-12 and has been with Vienna since 2012-13. He is signed through the 2015-16 season with the Capitals.
Jamie played four years in the OHL from 2002-03 to 2005-06, his first two years with the Brampton Battalion and his final two with the Sarnia Sting. Fraser was a lowly 11th round pick by Brampton at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 212st overall.
Undrafted to the NHL, Fraser played his first pro hockey at the end of the 2005-06 OHL season when the Sting did not qualify for the post season. He appeared in three regular season and six Kelly Cup playoff games for the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL.
Since 2006-07, Jamie has played in the ECHL, AHL, NHL and EBEL. His National Hockey League experience is limited to just one game with the New York Islanders during the 2008-09 season.
The London Knights penalty box king joined Vienna midway through 2014-15 after starting the season in the U.K.’s EIHL with the Sheffield Steelers. He is signed through 2015-16 with the Capitals.
Bois played four years in the OHL from 2000-01 to 2003-04, all with the Knights. At the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche made Danny a third round pick, 97th overall. He has played pro since 2004-05 in the AHL, NHL, EBEL, DEL and EIHL.
Like Jamie Fraser, Danny’s NHL experience is limited to just one game. Bois played a single match for the Ottawa Senators in 2006-07. He previously played in the EBEL for three years from 2010-11 to 2012-13.
Rotter has played for his hometown Capitals since 2008-09 and is signed through 2016-17 with an option for one more after that. Born in Vienna, Rafael is a mainstay on the Austrian National Team.
Rafael played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2005-06 to 2007-08, all with the Guelph Storm. He was the 67th overall pick by Guelph at the 2005 CHL Import Draft. He was Guelph’s team captain in his final season.
Undrafted to the NHL, Rotter has played his entire pro career in the EBEL with the Capitals.
Like Karl Stewart, Matt makes the jump from Germany’s DEL for the 2015-16 season. He has played the past four years with Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. In 2012-13, he led the league with 31 goals.
Dzieduszycki played two years in the OHL, 1999-00 and 2000-01, with the Barrie Colts. Originally, he was drafted by the North Bay Centennials in the tenth round of the 1997 OHL Priority Selection, 172nd overall. He tried the NCAA route before returning to the OHL and the Colts. Matt was Barrie’s team captain in his second season with the club.
Undrafted to the NHL, Matt has played pro hockey since 2001-02 in the AHL, ECHL, France’s Ligue Magnus and the DEL. He has been in Germany since the 2006-07 season. Matt is signed with Vienna through the 2015-16 season.
The Capitals have competed in the EBEL since 2001-02. Their only championship came in 2004-05 but the team has recently come close. In both 2012-13 and 2014-15, Vienna lost in the finals. Since 2001-02, the Capitals have qualified for the post season each year, except for 2003-04.
The Capitals play home games at the Albert Schultz Eishalle in Vienna, Austria, a 7,022 seat venue that opened in 1995. The EBEL consists of 12 teams based in five different countries (Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Hungary).