2018–19 Champions Hockey League
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of ? ?
Dates 30 August 2018 – 5 February 2019
Teams 32
Champions Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC[1] (3 titles)
Tournament statistics
Games played 125
Goals scored 738  (5.9 per game)
Attendance 425,050  (3,400 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of the United States Ryan Lasch (Frölunda HC)[2]
MVP Flag of Canada Trevor Parkes (Red Bull München)[3]

The 2018–19 Champions Hockey League was the fifth season of the Champions Hockey League, a European ice hockey tournament. The tournament was competed by 32 teams, and qualification was on sporting merits only. The six founding leagues were represented by between three and five teams (based on a four-year league ranking), while seven "challenge leagues" were represented by one team each. One place was awarded to the Continental Cup champion. Unlike in the first three editions, founding teams did not automatically qualify.[4] The group stages began on 30 August 2018, and ended on 17 October 2018.[5] The season had an average attendance of 3,401 per game, one percent increase from the previous season.[6]

Swedish team Frölunda HC won their third Champions Hockey League title, defeating Red Bull München, the first German team to reach the final, 3–1 at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg.[1]

Team allocation[edit | edit source]

A total of 32 teams from different European first-tier leagues participated in the 2018–19 Champions Hockey League. Besides the Continental Cup champions, 24 teams from the six founding leagues, as well as the national champions from Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, France, Belarus, Great Britain and Poland qualified.

The qualification for these places was set out in the rules as follows:[7]

  1. National league champion (play-off winners)
  2. Regular season winners
  3. Regular season runner-up
  4. Losing play-off finalist
  5. Higher regular season ranked losing semi-finalist
  6. Lower regular season ranked losing semi-finalist
  7. Third placed team in regular season
  8. Fourth placed team in regular season
  9. Fifth placed team in regular season.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team City/Area League Qualification Participation Previous best
Flag of Finland JYP Jyväskylä SM-liiga 2018 CHL winner 5th Champion
Flag of Sweden Växjö Lakers Växjö Swedish Hockey League play-off champion 5th final
Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF Stockholm Swedish Hockey League regular season runner-up 4th round of 16
Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK Skellefteå Swedish Hockey League play-off finalist 4th semi-finals
Flag of Sweden Malmö Redhawks Malmö Swedish Hockey League play-off semi-finalist 2nd round of 16
Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC Gothenburg Swedish Hockey League regular season third place 5th Champion
Flag of Finland Kärpät Oulu SM-liiga play-off champion 4th final
Flag of Finland TPS Turku SM-liiga regular season runner-up 5th quarter-finals
Flag of Finland Tappara Tampere SM-liiga play-off finalist 5th round of 16
Flag of Finland HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga play-off semi-finalist 5th quarter-finals
Flag of the Czech Republic Kometa Brno Brno Czech Extraliga play-off champion 2nd quarter-finals
Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň Plzeň Czech Extraliga regular season winner 2nd round of 32
Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK Hradec Králové Czech Extraliga regular season runner-up 2nd group stage
Flag of the Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec Třinec Czech Extraliga play-off finalist 4th semi-finals
Flag of Switzerland ZSC Lions Zürich National League play-off champion 5th quarter-finals
Flag of Switzerland SC Bern Bern National League regular season winner 5th quarter-finals
Flag of Switzerland EV Zug Zug National League regular season runner-up 5th round of 16
Flag of Switzerland HC Lugano Lugano National League play-off finalist 2nd round of 16
Flag of Germany Red Bull München Munich Deutsche Eishockey Liga play-off champion 4th round of 16
Flag of Germany Eisbären Berlin Berlin Deutsche Eishockey Liga regular season runner-up 4th round of 16
Flag of Germany Nürnberg Ice Tigers Nuremberg Deutsche Eishockey Liga play-off semi-finalist 1st
Flag of Italy HC Bolzano Bolzano Austrian Hockey League play-off champion 2nd group stage
Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals Vienna Austrian Hockey League regular season first round winner 5th round of 16
Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg Salzburg Austrian Hockey League regular season pick round runner-up 5th round of 16
Flag of Belarus Yunost Minsk Minsk Belarusian Extraleague Continental Cup winner 2nd round of 32
Flag of Belarus Neman Grodno Grodno Belarusian Extraleague play-off champion 3rd group stage
Flag of Slovakia HC '05 Banská Bystrica Banská Bystrica Tipsport Liga play-off champion 2nd group stage
Flag of Norway Storhamar Ishockey Hamar GET-ligaen play-off champion 2nd round of 16
Flag of United Kingdom Cardiff Devils Cardiff Elite Ice Hockey League regular season champion 2nd group stage
Flag of Denmark Aalborg Pirates Aalborg Metal Ligaen play-off champion 1st
Flag of France Dragons de Rouen Rouen Ligue Magnus play-off champion 2nd group stage
Flag of Poland GKS Tychy Tychy Polska Hokej Liga play-off champion 1st

Group stage[edit | edit source]

For the group stage, the teams were drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams. Each team played home and away against every other team for a total of 6 games. The best 2 teams qualified to the round of 16.[8]

As the reigning CHL champions, JYP were the top seeded team. In the top pot were also the reigning champions of the six founding leagues and the regular season winner of SHL. The 16 remaining teams from founding leagues were placed to pots 2 and 3. The fourth pot included playoff champions of seven challenge leagues and Yunost Minsk, the champion of 2017–18 IIHF Continental Cup.[9]

Group stage tie-breaking criteria[edit | edit source]

If two teams were tied in points after the group stage was finished, the teams precedence was decided by head-to-head games. If teams were tied after that, then the team which was ranked higher prior to the tournament will take precedence. When comparing head-to-head results, the following criteria was applied:[8]

  1. more points in games against the other tied team
  2. better goal difference in games against the other tied team
  3. more goals scored against the other tied team
  4. more goals scored in a single game against the other tied team
  5. overtime wins against the other tied team
  6. more goals scored in the two game winning shot competitions
  7. higher position in the 2016/17 CHL club ranking
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Flag of Finland JYP
Flag of Sweden Växjö Lakers
Flag of Finland Kärpät
Flag of the Czech Republic Kometa Brno
Flag of Switzerland ZSC Lions
Flag of Germany Red Bull München
Flag of Italy HC Bolzano
Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF

Flag of Finland TPS
Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň
Flag of Switzerland SC Bern
Flag of Germany Eisbären Berlin
Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals
Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK
Flag of Finland Tappara
Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK

Flag of Switzerland EV Zug
Flag of Germany Nürnberg Ice Tigers
Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg
Flag of Sweden Malmö Redhawks
Flag of Finland HIFK
Flag of the Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec
Flag of Switzerland HC Lugano
Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC

Flag of Slovakia HC '05 Banská Bystrica
Flag of Belarus Neman Grodno
Flag of Norway Storhamar Ishockey
Flag of United Kingdom Cardiff Devils
Flag of Denmark Aalborg Pirates
Flag of France Dragons de Rouen
Flag of Poland GKS Tychy
Flag of Belarus Yunost Minsk

Group A[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FHC ZSC VIC ABP
1 Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 6 4 0 1 1 22 11 +11 13 Advance to Playoffs 4–2 1–4 6–0
2 Flag of Switzerland ZSC Lions 6 3 2 0 1 26 18 +8 13 3–2 (SO) 7–4 6–5 (OT)
3 Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals 6 2 0 1 3 19 22 −3 7 1–4 2–6 2–3 (OT)
4 Flag of Denmark Aalborg Pirates 6 0 1 1 4 11 27 −16 3 1–5 1–2 1–6

Group B[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MAL RBM TPS YUN
1 Flag of Sweden Malmö Redhawks 6 4 0 0 2 24 16 +8 12 Advance to Playoffs 6–1 8–4 4–1
2 Flag of Germany Red Bull München 6 4 0 0 2 19 17 +2 12 3–2 5–1 4–3
3 Flag of Finland TPS 6 2 0 0 4 15 21 −6 6 1–2 5–3 3–1
4 Flag of Belarus Yunost Minsk 6 2 0 0 4 13 17 −4 6 6–2 0–3 2–1

Group C[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SKE HCB HIFK GKS
1 Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK 6 4 0 2 0 27 13 +14 14 Advance to Playoffs 2–1 3–4 (OT) 6–2
2 Flag of Italy HC Bolzano 6 2 2 0 2 20 16 +4 10 4–3 (SO) 4–1 6–4
3 Flag of Finland HIFK 6 2 1 1 2 14 18 −4 9 1–5 1–2 (SO) 2–1
4 Flag of Poland GKS Tychy 6 1 0 0 5 16 30 −14 3 1–8 5–3 3–5

Group D[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification EVZ KOM BER NEM
1 Flag of Switzerland EV Zug 6 5 0 1 0 22 12 +10 16 Advance to Playoffs 2–1 6–1 2–3 (OT)
2 Flag of the Czech Republic Kometa Brno 6 3 0 0 3 18 16 +2 9 2–3 4–3 6–2
3 Flag of Germany Eisbären Berlin 6 2 0 0 4 17 21 −4 6 3–5 2–3 4–1
4 Flag of Belarus Neman Grodno 6 1 1 0 4 14 22 −8 5 2–4 4–2 2–4

Group E[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TAP STO DIF TRI
1 Flag of Finland Tappara 6 4 1 1 0 29 12 +17 15 Advance to Playoffs 6–1 5–1 3–2 (OT)
2 Flag of Norway Storhamar 6 2 1 1 2 17 20 −3 9 3–2 (SO) 2–3 (OT) 6–2
3 Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF 6 2 1 0 3 21 19 +2 8 3–5 5–2 3–4
4 Flag of the Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec 6 1 0 1 4 13 29 −16 4 2–8 2–3 1–6

Group F[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KAR DRA NIT MHK
1 Flag of Finland Kärpät 6 4 1 0 1 27 14 +13 14 Advance to Playoffs 4–0 9–3 3–2
2 Flag of France Dragons de Rouen 6 3 0 0 3 15 15 0 9 2–4 4–2 2–0
3 Flag of Germany Nürnberg Ice Tigers 6 2 1 0 3 17 25 −8 8 4–3 2–5 4–3 (OT)
4 Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK 6 1 0 2 3 12 17 −5 5 3–4 (SO) 3–2 1–2

Group G[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RBS SCB VLH CAR
1 Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6 4 0 1 1 18 15 +3 13 Advance to Playoffs 2–1 4–3 4–2
2 Flag of Switzerland SC Bern 6 3 2 0 1 15 11 +4 13 2–1 (SO) 4–3 3–2
3 Flag of Sweden Växjö Lakers 6 2 1 0 3 21 18 +3 8 5–2 1–2 3–1
4 Flag of United Kingdom Cardiff Devils 6 0 0 2 4 14 24 −10 2 2–5 2–3 (OT) 5–6 (OT)

Group H[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HCP LUG JYP BAB
1 Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň 6 5 1 0 0 25 14 +11 17 Advance to Playoffs 3–2 4–2 6–4
2 Flag of Switzerland HC Lugano 6 3 0 0 3 13 12 +1 9 2–3 2–0 4–1
3 Flag of Finland JYP 6 2 0 0 4 16 14 +2 6 2–6 0–1 6–0
4 Flag of Slovakia HC '05 Banská Bystrica 6 1 0 1 4 13 27 −14 4 2–3 (OT) 5–2 1–6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Qualified teams[edit | edit source]

Group Winners (seed) Runners-up
A Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC (6) Flag of Switzerland ZSC Lions
B Flag of Sweden Malmö Redhawks (8) Flag of Germany Red Bull München
C Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK (4) Flag of Italy HC Bolzano
D Flag of Switzerland EV Zug (2) Flag of the Czech Republic Kometa Brno
E Flag of Finland Tappara (3) Flag of Norway Storhamar
F Flag of Finland Kärpät (5) Flag of France Dragons de Rouen
G Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg (7) Flag of Switzerland SC Bern
H Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň (1) Flag of Switzerland HC Lugano

Format[edit | edit source]

In each round except the final, the teams played two games and the aggregate score decided the team which advanced. As a rule, the first leg was hosted by the team who had the inferior record in the tournament to that point and the second leg was played on the home ice of the other team. If aggregate score was tied, a sudden death overtime followed. If the overtime is scoreless, the team who wins the game winning shot competition advanced.[8]

The final was played on the home ice of the team who had the better record in the tournament on 5 February 2019.

Bracket[edit | edit source]

The 8 group winners and the 8 second-placed teams advanced to the Round of 16. The teams were divided into two seeding groups and group winners were randomly drawn against runners-up. Teams who had faced each other in the group stage couldn't be drawn against each other in the round of 16.[8] The draw took place in Helsinki, Finland on 19 October 2018.[10]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
 Flag of Germany Red Bull München 2 2 4  
 Flag of Switzerland EV Zug 3 0 3  
   Flag of Germany Red Bull München (OT) 2 5 7  
   Flag of Sweden Malmö Redhawks 1 5 6  
 Flag of Switzerland SC Bern 1 0 1
 Flag of Sweden Malmö Redhawks 4 1 5  
   Flag of Germany Red Bull München 0 3 3  
   Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0 1 1  
 Flag of Switzerland ZSC Lions 4 2 6  
 Flag of Finland Kärpät 4 3 7  
   Flag of Finland Kärpät 2 1 3
   Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 3 1 4  
 Flag of France Dragons de Rouen 3 1 4
 Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 3 5 8  
   Flag of Germany Red Bull München 1
   Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 3
 Flag of the Czech Republic Kometa Brno 5 5 10  
 Flag of Finland Tappara 1 5 6  
   Flag of the Czech Republic Kometa Brno 1 1 2
   Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 4 6 10  
 Flag of Switzerland HC Lugano 1 4 5
 Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 1 5 6  
   Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 6 3 9
   Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň 3 1 4  
 Flag of Norway Storhamar 4 2 6  
 Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK 4 3 7  
   Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK 3 1 4
   Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň (SO) 3 2 5  
 Flag of Italy HC Bolzano 1 2 3
 Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň 6 6 12  

Note:

  1. The teams listed on top of each tie were runners up in the group stage and play the first leg at home. The bottom team were group winners and play the second leg at home. The Malmö Redhawks, however, ended up playing their first leg at home due to their arena being reserved on 20 November.
  2. The order of the legs (which team starts at home) in the future rounds may be changed as the team with the best record should have the second game at home.

Final[edit | edit source]

5 February 2019
19:00 (UTC+1)
Frölunda HC Flag of Sweden 3–1
(1–0, 2–0, 0–1)
Flag of Germany Red Bull München Scandinavium, Gothenburg
Attendance: 12,044

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

The following players led the league in points.[11]

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM +/– GWG PPG SHG SOG S%
Flag of the United States Lasch, RyanRyan Lasch Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 13 5 17 22 6 +4 2 3 0 26 19.23%
Flag of Canada Genoway, ChayChay Genoway Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 13 6 10 16 35 +1 0 4 0 36 16.67%
Flag of Canada Mitchell, JohnJohn Mitchell Flag of Germany Red Bull München 11 2 12 14 24 +6 0 1 0 26 7.69%
Flag of Sweden Lasu, NicklasNicklas Lasu Flag of Finland Kärpät 9 8 5 13 2 +4 1 4 2 25 32.00%
Flag of the Czech Republic Gulaš, MilanMilan Gulaš Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň 10 8 5 13 8 +11 2 2 0 38 21.05%
Flag of Canada Parkes, TrevorTrevor Parkes Flag of Germany Red Bull München 9 9 3 12 18 +5 3 2 1 29 31.03%
Flag of Finland Malinen, JarkkoJarkko Malinen Flag of Finland Tappara 7 2 10 12 2 +4 0 0 0 11 18.18%
Flag of Sweden Möller, OscarOscar Möller Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK 10 7 4 11 0 +6 1 2 0 48 14.58%
Flag of the Czech Republic Stach, DavidDavid Stach Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň 10 3 8 11 0 –2 1 2 0 18 16.67%
Flag of Austria Schneider, PeterPeter Schneider Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals 6 7 3 10 29 0 1 4 0 27 25.93%

Leading goaltenders[edit | edit source]

The following goaltenders led the league in save percentage, provided that they have played at least 40% of their team's minutes.[12]

Player Team GP W L SV GA SV% GAA SO MIN
Flag of Sweden Nihlstorp, CristopherCristopher Nihlstorp Flag of Sweden Malmö Redhawks 4 2 2 108 7 93.91% 1.75 0 240
Flag of the United States Michalek, SteveSteve Michalek Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 10 4 3 264 19 93.29% 1.90 0 600
Flag of Slovenia Pintarič, MatijaMatija Pintarič Flag of France Dragons de Rouen 8 3 4 290 21 93.25% 2.65 1 475
Flag of Sweden Mattsson, JohanJohan Mattsson Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 6 3 2 122 9 93.13% 1.69 0 319
Flag of Switzerland Genoni, LeonardoLeonardo Genoni Flag of Switzerland SC Bern 8 5 3 203 15 93.12% 1.86 1 483

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hampson, Oliver. ""Tre kronor" for Frölunda after beating Munich in final", Champions Hockey League, Champions Hockey League (CHL) AG, 5 February 2019. Retrieved on 5 February 2019. 
  2. Fisher, Luke. "Lasch finishes season as LGT Top Scorer", Champions Hockey League, Champions Hockey League (CHL) AG, 5 February 2019. Retrieved on 5 February 2019. 
  3. O'Brien, Derek. "Parkes wins Betsson MVP Trophy", Champions Hockey League, Champions Hockey League (CHL) AG, 5 February 2019. Retrieved on 5 February 2019. 
  4. New CHL format for 2017–18! 32 teams & on-ice qualification only. championshockeyleague.net (2016-06-14).
  5. Schedule for 2018/19 released (en) (25 May 2018). Retrieved on 23 August 2018.
  6. Champions Hockey League 2018/19 attendance stats (en) (5 February 2019). Retrieved on 16 February 2019.
  7. Number of teams for founding leagues in 2017-18 confirmed. championshockeyleague.net (2017-02-13).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 CHL sport regulations 2018/19 (PDF). Champions Hockey League.
  9. Seedings for 2018/19 draw revealed. Champions Hockey League (2018-05-04).
  10. Playoff draw on Friday 19 October (12 October 2018). Retrieved on 17 October 2018.
  11. Statistics 2018/19: Players. Champions Hockey League. Champions Hockey League (CHL) AG. Retrieved on 5 February 2019.
  12. Statistics 2018/19: Goalkeepers. Champions Hockey League. Champions Hockey League (CHL) AG. Retrieved on 5 February 2019.

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