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SBD Global/April 3, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Champions Hockey League In Discussions With KHL To Join Competition For ’15-16 Season
Published April 3, 2014
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MADE TO LAST: The CHL, which will start in August and run through February, will feature the reigning national champions and the regular season winners from each of the six founding leagues (Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland), as well as 26 founding clubs. The CHL is the IIHF’s latest attempt at a European club competition. Fasel said that the new competition will fill the gap that was left by its predecessor, which operated under the same name. The old CHL lasted only for one season between ’08-09 and fell victim to the global economic crisis, among other factors. Despite this bad omen, Fasel believes that the new competition will be a success as it has a fundamentally different structure. “It’s a club-driven venture. Owned in majority by the clubs, further by the leagues and only to a minor part by the IIHF,” he said. “It gives the clubs the deserved ownership, but also the necessary responsibility and accountability to invest into this project. I believe this is the true key to success.”