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.
No team in the Champions Hockey League has won more national championships than HC Davos, who have captured the Swiss title a remarkable 31 times. By hosting the annual Spengler Cup, they also have a wealth of international club hockey experience, which they will try to use to their advantage in the CHL.
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.