Adler Mannheim and KalPa Kuopio are both tied atop the German and Finnish leagues, respectively. | Copyright: S. Binder/CHL via Getty Images News 16.12.2014

European leagues round-up: tight races at the top

December might be cold, but in hockey terms it’s red hot! The race for the playoffs and CHL spots continues, while the EBEL prepares for the first of several outdoor games this season.
Finland's IFK Helsinki and Sweden's Skelleftea AIK both made the CHL quarter-finals. | Copyright: Skelleftea AIK/CHL via Getty Images News 13.12.2014

Surprised over the dominance of Swedish and Finnish clubs? You shouldn’t be

Swedish and Finnish teams dominate the Champions Hockey League. As of the quarter-finals, only teams from these Nordic nations remained. But there are very good reasons for that: both countries are simply better developers of talent than their European competitors.
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