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Chance Liga
1st Czech Republic Hockey League logo.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
CEO Pavel Setikovský
No. of teams 17
Country(ies) Flag of the Czech Republic Czechia
Most recent champion(s) Rytíři Kladno (2020-21)
TV partner(s) ČT Sport, Hokejka TV
Official website http://www.hokej.cz/chance-liga

Chance Liga is the second-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic under the Tipsport Extraliga. It began in 1993.

Format[]

In the regular season, every team should have played each other three times which should have made for 51 games. On November 13, 2020, the Czech Hockey decided to shorten the regular season to 34 games (teams play each other twice).

Teams on the 1st-4th place after the regular season proceed straight to the quarterfinals. Teams on the 5th-12th place go to the 1st round of the play-off (best-of-five; 5th vs. 12th, 6th vs. 11th and so on). Winners of the 1st rounds proceed into the quarterfinals (best-of-seven; 1st vs. 8th, 2nd vs. 7th and so on). Winners of the quarterfinals go to the semifinals (best-of-seven; 1st vs. 4th, 2nd vs. 3rd). Winners of the semifinals proceed into the finals (best-of-seven). Winner of the finals proceeds into the Tipsport Extraliga for the next season.

For season 2020-21, Chance Liga is unrelegatious due to COVID-19 pandemic just as the Tipsport Extraliga, so teams on 13th-18th place after the regular season end their season. No team is relegated into Chance Liga from Tipsport Extraliga for the next season. Into Chance Liga proceeds the best team of 2. Liga after the Group of Winners of the 2. Liga.

In the regular season, three points are awarded for a win in regular time, and two points for an overtime victory, while the defeated team in overtime gets one point. If it is necessary, penalty shots are used to decide games after five-minute overtime 3 vs. 3. Twenty-minute overime 5 vs. 5 and, if necessary, penalty shots are used in the first 4 matches of the 1st rounds of the play-offs, quaterfinals, semifinals and final. Continued overtime 5 vs. 5 is used in 5th matches of 1st rounds of the play-off and 5th, 6th and 7th matches of the quaterfinals, semifinals and final.

Teams have to play at least 50% of their games in the regular season to proceed into play-offs and at least 50% of all their games to advance into Tipsport Extraliga. If a team is placed into quarantine in the regular season, their games must be played within 40 days from the original date. If some match will not be played within 40 days from its original date, the match will be considered unplayed. If some team will not play all its matches, their average point gain will be counted into the final standings. If some team will not be able to play a play-off match, this match will be contumed in favor of the opponent without any reimbursement. If the play-offs will have to end before the appointed time, to the Tipsport extraliga will advance the best team from the regular season which have not been knocked out from the play-offs yet.

Teams[]

Team 2020-21 league standing Head Coach Arena and capacity
HC Dukla Jihlava 2nd Viktor Ujčík

CZ LOKO ARÉNA (6,500)

VHK ROBE Vsetín 3rd Roman Stantien Zimní stadion Na Lapači (5,386)
HC Poruba 4th Karel Suchánek RT TORAX ARENA (5,000)
HC Zubr Přerov 5th Vladimír Kočara MEO Aréna Přerov (3,000)
HC Stadion Vrchlabí 6th Václav Baďouček DD Elektromont aréna (1,976)
HC Stadion Litoměřice 7th David Bruk Kalich Arena (1,750)
HC Slavia Praha 8th Miloš Říha Zimní stadion Eden (5,138)
SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč 9th Jaroslav Barvíř Zimní stadion města Třebíče - KHNP ARENA (5,000)
HC Baník Sokolov 10th Tomáš Hamara Zimní stadion v Sokolově (3,400)
LHK Jestřábi Prostějov 11th Jiří Šejba Zimní stadion Prostějov (5,125)
HC Slovan Ústí nad Labem 12th Miroslav Mach Zimní stadion Ústí nad Labem (6,500)
AZ Havířov 13th Jiří Režnar Gascontrol Aréna (5,100)
HC Frýdek-Místek 14th Mojmír Trličík Hala Polárka (2,056)
HC Benátky nad Jizerou 15th Valdemar Jiruš Zimní stadion Benátky nad Jizerou (1,700)
SC Kolín 16th Petr Martínek Zimní stadion Kolín (4,500)
Draci Šumperk 17th Martin Janeček ŠKODA aréna (3,500)
SK Kadaň 18th Petr Rosol Zimní stadion Kadaň (3,000)

Champions[]

External links[]

Czech and Slovak hockey portal

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