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Chance Liga
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
CEO Pavel Setikovský
No. of teams 19
Country(ies) Flag of the Czech Republic Czechia
Most recent champion(s) ČEZ Motor České Budějovice (2019-20)
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.

FormatEdit

In the First part, every team plays each other twice, which makes for 30 games. The 30 game phase allows each team to play one home game against each team, which also allows every team to play one road game in every opposing team's arena.

After the First part, best eight teams creates Group A, in which every team plays four times each other (two home games and two road games), so it makes for another 28 games (results from the First part are counted).

Teams on the 9th-16th place after the First part creates Group B, in which every team plays four times each other (two home games and two road games), so it makes for 28 games, too (results from the First part are counted).

Teams on the 1st-6th place of the Group A (1st-6th overall) proceeds straight to the quarterfinals. Teams on the 7th and 8th place of the Group A and teams on the 1st and 2nd place of the Group B (7th-10th overall) goes to the 1st round of the play-off (best-of-five; 7th vs. 10th, 8th vs. 9th). Winners of the 1st rounds proceed into the quarterfinals (best-of-seven; 1st vs. 8th, 2nd vs. 7th, 3rd vs. 6th, 4th vs. 5th). 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.

From season 2017-18, Chance Liga is unrelegatious and it will expand, so for teams on 11th-16th place overall after second phase season is over. Into Chance Liga proceeds the best team of 2. Liga after the superfinal of the 2. Liga and the worst team after play-out of the Tipsport Extraliga is relegated to the Chance Liga for the next 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 in the First part, Group A and Group B, twenty-minute overime 5 vs. 5 in the first 3 matches of the 1st rounds of the play-off and first 4 matches of the quaterfinals, semifinals and finals and continued overtime 5 vs. 5 in 4th and 5th matches of 1st rounds of the play-off and 5th, 6th and 7th matches of the quaterfinals, semifinals and finals.

TeamsEdit

Team 2019-20 league standing Head Coach Arena and capacity
Rytíři Kladno Relegation from Tipsport Extraliga Jindřich Lidický ČEZ STADION KLADNO (5,200)
HC Zubr Přerov 2nd Vladimír Kočara MEO Aréna Přerov (3,000)
VHK ROBE Vsetín 3rd Jan Srdínko Zimní stadion Na Lapači (5,400)
Piráti Chomutov 4th Miroslav Buchal ROCKNET ARÉNA (5,250)
AZ Havířov 5th Jiří Režnar Gascontrol Aréna (5,100)
HC Stadion Litoměřice 6th David Bruk Kalich Arena (1,750)
HC Slavia Praha 7th Martin Štrba Zimní stadion Eden (5,138)
HC Poruba 8th František Výborný RT TORAX ARENA (5,000)
HC Dukla Jihlava 9th Viktor Ujčík

CZ LOKO ARÉNA (7,200)

SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč 10th Roman Mejzlík Zimní stadion města Třebíče - KHNP ARENA (5,000)
HC Frýdek-Místek 11th Mgr. Vlastimil Wojnar Hala Polárka (2,060)
LHK Jestřábi Prostějov 12th Jiří Šejba Zimní stadion Prostějov (5,125)
HC Benátky nad Jizerou 13th Valdemar Jiruš Zimní stadion Benátky nad Jizerou (1,700)
HC Slovan Ústí nad Labem 14th Miroslav Mach Zimní stadion Ústí nad Labem (6,500)
SK Kadaň 15th Petr Rosol Zimní stadion Kadaň (3,000)
HC Baník Sokolov 16th Karel Mlejnek Zimní stadion v Sokolově (5,000)
SC Kolín Promotion from 2. Liga Petr Martínek Zimní stadion Kolín (4,500)
HC Stadion Vrchlabí Promotion from 2. Liga Václav Baďouček DD Elektromont aréna (1,200)
Draci Šumperk Promotion from 2. Liga Martin Sobotka ŠKODA aréna (3,500)

ChampionsEdit

External links Edit

Czech and Slovak hockey portal

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