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2015 Champions Hockey League Draw

The 2015 Champions Hockey League seems closer than before after the group draw took place today at the 02 Arena in Prague. With all 48 teams present to see who they’d face in the groups, Czech legends Dominik Hasek and Robert Reichel drew the teams to see who will be fighting each other to escape the groups, with games starting on the 20th August and finishing on the 6th of September.

Some changes for the second season of the CHL, with 48 teams taking part other than the 44 teams that took part last season, with the teams made up of the best from 12 leagues around Europe.

Eight teams from Sweden and Finland, including last season’s winners Lulea Hockey from the north of Sweden will take part, with six teams from the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany, four coming from Austria with the other 12 coming from Belarus after Neman Grodno won the 2014 Continental Cup, then Great Britain, France, Norway, Denmark and Slovakia took the remaining spots.

All 48 teams were placed into groups of 3, with the top two advancing to the playoff rounds, until a champion is crowned in the final game on February 9th 2016.

Teams are now negotiating with each other to determine their schedules, which are expected to be announced at the end of the month

 

GROUP A
SC Bern (Switzerland)
Linkoping HC (Sweden)
IFK Helsinki (Finland)

GROUP B
Tappara Tampere (Finland)
EV Zug (Switzerland)
Djurgarden Stockholm (Sweden)

GROUP C
Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)
HV71 Jonkoping (Sweden)
SonderjyskE Vojens (Denmark)

GROUP D
Skelleftea AIK (Sweden)
Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech Republic)
HK Nitra (Slovakia)

GROUP E
HC Davos (Switzerland)
HC Pardubice (Czech Republic)
Farjestad Karlstad (Sweden)

GROUP F
HC Litvinov (Czech Republic)
Espoo Blues (Finland)
Grenoble (France)

GROUP G
Black Wings Linz (Austria)
Dusseldorfer EG (Germany)
TPS Turku (Germany)

GROUP H
Red Bull Munich (Germany)
KAC Klagenfurt (Austria)
HC Kosice (Slovakia)

GROUP I
Adler Mannheim (Germany)
Vitkovice Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Neman Grodno (Belarus)

GROUP J
Karpat Oulu (Finland)
Vienna Capitals (Austria)
Krefeld Pinguine (Germany)

GROUP K
Lukko Rauma (Finland)
Lulea Hockey (Sweden)
Fribourg-Gotteron (Switzerland)

GROUP L
Ocelari Trinec (Czech Republic)
KalPa Kuopio (Finland)
Stavanger Oilers (Norway)

GROUP M
Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)
Geneve-Servette (Switzerland)
Storhamar Hamar (Norway)

GROUP N
Frolunda Gothenburg
JYP Jyvaskyla (Finland)
Sheffield Steelers (GBR)

GROUP O
Vaxjo Lakers (Sweden)
ERC Ingolstadt (Germany)
Braehead Clan (GBR)

GROUP P
ZSC Lions Zurich (Switzerland)
Eisbaren Berlin (Germany)
GAP Rapaces (France)

Oliver Hampson
Oliver is a 22-year old Student Journalist from Wales, United Kingdom. A hockey fan since before he's old enough to remember, his passion for playing took a turn for the worse following an injury in juniors and in his teenage years he focused his attention on sports writing rather than playing. Covering the EIHL and Champions Hockey League, Oliver brings an across the pond look at hockey.
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