Champions Hockey League

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This article is about the tournament that was launched in the 2014–15 season. For the tournament that was cancelled after the 2008–09 season, see Champions Hockey League (2008–09).

Champions Hockey League
2015–16 Champions Hockey League
Champions Hockey League logo.jpg
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2013
CEO Martin Baumann[1]
Inaugural season 2014
No. of teams 48
Country(ies) Multiple in Europe
Most recent champion(s) Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC
Most championship(s) Flag of Sweden Luleå Hockey (1) Frölunda HC (1)
TV partner(s) Europe: various
Official website ChampionsHockeyLeague.net

The Champions Hockey League is a European ice hockey tournament launched by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), which started in the 2014–15 season.

Background

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.[2]

2014–15 season

Main article: 2014–15 Champions Hockey League

The 2014–15 season's regulation round was played between 21 August and 7 October 2014. 44 clubs from 12 different European countries participated in the season, divided into 11 groups of four teams each. A draw took place in Minsk, Belarus, on 21 May 2014 to determine the groups. Each team played a double round-robin in their group, for a total of 6 games per team. The 11 group winners as well as the top five group runners-up qualified for the playoffs, which began on 4 November and ended with the final on 4 February 2015. The playoffs were as a single-elimination tournament, with all rounds leading to the final played in two-game, home-and-away, total-goal series. The final was a single game. In total, 161 games were played, including the group and playoff stages.[2][3]

2015–16 season

Main article: 2015–16 Champions Hockey League

For the 2015–16 season, the tournament has been expanded to 48 teams, divided into 16 groups with three teams in each group. The two first teams in each group advanced to the playoff round of 32.[4] The 48 teams consisted of the 26 founding A-licence clubs, 12 B-licensed clubs from the founding leagues, and 10 C-licensed "Wild card" teams from other leagues. The champions from Norway, Denmark, Slovakia, France and the United Kingdom, like the previous season, received wild card berths.[5] From Slovakia, Norway, France and the United Kingdom, a second team also received a wild card berth.[6] One wild card license was also assigned to IIHF Continental Cup 2015 winner HK Neman Grodno.[4][7][8]

Teams

From the 2015-16 season, 48 clubs from the first-tier leagues of at least ten different European countries will participate. Teams can qualify for the tournament by obtaining either an A, B or C license.[3][4]

  • A license: The 26 founding clubs are granted an "A license", provided that they play in the first-tier league of their respective system.[9]
  • 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 (Austrian EBEL, Czech Extraliga, Finnish Liiga, German DEL, Swiss NLA and Swedish SHL) will also participate.[10] 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:[10][11]
  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.[12]

Prize money

In the 2014–15 season, 40 teams competed for a grand total of 1.5 million euros.[3]

European Trophy

The winner of the Competition will receive the “European Trophy”.[14]

Winners

References

  1. "Staff". Champions Hockey League. http://www.championshockeyleague.net/about/about_chl/. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 New era dawns for Europe
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Ready for takeoff". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2014-02-27. http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=8589&cHash=ab1d824eaa32562f1c7a4e373ce62cf5. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "CHL to play with 48 teams in 2015–16". Champions Hockey League. 4 December 2014. http://www.championshockeyleague.net/news/chl-to-play-with-48-teams-in-2015-16/674/. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  5. "Norge får to plasser i Champions Hockey League" (in Norwegian). TV2. 10 February 2015. http://www.tv2.no/a/6534754. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  6. "V Lige majstrov bude mať Slovensko od sezóny 2015/2016 dvoch zástupcov" (in Slovak). Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. 13 February 2015. http://www.hockeyslovakia.sk/sk/clanok/v-lige-majstrov-bude-mat-slovensko-od-sezony-2015-2016-dvoch-zastupcov. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  7. "Neman wins Continental Cup". IIHF. 10 January 2015. http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=9360&cHash=91953f6440355014cd40cfbefc5b5539. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  8. "HC Neman Grodno to play in 2015-16 CHL season". Belarus News (BelTA). 5 February 2015. http://eng.belta.by/all_news/sport/HC-Neman-Grodno-to-play-in-2015-16-CHL-season_i_79279.html. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  9. "CHL: Ny era i europeisk klubbhockey" (in Swedish). difhockey.se. Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2013-12-09. http://www.difhockey.se/artikel/3002/. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Qualifikationskriterien für die Champions Hockey League
  11. New clubs join CHL
  12. "Sex nya lag klara för Champions League – så ser Växjös chanser ut" (in sv). Hockeysverige.se. 2014-03-26. http://www.hockeysverige.se/robert-pettersson/2014/03/26/sex-nya-lag-klara-for-champions-league-sa-ser-vaxjos-chanser-ut/. 
  13. "Belarus’ Neman Grodno marks CHL foray into Eastern Europe". Champions Hockey League. 2015-02-19. http://www.championshockeyleague.net/news/belarus-neman-grodno-marks-chl-foray-into-eastern-europe/820/. 
  14. http://www.championshockeyleague.net/about/about_chl/

See also


European Club Tournaments
European Cup

1966 ·</span> 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973 · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1986 · 1987 · 1988 · 1989 · 1990 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 · 1994 · 1995 · 1996 · 1997

European Hockey League

1997 · 1998 · 1999 · 2000

European Champions Cup

2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008

Champions Hockey League

2008–09 - 2014–15 - 2015–16

European Hockey Overview
Top-Level Leagues
International

Alps Hockey League - Balkan Ice Hockey League - BeNe League - European University Hockey League - Kontinental Hockey League - MOL Liga

National

Armenia - Austria - Belarus - Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Georgia - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Macedonia - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Serbia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey - Ukraine - United Kingdom

Second-Level Leagues
Belarus - Balkan League - Belgium - Czech Republic - Denmark - England - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Latvia - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Russia - Slovakia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey
Third-Level Leagues
Austria - Czech Republic - Denmark - England - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Italy - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Russia - Scotland - Slovakia - Sweden - Switzerland
Fourth-Level and lower Leagues
Czech Republic (4, 5) - Finland (4, 5, 6, 7) - France - Germany (4, 5) - Hungary - Netherlands (4, 5, 6) - Norway (4, 5) - Poland - Russia - Sweden (4, 5, 6, 7, 8), Switzerland (4, 5, 6)
Cup Competitions
Cups

Belarus - Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bulgaria - Czech Republic - Denmark - East Germany - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Scotland - Serbia - Slovenia - Soviet Union - Spain - Switzerland - Ukraine - Yugoslavia

Supercups

Belgium - Estonia - Hungary - Italy - Poland - Netherlands - Slovenia - Spain

Defunct Leagues
Soviet Union - Russia - Czechoslovakia - Yugoslavia - West Germany - East Germany - Ireland - Luxembourg - Malta - Portugal - Alpenliga - Interliga - Inter-National League - North Sea Cup - Panonian League - Eastern European - Balkan League - Baltic League - Carpathian League - Slohokej Liga - English League - English National League - Scottish National League - British Hockey League - Ice Hockey Superleague - German Championship - Swedish Championship - Klass I - Svenska Serien - Elitserien - Swedish Division I - SM-sarja - Swiss National Championship - Swiss International Championship
Women's Leagues
International leagues

Elite Women's Hockey League - EWHL Super Cup - Low Countries Cup

National leagues

Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey

Defunct leagues

Czechoslovakia - Interliga

Junior Leagues
Austria - Belarus - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany (East Germany) - Great Britain - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Lithuania - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Russia (Soviet Union) - Serbia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey - Ukraine
International Ice Hockey Federation
World Championships

Ice Hockey World Championships - U20 - U18 - IIHF World Women's Championships - U18

Other competitions

Olympic Games - Champions Hockey League - Continental Cup - Challenge Cup of Asia - European Women's Champions Cup

Former

Victoria Cup - European Champions Cup - Super Cup - European Championships - European Women Championships - European Junior Championships - Asian Oceanic U18 Championships

Related articles

IIHF Centennial All-Star Team - IIHF Hall of Fame - IIHF World Ranking - List of IIHF members

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