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Montag, 05.Mai 2014 - 10:29 - The Board of the Champions Hockey League has decided to expand the number of teams for the inaugural 2014-2015 season from 40 to 44.

Consequently, there will be eleven groups (to earlier ten) where now the eleven group winners and the five best runners-up will qualify for the 16-team 1/8-finals. The four new clubs are: Briancon Diables Rouge (FRA), SønderjyskE Vojens (DEN), Nottingham Panthers (GBR), Valerenga Oslo (NOR).

The breakdown of teams per license category is as follows:
A-License (Founding Clubs) – 26
B-License – 12 (see below for explanation and list of B-License clubs)
C-License (Wild Cards) – 6

“It makes me very proud to make this announcement about adding four teams,” said CHL Chairman of the Board Anders Ternbom. “Already during our founding process last summer we made it very clear that although this competition would have six founding leagues, our vision is to involve many countries and to include champions from what we identified as Challenge Leagues. When we realized that we received the maximum twelve B-license clubs, it consequently meant that we only had two Wild Card spots open for these leagues. After internal discussions among the board and with our marketing partner Infront, we decided to add the four teams,” said Ternbom.

Apart from the 26 Founding (A-License) Clubs, eleven B-License clubs from the six Founding Leagues have qualified to the 2014-2015 Champions Hockey League. To qualify for B-License, the club has to reach at least the semi-final in its national league playoffs.

Positions which earn qualification to the Champions Hockey League are: 1. National Champion. 2. Regular Season Winner. 3. Runner-up, Regular Season. 4. Playoff Finalist. 5. Playoff Semifinalist.

This is the complete list of the 12 B-License clubs for 2014-2015:
Austria (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga): HCB Südtirol (Champion/League Runner-up), Villach SV (Semifinalist)
Czech Republic (Extraliga): PSG Zlin (Champion), Ocelari Trinec (Runner-up)
Finland (Liiga): Lukko Rauma, SaiPa Lappeenranta (both Semifinalists)
Germany (DEL): Hamburg Freezers (Regular Season Winner), Kölner Haie (Finalist),
Switzerland (NLA): Genève-Servette, Kloten Flyers (both Semifinalists)
Sweden (SHL): Skellefteå AIK (Champion, Regular Season Winner), Växjö Lakers (Semifinalist)

The Champions Hockey League, which will commence its inaugural season on 21 August 2014 and will play a 161-game schedule culminating with the final game on 3 February 2015, will conduct its draw for the Group Stage on 21 May in Minsk, Belarus, as part of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The draw will be open for Minsk-2014 accredited media and will be video streamed live on www.championshockeyleague.net

The seeding for the draw will be announced on 13 May, with 100 Days Left to CHL puck-drop.

The Champions Hockey League Group Stage will be played 21 August – 7 October, 2014 after which 16 teams will qualify for the home & away (November 4 & 11) knockout 1/8-final stage.

Quarter-Finals: 2 & 9 December
Semi-Finals: 13 & 20 January
Final: 3 February (at the home venue of the finalist with the best record leading up to the final)

The CHL Founding Leagues and its Founding Clubs:
Austria (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga): EC Red Bull Salzburg, UPC Vienna Capitals.
Czech Republic (Extraliga): Bili Tygri Liberec, HC Pardubice, Sparta Prague, Vitkovice Ostrava.
Finland (Liiga): IFK Helsinki, JYP Jyväskylä, KalPa Kuopio, Kärpät Oulu (champion) Tappara Tampere, TPS Turku.
Germany (DEL): Adler Mannheim, Eisbären Berlin, ERC Ingolstadt (champion), Krefeld Pinguine.
Switzerland (NLA): SC Bern, Fribourg-Gottéron, ZSC Lions Zurich (champion), EV Zug.
Sweden (SHL): Djurgarden Stockholm, Frölunda Gothenburg, Färjestad Karlstad, HV71 Jönköping, Linköpings HC, Lulea Hockey.


Quelle:Erste Bank Liga