2014–15 Champions Hockey League

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2014–15 Champions Hockey League
Tournament details
Dates 21 August 2014 – 3 February 2015
Teams 44
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Sweden Luleå Hockey (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden Frölunda HC
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Finland Oulun Kärpät
Sweden Skellefteå AIK
Tournament statistics
Matches played 158
Goals scored 878 (5.56 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Norway Mathis Olimb[1]
(26 points)

The 2014–15 Champions Hockey League is the first season of the Champions Hockey League, a European ice hockey tournament launched by 26 founding clubs, six leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

The regulation round began on 21 August 2014 and ended on 8 October 2014. The playoffs will began on 4 November 2014 and ended with the 2015 Champions Hockey League Final on 3 February 2015. Luleå Hockey defeated Frölunda HC 4–2 to win the first edition of Champions Hockey League.

On 9 December 2013, the IIHF officially announced that they had launched the Champions Hockey League tournament, starting in the 2014–15 season.[2] The season's format was revealed on 20 December 2013, during the playoffs of the 2013 European Trophy.[3]

Team allocation[edit]

A total of 44 teams from eleven different European first-tier leagues participated in the 2014–15 Champions Hockey League. The teams were decided with regards to different licenses for the founding teams, leagues and wildcards.[2][4]

Team license[edit]

The participating teams were decided with regards to different licenses for founding teams, league teams (from founding leagues) and other wildcard teams.[4][5]

  • A license: The 26 founding teams all got an A license, since they play in the first-tier league of their respective domestic league 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) received a B licence to the tournament. If those teams had already received an A license, other teams from the league took the B license spots. The order the B licenses were handed out is:[6][7]
  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

Teams[edit]

A full list of the teams participating in the inaugural season and how they qualified was presented on 10 May 2014.[5]

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[12][13][14]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Group stage Matchday 1 21 May 2014, 12:00 CET[15] 21–22 August 2014
Matchday 2 23–24 August 2014
Matchday 3 4–5 September 2014
Matchday 4 6–7 September 2014
Matchday 5 23–24 September 2014
Matchday 6 7–8 October 2014
Playoff Eighth-finals 10 October 2014, 12:00 CET[16] 4 November 2014 11 November 2014
Quarter-finals 2 December 2014 9 December 2014
Semi-finals 13 January 2014 20 January 2015
Final 3 February 2015

Group stage[edit]

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.

The group stage draw took place on 21 May 2014 in Minsk, Belarus, and the teams were assigned to eleven groups from A to K.[17] The 44 teams were allocated into four pots based on their positions in their national leagues 2014, with the top seeded teams being placed in Pot 1 and the lower ranked teams in pot 2, pot 3 and the lowest ranked teams in pot 4.[18] They were drawn into eleven groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.[15]

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format, giving six games per team. In total, 132 games were played in the group stage.[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. The matchdays were 21–22 August, 23–24 August, 4–5 September, 6–7 September, 23–24 September and 7–8 October 2014. All matchtimes are local times.[13][19]

The 11 group winners and the five best ranked runners-up qualified for the playoffs.[12] The five best runners-up were determined by ranking all runners-up based on their amount of points and goal differential in their respective groups, explained more detailed in the detailed group stage article.[20]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and the five best runners-up advanced to the playoffs

See the detailed group stage page for tiebreakers if two or more teams are equal on points.

Group A[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Finland Oulun Kärpät 6 3 2 0 1 17 12 +5 13
Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec 6 3 0 0 3 16 15 +1 9
Slovakia HC Košice 6 2 0 1 3 14 16 −2 7
Germany Kölner Haie 6 2 0 1 3 12 16 −4 7
  KAR KOL LIB KOS
Oulun Kärpät 3–2 (SO) 3–1 3–2 (OT)
Kölner Haie 3–2 1–4 2–1
Bílí Tygři Liberec 3–4 2–1 3–2
HC Košice 1–2 4–3 4–3

Group B[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Austria Vienna Capitals 6 4 1 1 0 16 9 +7 15
Switzerland ZSC Lions 6 2 1 2 1 17 16 +1 10
Sweden Färjestad BK 6 1 3 1 1 15 13 +2 10
Norway Vålerenga IF 6 0 0 1 5 7 17 −10 1
  ZSC FBK VIC VIF
ZSC Lions 2–3 (OT) 2–1 (OT) 4–1
Färjestad BK 4–3 (OT) 1–2 (SO) 4–1
Vienna Capitals 5–3 4–1 2–1
Vålerenga IF 2–3 1–2 (SO) 1–2

Group C[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sweden Frölunda HC 6 5 0 0 1 35 13 +22 15
Switzerland Genève-Servette 6 5 0 0 1 28 15 +13 15
Austria Villach SV 6 2 0 0 4 11 23 −12 6
France Briançon Diables Rouges 6 0 0 0 6 8 31 −23 0
  FHC VSV GEN BRI
Frölunda HC 5–2 7–3 6–2
Villach SV 1–7 0–5 4–1
Genève-Servette 4–3 4–2 5–1
Briançon Diables Rouges 1–7 1–2 2–7

Group D[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron 6 3 2 1 0 21 13 +8 14
Czech Republic PSG Zlín 6 2 1 2 1 15 20 −5 10
Sweden Djurgårdens IF 6 2 1 1 2 21 16 +5 9
Germany Eisbären Berlin 6 0 1 1 4 14 22 −8 3
  ZLÍ FRI BER DIF
PSG Zlín 2–3 (OT) 4–2 3–1
Fribourg-Gottéron 3–2 (SO) 6–3 3–1
Eisbären Berlin 3–4 (SO) 0–2 4–3 (SO)
Djurgårdens IF 8–0 5–4 (OT) 3–2

Group E[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Finland Tappara 6 3 0 2 1 21 16 +5 11
Norway Stavanger Oilers 6 3 1 0 2 19 17 +2 11
Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec 6 3 0 0 3 20 14 +6 9
Switzerland SC Bern 6 1 1 0 4 11 24 −13 5
  TAP TRI SCB OIL
Tappara 5–1 3–5 7–3
Oceláři Třinec 1–2 7–0 4–5
SC Bern 4–3 (SO) 0–4 0–2
Stavanger Oilers 2–1 (SO) 2–3 5–2

Group F[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sweden Linköping HC 6 4 1 0 1 20 10 +10 14
Finland TPS 6 3 1 1 1 21 12 +9 12
Italy HC Bolzano 6 3 0 0 3 12 22 −10 9
Czech Republic HC Pardubice 6 0 0 1 5 11 20 −9 1
  HCB LHC PCE TPS
HC Bolzano 1–2 4–3 4–2
Linköping HC 5–0 2–1 1–2
HC Pardubice 1–3 3–6 2–3 (SO)
TPS 9–0 3–4 (SO) 2–1

Group G[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 6 3 1 1 1 25 19 +6 12
Sweden Växjö Lakers 6 4 0 0 2 19 14 +5 12
Finland KalPa 6 2 0 1 3 11 15 −4 7
Germany Adler Mannheim 6 1 1 0 4 11 18 −7 5
  SPA VLH MAN KAL
Sparta Prague 5–4 6–3 2–3
Växjö Lakers 2–5 6–1 2–1
Adler Mannheim 3–2 (OT) 1–2 3–1
KalPa 4–5 (SO) 1–3 1–0

Group H[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Finland SaiPa 6 4 1 0 1 18 11 +7 14
Switzerland EV Zug 6 3 0 1 2 14 14 0 10
Czech Republic Vítkovice Steel 6 1 1 1 3 18 20 −2 6
Germany ERC Ingolstadt 6 1 1 1 3 16 21 −5 6
  ING SAI VÍT EVZ
ERC Ingolstadt 4–1 4–5 (SO) 3–2 (OT)
SaiPa 5–2 4–3 (SO) 3–0
Vítkovice Steel 5–1 1–3 2–5
EV Zug 3–2 1–2 3–2

Group I[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6 5 0 0 1 23 8 +15 15
Finland JYP 6 3 2 0 1 15 11 +4 13
Sweden HV71 6 2 0 1 3 15 17 −2 7
Switzerland Kloten Flyers 6 0 0 1 5 5 22 −17 1
  RBS KLO JYP HV71
Red Bull Salzburg 7–1 4–0 3–1
Kloten Flyers 0–2 2–3 (OT) 0–5
JYP 3–2 2–0 4–3 (SO)
HV71 3–5 3–2 0–3

Group J[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Sweden Skellefteå AIK 6 5 0 0 1 20 8 +12 15
Finland HIFK 6 4 1 0 1 31 15 +16 14
Denmark SønderjyskE 6 1 0 1 4 15 31 −16 4
Germany Krefeld Pinguine 6 1 0 0 5 13 25 −12 3
  SKE KRE IFK SON
Skellefteå AIK 4–0 3–0 4–1
Krefeld Pinguine 1–2 3–5 3–4
HIFK 5–3 6–1 10–1
SønderjyskE 1–4 4–5 4–5 (SO)

Group K[edit]

Team
GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Finland Lukko 6 5 0 0 1 21 7 +14 15
Sweden Luleå Hockey 6 5 0 0 1 32 6 +26 15
Germany Hamburg Freezers 6 1 0 0 5 8 21 −13 3
United Kingdom Nottingham Panthers 6 1 0 0 5 9 36 −27 3
  HAM LUK LHF NOT
Hamburg Freezers 0–3 1–4 6–0
Lukko 5–0 2–0 6–2
Luleå Hockey 6–0 3–1 9–1
Nottingham Panthers 3–1 2–4 1–10

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

Group
Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
K Sweden Luleå Hockey 6 5 0 0 1 32 6 +26 15
C Switzerland Genève-Servette 6 5 0 0 1 28 15 +13 15
J Finland HIFK 6 4 1 0 1 31 15 +16 14
I Finland JYP 6 3 2 0 1 15 11 +4 13
F Finland TPS 6 3 1 1 1 21 12 +9 12
G Sweden Växjö Lakers 6 4 0 0 2 19 14 +5 12
E Norway Stavanger Oilers 6 3 1 0 2 19 17 +2 11
B Switzerland ZSC Lions 6 2 1 2 1 17 16 +1 10
H Switzerland EV Zug 6 3 0 1 2 14 14 0 10
D Czech Republic PSG Zlín 6 2 1 2 1 15 20 −5 10
A Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec 6 3 0 0 3 16 15 +1 9

See the detailed group stage page for tiebreakers if two or more teams are equal on points.

Playoffs[edit]

In the playoffs, the teams will play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis with the team with the better standing after the group stage having the second game at home, except for the one-match final played at the venue of the team with the best competition track record leading up to the final.[2][3][12]

The mechanism of the draw for playoffs are as follows:

  • The entire playoff was drawn at a single occasion on 10 October 2014 to determine the eight pairings for the eighth-finals. After the draw, all matches up to the final are set in brackets.[12][16]
  • In the draw for the eighth-finals, the eight best group winners were seeded, and the three group winners with worst record and the five best runners-up were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group could not be drawn against each other.[20]

Bracket[edit]

  Eighth-finals Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
 Finland JYP 5 2 7(2)  
 Sweden Skellefteå AIK (SO) 4 3 7(3)  
   Sweden Linköping HC 1 4 5(0)  
   Sweden Skellefteå AIK (SO) 2 3 5(1)  
 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1 2 3
 Sweden Linköping HC 2 2 4  
   Sweden Skellefteå AIK 2 2 4  
   Sweden Luleå Hockey 2 3 5  
 Finland TPS 1 4 5  
 Finland Lukko 5 3 8  
   Finland Lukko 2 1 3
   Sweden Luleå Hockey 5 2 7  
 Sweden Luleå Hockey (SO) 2 7 9(2)
 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 4 5 9(0)  
   Sweden Luleå Hockey 4
   Sweden Frölunda HC 2
 Switzerland Genève-Servette 2 2 4(0)  
 Finland SaiPa (SO) 0 4 4(3)  
   Finland SaiPa 0 2 2
   Finland Oulun Kärpät 2 3 5  
 Finland Oulun Kärpät 3 3 6
 Austria Vienna Capitals 1 2 3  
   Sweden Frölunda HC (OT) 4 2 6
   Finland Oulun Kärpät 2 3 5  
 Finland Tappara 1 2 3  
 Sweden Frölunda HC 5 4 9  
   Finland HIFK 2 3 5
   Sweden Frölunda HC 1 5 6  
 Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron 2 1 3
 Finland HIFK 2 3 5  

Note:

  1. The teams listed on top of each tie play first match at home and the bottom team plays second match at home.

Eighth-finals[edit]

The draw for the entire playoff (eighth-finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final) was held on 10 October 2014.[16] The first legs were played on 4 November, and the second legs were played on 11 November 2014.[14][21]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
JYP Finland 7–7 (2–3 SO) Sweden Skellefteå AIK 5–4 2–3 (OT)
Genève-Servette Switzerland 4–4 (0–3 SO) Finland SaiPa 2–0 2–4 (OT)
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 3–4 Sweden Linköping HC 1–2 2–2
Oulun Kärpät Finland 6–3 Austria Vienna Capitals 3–1 3–2
TPS Finland 5–8 Finland Lukko 1–5 4–3
Tappara Finland 3–9 Sweden Frölunda HC 1–5 2–4
Luleå Hockey Sweden 9–9 (2–0 SO) Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–4 7–5 (OT)
Fribourg-Gottéron Switzerland 3–5[A] Finland HIFK 2–2 1–3
Notes
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw, since HIFK home ice was unavailable on 4 November.[21]

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on 2 December, and the second legs were played on 9 December 2014.[14]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Linköping HC Sweden 5–5 (0–1 SO) Sweden Skellefteå AIK 1–2 4–3 (OT)
Lukko Finland 3–7 Sweden Luleå Hockey 2–5 1–2
SaiPa Finland 2–5 Finland Oulun Kärpät 0–2 2–3
HIFK Finland 5–6 Sweden Frölunda HC 2–1 3–5

Semi-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on 13 January, and the second legs were played on 20 January 2015.[14]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Skellefteå AIK Sweden 4–5 Sweden Luleå Hockey 2–2 2–3
Frölunda HC Sweden 6–5 Finland Oulun Kärpät 4–2 2–3 (OT)

Final[edit]

The final was played on 3 February 2015 at the venue of the team with the best competition track record leading up to the final.[12][14]

3 February 2015
20:15
Luleå Hockey Sweden 4–2
(0–2,0–0,4–0)
Sweden Frölunda HC Coop Norrbotten Arena, Luleå

Statistics[edit]

Leading scorers[edit]

Rankings based upon points, and sorted by goals.[22]

Rank Player Team GP G A Pts PIM +/−
1 Norway Mathis Olimb Sweden Frölunda HC 10 7 17 24 6 +11
2 Sweden Andreas Johnson Sweden Frölunda HC 9 11 12 23 6 +13
3 Sweden Erik Gustafsson Sweden Frölunda HC 10 5 12 17 2 +7
4 Canada Matt D'Agostini Switzerland Genève-Servette 8 4 9 13 6 +7
5 Sweden Daniel Zaar Sweden Luleå Hockey 10 6 6 12 0 +4
6 Sweden Max Görtz Sweden Frölunda HC 10 5 7 12 0 +5
7 Sweden Pär Lindholm Sweden Skellefteå AIK 10 1 11 12 2 +10
8 Finland Joonas Donskoi Finland Oulun Kärpät 10 7 4 11 2 +11
9 Finland Niklas Fogstrom Sweden Luleå Hockey 10 5 6 11 0 +9
9 Sweden Per Ledin Sweden Luleå Hockey 10 5 6 11 4 +5

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Goalkeepers with 40% or more of their team's total minutes, ranked by save percentage.[23]

Rank Goaltender Team Minutes GA GAA SV% Saves SO
1 Slovenia Luka Gračnar Austria Red Bull Salzburg 300:00 5 1.00 .966 141 2
2 Switzerland Melvin Nyffeler Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron 243:11 6 1.48 .957 133 1
3 Czech Republic Marek Schwarz Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec 211:25 5 1.42 .956 109 0
4 Sweden Joel Lassinantti Sweden Luleå Hockey 257:12 5 1.17 .948 91 0
5 Canada Justin Pogge Sweden Färjestads BK 290:36 7 1.45 .940 109 0
6 Sweden Marcus Högberg Sweden Linköping HC 362:35 10 1.65 .933 143 0
7 Lithuania Mantas Armalis Sweden Djurgårdens IF 246:14 8 1.95 .933 112 1
8 Finland Iiro Tarkki Finland Oulun Kärpät 304:55 7 1.38 .931 95 1
9 Sweden Stefan Steen Sweden Växjö Lakers 199:20 5 1.51 .931 67 0
10 Finland Eero Kilpeläinen Finland KalPa 303:48 11 2.17 .930 146 1

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.[3]

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