Channel One Cup 2015 schedule

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It is time for the second tournament of the Euro Hockey Tour 2015-16: Channel One Cup. Sweden won the first part of the tour by defeating Finland in the last game of Karjala Cup. Channel One Cup 2015 is played in Russia and Czech Republic December 17-20. Below you find the schedule for all games. Euro Hockey Tour is a yearly tournament where Finland, Czech Republic, Sweden and Russia face each other in a series of hockey games.

Schedule, Channel One Cup 2015

Thursday, December 17:

Czech Republic-Finland

Saturday, December 19:

Sweden-Czech Republic

Sunday, December 20:

Russia-Czech Republic

Russia have the home team advantage

Sweden have nominated the players that will try to repeat the success in Karjala Cup. However, some key forwards have dropped out for various reasons. Without leading players like Joel Lundqvist, Jimmie Ericsson and Anton Rödin, the offensive will probably suffer a bit. Since Russia has the home team advantage they will have to be hold as the favourites in this tournament. Speaking of home team, the 2016 World Ice Hockey Championships are held in Russia. It will be interesting to see if Canada will put a similar team on the ice as they did last year in Czech Republic, with players like Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux etc. If they do, can Russia or some of the other nations match them better this time?

World Juniors 2016

We look forward to some great hockey this Christmas as well when the World Juniors 2015-16 are decided in Finland. Chicken Swedes will of course report from the tournament with updates and match reports. Today, Sweden’s team was nominated and we look forward to see young talents prove their worth in the tournament that always bring us entertainment and excitement. In Sweden we are especially curious to see what the brothers Alexander and William Nylander (sons of Michael Nylander) can do on the ice. William Nylander is destined to be a star in the National Hockey League, but currently spend his time in AHL.

Euro Hockey Tour 2015-16

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Euro Hockey Tour is a yearly ice hockey tournament between Sweden, Russia, Finland and Czech Republic. The format of the tournament has varied over time and in this post you can read about the 2015-16 edition. Euro Hockey Tour is a way of the four involved teams getting some time to play together before the IIHF World Championships in the spring. In 2016 the World Championships are held in Russia.

Euro Hockey Tour 2015-16

This season’s edition of the Euro Hockey Tour consists of two minor tournaments and six games where the teams face each other back to back:

5-8 November 2015: Karjala Cup (hosted by Finland and Sweden).
17-20 December 2015: Channel One Cup (hosted by Russia and Czech Republic).

The back to back games are scheduled in three rounds. Exact dates are not set yet.

February 2016:

Sweden – Finland
Czech Republic – Russia

April 2016:

Sweden – Russia
Czech Republic – Finland

End of April / beginning of May 2016:

Czech Republic – Sweden
Finland – Russia

Former winners of Euro Hockey Tour:

2014/2015 Sweden
2013/2014 Finland
2012/2013 Russia
2011/2012 Czech Republic
2010/2011 Russia
2009/2010 Finland
2008/2009 Russia
2007/2008 Russia
2006/2007 Sweden
2005/2006 Russia
2004/2005 Russia
2003/2004 Finland
2002/2003 Finland
2001/2002 Finland
2000/2001 Finland
1999/2000 Finland
1998/1999 Sweden
1997/1998 Czech Republic
1996/1997 Finland

Summary: Finland 8, Russia 6, Sweden: 3, Czech Republic 2.

Sort of a Finnish-Russian dominance, at least on the paper. However, in reality the statistics can be explained by the fact that Czech Republic usually is not interested of winning the Euro Hockey Tour. The tournament has kind of low prestige and is usually seen as an annoyance by the club teams. Russia have a large part of their players at home, in KHL which means they can always place a good team on the ice. Sweden currently has their 69 best players in the NHL. Finland is usually motivated by beating their “big brothers” in both the east and the west. There is no correlation between winning the World Championships and the Euro Hockey Tour, mainly because it is not the same team that is on the ice. With a few exceptions, all the nations usually bring in reinforcements from the National Hockey League. However, Euro Hockey Tour is always fun to watch. Perhaps it would be possible to make the tournament more attractive, like the European Championships of football. Maybe run it once every second or fourth year and find a way to bring in players of higher quality? Time will tell.