2008–09 Champions Hockey League

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2008–09 Champions Hockey League
League Champions Hockey League (2008–09)
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 8 October 2008 – 28 January 2009
Number of teams 14 (12 in group stage)
Season MVP Finland Ari Sulander (ZSC)
Top scorer Canada Jean-Guy Trudel (ZSC)
Finals
Champions Switzerland ZSC Lions
  Runners-up Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk

The 2008–09 Champions Hockey League was the only season of the Champions Hockey League (2008–09), an IIHF-organized ice hockey tournament for the best club teams in Europe. The season was played with 12 teams from seven countries (two teams each from Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland, one team each from Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia and a 12th team from one of these three countries, determined in a qualification tournament).[1] Every participating team was guaranteed an appearance fee of 300,000 euro and the winner received 1,000,000 euro. Prize money was also be awarded for winning group stage matches (50,000 euro), for the semi-final appearance (200,000 euro) and for the other finalist (500,000 euro). In total, 10 million euros were distributed, the largest prize sum ever in a European hockey club competition. [2] The ZSC Lions from Switzerland won the competition by beating Russia's Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the finals.

In December 2013, the IIHF officially announced that they had launched a new tournament with the same name, born out of the European Trophy, starting in the 2014–15 season.[3]

Participating teams[edit]

The 2008–09 edition of the Champions Hockey League is played with twelve teams from Europe's top seven hockey leagues. Ten teams qualified directly for the group stage due to their performances in the domestic leagues. The field was completed with the winner of last season's Champions Cup and one team from the qualifying tournament. The tables below lists these teams together with the reasons for qualifying.[4]

Directly qualified for group stage[edit]

Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk, Russia 2008 IIHF European Champions Cup winner
Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia Russian Super League champion
Finland Kärpät Oulu, Finland Finnish SM-liiga champion
Finland Espoo Blues Espoo, Finland Finnish SM-liiga playoff finalist
Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha Prague, Czech Republic Czech Extraliga champion
Czech Republic HC České Budějovice České Budějovice, Czech Republic Czech Extraliga regular-season winner
Sweden HV71 Jönköping, Sweden Swedish Elitserien champion
Sweden Linköpings HC Linköping, Sweden Swedish Elitserien regular-season runner-up
Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava Bratislava, Slovakia Slovak Extraliga champion
Switzerland ZSC Lions Zurich, Switzerland Swiss National League A champion
Germany Eisbären Berlin Berlin, Germany Deutsche Eishockey Liga champion

Note: Because the Swedish regular-season winner (HV71) also won the play-offs, Linköpings HC as the runner-up of the regular-season will participate.

Participating in qualifying tournament[edit]

Slovakia HC Košice Košice, Slovakia Slovak Extraliga regular-season runner-up
Switzerland SC Bern Berne, Switzerland Swiss National League A regular-season winner
Germany Sinupret Ice Tigers Nuremberg, Germany Deutsche Eishockey Liga regular-season winner

Note: Because the Slovak regular-season winner (Slovan Bratislava) also won the play-offs, HC Košice as the runner-up of the regular-season can participate in the qualifying tournament.

Qualifying tournament[edit]

Three teams played a qualifying tournament on 12–14 September in Nuremberg, Germany. A win was awarded 3 points, 0 points for a loss.[5] SC Bern won the tournament and qualified as the second team from Switzerland for the group stage of the Champions Hockey League. Bern's Ramzi Abid was the top scorer of the tournament with 3 goals and 1 assist. The matches were attended by an average of 3,426 spectators.[6]

Team GP W SOW SOL L GF GA PTS
Switzerland SC Bern 2 2 0 0 0 9 5 6
Germany Sinupret Ice Tigers 2 1 0 0 1 6 7 3
Slovakia HC Košice 2 0 0 0 2 7 10 0
September 12, 2008
19:30 CET
Sinupret Ice Tigers Germany 1 – 4
( 0–0, 1–1, 0–3 )
Switzerland SC Bern Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg
Attendance: 7,658
September 13, 2008
18:30 CET
SC Bern Switzerland 5 – 4
( 2–0, 2–3, 1–1 )
Slovakia HC Košice Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg
Attendance: 1,859
September 14, 2008
18:30 CET
HC Košice Slovakia 3 – 5
( 0–2, 2–2, 1–1 )
Germany Sinupret Ice Tigers Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg
Attendance: 3,373

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the group stage in 2008–09 Champions Hockey League. Yellow: Group A teams, Red: Group B teams, Blue: Group C teams, Green: Group D teams.

The draw for the group stage took place on Friday, 25 April 2008 in Zurich, Switzerland.[7] The twelve teams were drawn into groups of three. Each group played a double round-robin. If the games were decided after 60 minutes, the winner was awarded 3 points and the loser 0 points. In case of a tie, both teams got 1 point and a penalty shoot-out was staged with the winner being awarded a second point. The best team of each group – the two Russian teams Ufa and Magnitogorsk, Espoo from Finland and the ZSC Lions from Switzerland – advanced to the semi-finals.

Group A[edit]

Eisbären Berlin played their two home games at the new O2 World in Berlin in front of 13,000 and 13,500 spectators, respectively, a Champions Hockey League record. Magnitogorsk qualified for the semi-finals on gameday 5 after winning their first three games. Metallurg's Jan Marek was the top scorer in group A with 2 goals and 5 assists.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4 3 0 0 1 11 5 9
Germany Eisbären Berlin 4 2 1 0 1 10 10 8
Finland Kärpät 4 0 0 1 3 5 11 1
October 8, 2008
19:30 CET
Eisbären Berlin Germany 3 – 2
( 1–1, 1–0, 1–1 )
Finland Kärpät O2 World, Berlin
Attendance: 13,000
October 22, 2008
20:30 EET
Kärpät Finland 0 – 2
( 0–0, 0–1, 0–1 )
Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,614
October 29, 2008
20:00 YEKT
Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 5 – 2
( 4–0, 0–1, 1–1 )
Germany Eisbären Berlin Magnitogorsk Arena, Magnitogorsk
Attendance: 7,701
November 12, 2008
20:30 EET
Kärpät Finland 2 – 3 (PS)
( 1–0, 0–1, 1–1, 0–1 )
Germany Eisbären Berlin Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 4,619
November 19, 2008
20:00 YEKT
Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 3 – 1
( 0–0, 2–0, 1–1 )
Finland Kärpät Magnitogorsk Arena, Magnitogorsk
Attendance: 7,593
December 3, 2008
19:30 CET
Eisbären Berlin Germany 2 – 1
( 1–0, 1–1, 0–0 )
Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk O2 World, Berlin
Attendance: 13,500

Group B[edit]

Espoo won all 4 of their games and qualified for the semi-final after gameday 5. The top scorer in group B was Bern's Christian Dubé with 5 goals (and 0 assists).

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
Finland Espoo Blues 4 4 0 0 0 13 4 12
Sweden HV71 4 1 0 0 3 13 18 3
Switzerland SC Bern 4 1 0 0 3 11 15 3
October 8, 2008
19:30 CET
HV71 Sweden 6 – 2
( 1–0, 2–0, 3–2 )
Switzerland SC Bern Kinnarps Arena, Jönköping
Attendance: 6,903
October 22, 2008
19:30 CET
SC Bern Switzerland 1 – 3
( 0–2, 0–0, 1–1 )
Finland Espoo Blues PostFinance Arena, Berne
Attendance: 6,756
October 29, 2008
20:30 EET
Espoo Blues Finland 3 – 2
( 2–1, 0–0, 1–1 )
Sweden HV71 LänsiAuto Areena, Espoo
Attendance: 6,083
November 12, 2008
19:30 CET
SC Bern Switzerland 7 – 5
( 1–3, 3–0, 3–2 )
Sweden HV71 PostFinance Arena, Berne
Attendance: 7,057
November 19, 2008
20:30 EET
Espoo Blues Finland 2 – 1
( 2–1, 0–0, 0–0 )
Switzerland SC Bern LänsiAuto Areena, Espoo
Attendance: 6,247
December 3, 2008
19:30 CET
HV71 Sweden 0 – 6
( 0–3, 0–1, 0–2 )
Finland Espoo Blues Kinnarps Arena, Jönköping
Attendance: 5,028

Group C[edit]

Salavat Yulaev was the first team of the 2008–09 Champions Hockey League to qualify for the semi-finals after winning their first three games. The top scorer in group C was Ufa's Alexander Radulov with 1 goal and 4 assists.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4 4 0 0 0 22 5 12
Czech Republic HC České Budějovice 4 1 0 0 3 9 17 3
Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava 4 1 0 0 3 11 20 3
October 8, 2008
20:00 YEKT
Salavat Yulaev Ufa Russia 7 – 1
( 1–0, 3–0, 3–1 )
Czech Republic HC České Budějovice Ufa Arena, Ufa
Attendance: 7,835
October 22, 2008
19:30 CET
HC České Budějovice Czech Republic 5 – 2
( 1–0, 2–1, 2–1 )
Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava Budvar Arena, České Budějovice
Attendance: 4,250
October 29, 2008
19:30 CET
HC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 2 – 4
( 1–0, 1–3, 0–1 )
Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa Samsung Arena, Bratislava
Attendance: 5,238
November 12, 2008
19:30 CET
HC České Budějovice Czech Republic 0 – 3
( 0–2, 0–1, 0–0 )
Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa Budvar Arena, České Budějovice
Attendance: 4,109
November 19, 2008
19:30 CET
HC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 5 – 3
( 3–0, 0–0, 2–3 )
Czech Republic HC České Budějovice Samsung Arena, Bratislava
Attendance: 4,880
December 3, 2008
20:00 YEKT
Salavat Yulaev Ufa Russia 8 – 2
( 1–1, 4–1, 3–0 )
Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava Ufa Arena, Ufa
Attendance: 8,292

Group D[edit]

The winner of group D was not decided until the final game in Prague between Slavia and the ZSC Lions. In front of 8,137 spectators, the Lions won the game 5–1 after scoring 4 goals in the last period. The group's top scorer (and the leading scorer after all group stage games) was Adrian Wichser from ZSC with 9 assists (and 0 goals).

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS
Switzerland ZSC Lions 4 3 0 1 0 20 11 10
Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha 4 2 1 0 1 15 15 8
Sweden Linköpings HC 4 0 0 0 4 11 20 0
October 8, 2008
19:30 CET
HC Slavia Praha Czech Republic 4 – 2
( 2–1, 1–1, 1–0 )
Sweden Linköpings HC O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 4,108
October 22, 2008
19:30 CET
Linköpings HC Sweden 2 – 7
( 2–2, 0–2, 0–3 )
Switzerland ZSC Lions Cloetta Center, Linköping
Attendance: 7,961
October 29, 2008
19:30 CET
ZSC Lions Switzerland 4 – 5 (PS)
( 0–1, 1–1, 3–2, 0–1 )
Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha Hallenstadion, Zürich
Attendance: 8,220
November 12, 2008
19:30 CET
Linköpings HC Sweden 4 – 5
( 0–2, 3–1, 1–2 )
Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha Cloetta Center, Linköping
Attendance: 6,842
November 19, 2008
19:30 CET
ZSC Lions Switzerland 4 – 3
( 1–1, 2–1, 1–1 )
Sweden Linköpings HC Hallenstadion, Zürich
Attendance: 8,574
December 3, 2008
19:30 CET
HC Slavia Praha Czech Republic 1 – 5
( 0–1, 1–0, 0–4 )
Switzerland ZSC Lions O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 8,137

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-finals were played as two-legged matches. If a game was tied after 60 minutes, it would have been counted as a tie, without a penalty shoot-out taking place. Only if after two games the teams were level on points (i.e. one win each or two ties), a penalty shoot-out was staged to determine the series winner Home ice advantage of the second game went to the teams with the better records in the group stage.

First Semi-final[edit]

Because both teams from Russia qualified for the semi-finals, they had to play against each other according to the tournament regulations. Salavat Yulaev won the first game in Magnitogorsk with goaltender Alexandr Eremenko stopping 36 shots. The second game in Ufa, however, was won by Metallurg. Therefore, a penalty shoot-out was staged to determine the series winner, which was won 2–0 by Magnitogorsk.

10 December 2008
20:00 YEKT
Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 1 – 2
( 0–0, 0–2, 1–0 )
Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa Magnitogorsk Arena, Magnitogorsk
Attendance: 7,750
7 January 2009
20:00 YEKT
Salavat Yulaev Ufa Russia 1 – 3 (0 – 2 PS)
( 0–0, 1–0, 0–3 )
Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Ufa Arena, Ufa
Attendance: 8,500

Second Semi-final[edit]

Because the Hallenstadion in Zurich, the home arena of the ZSC Lions, was not available on the semi-final dates, the Lions were forced to play their home game at the Diners Club Arena in Rapperswil-Jona, about 25 km away from Zurich. The ZSC Lions won both their "home" game and the game in Espoo, where they were accompanied by about 600 fans from Switzerland.[8]

10 December 2008
19:30 CET
ZSC Lions Switzerland 6 – 3
( 1–0, 3–2, 2–1 )
Finland Espoo Blues Diners Club Arena, Rapperswil-Jona
Attendance: 6,100
7 January 2009
20:30 EET
Espoo Blues Finland 1 – 4
( 0–2, 1–0, 0–2 )
Switzerland ZSC Lions LänsiAuto Areena, Espoo
Attendance: 6,612

Finals[edit]

The final was also played as a two-legged match. Home ice advantage of the second game went to the ZSC Lions which had the better record in the group stage. As in the semi-finals, the Lions were forced to play their home game in Rapperswil in an arena with only half the capacity of the Hallenstadion in Zurich. The game in the Diners Club Arena was sold out within 30 minutes, leaving many fans without a ticket for the most important game in their club's history.[9]

The ZSC Lions became the first-ever Swiss team to win a major European club competition by winning the Champions Hockey League. After a 2–2 in Magnitogorsk, the ZSC Lions won the return game against Metallurg Magnitogorsk 5–0 to dethrone the 2008 European club champion. ZSC goaltender Ari Sulander was named Champions Hockey League MVP and was the first to hoist the Silver Stone Trophy.[10]

21 January 2009
21:30 YEKT
Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 2 – 2
( 0–2, 0–0, 2–0 )
Switzerland ZSC Lions Magnitogorsk Arena, Magnitogorsk
Attendance: 7,700
28 January 2009
19:30 CET
ZSC Lions Switzerland 5 – 0
( 1–0, 1–0, 3–0 )
Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Diners Club Arena, Rapperswil
Attendance: 6,200
Champions Hockey League
2008–09 Winners
Switzerland
ZSC Lions
First Title

Statistics[edit]

References[edit]

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