Regular seasons finished! 13 teams from founding leagues qualify for CHL
The regular season schedules of the six CHL founding leagues are now complete. Read below to see which teams have qualified so far for the 2017-18 CHL season.
As you read earlier, the Champions Hockey League's founding six leagues are guaranteed spots for 24 of the 32 teams that will compete in the 2017-18 season, and all of those spots have to be earned on the ice. The first one went to Frolunda Gothenburg for winning the 2016-17 CHL Final.
After that, the top two regular-season finishers from all six leagues qualifed. Read below to see which teams:
Teams have 1 game left to play. Regular season finishes on 9 March.
QUALIFIED: Vaxjo Lakers 99, HV71 Jonkoping 98, Frolunda Gothenburg 97 (CHL champions).
With Vaxjo already qualified, the second qualifying spot from the SHL regular season came down to the final day between three teams – HV71, Linkoping and Frolunda. Linkoping had the advantage, but lost 4-2 on home ice to Frolunda, who passed them. Meanwhile, HV71 beat Farjestad Karlstad 3-2 to grab second spot. With three teams already qualified from the SHL, two more teams will qualify from the league's playoffs.
The regular season finished on 13 March.
QUALIFIED: Tappara Tampere 127, TPS Turku 114.
Within striking distance: KalPa Kuopio 110, JYP Jyvaskyla 109.
With Tappara already qualified, it went down to the last day of the regular seaosn to determine second place, with three teams in the hunt. Second-placed TPS beat Assat Pori 4-2 on that day to clinch it. Three more teams will qualify from the Liiga playoffs.
The regular season finished on 3 March.
QUALIFIED: Bili Tygri Liberec 103, Ocelari Trinec 99.
The tight three-way race for the CHL spots awarded to the top two Czech Extraliga finishers ended in rather undramatic fashion on Tuesday, with all three contending teams losing – and Liberec and Trinec qualifying. Liberec have been strong all season, but now find themselves on a three-game losing streak as the regular season winds down, but the one point they got in their overtime loss in Litvinov ensures that they finish on top of the league for the second straight year. Two more teams will come from the Extraliga playoffs.
The regular season finished on 25 February.
QUALIFIED: SC Bern 109, ZSC Lions Zurich 104.
In the second-to-last round of the regular season, both Bern and Zurich won to re-qualify for the CHL. Bern won 4-1 at home against Zug – the only team left that could catch either one of them – and Zurich shut out Biel 3-0. Two more CHL qualifiers will come from the NLA playoffs.
The regular season finished on 26 February.
QUALIFIED: Red Bull Munich 107, Adler Mannheim 106.
It was a tight four-team race between Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg and Cologne, but on Friday night, Mannheim qualified for the CHL with a 4-1 win over Augsburg. Munich beat Cologne 5-2, which finished off Die Haie and put the Red Bulls on the brink of qualifying. Nuremberg kept pace with a 6-4 win over Bremerhaven, and can still tie Munich in points on Sunday – however, Munich held a 19-goal advantage in the tiebreaker, meaning it would take a Munich defeat and Nuremberg victory totalling 19 goals to unseat the Red Bulls. On the last day of the DEL regular season, Munich qualified and finished first with a 3-2 win in Bremerhaven. One more qualifier will come from the DEL playoffs.
The regular season finished on 21 February.
QUALIFIED: Red Bull Salzburg 25, Vienna Capitals 25.
The EBEL's “Pick Round” – a 10-game double round-robin among the league's top six teams before the playoffs – meant that the point totals were very close as the teams approached the end, and indeed nobody had clinched heading into the last day of play. On Tuesday, Salzburg and Vienna both won to punch their return tickets to the CHL. One more spot will go to the EBEL – the team that goes furthest in the playoffs other than the two teams already qualified.
After 11 more teams from the playoffs of the six founding leagues are added, the remaining eight positions will come from challenger leagues. One of them has already been claimed by the Nottingham Panthers, winners of the 2016-17 IIHF Continental Cup.