Teams learn group stage opponents in their quest for European glory
Copenhagen, Denmark – The stage is now set for the 2018/19 Champions Hockey League season after the official draw took place in Copenhagen today (Wednesday) with the backdrop of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
The 125-game CHL season will begin 30 August 2018, with 32 teams from 13 leagues. Last season's winner JYP Jyväskylä will be battling to defend their crown against HC Pilsen (CZE), HC Lugano (SUI) and HC05 Banská Bystrica (SVK) in Group H.
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About the Champions Hockey League
The league is fully owned and operated by Champions Hockey League AG/Ltd which includes, as its shareholders, the 26 Founding Clubs, six national Founding Leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation. The Founding National Leagues are: Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. The best teams from the Challenger Leagues (Belarus, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Norway, Poland and Slovakia) are extended Wild Cards. The 2018/19 season includes 32 teams from 13 leagues, comprising a total of 220 national championships between them. The CHL season culminates in a one-game Final showdown to be played on 5 February 2019 at the home venue of the team with the best accumulated Group Stage and Playoff record. A season total of 125 games will have been played by the time the European Trophy is lifted by the champions.
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