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    Womens IHWC European Women's Champions Cup 2014/2015

    The IIHF annonced the groups for the 11th EWCC season. The format remains unchanged with 20 participating teams, the ones from the four countries represented in the 2014 final receiving a bye to the second round. 3-time reigning champion Tornado Moscow region don't participate after losing the russian title to SKIF Nizhni Novgorod. For the first time, Switzerland will not be represented. Belarus and Slovenia are the other two countries from last season not represented as well. This means a comeback for teams from Norway, Croatia and Turkey.

    First Round, 17-19 October 2014

    Group A: Aisulu Almaty (KAZ), HK Poprad (SVK), HSC Csikszereda (ROU), Milenyum Ankara (TUR, host).
    Group B: Sabres Vienna (AUT), SK Karvina (CZE, host), Bracknell Queen Bees (GBR), Unia Oswiecim (POL).
    Group C: Herlev Hornets (DEN), Jordal Oslo (NOR), Laima Riga (LAT, host), SADH Majadahonda (ESP).
    Group D: HC Neuilly sur Marne (FRA), Bolzano Eagles (ITA, host), Marilyn Budapest (HUN), Gric Zagreb (CRO).

    Second Round, 5-7 December 2014

    Group E: SKIF Nizhni Novgorod (RUS, host), ESC Planegg (GER), Winner Group A, Winner Group D.
    Group F: Linkopings HC (SWE, host), Espoo Blues (FIN), Winner Group B, Winner Group C.

    Final Tournament, 20-22 February 2015

    The top-two ranked team of each second-round group (E/F) will advance to the final round. Host TBD.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...f549264140d01a

    Almaty, Vienna and Bolzano seem to me the favorites of their respective group. Group C is probably the most even. When teams from Denmark, Latvia and Norway are put together, you can't guess which way it will be going. With no swiss team and Almaty not as good as they used to be, it's hard to see any challenger for a final spot.

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    Swiss champion HC Lugano has just been added to the EWCC season. HC Lugano was originally not entered due to a failure in the registration process. As a result, the format is changed with now three instead of two groups in the second round, one being hosted by Lugano. On top of the group winners, the three best second-ranked teams from the first round will also qualify for the second round. The final will be played between the group winners and the best second-ranked team from the second round.

    First Round, 17-19 October 2014

    Group A: Aisulu Almaty (KAZ), HK Poprad (SVK), HSC Csikszereda (ROU), Milenyum Ankara (TUR, host).
    Group B: Sabres Vienna (AUT), SK Karvina (CZE, host), Bracknell Queen Bees (GBR), Unia Oswiecim (POL).
    Group C: Herlev Hornets (DEN), Jordal Oslo (NOR), Laima Riga (LAT, host), SADH Majadahonda (ESP).
    Group D: HC Neuilly sur Marne (FRA), Bolzano Eagles (ITA, host), Marilyn Budapest (HUN), Gric Zagreb (CRO).

    Second Round, 5-7 December 2014

    Group E: SKIF Nizhni Novgorod (RUS, host), Winner Group A, Winner Group B, 3rd-best 2nd-ranked team Gr. A-D.
    Group F: ESC Planegg (GER), HC Lugano (SUI, host), Winner Group C, 2nd-best 2nd-ranked team Gr. A-D.
    Group G: Linkopings HC (SWE, host), Espoo Blues (FIN), Winner Group D, best 2nd-ranked team Gr. A-D.

    Final Tournament, 20-22 February 2015

    The group winners of the second-round groups (E/F/G) as well as the 2nd-placed team with the best records in the second round will advance to the final tournament. The host is to be determined.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...39d381f8a8b447

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciremya View Post
    Group C is probably the most even. When teams from Denmark, Latvia and Norway are put together, you can't guess which way it will be going.
    Group C is between Herlev Hornets and Laima Riga. Jordal is shit! They payed the all time norwegian star Birgitte Lersbryggen, the all time swedish star Erika Holst and two of the other greatest swedish players of all time, Gunilla Andersson and Maria Rooth to come and play the playoff in Norway. That resulted in a victory for Jordal, but also created a new rule in norwegian womens hockey. No player can no change club or do comeback in the playoff without playing at least four matches in the league.

    They don't play for Jordal anymore and yesterday Jordal lost 8 - 1 against Vålerenga. In the latest withdrawal to the nathional team, Jordal had three players: 3rd goallie, and two forwards. Vålerenga had four backs and five forwards. They can't have five players on ice for 60 minutes so I'm pretty shure this is gonna be a match between Herlev and Laima.

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