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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, JYP Jyvaskyla, IFK Helsinki

CZECH REPUBLIC (4): Bili Tygri Liberec, Ocelari Trinec, Kometa Brno, Mountfield Hradec Kralove.

SWITZERLAND (4): SC Bern, ZSC Lions Zurich, EV Zug, HC Davos.

GERMANY (3): Red Bull Munich, Adler Mannheim, Grizzlys Wolfsburg.

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

Challenger Leagues (8)

GREAT BRITAIN (2): Cardiff DevilsNottingham Panthers.

SLOVAKIA: HC '05 Banska Bystrica.

NORWAY: Stavanger Oilers.

BELARUS: Neman Grodno.

FRANCE: Gap Rapaces.

DENMARK: Esbjerg Energy.

POLAND: Cracovia Krakow.