The Rouen Dragons are new to the Champions Hockey League, but they are no strangers to international competition, with two Continental Cup titles in the last five years. GM Guy Fournier has seen French hockey develop a lot over the past 30 years, and now he sees a chance to take a step further.
Martin Straka is a big name in hockey from his years in the NHL, and is now the face of HC Pilsen. The club's president, CEO and general manager is excited about the upcoming Champions Hockey League season, and figures games against HK Nitra and the Stavanger Oilers will be interesting for his players and the team's fans.
At today's Annual General Assembly, the CHL has reduced the number of participants to 32 and introduced qualification on sporting merits only. Also, the CHL and Infront Sports & Media have announced a six-year extension of their partnership.