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Showdown: Växjö and JYP to battle for the European Trophy

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Montag, 05.Februar 2018 - 10:01 - 62 territories will broadcast the 2018 Champions Hockey League Final between Växjö Lakers and JYP Jyväskylä. Enhanced TV production and a digital-first approach will take the fan experience to the next level.

The Champions Hockey League Final is an all-Nordic affair between SHL leaders Växjö Lakers (SWE) and JYP Jyväskylä from Finland to be played on Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 at the sold-out VIDA arena in Växjö. Face-off is at 18:45 CET.

Two-time Liiga champions JYP Jyväskylä are the second Finnish team vying for the European Trophy, after Kärpät Oulu finished as CHL runners-up in 2016. Växjö Lakers keep alive the tradition of having a Swedish team in the CHL Final (2015–2017: Frölunda Indians & 2015: Luleå Hockey). Both teams are new to the final which means a new CHL champion will be crowned Tuesday night.

The head referees will be Marc Lemelin from Austria and Daniel Piechaczek from Germany, while Lukas Kohlmüller (GER) and Elias Seewald (AUT) will call the lines.

The Final will complete the 125-game schedule of the Champions Hockey League season, which began on 24 August 2017 with 32 teams from 13 leagues. All of them qualified on sporting merits for the first time in CHL history.

New camera angles bringing fans closer to the action
Fans watching from home will be able to catch the best action through a range of innovative camera angles. Rink-board cameras inserted into the side boards will be used for the first time in the tournament, offering a truly unique view of the match from ice rink level.

In addition, viewers will be able to see the game from the head referees’ point of view through special helmet cameras. All four officials will also be equipped with microphones which will be used to transmit the sound to the TV broadcast. Furthermore, in-arena announcements will be made for major decisions directly from the head referees, creating interaction between spectators and the action on the ice.

The suspension camera also returns, with broadcasters able to offer fans a birds-eye view of the action.

Growing global broadcast presence
Infront, the exclusive media and marketing partner of the Champions Hockey League, has sold the media rights for the final to 27 broadcasters and digital platforms worldwide, covering a total of 62 territories. This includes coverage in Sweden (SVT and Viasat) and Finland (MTV) – the home countries of the two finalists, as well as in China (CCTV), Macau (TDM) and Chinese Taipei (ELTA) in a first for the competition. Further, as for the semi-finals, there will be linear coverage in Canada on TSN 2 and in the US on NHL Network.


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