1st Czech Republic Hockey League

The Chance Liga is the second-highest level of professional ice hockey in the Czech Republic, after the Extraliga. It began in 1993 and is run and administered by Czech Ice Hockey Association.

Chance liga
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021–22 Czech 1. Liga season
1st Czech Republic Hockey League logo.png
SportIce hockey
Founded1993
No. of teams17
Country Czech Republic
Most recent
champion(s)
ČEZ Motor České Budějovice
Promotion toCzech Extraliga
Relegation toCzech 2.liga
Related
competitions
Czech Extraliga
Czech 2.liga
Official websitewww.hokej.cz

Until 2015, the league was known as the 1st Czech National Hockey League. It was then known as the WSM Liga until 2018.

FormatEdit

In the first phase, every team plays each other four times—twice at home and twice away—which makes for a 52-game regular season.

After the 52-game regular season, the first six teams directly qualify for the quarter-finals, while teams which placed 7 to 10 play a round-robin to determine the final two participants in the quarter-finals.

The First League, unlike other leagues around the world, has two winners. The playoffs end with the semi-finals, with the two winning teams being declared co-champions. The two teams then go on to face the bottom two teams from the Extraliga in a round-robin. The two highest-placed teams at the end of the round robin are promoted to the Extraliga for the following season.

The last placed team at the end of the regular season is directly relegated to the Second League for the following season. They are replaced by the winner of a 3 team round-robin group between the winners of the East, the Central and the West divisions of the Second League.

Three points are awarded for a win in regulation time and two points for an overtime or shootout victory, while the defeated team in overtime or shootout gets one point.

The level of 1.národní hokejová liga is slightly lower than the Czech Extraliga, but there are a lot of players moving between those two leagues every season. Each team in this league is allowed to have five imports. The league has no salary cap, with an average salary of USD 2200 per month, but some of the best players reportedly sign contracts for more than USD 5000 per month, plus most of the teams cover accommodation expenses for their players during the season.

Current teamsEdit

Team City Arena Capacity Affiliate Team
HC Benátky nad Jizerou Benátky nad Jizerou Zimní stadion Benátky 1,700 Bílí Tygři Liberec (ELH)
AZ Heimstaden Havířov Havířov Gascontrol Aréna 5,100 independent
HC Baník Sokolov Sokolov Zimni stadion Sokolov 5,000 independent
VHK ROBE Vsetín Vsetín Zimní stadion Na Lapači 5,386 independent
HC Slavia Praha Prague Zimní stadion Eden 4,000 independent
HC Stadion Litoměřice Litoměřice Kalich arena 1,750 Mountfield HK (ELH)
HC ZUBR Přerov Přerov Zimní stadion Přerov 3,000 independent
HC Frýdek-Místek Frýdek-Místek Hala Polárka 2,056 HC Oceláři Třinec (ELH)
HC Slovan Ústí nad Labem Ústí nad Labem Zlatopramen Arena 6,500 independent
LHK Jestřábi Prostějov Prostějov Zimní hokejový stadion Prostějov 5,125 independent
HC Dukla Jihlava Jihlava CZ LOKO Aréna 6,500 independent
SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč Třebíč Zimní stadion města Třebíče 5,000 HC Kometa Brno (ELH)
SK Trhači Kadaň Kadaň Zimní stadion Kadaň 3,000 independent
HC RT TORAX Poruba Poruba Zimní stadion Ostrava - Poruba 5,000 independent
HC Stadion Vrchlabí Vrchlabí Zimní stadion Vrchlabí 1,200 independent
SC Kolín Kolín Zimní stadion Kolín 5,500 independent
DRACI PARS ŠUMPERK Šumperk ŠKODA aréna 3,000 independent

ChampionsEdit

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