Champions Hockey League

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Champions Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 Champions Hockey League
CHL logo 2014.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2013
Inaugural season 2014
No. of teams 40
Country At least 7, in Europe
Qualification Top teams in first-tier leagues
TV partner(s) Europe: various
Founder IIHF
Official website ChampionsHockeyLeague.net

The Champions Hockey League is a European ice hockey tournament launched by 26 clubs, 6 leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), which will start in the 2014–15 season. The tournament will feature several teams from the first-tier leagues of at least six countries in Europe.

Background[edit]

The IIHF launched a tournament with the same name in 2008 to coincide with the IIHF's 100th anniversary. The tournament's only season was played between 8 October 2008 and 28 January 2009, and was won by the ZSC Lions who got to play in the 2009 Victoria Cup game as a result. The IIHF planned to launch another season, but was ultimately forced to cancel the tournament due to problems with finding sponsors and failure to agree on a format. On 9 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.[1]

2014–15 season[edit]

The 2014–15 season's regulation round will be played between 21 August 2014 and 7 October 2014. 40 clubs from at least six different European countries will participate in the season and be divided into ten groups of four teams each. Each team will play a double round-robin in their group, for a total of 6 games per team. The ten group winners as well as the top six group runners-up will qualify for the playoffs, which will begin on 4 November 2014 and end with the final on 4 February 2015. The playoffs will be played as a single-elimination tournament. In total, 149 games will be played (including the regulation round and playoffs). A draw taking place in Minsk, Belarus on 21 May 2014 will determine the groups.[1][2]

Teams[edit]

40 clubs from the first-tier leagues of at least seven different European countries will participate in the inaugural 2014–15 season. Teams can qualify for the tournament by obtaining either an A, B or C license.[2]

  • A license: The 26 founding clubs are granted an "A license", provided that they play in the first-tier league of their respective system.[3]
  • B license: Two teams—the top regular season team and the top playoff team in the previous season without an A license—from each of the founding leagues (EBEL, Extraliga, Liiga, DEL, NLA and SHL) will also participate.[4] If these top teams are already founding clubs with A licenses, 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
If the leagues after that still don't reach their guaranteed number of places (EBEL: 4; DEL, NLA and Extraliga: 5; SHL and Liiga: 6) the third and fourth placed team in the regular season also can be considered.[6]

Prize money[edit]

In the 2014–15 season, 40 teams will compete for a grand total of 1.5 million euros. However, the money distribution has not been announced.[2]

See also[edit]

  • European Trophy, a similar tournament played annually from 2006, disbanded after 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New era dawns for Europe". International Ice Hockey Federation. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ready for takeoff". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2014-02-27. 
  3. ^ "CHL: Ny era i europeisk klubbhockey". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  4. ^ a b Qualifikationskriterien für die Champions Hockey League
  5. ^ New clubs join CHL
  6. ^ "Sex nya lag klara för Champions League – så ser Växjös chanser ut" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige.se. 2014-03-26. 

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