2012 European Trophy
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of ? ?
Dates 31 July – 16 December 2012
Teams 32
Venue(s) 43 (in 40 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Games played 98
Goals scored 577  (5.89 per game)
Attendance 269,779  (2,753 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of the United States Jack Connolly

The 2012 European Trophy was the third European Trophy, a European ice hockey tournament held annually. It is also the seventh tournament since its predecessor, the Nordic Trophy, was launched in 2006. The regulation round started on 31 July 2012 with the South Division game between Piráti ChomutovSlovan Bratislava, and will end on 28 November 2012. The playoffs will be played between 13–16 December 2012 in Vienna and in Bratislava.[1] The preliminary schedule for the regulation round was released on 12 April 2012.[2]

In this year's tournament the number of participating teams was increased from 24 to 32. Also, as Red Bull Salzburg no longer hosted the playoffs for the first time in European Trophy history, they weren't guaranteed a playoff spot. Of the 128 regular round games, 20 were played mid-season (i.e. after teams had started their league seasons in their respective countries). Regarding the playoffs, there were only Quarterfinals, Semifinals as well as the Final game, meaning that the losing teams in each round were immediately eliminated from the tournament.

On 31 May 2012, Slavia Praha announced that they were pulling out of the tournament.[3] On 18 June it was announced that Piráti Chomutov would take over Slavia Praha's spot in the South Division.[4]

Tournament format[edit | edit source]

The 32 teams in the tournament are, partly based on geographical location, divided into four divisions: the West Division, the North Division, the South Division, and the East Division. Each division consists of 8 teams who will play a round-robin in their division, with an extra game against a local rival in their division, giving a total of 8 games per team. Each team is assigned four home games as well as four road games. The top two teams of each division qualify for the playoffs; however, should Slovan Bratislava and/or Vienna Capitals qualify for the playoffs as hosts (if they fail to reach one of the top two spots of the South Division), they will replace the worst second ranked team(s) out of all four divisions.[1]

Should at least two teams in the same division (or second-ranked teams) end up tied in points, the following tie-breaker format will be used:

  1. Best goal difference
  2. Most goals scored in total (goals forward)
  3. Results in games against the tied teams
  4. Drawing of lots

This tie-breaker format will also apply when determining which second-ranked team(s) to be replaced if the host teams Slovan Bratislava and/or Vienna Capitals fail to reach the playoffs by finishing top two in the South Division.[1]

Playing format[edit | edit source]

If a game is tied after regulation time (60 minutes), an overtime lasting for 5 minutes is played. During overtime, both teams substitute only 4 players on the ice at once (except for 3 when either of the teams has a penalized player). If no team scores during the overtime period, a shootout is played, starting with three penalty shots for both teams. If the shootout remains tied after the first three rounds, sudden death rounds are played until a winning team has been forced.

In the regulation round games, the teams get three points for a regulation-time victory, two points for an overtime/shootout win, one point for losing in overtime/shootout, and zero points for a regulation loss.

Prize money[edit | edit source]

After the regulation round, the four division winners received 25 000 each, the four second-placed teams €20 000, and the third, fourth and fifth team of each division received €15 000, €10 000, and €5 000, respectively. Additionally, in the final of the Red Bulls Salute, the winning team received €50 000, while the losing finalist got €10 000. In total, €360 000 was given out during the entire tournament.[5]

Participating clubs[edit | edit source]

Division Team City Home arena* Capacity Joined NT/ET
North Oulun Kärpät Flag of Finland Oulu Oulun Energia Areena 6,614 2006
Eisbären Berlin Flag of Germany Berlin O2 World 14,200 2010
Red Bull Salzburg Flag of Austria Salzburg Eisarena Salzburg 3,600 2010
Luleå HF Flag of Sweden Luleå Coop Norrbotten Arena 6,200 2011
Kometa Brno Flag of the Czech Republic Brno Kajot Arena 7,200 2011
Mountfield České Budějovice Flag of the Czech Republic České Budějovice Budvar Arena 6,421 2011
Plzeň 1929 Flag of the Czech Republic Plzeň ČEZ Aréna 8,420 2011
Hamburg Freezers Flag of Germany Hamburg O2 World 12,947 2012
South Linköpings HC Flag of Sweden Linköping Cloetta Center 8,500 2006
HV71 Flag of Sweden Jönköping Kinnarps Arena 7,038 2008
Sparta Praha Flag of the Czech Republic Prague Tipsport Arena 13,150 2010
Piráti Chomutov*** Flag of the Czech Republic Chomutov Multifunkční aréna Chomutov 5,250 2012
KalPa Flag of Finland Kuopio Kuopion Jäähalli 5,225 2011
Slovan Bratislava Flag of Slovakia Bratislava Slovnaft Arena 10,000 2011
UPC Vienna Capitals Flag of Austria Vienna Albert Schultz Eishalle 7,000 2011
JYP Flag of Finland Jyväskylä Synergia-areena 4,628 2012
East TPS Flag of Finland Turku HK Arena 11,820 2006
Tappara Flag of Finland Tampere Hakametsä Areena 7,800 2006
Djurgårdens IF Flag of Sweden Stockholm Hovet 8,094 2006
SC Bern Flag of Switzerland Bern PostFinance-Arena 17,131 2010**
Bílí Tygři Liberec Flag of the Czech Republic Liberec Tipsport Arena 7,500 2011
ČSOB Pojišťovna Pardubice Flag of the Czech Republic Pardubice ČEZ Aréna 10,194 2011
Brynäs IF Flag of Sweden Gävle Läkerol Arena 8,585 2012
HC Fribourg-Gottéron Flag of Switzerland Fribourg BCF Arena 6,900 2012
West Färjestad BK Flag of Sweden Karlstad Löfbergs Lila Arena 8,647 2006
Frölunda Indians Flag of Sweden Gothenburg Scandinavium 12,044 2006
HIFK Flag of Finland Helsinki Helsinki Ice Hall 8,200 2006
Jokerit Flag of Finland Helsinki Hartwall Areena 13,349 2008
ZSC Lions Flag of Switzerland Zurich Hallenstadion 10,700 2010**
Adler Mannheim Flag of Germany Mannheim SAP Arena 10,600 2010
ERC Ingolstadt Flag of Germany Ingolstadt Saturn Arena 4,815 2012
EV Zug Flag of Switzerland Zug Bossard Arena 7,015 2012
  • Note (*): the stated home arenas don't have to be used in the European Trophy tournament.
  • Note (**): SC Bern and ZSC Lions did not participate in 2011.
  • Note (***): Slavia Praha pulled out of the tournament just two months before the first games are to be played. Piráti Chomutov are replacing Slavia Praha.[3][4]

Rivalries[edit | edit source]

  • West Division
    • Jokerit vs. HIFK
    • Frölunda Indians vs. Färjestad BK
    • Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt
    • ZSC Lions vs. EV Zug
  • North Division
    • Luleå HF vs. Oulun Kärpät
    • Hamburg Freezers vs. Eisbären Berlin
    • Kometa Brno vs. Plzeň 1929
    • České Budějovice vs. Red Bull Salzburg
  • South Division
    • KalPa vs. JYP
    • Linköpings HC vs. HV71
    • Piráti Chomutov vs. Sparta Praha
    • Vienna Capitals vs. Slovan Bratislava
  • East Division
    • Tappara vs. TPS
    • Brynäs IF vs. Djurgårdens IF
    • Bílí Tygři Liberec vs. Pojišťovna Pardubice
    • SC Bern vs. Fribourg-Gottéron

Regulation round[edit | edit source]

     Team is qualified for the playoffs
     Team is eliminated from the tournament

West Division[edit | edit source]

West Division GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Flag of Switzerland EV Zug 8 4 2 0 2 30 21 +9 16
Flag of Finland Jokerit 7 4 1 1 1 23 14 +9 15
Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK 7 3 2 1 1 25 16 +9 14
Flag of Germany ERC Ingolstadt 8 3 1 3 1 34 30 +4 14
Flag of Sweden Frölunda Indians 8 3 0 2 3 18 32 –14 11
Flag of Finland HIFK 8 2 0 2 4 24 26 –2 8
Flag of Switzerland ZSC Lions 8 2 1 0 5 17 24 –7 8
Flag of Germany Adler Mannheim 8 1 2 0 5 18 26 –8 7

North Division[edit | edit source]

North Division GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Flag of Sweden Luleå HF 8 7 0 0 1 33 13 +20 21
Flag of Germany Eisbären Berlin 8 6 0 1 1 27 15 +12 19
Flag of Germany Hamburg Freezers 8 3 2 0 3 28 24 +4 13
Flag of the Czech Republic Kometa Brno 7 3 0 1 3 20 30 –10 10
Flag of the Czech Republic České Budějovice 7 3 0 0 4 17 20 –3 9
Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 7 3 0 0 4 18 24 –6 9
Flag of Finland Oulun Kärpät 8 1 1 2 4 18 26 –8 7
Flag of the Czech Republic Plzeň 1929 7 0 1 0 6 18 27 –9 2

South Division[edit | edit source]

South Division GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Flag of Sweden HV71 8 6 0 1 0 29 12 +17 19
Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals 7 3 2 1 1 23 20 +3 14
Flag of the Czech Republic Piráti Chomutov 7 2 2 2 1 28 21 +7 12
Flag of Sweden Linköpings HC 8 3 1 1 3 23 29 –6 12
Flag of the Czech Republic Sparta Praha 8 3 1 0 4 29 34 –5 11
Flag of Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 8 1 3 1 3 22 21 +1 10
Flag of Finland JYP 8 2 0 2 4 23 32 –9 8
Flag of Finland KalPa 8 1 1 2 4 21 29 –8 7

East Division[edit | edit source]

East Division GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Flag of Finland Tappara 8 4 2 1 1 26 16 +13 17
Flag of Sweden Brynäs IF 8 5 0 2 1 25 20 +5 17
Flag of the Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec 7 4 0 0 3 23 22 +1 12
Flag of Finland TPS 8 3 1 1 3 18 17 +1 12
Flag of the Czech Republic Pojišťovna Pardubice 7 3 0 0 4 20 18 +2 9
Flag of Switzerland SC Bern 7 2 1 1 3 18 22 –4 9
Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF 8 2 1 0 5 18 27 –9 8
Flag of Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron 7 1 1 1 4 15 21 –6 6

Playoff team seeds[edit | edit source]

Playoff hosts Slovan Bratislava and Vienna Capitals qualify automatically. Four division-winners qualify. After this, best-scoring division-runners-up qualify to bring the number to exactly eight.

Winners of divisions:

Runners-up of divisions:

Team Division GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/– Pts
Flag of Germany Eisbären Berlin North 8 6 0 1 1 27 15 +12 19
Flag of Sweden Brynäs IF East 8 5 0 2 1 25 20 +5 17
Flag of Switzerland EV Zug West 8 4 2 0 2 30 21 +9 16
Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals South 8 3 2 1 2 24 26 -2 14

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The playoffs, known as the Red Bulls Salute, will take place in the Albert Schultz Eishalle, Vienna and in the Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava between 13–16 December 2012, with the Final game taking place in Slovnaft Arena.[6] It will be played as a single-elimination tournament, meaning that the losing teams in each round are eliminated from the tournament. For the first time in Red Bulls Salute history, no classification/placement games will be played, so there will only be Quarterfinals, Semifinals as well as the Final game. The winner of the Red Bulls Salute will be awarded a total prize sum of 50 000, and the losing finalist receives €10 000.[5]

Albert Schultz Eishalle
Capacity: 7 000
Slovnaft Arena
Capacity: 10 115
Albert-Schultz-Halle.jpg 200px
Flag of Austria AustriaVienna Flag of Slovakia SlovakiaBratislava

Bracket[edit | edit source]

The non-home teams will be seeded according to their score in the regulation round.

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                           
  #1  Flag of Sweden Luleå HF 4  
#6  Flag of Sweden Brynäs IF 3  
  QF1  Flag of Sweden Luleå HF 2  
  QF2  Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals 0  
 Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals 3
  #3  Flag of Germany Eisbären Berlin 2  
    SF1  Flag of Sweden Luleå HF 2
  SF2  Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK 0
  #2  Flag of Sweden HV71 1  
#5  Flag of Finland Tappara 2  
QF3  Flag of Finland Tappara 1
  QF4  Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK 3  
 Flag of Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 1
  #4  Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK 4  

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+1).

13 December 2012
17:00
Luleå HF Flag of Sweden 4:3
Flag of Sweden Brynäs IF Albert Schultz Eishalle, Vienna
13 December 2012
17:00
HV71 Flag of Sweden 1:2
1:0,0:1,0:1
Flag of Finland Tappara Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava
13 December 2012
20:30
Vienna Capitals Flag of Austria 3:2 OT
Flag of Germany Eisbären Berlin Albert Schultz Eishalle, Vienna
13 December 2012
20:30
Slovan Bratislava Flag of Slovakia 1:4
Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava

The quarterfinal matchups will be determined by the regulation-round record of the six playoff teams aside from the two automatically qualified hosts Slovan Bratislava and Vienna Capitals. The top-ranked team of these six teams will face the sixth-ranked team; the second-ranked team will face the fifth-ranked team; the third-ranked team will face Vienna Capitals; and the fourth-ranked team will face Slovan Bratislava.[6]

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+1).

15 December 2012
17:00
Luleå HF Flag of Sweden 2:0
Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals Albert Schultz Eishalle, Vienna
15 December 2012
20:30
Tappara Flag of Finland 1:3
Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava

For quarterfinal numbering, see the bracket above.

Final[edit | edit source]

Time is local (UTC+1).

16 December 2012
20:00
Luleå HF Flag of Sweden 2:0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava
Attendance: 1,750

Ranking and statistics[edit | edit source]

Tournament awards[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

The following is the final standings of the playoffs. However, note that because there weren't any classification/placement games in this year's playoffs, the standings for the six teams that missed the Final game were ranked on the following criteria: A. whether the team made it to the Semifinal or not, and B. the team's regulation round record.

Gold medal icon.svg Flag of Sweden Luleå HF
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK
3 Flag of Finland Tappara
4 Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals
5 Flag of Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
6 Flag of Germany Eisbären Berlin
7 Flag of Sweden HV71
8 Flag of Sweden Brynäs IF

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals. If the list exceeds 10 skaters because of a tie in points, all of the tied skaters are shown.

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM POS
Flag of Canada Matt Foy Eisbären Berlin 2 3 2 5 0 F
Flag of Finland Antti Erkinjuntti Tappara 2 2 3 5 2 F
Flag of the Czech Republic David Hruška Piráti Chomutov 3 2 3 5 6 F
Flag of Sweden Niklas Olausson Luleå HF 2 1 4 5 2 F
Flag of Canada Cam Abbott Luleå HF 2 3 1 4 25 F
Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Urban Bílí Tygři Liberec 3 3 1 4 4 F
Flag of the Czech Republic Milan Kraft Piráti Chomutov 3 3 1 4 2 F
Flag of Canada Jason Lepine JYP 2 2 2 4 0 D
Flag of Germany Jerome Flaake Hamburg Freezers 2 2 2 4 4 F
Flag of Finland Toni Kähkönen Oulun Kärpät 2 2 2 4 0 F

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes; POS = Position
positions: F = Forward; D = Defenceman

Sources: Europeantrophy.com and Eurohockey.com
Updated as of 19 August 2012.

Leading goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes, are included in this list.

Player Team TOI SA GA GAA Sv% SO
Flag of Canada Chet Pickard Djurgårdens IF 60:00 32 0 0.00 100.00 1
Flag of Finland Joni Ortio HIFK 60:00 30 0 0.00 100.00 1
Flag of Slovakia Július Hudáček Frölunda Indians 60:00 29 0 0.00 100.00 1
Flag of Sweden Viktor Kokman HV71 60:00 27 0 0.00 100.00 1
Flag of Finland Tomi Karhunen Oulun Kärpät 60:46 44 1 0.99 97.73 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Sources: Europeantrophy.com and Eurohockey.com
Updated as of 19 August 2012.

European Star Award leaders[edit | edit source]

The European Star Award is a three stars award given to the three best players in each game. The first star gets three points, the second gets two points, and the third gets one point. List shows the top ten players based on the number of European Star Award points.

Player Team GP Pts POS
Flag of Canada Matt Foy Eisbären Berlin 2 5 F
Flag of Canada Cam Abbott Luleå HF 2 3 F
Flag of the United States Jack Connolly Färjestad BK 2 3 F
Flag of the United States Chris Connolly Tappara 2 3 F
Flag of Canada Chet Pickard Djurgårdens IF 1 3 G
Flag of the United States Rhett Rakhshani HV71 1 3 F
Flag of Canada Ryan Glenn Red Bull Salzburg 2 3 D
Flag of Canada Jason Lepine JYP 2 3 D
Flag of Canada Byron Ritchie SC Bern 2 3 F
Flag of Finland Ari Vallin Sparta Praha 1 3 D

GP = Games played; Pts = Points; POS = Position
positions: G = Goaltender; F = Forward; D = Defenceman

Source: Europeantrophy.com
Updated as of 19 August 2012.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 European Trophy - format.
  2. European Trophy 2012 starts August 17th. Europeantrophy.com (2012-04-12). Retrieved on 2012-04-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Slavia Prague pulls out of European Trophy. Europeantrophy.com (2012-05-31). Retrieved on 2012-06-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pirati Chomutov take part in European Trophy 2012. Europeantrophy.com (2012-06-18). Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Csongrádi, Per (2012-08-17). 30 teams in action as this years trophy kick off. europeantrophy.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Red Bulls Salute schedule. redbull.com. Red Bull. Retrieved on 2012-07-27.

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