In 1989, Stanley Cup champion Hakan Loob returned to his native Sweden to join his local Farjestad club in Karlstad - he has remained with the club ever since. Now the president of hockey operations, he would like to see more players remain in Europe, and thinks the CHL is a good tool to help achieve this.
HK Nitra qualified for the Champions Hockey League by finishing second place in the Slovak Extraliga regular season. Their passionate fans now hope to see them accomplish more against some of the best clubs in Europe.
Skelleftea AIK, Bili Tygri Liberec and HK Nitra are the three teams that make up Group 4 of this year's Champions Hockey League. Skelleftea will be the favourites and Nitra the underdogs, but all three teams are aiming to escape the group stage and advance as far as possible.