2014–15 Champions Hockey League

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2014–15 Champions Hockey League
League Champions Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 21 August 2014 – 3 February 2015
Number of teams 44
Champions Hockey League seasons

The 2014–15 Champions Hockey League is the first season of the Champions Hockey League, a European ice hockey tournament launched by 26 clubs, 6 leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The regulation round began on 21 August 2014 and end on 8 October 2014. The following playoffs will begin on 4 November 2014 and end on 4 February 2015.

On 9 December 2013, the IIHF officially announced that they had launched the Champions Hockey League tournament, starting in the 2014–15 season.[1] The season's format was revealed on 20 December 2013, during the playoffs of the 2013 European Trophy.[2]

Teams[edit]

44 clubs from eleven different European first-tier leagues will participate in this season.[1] A full list of the teams participating in the inaugural season was presented on 13 May 2014.[3]

  • A license: The 26 founding clubs all got an A license, since they play in the first-tier league of their respective system in the 2014–15 season.
  • B license: Two teams – the regular-season winner and the play-off champion in the 2013–14 season – from each of the founding leagues (the Austrian EBEL, the Czech Extraliga, the Finnish Liiga, the German DEL, the Swedish SHL and the Swiss NLA) will also participate. If those already received an A license, other teams from the league can take the B license spots. The order the B licenses will be handed out is:[4][5]
  1. National champion
  2. Regular season winner
  3. Runner-up, regular season
  4. Play-off finalist
  5. Best placed semifinal loser
  6. Worst placed semifinal loser
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Teams in the 2014–15 Champions Hockey League.
Red pog.svg Red: Group A; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group B; Green pog.svg Green: Group C; Black pog.svg Black: Group D; Brown pog.svg Brown: Group E; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group F; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group G; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group H; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group I; DeepPink pog.svg Deep pink: Group J; Turquoise pog.svg Turquoise: Group K.

Group stage[edit]

The group stage began on 21 August 2014 and end on 8 October 2014. The 44 teams are divided into eleven groups of four teams each. Each team play a double round-robin in their group, facing each team at home and on the road, giving 6 games per team. In total, 132 games will be played in the group stage. The 11 group winners will qualify for the playoffs. The 11 group runners-up will then be ranked on their amount of points in their respective groups, and the five best ranked runners-up will qualify for the playoffs, for a total of 16 playoff teams. The playing format (i.e. overtime and/or shootout in tied games) hasn't been announced, nor the tie-breaking formula in case two or more teams end up tied in points.[2]

The schedule was released on 2 June 2014, with 30 of 44 teams playing their first match 21 August 2014, and the other teams playing their first match the following day.[10]

Draw[edit]

The eleven groups were determined by a draw, which took place on 21 May 2014 in Minsk, Belarus. The 44 teams were ranked and placed into four pots of 11 teams each. Following the draw, each group consists of one team from each basket. The following criteria was used to rank the teams: 1. Champions of the six founding leagues, 2. Regular season winners of the six founding leagues, 3. Remaining A- and B-license teams according to placing within their leagues, 4. Wild card teams, according to placing within their leagues.

Where teams finished in the same place in their respective leagues, they were ranked according to the IIHF World Ranking of the leagues. The seedings were as follows;[11]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Sweden Skellefteå AIK
Finland Kärpät
Czech Republic PSG Zlín
Switzerland ZSC Lions
Germany ERC Ingolstadt
Italy HC Bolzano
Czech Republic Sparta Prague
Germany Hamburg Freezers
Austria Red Bull Salzburg
Sweden Frölunda
Finland Tappara

Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec
Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron
Germany Krefeld Pinguine
Sweden Färjestad BK
Switzerland Kloten Flyers
Germany Kölner Haie
Sweden Växjö Lakers
Finland Lukko
Austria Villach SV
Sweden Linköping HC
Finland SaiPa

Switzerland Genève-Servette
Austria Vienna Capitals
Germany Adler Mannheim
Finland JYP Jyväskylä
Sweden Luleå Hockey
Czech Republic Pardubice
Czech Republic Vítkovice
Germany Eisbären Berlin
Finland HIFK
Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec
Switzerland SC Bern

Sweden HV71
Switzerland EV Zug
Finland TPS
Finland KalPa
Sweden Djurgården
Norway Stavanger Oilers
Slovakia HC Košice
France Briançon
Denmark SønderjyskE
Norway Vålerenga
United Kingdom Nottingham Panthers

Groups[edit]

The group stage draw took place at 21 May 2014 and the teams were assigned to eleven groups from A to K.[12] The schedule was released on 2 June 2014, with 30 of 44 teams playing their first match 21 August 2014, and the other teams playing their first match the following day.[10]

Legend
Group winners directly qualify for the play-offs
The five best runners-up among all groups directly qualify for the play-offs
All other teams eliminated

Group A[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Finland Kärpät 1 1 0 0 0 4 3 +1 3
Germany Kölner Haie 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec 1 0 0 0 1 3 4 −1 0
Slovakia HC Košice 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
  KAR KOL LIB KOS
Kärpät 5 Sep 8 Oct 24 Sep
Kölner Haie 7 Sep 23 Aug 2–1
Bílí Tygři Liberec 3–4 24 Sep 4 Sep
HC Košice 23 Aug 8 Oct 6 Sep

Group B[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Switzerland ZSC Lions 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 +3 3
Austria Vienna Capitals 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 +3 3
Norway Vålerenga 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0
Sweden Färjestad BK 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0
  ZSC FBK VIC VIF
ZSC Lions 23 Aug 23 Sep 4–1
Färjestad BK 4 Sep 6 Sep 23 Sep
Vienna Capitals 7 Oct 4–1 23 Aug
Vålerenga 6 Sep 8 Oct 4 Sep

Group C[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Switzerland Genève-Servette 1 1 0 0 0 4 3 +1 3
Austria Villach SV 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Sweden Frölunda 1 0 0 0 1 3 4 −1 0
France Briançon 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
  FHC VSV GEN BRI
Frölunda 7 Sep 4 Sep 24 Sep
Villach SV 7 Oct 23 Sep 4 Sep
Genève-Servette 4–3 23 Aug 7 Oct
Briançon 23 Aug 1–2 6 Sep

Group D[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sweden Djurgården 1 0 1 0 0 5 4 +1 2
Czech Republic PSG Zlín 1 0 1 0 0 4 3 +1 2
Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron 1 0 0 1 0 4 5 −1 1
Germany Eisbären Berlin 1 0 0 1 0 3 4 −1 1
  ZLÍ FRI EIS DIF
PSG Zlín 4 Sep 7 Oct 24 Aug
HC Fribourg-Gottéron 6 Sep 23 Aug 7 Oct
Eisbären Berlin 3–4(ps) 23 Sep 7 Sep
Djurgården 23 Sep 5–4(ot) 5 Sep

Group E[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec 1 1 0 0 0 7 0 +7 3
Finland Tappara 1 1 0 0 0 7 3 +4 3
Norway Stavanger Oilers 1 0 0 0 1 3 7 −4 0
Switzerland SC Bern 1 0 0 0 1 0 7 −7 0
  TAP TRI SCB OIL
Tappara 7 Oct 23 Aug 7–3
Oceláři Třinec 23 Sep 7–0 23 Aug
SC Bern 6 Sep 4 Sep 23 Sep
Stavanger Oilers 4 Sep 6 Sep 7 Oct

Group F[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Finland TPS 1 1 0 0 0 9 0 +9 3
Sweden Linköping HC 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Czech Republic HC Pardubice 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
Italy HC Bolzano 1 0 0 0 1 0 9 −9 0
  BOL LHC PAR TPS
HC Bolzano 7 Sep 7 Oct 5 Sep
Linköping HC 24 Aug 2–1 7 Oct
HC Pardubice 23 Sep 5 Sep 7 Sep
TPS 9–0 24 Sep 24 Aug

Group G[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sweden Växjö Lakers 1 1 0 0 0 6 1 +5 3
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1 0 1 0 0 5 4 +1 2
Finland KalPa 1 0 0 1 0 4 5 −1 1
Germany Adler Mannheim 1 0 0 0 1 1 6 −5 0
  SPA VLH MAN KAL
Sparta Prague 4 Sep 8 Oct 6 Sep
Växjö Lakers 24 Aug 6–1 24 Sep
Adler Mannheim 23 Sep 6 Sep 4 Sep
KalPa 4–5(ps) 7 Oct 24 Aug

Group H[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Czech Republic Vítkovice 1 1 0 0 0 5 1 +4 3
Finland SaiPa 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Switzerland EV Zug 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
Germany ERC Ingolstadt 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0
  ING SAI VÍT EVZ
ERC Ingolstadt 23 Aug 23 Sep 7 Oct
SaiPa 6 Sep 4 Sep 23 Sep
Vítkovice 5–1 7 Oct 23 Aug
EV Zug 4 Sep 1–2 6 Sep

Group I[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Finland JYP Jyväskylä 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 +1 3
Sweden HV71 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 +1 3
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0
Switzerland Kloten Flyers 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0
  RBS KLO JYP HV71
Red Bull Salzburg 7 Oct 5 Sep 7 Sep
Kloten Flyers 23 Sep 7 Sep 5 Sep
JYP Jyväskylä 3–2 24 Aug 23 Sep
HV71 24 Aug 3–2 7 Oct

Group J[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sweden Skellefteå AIK 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Finland HIFK 1 0 1 0 0 5 4 +1 2
Denmark SønderjyskE 1 0 0 1 0 4 5 −1 1
Germany Krefeld Pinguine 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
  SKE KRE IFK SON
Skellefteå AIK 6 Sep 24 Sep 4 Sep
Krefeld Pinguine 1–2 23 Aug 24 Sep
HIFK 7 Oct 4 Sep 6 Sep
SønderjyskE 23 Aug 7 Oct 4–5(ps)

Group K[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sweden Luleå Hockey 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 +3 3
Finland Lukko 1 1 0 0 0 4 2 +2 3
United Kingdom Nottingham Panthers 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 −2 0
Germany Hamburg Freezers 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0
  HAM LUK LHF NOT
Hamburg Freezers 24 Aug 1–4 7 Oct
Lukko 7 Sep 7 Oct 5 Sep
Luleå Hockey 5 Sep 23 Sep 7 Sep
Nottingham Panthers 23 Sep 2–4 24 Aug

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

As of matches played on 22 August
Group
Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
E Finland Tappara 1 1 0 0 0 7 3 +4 3
B Austria Vienna Capitals 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 +3 3
K Finland Lukko 1 1 0 0 0 4 2 +2 3
I Sweden HV71 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 +1 3
A Germany Kölner Haie 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
F Sweden Linköping HC 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
H Finland SaiPa 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
C Austria Villach SV 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
J Finland HIFK 1 0 1 0 0 5 4 +1 2
G Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1 0 1 0 0 5 4 +1 2
D Czech Republic PSG Zlín 1 0 1 0 0 4 3 +1 2

Playoffs[edit]

The eleven group winners and the five best group runners-up will qualify for the playoffs, which will begin on 4 November 2014 and end with the final on 3 February 2015. It will be played as a single-elimination tournament, meaning that the losing teams in each round are eliminated from the tournament.[1][2]

Dates[13]
  • Eighth-finals: 4 and 11 November 2014
  • Quarter-finals: 2 and 9 December 2014
  • Semi-finals: 13 and 20 January 2015
  • Final: 3 February 2015

Prize money[edit]

The 44 teams will compete for a grand total of 1.5 million euros. However, the money distribution has not been announced.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c New era dawns for Europe
  2. ^ a b c d e Jakobsson, Simon (2013-12-20). "CHL-formatet är spikat". Norrbottens-Kuriren (in Swedish). Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  3. ^ a b Ready for takeoff
  4. ^ New clubs join CHL
  5. ^ Qualifikationskriterien für die Champions Hockey League
  6. ^ Fredberg, Peter (2014-05-02). "Sønderjyske med i Champions Hockey League". BT (in Danish). Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  7. ^ Grefve, Daniel (2014-04-11). "Klart: De får wild cards till Champions League". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  8. ^ Oftedal Kvendseth, Kristian (2014-04-15). "Oilers slipper å kvalifisere seg til mesterligaen". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Nottingham Panthers to play in Champions Hockey League". Nottingham Post. 2014-05-02. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  10. ^ a b "2014/2015 CHL group stage schedule". championshockeyleague.net. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Ready for the draw – how are the teams ranked?
  12. ^ "The Champions Hockey League draw - the groups". championshockeyleague.net. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  13. ^ DEL: Bereits sieben Clubs qualifiziert