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2019–20 Champions Hockey League
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of ? ?
Dates 29 August 2019 – 4 February 2020
Teams 32
Champions Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC (4 titles)
Tournament statistics
Games played 125
Goals scored 683  (5.46 per game)
Attendance 430,750  (3,446 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of the United States Ryan Lasch (Frölunda HC)[1]
MVP Flag of the United States Ryan Lasch (Frölunda HC)[2]

The 2019–20 Champions Hockey League is the sixth season of the Champions Hockey League, a European ice hockey tournament. 32 teams are competing in the tournament, and qualification was on sporting merits only. The six founding leagues are represented by between three and five teams (based on a three-year league ranking), while seven "challenge leagues" are represented by one team each. One place was awarded to the champion of the 2018–19 Champions Hockey League as well as a wild card spot selected by the board. Unlike in the first three editions of the tournament, founding teams did not automatically qualify.[3]

Swedish team Frölunda HC successfully defended their Champions Hockey League title, defeating Czech team Mountfield HK 3–1 in the final to win the European Trophy for a fourth time.[4] For the first time in the history of the league, the final was held in the Czech Republic as Mountfield HK earned the right to host the game at ČPP Arena.[5]

Team allocation[]

A total of 32 teams from 13 different European first-tier leagues are participating in the 2019–20 Champions Hockey League. There were 24 teams from the six founding leagues, as well as the national champions from Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, France, Belarus, Great Britain and Poland qualified. Out of the founding leagues Sweden and Switzerland were allocated 5 teams, Finland and Czech Republic 4 with Austria and Germany given 3. Because no league was allowed more than five teams, the winner of the 2018–19 Champions Hockey League won a berth but at the expense of a place for their league.

Due to the fact that Arlan Kokshetau of the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship were ineligible to qualify for the Champions Hockey League despite winning the 2018–19 Continental Cup, it was announced that the board would select a Wild Card team in its place.[6] On 13 February, the Champions Hockey League announced that the Belfast Giants as Continental Cup runners-up had been approved to take part as the Wild Card entry.[7]

The qualification for these places was set out in the rules as follows:[8]

  1. CHL champions
  2. National league champions (play-off winners)
  3. Regular season winners
  4. Regular season runners-up
  5. Regular season third-placed team
  6. Regular season fourth-placed team
  7. Regular season fifth-placed team

For the Austrian Hockey League teams are however picked in this order:[8]

  1. League champions
  2. Regular season winners
  3. Pick Round winners
  4. Pick Round runners-up
  5. Losing playoff finalists

Note: Great Britain is the lone exception as the EIHL, in line with their traditions, determine their national champion following the regular season (not in the playoffs).[9]

Teams[]

Team City/Area League Qualification Participation Previous Best
Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC Gothenburg Swedish Hockey League 2019 CHL winner 6th Champion
Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK Karlstad Swedish Hockey League Regular season winner 4th Round of 32
Flag of Sweden Luleå HF Luleå Swedish Hockey League Regular season runner-up 4th Champion
Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF Stockholm Swedish Hockey League Regular season fourth 5th Round of 16
Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK Skellefteå Swedish Hockey League Regular season fifth 5th Semi-finals
Flag of Switzerland SC Bern Bern National League Play-off champion 6th Quarter-finals
Flag of Switzerland EV Zug Zug National League Regular season runner-up 6th Round of 16
Flag of Switzerland Lausanne HC Lausanne National League Regular season third 1st First appearance
Flag of Switzerland EHC Biel Biel/Bienne National League Regular season fourth 1st First appearance
Flag of Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta Ambrì National League Regular season fifth 1st First appearance
Flag of Finland HPK Hämeenlinna SM-liiga Play-off champion 1st First appearance
Flag of Finland Kärpät Oulu SM-liiga Regular season winner 5th Final
Flag of Finland Tappara Tampere SM-liiga Regular season runner-up 6th Round of 16
Flag of Finland Pelicans Lahti SM-liiga Regular season third 1st First appearance
Flag of the Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec Třinec Czech Extraliga Play-off champion 5th Semi-finals
Flag of the Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec Liberec Czech Extraliga Regular season winner 5th Semi-finals
Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň Plzeň Czech Extraliga Regular season third 3rd Semi-finals
Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK Hradec Králové Czech Extraliga Regular season fourth 3rd Group stage
Flag of Germany Adler Mannheim Mannheim Deutsche Eishockey Liga Play-off champion 5th Round of 16
Flag of Germany Red Bull München Munich Deutsche Eishockey Liga Regular season runner-up 5th Final
Flag of Germany Augsburger Panther Augsburg Deutsche Eishockey Liga Regular season third 1st First appearance
Flag of Austria EC KAC Klagenfurt Austrian Hockey League Play-off champion 3rd Group stage
Flag of Austria Graz 99ers Graz Austrian Hockey League Regular season first round winner 1st First appearance
Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals Vienna Austrian Hockey League Regular season pick round winner 6th Round of 16
Flag of the United Kingdom Belfast Giants Belfast Elite Ice Hockey League Continental Cup Wild Card 1st First appearance
Flag of Belarus Yunost Minsk Minsk Belarusian Extraleague Play-off champion 3rd Round of 32
Flag of Norway Frisk Asker Asker GET-ligaen Play-off champion 1st First appearance
Flag of Slovakia HC '05 Banská Bystrica Banská Bystrica Tipsport Liga Play-off champion 3rd Group stage
Flag of France Brûleurs de Loups Grenoble Ligue Magnus Play-off champion 2nd Group stage
Flag of Denmark Rungsted Ishockey Rungsted Metal Ligaen Play-off champion 1st First appearance
Flag of United Kingdom Cardiff Devils Cardiff Elite Ice Hockey League Regular season runner-up 3rd Group stage
Flag of Poland GKS Tychy Tychy Polska Hokej Liga Play-off champion 2nd Group stage

Group stage[]

For the group stage, the teams will be drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams. Each team will play home and away against every other team for a total of 6 games. The best 2 teams qualify to the round of 16.

Pots[]

The reigning CHL champions is the top seeded team and therefore given a place in pot 1. In the top pot there will also be the reigning champions of the six founding leagues and the regular season winner of SHL. The 16 remaining teams from the founding leagues will be placed to pots 2 and 3. The fourth pot include the playoff champions from the seven challenge leagues and the Belfast Giants, the wild card team following the 2018–19 IIHF Continental Cup.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC
Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK
Flag of Switzerland SC Bern
Flag of Finland HPK
Flag of the Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec
Flag of Germany Adler Mannheim
Flag of Austria EC KAC
Flag of Sweden Luleå HF

Flag of Switzerland EV Zug
Flag of Finland Kärpät
Flag of the Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec
Flag of Germany Red Bull München
Flag of Austria Graz 99ers
Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF
Flag of Switzerland Lausanne HC
Flag of Finland Tappara

Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň
Flag of Germany Augsburger Panther
Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals
Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK
Flag of Switzerland EHC Biel
Flag of Finland Pelicans
Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK
Flag of Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta

Flag of Belarus Yunost Minsk
Flag of Norway Frisk Asker
Flag of Slovakia HC '05 Banská Bystrica
Flag of France Brûleurs de Loups
Flag of Denmark Rungsted Ishockey
Flag of United Kingdom Cardiff Devils
Flag of Poland GKS Tychy
Flag of United Kingdom Belfast Giants

Group A[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BIE TAP KAC FAS
1 Flag of Switzerland EHC Biel 6 5 0 0 1 16 9 +7 15 Advance to Playoffs 1–0 4–2 2–1
2 Flag of Finland Tappara 6 4 0 0 2 21 11 +10 12 1–0 8–3 7–3
3 Flag of Austria EC KAC 6 3 0 0 3 18 20 −2 9 3–6 3–2 3–0
4 Flag of Norway Frisk Asker 6 0 0 0 6 7 22 −15 0 2–3 1–3 0–4

Group B[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification EVZ PLZ HPK RUN
1 Flag of Switzerland EV Zug 6 4 0 2 0 22 11 +11 14 Advance to Playoffs 5–2 3–4 (SO) 5–2
2 Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň 6 2 3 0 1 24 16 +8 12 2–1 (SO) 5–4 (OT) 9–3
3 Flag of Finland HPK 6 1 1 2 2 13 16 −3 7 1–3 1–2 (OT) 2–0
4 Flag of Denmark Rungsted Ishockey 6 1 0 0 5 10 26 −16 3 0–5 2–4 3–1

Group C[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LHF AUG LIB BEL
1 Flag of Sweden Luleå HF 6 3 2 1 0 26 15 +11 14 Advance to Playoffs 2–3 (SO) 4–1 4–0
2 Flag of Germany Augsburger Panther 6 2 2 2 0 18 15 +3 12 4–5 (OT) 2–3 (SO) 3–1
3 Flag of the Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec 6 1 1 1 3 20 20 0 6 4–5 (OT) 2–3 6–1
4 Flag of United Kingdom Belfast Giants 6 1 0 1 4 12 26 −14 4 3–6 2–3 (OT) 5–4

Group D[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LAU YUN TRI PEL
1 Flag of Switzerland Lausanne HC 6 2 2 2 0 20 17 +3 12 Advance to Playoffs 3–2 5–3 4–3 (SO)
2 Flag of Belarus Yunost Minsk 6 2 1 1 2 15 17 −2 9 3–2 (OT) 2–0 2–3 (SO)
3 Flag of the Czech Republic Oceláři Třinec 6 2 1 0 3 17 14 +3 8 2–1 (OT) 7–2 5–3
4 Flag of Finland Pelicans 6 1 1 2 2 16 20 −4 7 4–5 (SO) 2–4 1–0

Group E[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SKE SCB KAR BdL
1 Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK 6 2 2 1 1 19 14 +5 11 Advance to Playoffs 3–2 (SO) 2–0 1–2
2 Flag of Switzerland SC Bern 6 2 1 3 0 17 14 +3 11 4–5 (SO) 1–2 (SO) 4–1
3 Flag of Finland Kärpät 6 2 2 1 1 18 13 +5 11 5–4 (SO) 2–3 (OT) 3–1
4 Flag of France Brûleurs de Loups 6 1 0 0 5 8 21 −13 3 1–4 1–3 2–6

Group F[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MAN DIF VIC GKS
1 Flag of Germany Adler Mannheim 6 4 1 0 1 23 10 +13 14 Advance to Playoffs 2–1 4–0 5–0
2 Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF 6 4 0 0 2 20 14 +6 12 6–3 3–6 2–0
3 Flag of Austria Vienna Capitals 6 2 0 0 4 15 21 −6 6 1–6 1–2 5–2
4 Flag of Poland GKS Tychy 6 1 0 1 4 10 23 −13 4 2–3 (OT) 2–6 4–2

Group G[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RBM FBK AMB BAB
1 Flag of Germany Red Bull München 6 3 1 1 1 14 9 +5 12 Advance to Playoffs 2–1 3–0 3–0
2 Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK 6 3 1 0 2 17 10 +7 11 3–1 2–1 6–1
3 Flag of Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta 6 3 0 1 2 13 12 +1 10 2–3 (SO) 2–1 4–3
4 Flag of Slovakia HC '05 Banská Bystrica 6 0 1 1 4 10 23 −13 3 3–2 (SO) 3–4 (OT) 0–4

Group H[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FHC MHK CAR GRA
1 Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 6 4 0 1 1 34 17 +17 13 Advance to Playoffs 2–3 9–2 5–6 (SO)
2 Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK 6 4 0 0 2 22 13 +9 12 3–4 5–2 7–1
3 Flag of the United Kingdom Cardiff Devils 6 2 1 0 3 18 30 −12 8 2–9 3–2 4–3 (SO)
4 Flag of Austria Graz 99ers 6 0 1 1 4 14 28 −14 3 1–5 1–2 2–5

Group stage tie-breaking criteria[]

If two teams were tied in points after the group stage is finished, the teams precedence is decided by head-to-head games. If the teams are still tied after that, then the team that was ranked higher prior to the tournament will take precedence. When comparing head-to-head results, the following criteria will be applied:[9]

  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

Playoffs[]

Qualified teams[]

Group Winners (seed) Runners-up
A Flag of Switzerland EHC Biel Flag of Finland Tappara
B Flag of Switzerland EV Zug Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň
C Flag of Sweden Luleå HF Flag of Germany Augsburger Panther
D Flag of Switzerland Lausanne HC Flag of Belarus Yunost Minsk
E Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK Flag of Switzerland SC Bern
F Flag of Germany Adler Mannheim Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF
G Flag of Germany Red Bull München Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK
H Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK

Format[]

In each round except the final, the teams will play two games and the aggregate score will decide which team advances. As a rule, the first leg will be hosted by the team who has the inferior record in the tournament with the second leg being played on the home ice of the other team. If aggregate score is tied, a sudden death overtime will follow. If the overtime is scoreless, the team who wins the shoot out competition advances.

The final will be played on the home ice of the team who has the better record in the tournament.

Bracket[]

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 18 October 2019.[10]

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
 Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF 3 4 7  
 Flag of Sweden Skellefteå AIK 3 1 4  
   Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF 5 3 8  
   Flag of Germany Red Bull München 1 0 1  
 Flag of Belarus Yunost Minsk 2 0 2
 Flag of Germany Red Bull München 3 6 9  
   Flag of Sweden Djurgårdens IF 1 0 1  
   Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK 3 3 6  
 Flag of Finland Tappara 3 1 4  
 Flag of Switzerland EV Zug 3 3 6  
   Flag of Switzerland EV Zug 1 0 1
   Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK 1 4 5  
 Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK 1 1 2
 Flag of Germany Adler Mannheim 0 1 1  
   Flag of the Czech Republic Mountfield HK 1
   Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 3
 Flag of Germany Augsburger Panther 2 1 3  
 Flag of Switzerland EHC Biel (OT) 2 2 4  
   Flag of Switzerland EHC Biel 3 3 6
   'Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC (OT) 2 5 7  
 Flag of Sweden Färjestad BK 6 2 8
 Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 3 8 11  
   Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC 2 3 5
   Flag of Sweden Luleå HF 3 1 4  
 Flag of Switzerland SC Bern 0 2 2  
 Flag of Sweden Luleå HF 3 4 7  
   Flag of Sweden Luleå HF 2 5 7
   Flag of Switzerland Lausanne HC 1 2 3  
 Flag of the Czech Republic HC Plzeň 1 4 5
 Flag of Switzerland Lausanne HC (OT) 2 4 6  

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. Skellefteå AIK, however, would play their first leg at home in their tie against Djurgårdens IF.
  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[]

4 February 2020
18:45 (UTC+1)
Mountfield HK Flag of the Czech Republic 1–3
(1–3, 0–0, 0–0)
Flag of Sweden Frölunda HC ČPP Arena, Hradec Králové
Attendance: 6,890

Statistics[]

Scoring Leaders[]

Leading Goaltenders[]

References[]

  1. "LGT Top Scorer:Ryan Lasch", Champions Hockey League, championshockeyleague.com. 
  2. "LGT Most Valuable Player:Ryan Lasch", Champions Hockey League, championshockeyleague.com. 
  3. New CHL format for 2017–18! 32 teams & on-ice qualification only. championshockeyleague.net (2016-06-14).
  4. Fourth for Frölunda with victory over Mountfield HK. championshockeyleague.com.
  5. First CHL Final in the Czech Republic: ČPP Arena. championshockeyleague.com.
  6. CONTINENTAL CUP DOESN'T UNVEIL FIRST CHL QUALIFIER. championshockeyleague.com.
  7. BELFAST GIANTS INVITED TO 2019/20 CHL. championshockeyleague.com.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Qualification criteria updated for 2019/20. championshockeyleague.com (2018-09-19).
  9. 9.0 9.1 The CHL Format. championshockeyleague.com.
  10. Playoff draw in the books! The road to the final starts now!. Retrieved on 21 October 2019.
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