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Playoff time! Follow teams around Europe qualifying for CHL

HK Nitra and the Stavanger Oilers both have good chances to re-qualify for the CHL.
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Read below to see which teams from around Europe have already qualified for the 2017-18 Champions Hockey League season, and which teams are still in contention to qualify via their league playoffs. 

The 12 qualifying spots allotted to the top two regular-season finishers in the CHL's six founding leagues have all been awarded. With spots also going to 2016-17 CHL winners Frolunda Gothenburg, Continental Cup winners Nottingham Panthers and British EIHL champions Cardiff Devils, 15 of the 32 spots for the 2017-18 season were filled prior to the start of the domestic league playoffs. A total of 17 spots are to be filled from the playoffs of both the Founding Leagues and Challenger Leagues. Read below to find out who's already qualified, and who's in position to qualify next.
 

Founding Leagues (24 teams)

SWEDEN (5): Vaxjo Lakers, HV71 Jonkoping, Frolunda Gothenburg, Brynas Gavle, Malmo Redhawks.

FINLAND (5): Tappara Tampere, TPS Turku, KalPa Kuopio, plus 2 more from Liiga playoffs. Currently at quarter-final stage. Teams in contention: JYP Jyvaskyla, HPK Hameenlinna, Lahti Pelicans, IFK Helsinki, Ilves Tampere. 

CZECH REPUBLIC (4): Bili Tygri Liberec, Ocelari Trinec, plus 2 from Extraliga playoffs. Currently at semi-final stage. Teams in contention: Mountfield Hradec Kralove, Kometa Brno, Pirati Chomutov.

SWITZERLAND (4): SC Bern, ZSC Lions Zurich, plus 2 from NLA playoffs. Currently at semi-final stage. Teams in contention: EV Zug, HC Davos, HC Lugano.

GERMANY (3): Red Bull Munich, Adler Mannheim, plus 1 from DEL playoffs. Currently at semi-final stage. Teams in contention: Nuremberg Ice Tigers, Grizzlys Wolfsburg, Eisbaren Berlin.

AUSTRIA (3): Vienna Capitals, Red Bull Salzburg, KAC Klagenfurt.
 

Challenger Leagues (8)

GREAT BRITAIN (2): Cardiff DevilsNottingham Panthers.

SLOVAKIA: Currently at quarter-final stage. Teams in contention: HC Kosice, MsHK Zilina, HKM Zvolen, Mountfield Martin. Already qualified for semi-finals: HC '05 Banska Bystrica, HK Nitra.

NORWAY: Currently at final stage. Teams in contention: Stavanger Oilers, Frisk Asker.

BELARUS: Currently at final stage. Teams in contention: Yunost Minsk, Neman Grodno.

FRANCE: Currently at semi-final stage. Teams in contention: Gap Rapaces, Grenoble Bruleurs de Loups, Rouen Dragons, Bordeaux Boxers.

DENMARK: Currently at semi-final stage. Teams in contention: Odense Bulldogs, Fredrikshavn White Hawks, Esbjerg Energy, Gentofte Stars. 

POLAND: Currently at final stage. Teams in contention: GKS Tychy, Cracovia Krakow.