Champions Hockey League

With six days to go to the draw for next season’s Champions Hockey League Group Stage, the CHL reveals the Group Stage seedings.

The seedings are known.

Reigning, and now three-time CHL champions, Frölunda Indians, sit atop of the pile as 2019-20’s top seed. They are joined in Pot 1 by the national champions of the six Founding Leagues: Sweden (regular season winners Färjestad Karlstad due to Frölunda’s SHL victory), Switzerland, Finland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria (EBEL). The final team in Pot 1 is Luleå Hockey, who finished second in the SHL regular season.

The seedings:

Pot 1: Frölunda Indians (CHLW) Färjestad Karlstad (SWE1) SC Bern (SUI1) HPK Hämeenlinna (FIN1) Oceláři Třinec (CZE1) Adler Mannheim (GER1) KAC Klagenfurt (AUT1) Luleå Hockey (SWE2)

Pot 2: EV Zug (SUI2) Kärpät Oulu (FIN2) Bílí Tygri Liberec (CZE2) Red Bull Munich (GER2) Graz99ers (AUT2) Djurgården Stockholm (SWE3) Lausanne HC (SUI3) Tappara Tampere (FIN3)

Pot 3: HC Pilsen (CZE3) Augsburger Panther (GER3) Vienna Capitals (AUT3) Skellefteå AIK (SWE4) EHC Biel-Bienne (SUI4) Lahti Pelicans (FIN4) Mountfield HK (CZE4) HC Ambrì-Piotta (SUI5)

Pot 4: Yunost Minsk (BLR1) Frisk Asker (NOR1) HC05 Banska Bystrica (SVK1) Grenoble (FRA1) Rungsted Seier Capital (DEN1) Cardiff Devils (UK1) GKS Tychy (POL1) Belfast Giants (CC)

How does the draw work?

  • There will be four pots containing 8 teams each.
  • Pot 1: Teams ranked 1-8 | Pot 2: Teams ranked 9-16 | Pot 3: Teams ranked 17-24 |
    Pot 4: Teams ranked 25-32; the CHL ranking tool applies.
  • Draw order: Teams from Pot 4 will be drawn first, teams from Pot 1 last.
  • The Draw will provide 8 groups of four teams each.
  • Clubs from the same league cannot be drawn into the same group.
  • Should a league conflict occur then the club in question will be placed in the next possible group available, determined by the help of software.

The draw takes place on May 22, live from the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, starting at 16.00 CEST. A live stream will be available on both the CHL website and on the official Facebook page.

( 16 May 2019 | lle )

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