The Romanians have been playing ice hockey (hochei pe gheață) since 1924. The Campionatul Naţional (CN) is the top league, with six clubs. But because two of the six are also members of the MOL Liga, the CN plays two parallel regular seasons, each with its own standings, one of four teams, and the other of six. There is also the Cupa României which is played in December by the six teams.
The teams are:
Corona Braşov. (See About the MOL Liga.)
Sport Club Miercurea Ciuc. Also known as HSC Csíkszereda. (See About the MOL Liga.)
CSA Steaua Bucureşti. The Rangers. 40-time CN champions, and 33-time Cupa României winners. They play at the 8,000-seat Mihai Flamaropol in Bucharest. Colours: red and blue. Founded in 1951.
CSM Dunărea Galaţi. The Danubians. Founded 1932. The Galaţi Skating Rink holds 5,000 spectators. Galaţi is a port city on the Danube. Blue, red and white. They won the 1988 Cupa României.
Progym Gheorgheni. Founded 1949. Red and white. Their rink holds 1,000. They played one season in the MOL Liga. Gheorgheni is in the primarily Hungarian-speaking part of Transylvania.
Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti. This sport club was founded in 1916. Black and white. They play at Mihai Flamaropol.
The Romanian language is so much like French there's really no excuse for Canadians not knowing all about the hockey scene there.