2012 European Trophy

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2012 European Trophy
Tournament details
Dates 31 July – 16 December 2012
Teams 32
Venue(s) 43 (in 40 cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 98
Goals scored 577 (5.89 per match)
Attendance 269,779 (2,753 per match)
Scoring leader(s) United States Jack Connolly
(11 points)
2011
2013

The 2012 European Trophy was the third European Trophy, a European ice hockey tournament held annually. It is also the seventh tournament since its predecessor, the Nordic Trophy, was launched in 2006. The regulation round started on 31 July 2012 with the South Division game between Piráti ChomutovSlovan Bratislava, and will end on 28 November 2012. The playoffs will be played between 13–16 December 2012 in Vienna and in Bratislava.[1] The preliminary schedule for the regulation round was released on 12 April 2012.[2]

In this year's tournament the number of participating teams was increased from 24 to 32. Also, as Red Bull Salzburg no longer hosted the playoffs for the first time in European Trophy history, they weren't guaranteed a playoff spot. Of the 128 regular round games, 20 were played mid-season (i.e. after teams had started their league seasons in their respective countries). Regarding the playoffs, there were Quarterfinals, Semifinals as well as the Final game, meaning that the losing teams in each round were immediately eliminated from the tournament.

On 31 May 2012, Slavia Praha announced that they were pulling out of the tournament.[3] On 18 June it was announced that Piráti Chomutov would take over Slavia Praha's spot in the South Division.[4]

Tournament format[edit]

The 32 teams in the tournament are, partly based on geographical location, divided into four divisions: the West Division, the North Division, the South Division, and the East Division. Each division consists of 8 teams who will play a round-robin in their division, with an extra game against a local rival in their division, giving a total of 8 games per team. Each team is assigned four home games as well as four road games. The top two teams of each division qualify for the playoffs; however, should Slovan Bratislava and/or Vienna Capitals qualify for the playoffs as hosts (if they fail to reach one of the top two spots of the South Division), they will replace the worst second ranked team(s) out of all four divisions.[1]

Should at least two teams in the same division (or second-ranked teams) end up tied in points, the following tie-breaker format will be used:

  1. Best goal difference
  2. Most goals scored in total (goals forward)
  3. Results in games against the tied teams
  4. Drawing of lots

This tie-breaker format will also apply when determining which second-ranked team(s) to be replaced if the host teams Slovan Bratislava and/or Vienna Capitals fail to reach the playoffs by finishing top two in the South Division.[1]

Playing format[edit]

If a game is tied after regulation time (60 minutes), an overtime lasting for 5 minutes is played. During overtime, both teams substitute only 4 players on the ice at once (except for 3 when either of the teams has a penalized player). If no team scores during the overtime period, a shootout is played, starting with three penalty shots for both teams. If the shootout remains tied after the first three rounds, sudden death rounds are played until a winning team has been forced.

In the regulation round games, the teams get three points for a regulation-time victory, two points for an overtime/shootout win, one point for losing in overtime/shootout, and zero points for a regulation loss.

Prize money[edit]

After the regulation round, the four division winners received 25 000 each, the four second-placed teams €20 000, and the third, fourth and fifth team of each division received €15 000, €10 000, and €5 000, respectively. Additionally, in the final of the Red Bulls Salute, the winning team received €50 000, while the losing finalist got €10 000. In total, €360 000 was given out during the entire tournament.[5]

Participating clubs[edit]

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2012 European Trophy Nordic teams (Divisions: Blue pog.svg: North, Green pog.svg: West, Red pog.svg: South, Gold pog.svg: East)
Division Team City Home arena* Capacity Joined NT/ET
North Oulun Kärpät Finland Oulu Oulun Energia Areena 6,614 2006
Eisbären Berlin Germany Berlin O2 World 14,200 2010
Red Bull Salzburg Austria Salzburg Eisarena Salzburg 3,600 2010
Luleå HF Sweden Luleå Coop Norrbotten Arena 6,200 2011
Kometa Brno Czech Republic Brno Kajot Arena 7,200 2011
Mountfield České Budějovice Czech Republic České Budějovice Budvar Arena 6,421 2011
Plzeň 1929 Czech Republic Plzeň ČEZ Aréna 8,420 2011
Hamburg Freezers Germany Hamburg O2 World 12,947 2012
South Linköpings HC Sweden Linköping Cloetta Center 8,500 2006
HV71 Sweden Jönköping Kinnarps Arena 7,038 2008
Sparta Praha Czech Republic Prague Tipsport Arena 13,150 2010
Piráti Chomutov*** Czech Republic Chomutov Multifunkční aréna Chomutov 5,250 2012
KalPa Finland Kuopio Kuopion Jäähalli 5,225 2011
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia Bratislava Slovnaft Arena 10,000 2011
UPC Vienna Capitals Austria Vienna Albert Schultz Eishalle 7,000 2011
JYP Finland Jyväskylä Synergia-areena 4,628 2012
East TPS Finland Turku HK Arena 11,820 2006
Tappara Finland Tampere Hakametsä Areena 7,800 2006
Djurgårdens IF Sweden Stockholm Hovet 8,094 2006
SC Bern Switzerland Bern PostFinance-Arena 17,131 2010**
Bílí Tygři Liberec Czech Republic Liberec Tipsport Arena 7,500 2011
ČSOB Pojišťovna Pardubice Czech Republic Pardubice ČEZ Aréna 10,194 2011
Brynäs IF Sweden Gävle Läkerol Arena 8,585 2012
HC Fribourg-Gottéron Switzerland Fribourg BCF Arena 6,900 2012
West Färjestad BK Sweden Karlstad Löfbergs Lila Arena 8,647 2006
Frölunda Indians Sweden Gothenburg Scandinavium 12,044 2006
HIFK Finland Helsinki Helsinki Ice Hall 8,200 2006
Jokerit Finland Helsinki Hartwall Areena 13,349 2008
ZSC Lions Switzerland Zurich Hallenstadion 10,700 2010**
Adler Mannheim Germany Mannheim SAP Arena 10,600 2010
ERC Ingolstadt Germany Ingolstadt Saturn Arena 4,815 2012
EV Zug Switzerland Zug Bossard Arena 7,015 2012
  • Note (*): the stated home arenas don't have to be used in the European Trophy tournament.
  • Note (**): SC Bern and ZSC Lions did not participate in 2011.
  • Note (***): Slavia Praha pulled out of the tournament just two months before the first games are to be played. Piráti Chomutov are replacing Slavia Praha.[3][4]

Rivalries[edit]

  • West Division
    • Jokerit vs. HIFK
    • Frölunda Indians vs. Färjestad BK
    • Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt
    • ZSC Lions vs. EV Zug
  • North Division
    • Luleå HF vs. Oulun Kärpät
    • Hamburg Freezers vs. Eisbären Berlin
    • Kometa Brno vs. Plzeň 1929
    • České Budějovice vs. Red Bull Salzburg
  • South Division
    • KalPa vs. JYP
    • Linköpings HC vs. HV71
    • Piráti Chomutov vs. Sparta Praha
    • Vienna Capitals vs. Slovan Bratislava
  • East Division
    • Tappara vs. TPS
    • Brynäs IF vs. Djurgårdens IF
    • Bílí Tygři Liberec vs. Pojišťovna Pardubice
    • SC Bern vs. Fribourg-Gottéron

Regulation round[edit]

     Team is qualified for the playoffs
     Team is eliminated from the tournament

West Division[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Switzerland EV Zug 8 4 2 0 2 30 21 +9 16
Finland Jokerit 7 4 1 1 1 23 14 +9 15
Sweden Färjestad BK 7 3 2 1 1 25 16 +9 14
Germany ERC Ingolstadt 8 3 1 3 1 34 30 +4 14
Sweden Frölunda Indians 8 3 0 2 3 18 32 –14 11
Finland HIFK 8 2 0 2 4 24 26 –2 8
Switzerland ZSC Lions 8 2 1 0 5 17 24 –7 8
Germany Adler Mannheim 8 1 2 0 5 18 26 –8 7

North Division[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Sweden Luleå HF 8 7 0 0 1 33 13 +20 21
Germany Eisbären Berlin 8 6 0 1 1 27 15 +12 19
Germany Hamburg Freezers 8 3 2 0 3 28 24 +4 13
Czech Republic Kometa Brno 7 3 0 1 3 20 30 –10 10
Czech Republic České Budějovice 7 3 0 0 4 17 20 –3 9
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 7 3 0 0 4 18 24 –6 9
Finland Oulun Kärpät 8 1 1 2 4 18 26 –8 7
Czech Republic Plzeň 1929 7 0 1 0 6 18 27 –9 2

South Division[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Sweden HV71 8 6 0 1 0 29 12 +17 19
Austria Vienna Capitals 7 3 2 1 1 23 20 +3 14
Czech Republic Piráti Chomutov 7 2 2 2 1 28 21 +7 12
Sweden Linköpings HC 8 3 1 1 3 23 29 –6 12
Czech Republic Sparta Praha 8 3 1 0 4 29 34 –5 11
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 8 1 3 1 3 22 21 +1 10
Finland JYP 8 2 0 2 4 23 32 –9 8
Finland KalPa 8 1 1 2 4 21 29 –8 7

East Division[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Finland Tappara 8 4 2 1 1 26 16 +13 17
Sweden Brynäs IF 8 5 0 2 1 25 20 +5 17
Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec 7 4 0 0 3 23 22 +1 12
Finland TPS 8 3 1 1 3 18 17 +1 12
Czech Republic Pojišťovna Pardubice 7 3 0 0 4 20 18 +2 9
Switzerland SC Bern 7 2 1 1 3 18 22 –4 9
Sweden Djurgårdens IF 8 2 1 0 5 18 27 –9 8
Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron 7 1 1 1 4 15 21 –6 6

Playoff team seeds[edit]

Playoff hosts Slovan Bratislava and Vienna Capitals qualify automatically. Four division-winners qualify. After this, best-scoring division-runner-ups qualify to bring the number to exactly eight.

Winners of divisions:

Runner-ups of divisions:

Team Division GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Germany Eisbären Berlin North 8 6 0 1 1 27 15 +12 19
Sweden Brynäs IF East 8 5 0 2 1 25 20 +5 17
Switzerland EV Zug West 8 4 2 0 2 30 21 +9 16
Austria Vienna Capitals South 8 3 2 1 2 24 26 -2 14

Playoffs[edit]

The playoffs, known as the Red Bulls Salute, will take place in the Albert Schultz Eishalle, Vienna and in the Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava between 13–16 December 2012, with the Final game taking place in Slovnaft Arena.[6] It will be played as a single-elimination tournament, meaning that the losing teams in each round are eliminated from the tournament. For the first time in Red Bulls Salute history, no classification/placement games will be played, so there will only be Quarterfinals, Semifinals as well as the Final game. The winner of the Red Bulls Salute will be awarded a total prize sum of 50 000, and the losing finalist receives €10 000.[5]

Albert Schultz Eishalle
Capacity: 7 000
Slovnaft Arena
Capacity: 10 115
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 AustriaVienna  SlovakiaBratislava

Bracket[edit]

The non-home teams will be seeded according to their score in the regulation round.

  Quarterfinal                    
  #1  Sweden Luleå HF 4  
  #6  Sweden Brynäs IF 3   Semifinal
      QF1  Sweden Luleå HF 2  
  Quarterfinal   QF2  Austria Vienna Capitals 0  
   Austria Vienna Capitals 3
  #3  Germany Eisbären Berlin 2         Final
              SF1  Sweden Luleå HF 2
  Quarterfinal             SF2  Sweden Färjestad BK 0
  #2  Sweden HV71 1      
  #5  Finland Tappara 2   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      QF3  Finland Tappara 1   N/A  N/A  
  Quarterfinal   QF4  Sweden Färjestad BK 3     N/A  N/A  
   Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 1
  #4  Sweden Färjestad BK 4  

Quarterfinals[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

13 December 2012
17:00
Luleå HF Sweden 4:3
Sweden Brynäs IF Albert Schultz Eishalle, Vienna
13 December 2012
17:00
HV71 Sweden 1:2
1:0,0:1,0:1
Finland Tappara Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava
13 December 2012
20:30
Vienna Capitals Austria 3:2 OT
Germany Eisbären Berlin Albert Schultz Eishalle, Vienna
13 December 2012
20:30
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 1:4
Sweden Färjestad BK Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava

The quarterfinal matchups will be determined by the regulation-round record of the six playoff teams aside from the two automatically qualified hosts Slovan Bratislava and Vienna Capitals. The top-ranked team of these six teams will face the sixth-ranked team; the second-ranked team will face the fifth-ranked team; the third-ranked team will face Vienna Capitals; and the fourth-ranked team will face Slovan Bratislava.[6]

Semifinals[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

15 December 2012
17:00
Luleå HF Sweden 2:0
Austria Vienna Capitals Albert Schultz Eishalle, Vienna
15 December 2012
20:30
Tappara Finland 1:3
Sweden Färjestad BK Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava

For quarterfinal numbering, see the bracket above.

Final[edit]

Time is local (UTC+1).

16 December 2012
20:00
Luleå HF Sweden 2:0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Sweden Färjestad BK Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava
Attendance: 1,750

Ranking and statistics[edit]

Tournament awards[edit]

Final standings[edit]

The following is the final standings of the playoffs. However, note that because there weren't any classification/placement games in this year's playoffs, the standings for the six teams that missed the Final game were ranked on the following criteria: A. whether the team made it to the Semifinal or not, and B. the team's regulation round record.

Gold medal icon.svg Sweden Luleå HF
Silver medal icon.svg Sweden Färjestad BK
3 Finland Tappara
4 Austria Vienna Capitals
5 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
6 Germany Eisbären Berlin
7 Sweden HV71
8 Sweden Brynäs IF

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals. If the list exceeds 10 skaters because of a tie in points, all of the tied skaters are shown.

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM POS
Canada Matt Foy Eisbären Berlin 2 3 2 5 0 F
Finland Antti Erkinjuntti Tappara 2 2 3 5 2 F
Czech Republic David Hruška Piráti Chomutov 3 2 3 5 6 F
Sweden Niklas Olausson Luleå HF 2 1 4 5 2 F
Canada Cam Abbott Luleå HF 2 3 1 4 25 F
Czech Republic Tomáš Urban Bílí Tygři Liberec 3 3 1 4 4 F
Czech Republic Milan Kraft Piráti Chomutov 3 3 1 4 2 F
Canada Jason Lepine JYP 2 2 2 4 0 D
Germany Jerome Flaake Hamburg Freezers 2 2 2 4 4 F
Finland Toni Kähkönen Oulun Kärpät 2 2 2 4 0 F

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes; POS = Position
positions: F = Forward; D = Defenceman

Sources: Europeantrophy.com and Eurohockey.com
Updated as of 19 August 2012.

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes, are included in this list.

Player Team TOI SA GA GAA Sv% SO
Canada Chet Pickard Djurgårdens IF 60:00 32 0 0.00 100.00 1
Finland Joni Ortio HIFK 60:00 30 0 0.00 100.00 1
Slovakia Július Hudáček Frölunda Indians 60:00 29 0 0.00 100.00 1
Sweden Viktor Kokman HV71 60:00 27 0 0.00 100.00 1
Finland Tomi Karhunen Oulun Kärpät 60:46 44 1 0.99 97.73 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Sources: Europeantrophy.com and Eurohockey.com
Updated as of 19 August 2012.

European Star Award leaders[edit]

The European Star Award is a three stars award given to the three best players in each game. The first star gets three points, the second gets two points, and the third gets one point. List shows the top ten players based on the number of European Star Award points.

Player Team GP Pts POS
Canada Matt Foy Eisbären Berlin 2 5 F
Canada Cam Abbott Luleå HF 2 3 F
United States Jack Connolly Färjestad BK 2 3 F
United States Chris Connolly Tappara 2 3 F
Canada Chet Pickard Djurgårdens IF 1 3 G
United States Rhett Rakhshani HV71 1 3 F
Canada Ryan Glenn Red Bull Salzburg 2 3 D
Canada Jason Lepine JYP 2 3 D
Canada Byron Ritchie SC Bern 2 3 F
Finland Ari Vallin Sparta Praha 1 3 D

GP = Games played; Pts = Points; POS = Position
positions: G = Goaltender; F = Forward; D = Defenceman

Source: Europeantrophy.com
Updated as of 19 August 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c European Trophy - format
  2. ^ "European Trophy 2012 starts August 17th". Europeantrophy.com. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Slavia Prague pulls out of European Trophy". Europeantrophy.com. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Pirati Chomutov take part in European Trophy 2012". Europeantrophy.com. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  5. ^ a b Csongrádi, Per (2012-08-17). "30 teams in action as this years trophy kick off". europeantrophy.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Red Bulls Salute schedule". redbull.com. Red Bull. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 

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