Chance Liga
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
CEO Pavel Setikovský
No. of teams 18
Country(ies) Flag of the Czech Republic Czechia
Most recent champion(s) ČEZ Motor České Budějovice (2019-20)
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[edit | edit source]

In the regular season, every team plays each other three times, which makes for 51 games.

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. Any team is not 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 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 3 matches of the 1st rounds of the play-off and first 4 matches of the quaterfinals, semifinals and final. Continued overtime 5 vs. 5 is used in 4th and 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 od the opponent without any reimbursement. If the play-offs will have to end prematurely, in the Tipsport extraliga will advance the best team from the regular season which have not been knocked out from the play-offs yet.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team 2019-20 league standing Head Coach Arena and capacity
Rytíři Kladno Relegation from Tipsport Extraliga David Čermák 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 (5,386)
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 (6,500)

SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč 10th Roman Mejzlík Zimní stadion města Třebíče - KHNP ARENA (5,000)
HC Frýdek-Místek 11th Mgr. Vlastimil Wojnar Hala Polárka (2,056)
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 Tomáš Hamara Zimní stadion v Sokolově (3,400)
HC Stadion Vrchlabí Promotion from 2. Liga Václav Baďouček DD Elektromont aréna (1,976)
SC Kolín Promotion from 2. Liga Petr Martínek Zimní stadion Kolín (4,500)
Draci Šumperk Promotion from 2. Liga Martin Sobotka ŠKODA aréna (3,500)

Champions[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Czech and Slovak hockey portal

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