Schedule, Champions Hockey League, 2015-16, Round of 32

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The group stage in CHL is over and the Round of 32 has been drawn. Last year’s champions, Luleå, got a tough opponent in Swedish Färjestad. Färjestad is a classic Swedish team that is aiming for the top in Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this year. They missed the play off in SHL last year for the first time since 1994. Luleå has two goals this year: To win the SHL and the Champions Hockey League. Växjö, who won SHL last year, also got Swedish opposition in form of the capital team Djurgården. The play offs are being decided by two games. The first game is played September 22 and the second October 6.

Match-ups, CHL Round of 32

HV 71-Trinec
Adler Mannheim-Espoo Blues
HC Davos–IFK Helsingfors
ZSC Lions Zürich – Sparta Prag
Stavanger Oilers – Eisbären Berlin
Storhamar–Red Bull Salzburg
TPS Åbo–Jyp Jyväskylä
HC Litvinov–Vienna Capitals
Red Bull Munich–Lukko Rauma
We have some interesting match-ups this year with many good teams. Although, it all comes back to motivation since the CHL haven’t quite got a breakthrough yet. Slowly but steady the tournament will gain more prestige though. The Swedish teams that are participating (HV71, Linköping, Skellefteå, Frölunda, Växjö, Djurgården, Luleå, Färjestad) are all quality teams. From these, at least Luleå, Skellefteå, Växjö and last year’s finalist Frölunda should be able to battle for the tournament victory. We have also some of the Finnish teams among the candidates for gold in the CHL. Below is a list of number of teams per country:
Sweden (8)
Finland (8)
Germany (5)
Czech Republic (3)
Switzerland (2)
Norway (2)
Slovakia (2)
Austria (2)
We are looking forward to another season of entertaining European Hockey during the 2015/2016 Champions Hockey League. If we are to pick a winner we think that Luleå HF will be the champions this year again, if they can eliminate their countrymen from Färjestad in the Round of 32.

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