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    Champions Hockey League 2017/18

    The 32 teams for next year's CHL are set: http://www.championshockeyleague.net...32-is-set/2881

    Sweden
    HV71 Jonkoping - regular season 2nd place, finalist*
    Brynas Gavle - finalist*
    Vaxjo Lakers - regular season 1st place
    Frolunda Gothenburg - CHL champion, semi-finalist
    Malmo Redhawks - semi-finalist

    Finland
    Tappara Tampere - regular season 1st place, finalist*
    KalPa Kuopio - finalist*
    TPS Turku - regular season 2nd place
    JYP Jyvaskyla - semi-finalist
    IFK Helsinki - semi-finalist

    Czech Republic
    Kometa Brno - champion
    Bili Tygri Liberec - regular season 1st place, finalist
    Ocelari Trinec - regular season 2nd place
    Mountfield Hradec Kralove - semi-finalist

    Switzerland
    SC Bern - champion, regular season 1st place
    ZSC Lions Zurich - regular season 2nd place
    EV Zug - finalist
    HC Davos - semi-finalist

    Germany
    Red Bull Munich - champion, regular season 1st place
    Adler Mannheim - regular season 2nd place
    Grizzlys Wolfsburg - finalist

    Austria
    Vienna Capitals - champion, regular season 1st place
    Red Bull Salzburg - regular season 2nd place
    KAC Klagenfurt - finalist

    Challenger Leagues
    HC ‘05 Banska Bystrica - Slovak champion
    Stavanger Oilers - Norwegian champion
    Gap Rapaces - French champion
    Neman Grodno - Belarusian champion
    Esbjerg Energy - Danish champion
    Cardiff Devils - British champion
    Comarch Cracovia - Polish champion
    Nottingham Panthers - Continental Cup champion

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    The groups for next season have been drawn today:

    Group A: Banska Bystrica, Grizzlys Wolfsburg, Red Bull Salzburg, Tappara Tampere.
    Group B: Stavanger Oilers, Malmo Redhawks, KalPa Kuopio, Kometa Brno.
    Group C: Neman Grodno, JYP Jyvaskyla, EV Zug, Vienna Capitals.
    Group D: Esbjerg Energy, Ocelari Trinec, Adler Mannheim, HV71 Jonkoping.
    Group E: Cardiff Devils, HC Davos, Bili Tygri Liberec, Vaxjo Lakers.
    Group F: Nottingham Panthers, Mountfield Hradec Kralove, TPS Turku, SC Bern.
    Group G: Comarch Cracovia, IFK Helsinki, Brynas Gavle, Red Bull Munich.
    Group H: Gap Rapaces, KAC Klagenfurt, ZSC Lions Zurich, Frolunda Gothenburg.

    http://www.championshockeyleague.net...ups-known/2896

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    Looking forward to the next CHL season. groups of 4 and less teams overall make sense.

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    For me, Group E looks to be the strongest. Though, given the smaller competition this year, it should be better overall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    For me, Group E looks to be the strongest. Though, given the smaller competition this year, it should be better overall.
    Cardiff Devils GM says they are aiming for the next stage. That I can't wait to see!
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    Only 10 days or so to the start of the new CHL season! The league is again producing short (approx. 2min) introduction videos for all teams. I really enjoy those, as it gives an overview of the diverse hockey teams participating:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...j1cYykPjVzF-0A

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    The first 9 games of the new CHL season were played last night. The only upset was Adler Mannheim defeating HV71. The new homepage is quite nice, although there were some glitches with the scores bar on the top.
    Looking forward to more games tonight, and to see what kind of video highlights will be available. Unfortunately, there are no live streams in Switzerland.

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    Absolutely, the biggest surprise of the game day is certainly Mannheim beating HV71 in Sweden with a 4:1 score. The SEL champions dominated the game but failed to use their chances while Mannheim was very efficient...so it goes if you don't bury them.

    Ruling CHL champs Frölunda Gothenburg also struggled only beating ZSCH Lions (NLA) in shootout. Worst pounding of the day was handed out by the Swiss of HC Davos who downed the EIHL champions from Cardiff 10:1. HCD coach Arno del Curto's post game interview (German only unfortunately) priceless as susual...the guy is just hilarious.

    From an EBEL perspective, Klagenfurt got their first ever CHL win (it is their 2nd participation after 2015/16) beating Ligue Magnus champions Gap 6:3. KAC pretty much dominated the first period pulling away to a 4:1 lead with fairly easy goals but in the second period the French pushed hard and with a few consecutive penalties from Klagenfurt which gave the hosts a two men advantage twice the rallied back to make it 3:4 and on a few occasions were very close to tie it. Lucky for Klagenfurt that this didn't happen. In the third period the steam was running out for Gap and the EBEL vice-champions from last season (who missed top scorer Jamie Lundmark) added two more goals.

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    Nice summary, Rex!

    There are now 3 minute highlights of each game in their Youtube feed, which is a great:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOs...IMzAvWQ/videos

    The Frölunda-ZSC game really looks like a cool match. I am looking forward to see the 2nd game at the Hallenstadion next week.

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    Looks like Brynäs IF vs. IFK Helsinki was the best game last night, and it was the first game this season to go to penalty shots.

    There was also another crushing victory, this time Trinec beating Esbjerg 9-1. I don't really remember such one-sided results from previous years. I wonder if this means that the teams take it more seriously, even against weaker opponents?
    And the CHL continues tonight with 8 more matches.

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    First major upset yesterday: the Nottingham Panthers defeated Mountfield HK 4-2. It was the first ever away win of a UK team in the CHL. First it looked like this honor would go to Cardiff, who were 2-0 up against Liberec after the first period, but then eventually lost 2-5.

    There are another 8 games today, before a short break until the action continues on Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildboar View Post
    Nice summary, Rex!

    There are now 3 minute highlights of each game in their Youtube feed, which is a great:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOs...IMzAvWQ/videos

    The Frölunda-ZSC game really looks like a cool match. I am looking forward to see the 2nd game at the Hallenstadion next week.
    The CHL youtube is on top form this season! Loving the short highlights and post game stuff they are doing.
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    I hope Nottingham can keep it together and qualify. If anyone on the forum can read Czech, what's the reaction been to Mountfield losing twice in the media?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garethw87 View Post
    The CHL youtube is on top form this season! Loving the short highlights and post game stuff they are doing.
    Yes, they're doing great stuff!!

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    Also love the coverage provided of the game, highlicht videos are well done, not too short, not too long. Makes it easy to follow the competition.

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    Wtf...Nottingham Panthers! The EIHL side takes a second big scalp. After beating the Czech team HK Mountfield twice, today the big SC Bern had to leave all three points in Nottingham as the NLA champs lose 4:2. Awesome.

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    Yes, really a shock loss in Nottingham for Bern. I was at the Hallenstadion in Zürich last night to see ZSC vs Frölunda. It was a very fast and intense game, and tight until the very end. I haven't been to a hockey game for several years, but this one I enjoyed very much. What bothered me a bit was the power breaks, they really take the flow out of the game.
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    Panthers are gone wild this year

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    What they should do now is invite Bars Kazan and Barys Astana over for a pre-season "Cat Cup" tournament. The winner gets a trophy specially shaped like a pet food bowl.

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    Nottingham wins again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BhamJohn View Post
    Nottingham wins again!
    Imagine if they won it all
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    The playoff draw took place today:

    1. Tappara Tappara vs JYP Jyväskyla
    2. EV Zug vs Kometa Brno
    3. Adler Mannheim vs Brynäs IF
    4. Malmö Redhawks vs Oceláři Třinec
    5. Växjö Lakers vs Red Bull Salzburg
    6. Red Bull Munich vs SC Bern
    7. Nottingham Panthers vs ZSC Lions Zurich
    8. Frölunda Indians vs Bílí Tygři Liberec

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