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Chance Liga
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
No. of teams 16
Country(ies) Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Most recent champion(s) ČEZ Motor České Budějovice (2018-19)
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 will allow 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 quaterfinals. Teams on the 7th and 8th place of the Group A and 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 quaterfinals (best-of-seven; 1st vs. 8th, 2nd vs. 7th, 3rd vs. 6th, 4th vs. 5th). Winners of the quaterfinals 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.

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 2018-19 league standing Head Coach Arena and capacity
HC Dukla Jihlava 3rd Viktor Ujčík

Horácký zimní stadion (7,200)

ČEZ Motor České Budějovice 1st Václav Prospal Budvar aréna (6,421)
HC Slavia Praha 11th Miloš Říha Jr. Zimní stadion Eden (5,138)
HC Zubr Přerov 5th Vladimír Kočara MEO Aréna Přerov (3,000)
LHK Jestřábi Prostějov 7th Ladislav Lubina Zimní stadion Prostějov (5,125)
AZ Havířov 6th Jiří Režnar Gascontrol Aréna (5,100)
VHK ROBE Vsetín 4th Jiří Dopita Zimní stadion Na Lapači (5,400)
SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč 10th Martin Sobotka Zimní stadion města Třebíče - KHNP ARENA (5,000)
HC Frýdek-Místek 9th Mgr. Vlastimil Wojnar Hala Polárka (2,060)
HC Stadion Litoměřice 8th David Bruk Kalich Arena (1,750)
HC Slovan Ústí nad Labem 14th Tomáš Mareš Zimní stadion Ústí nad Labem (6,500)
HC Benátky nad Jizerou 13th Valdemar Jiruš Zimní stadion Benátky nad Jizerou (1,700)
SK Kadaň 15th Petr Klíma Zimní stadion Kadaň (3,000)
HC Poruba 12th Miloš Holaň RT TORAX ARENA (5,000)
Piráti Chomutov Relegation from Tipsport Extraliga Martin Štrba ROCKNET ARÉNA (5,250)
HC Baník Sokolov Progression from 2. Liga Karel Mlejnek Zimní stadion v Sokolově (5,000)

ChampionsEdit

External links Edit

Czech and Slovak hockey portal

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