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2018–19 Champions Hockey League

The 2018–19 Champions Hockey League is the fifth season of the Champions Hockey League, a European ice hockey tournament. The tournament is competed by 32 teams, and qualification was on sporting merits only. The six founding leagues are represented by between three and five teams (based on a four-year league ranking), while seven "challenge leagues" are represented by one team each. One place was awarded to the Continental Cup champion. Unlike in the first three editions, founding teams did not automatically qualify.[1] The regular season began on 30 August 2018, and ended on 17 October 2018.[2]

2018–19 Champions Hockey League
Tournament details
Dates30 August 2018 – February 2019
Teams32
Tournament statistics
Matches played120
Goals scored717 (5.98 per match)
Scoring leader(s)United States Ryan Lasch (Frölunda HC)
(17 points)

Contents

Team allocationEdit

A total of 32 teams from different European first-tier leagues participate in the 2018–19 Champions Hockey League. Besides the Continental Cup champions, 24 teams from the six founding leagues, as well as the national champions from Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, France, Belarus, Great Britain and Poland qualified.

The qualification for these places was set out in the rules as follows:[3]

  1. National league champion (play-off winners)
  2. Regular season winners
  3. Regular season runner-up
  4. Losing play-off finalist
  5. Higher regular season ranked losing semi-finalist
  6. Lower regular season ranked losing semi-finalist
  7. Third placed team in regular season
  8. Fourth placed team in regular season
  9. Fifth placed team in regular season.

TeamsEdit

Team City/Area League Qualification Participation Previous best
  JYP Jyväskylä SM-liiga 2018 CHL winner 5th Champion
  Växjö Lakers Växjö Swedish Hockey League play-off champion 5th final
  Djurgårdens IF Stockholm Swedish Hockey League regular season runner-up 4th round of 16
  Skellefteå AIK Skellefteå Swedish Hockey League play-off finalist 4th semi-finals
  Malmö Redhawks Malmö Swedish Hockey League play-off semi-finalist 2nd round of 16
  Frölunda HC Gothenburg Swedish Hockey League regular season third place 5th Champion
  Kärpät Oulu SM-liiga play-off champion 4th final
  TPS Turku SM-liiga regular season runner-up 5th quarter-finals
  Tappara Tampere SM-liiga play-off finalist 5th round of 16
  HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga play-off semi-finalist 5th quarter-finals
  Kometa Brno Brno Czech Extraliga play-off champion 2nd quarter-finals
  HC Plzeň Plzeň Czech Extraliga regular season winner 2nd round of 32
  Mountfield HK Hradec Králové Czech Extraliga regular season runner-up 2nd group stage
  Oceláři Třinec Třinec Czech Extraliga play-off finalist 4th semi-finals
  ZSC Lions Zürich National League play-off champion 5th quarter-finals
  SC Bern Bern National League regular season winner 5th quarter-finals
  EV Zug Zug National League regular season runner-up 5th round of 16
  HC Lugano Lugano National League play-off finalist 2nd round of 16
  Red Bull München Munich Deutsche Eishockey Liga play-off champion 4th round of 16
  Eisbären Berlin Berlin Deutsche Eishockey Liga regular season runner-up 4th round of 16
  Nürnberg Ice Tigers Nuremberg Deutsche Eishockey Liga play-off semi-finalist 1st
  HC Bolzano Bolzano Austrian Hockey League play-off champion 2nd group stage
  Vienna Capitals Vienna Austrian Hockey League regular season first round winner 5th round of 16
  Red Bull Salzburg Salzburg Austrian Hockey League regular season pick round runner-up 5th round of 16
  Yunost Minsk Minsk Belarusian Extraleague Continental Cup winner 2nd round of 32
  Neman Grodno Grodno Belarusian Extraleague play-off champion 3rd group stage
  HC '05 Banská Bystrica Banská Bystrica Tipsport Liga play-off champion 2nd group stage
  Storhamar Ishockey Hamar GET-ligaen play-off champion 2nd round of 16
  Cardiff Devils Cardiff Elite Ice Hockey League regular season champion 2nd group stage
  Aalborg Pirates Aalborg Metal Ligaen play-off champion 1st
  Dragons de Rouen Rouen Ligue Magnus play-off champion 2nd group stage
  GKS Tychy Tychy Polska Hokej Liga play-off champion 1st

Group stageEdit

Teams in the 2018–19 Champions Hockey League
  Black: Group A;   Purple: Group B;   Blue: Group C;   Red: Group D;   Orange: Group E;   Green: Group F;   White: Group G;   Yellow: Group H.

For the group stage, the teams were drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams. Each team played home and away against every other team for a total of 6 games. The best 2 teams qualified to the round of 16.[4]

As the reigning CHL champions, JYP were the top seeded team. In the top pot were also the reigning champions of the six founding leagues and the regular season winner of SHL. The 16 remaining teams from founding leagues were placed to pots 2 and 3. The fourth pot included playoff champions of seven challenge leagues and Yunost Minsk, the champion of 2017–18 IIHF Continental Cup.[5]

Group stage tie-breaking criteriaEdit

If two teams were tied in points after the group stage was finished, the teams precedence was decided by head-to-head games. If teams were tied after that, then the team which was ranked higher prior to the tournament will take precedence. When comparing head-to-head results, the following criteria was applied:[4]

  1. more points in games against the other tied team
  2. better goal difference in games against the other tied team
  3. more goals scored against the other tied team
  4. more goals scored in a single game against the other tied team
  5. overtime wins against the other tied team
  6. more goals scored in the two game winning shot competitions
  7. higher position in the 2016/17 CHL club ranking
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

  JYP
  Växjö Lakers
  Kärpät
  Kometa Brno
  ZSC Lions
  Red Bull München
  HC Bolzano
  Djurgårdens IF

  TPS
  HC Plzeň
  SC Bern
  Eisbären Berlin
  Vienna Capitals
  Skellefteå AIK
  Tappara
  Mountfield HK

  EV Zug
  Nürnberg Ice Tigers
  Red Bull Salzburg
  Malmö Redhawks
  HIFK
  Oceláři Třinec
  HC Lugano
  Frölunda HC

  HC '05 Banská Bystrica
  Neman Grodno
  Storhamar Ishockey
  Cardiff Devils
  Aalborg Pirates
  Dragons de Rouen
  GKS Tychy
  Yunost Minsk

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FHC ZSC VIC ABP
1   Frölunda HC 6 4 0 1 1 22 11 +11 13 Advance to Playoffs 4–2 1–4 6–0
2   ZSC Lions 6 3 2 0 1 26 18 +8 13 3–2 (SO) 7–4 6–5 (OT)
3   Vienna Capitals 6 2 0 1 3 19 22 −3 7 1–4 2–6 2–3 (OT)
4   Aalborg Pirates 6 0 1 1 4 11 27 −16 3 1–5 1–2 1–6

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MAL RBM TPS YUN
1   Malmö Redhawks 6 4 0 0 2 24 16 +8 12 Advance to Playoffs 6–1 8–4 4–1
2   Red Bull München 6 4 0 0 2 19 17 +2 12 3–2 5–1 4–3
3   TPS 6 2 0 0 4 15 21 −6 6 1–2 5–3 3–1
4   Yunost Minsk 6 2 0 0 4 13 17 −4 6 6–2 0–3 2–1

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SKE HCB HIFK GKS
1   Skellefteå AIK 6 4 0 2 0 27 13 +14 14 Advance to Playoffs 2–1 3–4 (OT) 6–2
2   HC Bolzano 6 2 2 0 2 20 16 +4 10 4–3 (SO) 4–1 6–4
3   HIFK 6 2 1 1 2 14 18 −4 9 1–5 1–2 (SO) 2–1
4   GKS Tychy 6 1 0 0 5 16 30 −14 3 1–8 5–3 3–5

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification EVZ KOM BER NEM
1   EV Zug 6 5 0 1 0 22 12 +10 16 Advance to Playoffs 2–1 6–1 2–3 (OT)
2   Kometa Brno 6 3 0 0 3 18 16 +2 9 2–3 4–3 6–2
3   Eisbären Berlin 6 2 0 0 4 17 21 −4 6 3–5 2–3 4–1
4   Neman Grodno 6 1 1 0 4 14 22 −8 5 2–4 4–2 2–4

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TAP STO DIF TRI
1   Tappara 6 4 1 1 0 29 12 +17 15 Advance to Playoffs 6–1 5–1 3–2 (OT)
2   Storhamar 6 2 1 1 2 17 20 −3 9 3–2 (SO) 2–3 (OT) 6–2
3   Djurgårdens IF 6 2 1 0 3 21 19 +2 8 3–5 5–2 3–4
4   Oceláři Třinec 6 1 0 1 4 13 29 −16 4 2–8 2–3 1–6

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KAR DRA NIT MHK
1   Kärpät 6 4 1 0 1 27 14 +13 14 Advance to Playoffs 4–0 9–3 3–2
2   Dragons de Rouen 6 3 0 0 3 15 15 0 9 2–4 4–2 2–0
3   Nürnberg Ice Tigers 6 2 1 0 3 17 25 −8 8 4–3 2–5 4–3 (OT)
4   Mountfield HK 6 1 0 2 3 12 17 −5 5 3–4 (SO) 3–2 1–2

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RBS SCB VLH CAR
1   Red Bull Salzburg 6 4 0 1 1 18 15 +3 13 Advance to Playoffs 2–1 4–3 4–2
2   SC Bern 6 3 2 0 1 15 11 +4 13 2–1 (SO) 4–3 3–2
3   Växjö Lakers 6 2 1 0 3 21 18 +3 8 5–2 1–2 3–1
4   Cardiff Devils 6 0 0 2 4 14 24 −10 2 2–5 2–3 (OT) 5–6 (OT)

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HCP LUG JYP BAB
1   HC Plzeň 6 5 1 0 0 25 14 +11 17 Advance to Playoffs 3–2 4–2 6–4
2   HC Lugano 6 3 0 0 3 13 12 +1 9 2–3 2–0 4–1
3   JYP 6 2 0 0 4 16 14 +2 6 2–6 0–1 6–0
4   HC '05 Banská Bystrica 6 1 0 1 4 13 27 −14 4 2–3 (OT) 5–2 1–6

PlayoffsEdit

Qualified teamsEdit

Group Winners (seed) Runners-up
A   Frölunda HC (6)   ZSC Lions
B   Malmö Redhawks (8)   Red Bull München
C   Skellefteå AIK (4)   HC Bolzano
D   EV Zug (2)   Kometa Brno
E   Tappara (3)   Storhamar
F   Kärpät (5)   Dragons de Rouen
G   Red Bull Salzburg (7)   SC Bern
H   HC Plzeň (1)   HC Lugano

FormatEdit

In each round except the final, the teams will play two games and the aggregate score will decide the team which advances. As a rule, the first leg will be hosted by the team who has the inferior record in the tournament so far and the second leg will be played on the home ice of the other team. If aggregate score is tied, a sudden death overtime will follow. If the overtime is scoreless, the team who wins the game winning shot competition advances.[4]

The final will be played on the home ice of the team who has the better record in the tournament on 5 February 2019.

BracketEdit

The 8 group winners and the 8 second-placed teams advanced to the Round of 16. The teams were divided into two seeding groups and group winners were randomly drawn against runners-up. Teams who had faced each other in the group stage couldn't be drawn against each other in the round of 16.[4] The draw took place in Helsinki, Finland on 19 October 2018.[6]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
   Red Bull München 2 2 4  
   EV Zug 3 0 3  
     Red Bull München (OT) 2 5 7  
     Malmö Redhawks 1 5 6  
   SC Bern 1 0 1
   Malmö Redhawks 4 1 5  
     Red Bull München  
     Red Bull Salzburg  
   ZSC Lions 4 2 6  
   Kärpät 4 3 7  
     Kärpät 2 1 3
     Red Bull Salzburg 3 1 4  
   Dragons de Rouen 3 1 4
   Red Bull Salzburg 3 5 8  
   
   
   Kometa Brno 5 5 10  
   Tappara 1 5 6  
     Kometa Brno 1 1 2
     Frölunda HC 4 6 10  
   HC Lugano 1 4 5
   Frölunda HC 1 5 6  
     Frölunda HC
     HC Plzeň  
   Storhamar 4 2 6  
   Skellefteå AIK 4 3 7  
     Skellefteå AIK 3 1 4
     HC Plzeň (SO) 3 2 5  
   HC Bolzano 1 2 3
   HC Plzeň 6 6 12  

Note:

  1. The teams listed on top of each tie were runners up in the group stage and play the first leg at home. The bottom team were group winners and play the second leg at home. Malmö Redhawks however, ended up playing their first leg at home due to their arena being reserved on 20 November.
  2. The order of the legs (which team starts at home) in the future rounds may be changed as the team with best record should have the second match at home.

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

The following players led the league in points, after the Quarter-Finals.[7]

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM +/– GWG PPG SHG SOG S%
  Ryan Lasch   Frölunda HC 10 2 15 17 4 +3 1 2 0 22 9.09%
  Chay Genoway   Frölunda HC 10 6 8 14 31 +1 0 4 0 35 17.14%
  John Mitchell   Red Bull München 10 2 12 14 24 +6 0 1 0 26 7.69%
  Nicklas Lasu   Kärpät 9 8 5 13 2 +4 1 4 2 26 30.77%
  Trevor Parkes   Red Bull München 6 9 3 12 6 +5 3 2 1 20 45.00%
  Milan Gulaš   HC Plzeň 8 8 4 12 8 +9 2 2 0 33 24.24%
  Jarkko Malinen   Tappara 7 2 10 12 2 +4 0 0 0 11 18.18%
  Oscar Möller   Skellefteå AIK 10 7 4 11 0 +6 1 2 0 48 14.58%
  David Stach   HC Plzeň 10 3 8 11 0 –2 1 2 0 19 15.79%
  Peter Schneider   Vienna Capitals 6 7 3 10 29 0 1 4 0 27 25.93%

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in save percentage, provided that they have played at least 40% of their team's minutes, after the Quarter-Finals.[8]

Player Team GP W L SV GA SV% GAA SO MIN
  Cristopher Nihlstorp   Malmö Redhawks 4 2 2 107 7 93.86% 1.75 0 240
  Matija Pintarič   Dragons de Rouen 8 3 4 290 21 93.25% 2.65 1 475
  Johan Mattsson   Frölunda HC 6 3 2 122 9 93.13% 1.69 0 319
  Leonardo Genoni   SC Bern 8 5 3 203 15 93.12% 1.86 1 483
  Maximilian Franzreb   Eisbären Berlin 5 2 2 133 10 93.01% 2.47 0 243

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Number of teams for founding leagues in 2017-18 confirmed". championshockeyleague.net. 2017-02-13. Archived from the original on 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
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  8. ^ "Statistics 2018/19: Goalkeepers". Champions Hockey League. Champions Hockey League (CHL) AG. Retrieved 11 December 2018.