Champions Hockey League

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
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 Champions Hockey League
Formerly European Trophy
Champions Hockey League (2008–09)
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2013
Founder IIHF
Inaugural season 2014–15
CEO Martin Baumann[1]
Claim to fame EICC
No. of teams 48
Country 13, in Europe
Most recent
Sweden Frölunda HC
Most titles Sweden Frölunda HC (1)
Sweden Luleå HF (1)
Qualification Top teams in first-tier leagues
TV partner(s) Austria: (online livestream)
Brazil: ESPN[2]
Canada: Sportsnet
Central America: TD Centro
Czech Republic: SlovakSport.TV
Europe: Eurosport
Finland: MTV
France: L'Équipe 21
Germany: Sport1 (TV) and (online livestream)
Great Britain: Premier Sports
Mexico: Televisa Deportes Network
Slovakia: SlovakSport.TV
South America: DirecTV
Sweden: SVT
Switzerland: SRG SSR and Teleclub[3]
USA: ONE World Sports[4] and Univision Deportes Network
Official website

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


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.[5]



Season Teams Matches Att. avg. Champion Runner-up
2014–15 44 161 3,049 Sweden Luleå Hockey Sweden Frölunda HC
2015–16 48 157 3,261 Sweden Frölunda HC Finland Oulun Kärpät
2016–17 48 157

2014–15 season

The 2014–15 season was played between August 2014 and February 2015. 44 clubs from 12 different 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 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.[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 is again be with 48 teams, using the same format as in the previous season. The season started on 16 August 2016 and is scheduled to end with the final game on 7 February 2017.

2017–18 season

Starting with the fourth CHL season, the championship will be reduced to 32 teams, and qualification will be on sporting merits only. The six founding leagues will be represented by between three and five teams (based on a three-year league ranking), while eight teams from the "challenge leagues" will be represented by one team each. No founding team will automatically be qualified.[8]


In the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons, 48 clubs from the first-tier leagues of at least ten different European countries participate. Teams can qualify for the tournament by obtaining either an A, B or C license.[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
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]

Starting in the 2017–18 season, the CHL format will be drastically revamped to largely mirror the UEFA Champions League. The total number of teams will be reduced from 48 to 32, with 24 of the entries coming from the six founding leagues and all berths earned through on-ice achievement: the "founding clubs" will no longer be 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. The remaining eight places will be given to the champions of the Norwegian, Slovakian, French, Belarusian, Danish, British and Polish leagues, as well as the champion of the Continental Cup. The teams will then be drawn into eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the knockout stage, which will be contested as two-legged ties until a one-match final.[8]

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 will receive the “European Trophy”.[14]

See also


External links

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