Champions Hockey League

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Champions Hockey League
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Hockey current event.svg 2021–22 Champions Hockey League
Champions Hockey League logo.svg
Formerly European Trophy
Champions Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded2013
Founder IIHF
Inaugural season 2014–15
CEO Martin Baumann [1]
Claim to fameEICC
No. of teams 32
Countries13
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Sweden.svg Frölunda HC (4th title)
Most titles Flag of Sweden.svg Frölunda HC (4)
QualificationTop teams in first-tier leagues
TV partner(s)
TV partners
Austria: LAOLA1.tv (online livestream)
Brazil: ESPN [2]
Canada: TSN
Central America: TD Centro
Czech Republic: Sport1
Europe: Eurosport
Finland: MTV
France: L'Equipe Canal+
Germany: Sport1 (TV), LAOLA1.tv and DAZN (online livestream)
Great Britain: Premier Sports and FreeSports [3]
Hungary: Sport1
Mexico: Televisa Deportes Network
Romania: TVR1 HD
Slovakia: Sport1
South America: DirecTV
Sweden: SVT
Switzerland: SRG SSR and Teleclub [4]
Turkey: Sportstv
USA: NHL Network and Univision Deportes Network
Official website ChampionsHockeyLeague.com

The Champions Hockey League is a European ice hockey tournament. Launched in the 2014–15 season by 26 clubs, 6 leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the tournament features top teams from the first-tier leagues of countries across Europe.

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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 finding sponsors during the concurrent global economic crisis and failure to agree on a tournament format. On 9 December 2013, a new tournament with the same name was launched by a group of 26 clubs from six countries, born out of the European Trophy, starting in the 2014–15 season. [5]

Seasons

Overview

SeasonTeamsGamesAvg. att.ChampionRunner-upSemi-finalists
2014–15 441613,049 Flag of Sweden.svg Luleå HF Flag of Sweden.svg Frölunda HC Flag of Finland.svg Oulun Kärpät, Flag of Sweden.svg Skellefteå AIK
2015–16 481573,261 Flag of Sweden.svg Frölunda HC Flag of Finland.svg Oulun Kärpät Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos, Flag of Finland.svg Lukko
2016–17 481573,240 Flag of Sweden.svg Frölunda HC Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Sparta Praha Flag of Switzerland.svg Fribourg-Gottéron, Flag of Sweden.svg Växjö Lakers
2017–18 321253,369 Flag of Finland.svg JYP Flag of Sweden.svg Växjö Lakers Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Oceláři Třinec, Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Bílí Tygři Liberec
2018–19 321253,400 Flag of Sweden.svg Frölunda HC Flag of Germany.svg EHC Red Bull München Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Plzeň, Flag of Austria.svg EC Red Bull Salzburg
2019–20 321253,446 Flag of Sweden.svg Frölunda HC Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Mountfield HK Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens IF, Flag of Sweden.svg Luleå HF

2014–15 season

The 2014–15 season was played between August 2014 and February 2015. 44 clubs from 12 European countries participated in the season, divided into 11 groups of four teams each. 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. 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. [5] [6] The season was won by Luleå HF which defeated Frölunda HC in the final.

2015–16 season

For the 2015–16 season, the tournament was 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. [7] 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. In total, 157 games were played. Frölunda HC won their first Champions League title by beating Oulun Kärpät in the final.

2016–17 season

The 2016–17 season was once more played with 48 teams, using the same format as in the previous season. The season started on 16 August 2016 and ended with the final game on 7 February 2017 with Frölunda defeating Sparta Prague, 4–3 in overtime. [8]

2017–18 season

Starting with the fourth CHL season, the championship was reduced to 32 teams, and qualification was on sporting merits only. The six founding leagues were represented by between three and five teams (based on a three-year league ranking), while eight teams from the "challenge leagues" were represented by one team each. No founding team was qualified automatically. [9]

Finnish side JYP Jyväskylä won the title defeating Swedish team Växjö Lakers 2–0.

2018–19 season

The fifth CHL season was competed by 32 teams, and qualification was on sporting merits only. The six founding leagues were represented by between three and five teams (based on a four-year league ranking), while seven "challenge leagues" were represented by one team each. One place was awarded to the Continental Cup champion. Unlike in the first three editions, founding teams did not automatically qualify. The group stages began on 30 August 2018, and ended on 17 October 2018. The season had an average attendance of 3,401 per game, one percent increase from the previous season.

Swedish team Frölunda HC won their third Champions Hockey League title, defeating Red Bull München, the first German team to reach the final, 3–1 at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg.

2019–20 season

The sixth CHL season had 32 teams competing, and qualification was again on sporting merits only. The six founding leagues were represented by between three and five teams (based on a three-year league ranking), while seven "challenge leagues" were represented by one team each. One place was awarded to the champion of the 2018–19 Champions Hockey League as well as a wild card spot selected by the board.

Swedish team Frölunda HC successfully defended their Champions Hockey League title, defeating Czech team Mountfield HK 3–1 in the final to win the European Trophy for a fourth time. For the first time in the history of the league, the final was held in the Czech Republic as Mountfield HK earned the right to host the game at ČPP Arena.

2020–21 season

The season was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. [10]

Teams

Since the 2017–18 season, 32 teams again participate in the group stage, with 24 of the entries coming from the six founding leagues (Swedish Hockey League, Finnish Liiga, Swiss National League A, Czech Extraliga, German DEL and Austrian/international EBEL) and all berths being earned through on-ice achievement: the "founding clubs" are no longer guaranteed a place in the competition. A maximum of five teams from each country are permitted, with the entries allotted to each country according to a coefficient system (best two leagues get five berths, next two get four, last two get three). The remaining eight places are given to the champions of the Norwegian, Slovak, French, Belarusian, Danish, British and Polish leagues, as well as the champion of the Continental Cup. The teams are then drawn into eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the knockout stage, which is contested as two-legged ties until a one-match final. [9]

In the first three years of the competition, the 26 founding teams had guaranteed spots in the group stage ("A license"). Additional teams from the founding league, that qualified based on sporting merits ("B license") and the champions from other European leagues ("C license") completed the field.

League ranking

RankLeaguePoints 2016-17 (25%)Points 2017-18 (50%)Points 2018-19 (75%)Points 2019-20 (100%)Total pointsBerths for 2021-22
1 Flag of Sweden.svg SHL F95 (24)100 (50)100 (75)1002495
2 Flag of Switzerland.svg NLA F100 (25)80 (40)95 (71)902265
3 Flag of Germany.svg DEL F75 (19)85 (43)80 (60)952174
4 Flag of Finland.svg Liiga F90 (23)80 (45)85 (64)802124
5 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg ELH F85 (21)95 (48)75 (56)852103
6 Flag of Austria.svg ICEHL F65 (16)75 (38 )90 (68)701923
7 Flag of Belarus.svg BXL 80 (20)70 (35)60 (45)751751
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg EIHL 60 (15)65 (33)40 (30)701481
9 Flag of France.svg Ligue Magnus 45 (11)50 (25)70 (53)551441
10 Flag of Slovakia.svg Tipsport Liga 70 (18)60 (30)55 (41)551441
11 Flag of Norway.svg Eliteserien 50 (13)55 (28)70 (53)401341
12 Flag of Poland.svg PHL 40 (10)50 (25)50 (38)601331
13 Flag of Denmark.svg Metal Ligaen 60 (15)50 (25)50 (38)551331

F founding leagues

League ranking points calculation

Each match is counted for league ranking points. Points collected by all teams from a specific league are summed up and then divided by number of teams from that league. The final result represents the league's coefficient for that year. Coefficients are then sorted from highest to lowest: the best league gets 100 points with each following getting five points less than previous one (95, 90, 85...).

Points are awarded as follows:

  • win in regulation time – 3 points (group stage, playoffs)
  • win in overtime – 2 points (group stage only; no overtime in playoffs)
  • tie in regulation time – 1 point (playoffs only)
  • loss in overtime – 1 point (group stage only)
  • loss in regulation time – 0 points (group stage, playoffs)

Additionally, each team is awarded 1 point for reaching each of next rounds.

The last four seasons are taken into account for berth allocation for the 2018–19 season. League points are made of 25% of points won in first season, 50% of points won in second season, 75% of points won in third season and 100% of points won in last, fourth season.

For the 2018–19 season, each of the four previous seasons was taken into account and starting with 2019–20 season each will be based on points from last five seasons.

Prize money

In the 2014–15 season, 40 teams competed for a grand total of 1.5 million euros. [6]

European Trophy

The winner of the Competition receives the European Trophy, named after the tournament European Trophy which was a predecessor to the Champions Hockey League. [11]

Records and statistics

Winners

Performance by club
ClubWinnersRunners-upSemi-finalistsYears won
Flag of Sweden.svg Frölunda HC 410 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2019–20
Flag of Sweden.svg Luleå HF 101 2014–15
Flag of Finland.svg JYP 100 2017–18
Flag of Finland.svg Oulun Kärpät 011
Flag of Sweden.svg Växjö Lakers 011
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Sparta Praha 010
Flag of Germany.svg EHC Red Bull München 010
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Mountfield HK 010
Flag of Sweden.svg Skellefteå AIK 001
Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos 001
Flag of Finland.svg Lukko 001
Flag of Switzerland.svg Fribourg-Gottéron 001
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Bílí Tygři Liberec 001
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Oceláři Třinec 001
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Plzeň 001
Flag of Austria.svg EC Red Bull Salzburg 001
Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens IF 001

By nation

Performance by nation
NationWinnersRunners-upOut in SFOut in QFOut in R16
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 52477
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 112611
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 02336
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 01016
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 00279
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 00103
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 00002
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 00001
Flag of France.svg  France 00001
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 00001
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 00001

See also

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