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NHL to invest in Champions Hockey League? UPD - back for 2010

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05-11-2009, 02:35 AM
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NHL to invest in Champions Hockey League? UPD - back for 2010

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/hockey/new...tml?cid=rsstsn

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The IIHF president also caught NHL executive Ken Yaffe off-guard when he publicly acknowledged that the league has a 30-day deadline to decide whether or not it will invest in the European-based Champions Hockey League next season.

The NHL had been hoping to keep its interest in the Champions Hockey League quiet.


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I moved this post from the thread on Fasel and alleged kickbacks to a new thread. I think it's a separate topic that should get some exposure...


Kukla's Korner had a blurb up in October, announcing the marketing alliance between the NHL and CHL/IIHF:

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.ph...hockey_league/

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NHL Establishes Marketing Alliance With Champions Hockey League
by Paul on 11/24/08 at 11:06 AM ET

NEW YORK (November 24, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a marketing alliance with the Champions Hockey League (CHL), the newly formed European club championship under the authority of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The CHL began play on October 8, 2008 in 12 European markets. Based on early success, the pan-European league is already scheduled to expand to 22 markets for next season.

Following the NHL’s participation in September’s Victoria Cup, a pre-season tournament in Bern, Switzerland which featured the New York Rangers and two CHL clubs, the two leagues began discussing further cooperation on various marketing initiatives which has led to the new alliance.

The leagues have agreed to form a working group to look at the future of the Victoria Cup, explore other competition formats between the leagues, create joint promotional and sales efforts and develop other cooperative initiatives to foster growth in hockey across North America, Europe and worldwide.
A link to a CHL newsletter:

http://www.iihf.com/fileadmin/user_u...ER_Issue_1.pdf

We also know that four NHL teams will kick off their NHL season in Europe, with one of the NHL teams playing an European team for the IIHF created Victoria Cup:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=422222

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Blackhawks will face ZSC Lions in Victoria Cup
Sunday, 05.10.2009 / 3:26 PM / News
By NHL.com Staff
Chicago Blackhawks Playoff GearBERNE – The NHL, NHL Players’ Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation Sunday announced that the Chicago Blackhawks will be the North American representative in the second annual Victoria Cup to be played on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at the 11,000-seat Hallenstadion in Zurich against the ZSC Lions, champions of the Champions Hockey League.

"The Chicago Blackhawks are a team with a rich history, a vibrant present and a bright future," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "They are outstanding representatives of our League and an ideal choice for participation in this event, as the Victoria Cup will mark the fourth consecutive decade in which the Blackhawks have faced international competition."

The ZSC Lions Zurich defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk, 5-0, on Jan. 28, 2009 to win the inaugural Champions Hockey League title, becoming the European club champion and thus earning the right to challenge for the Victoria Cup.

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Haha this is stupid, why would NHL teams play against Euro teams?

NHL clubs are obviously a huge cut above euro clubs talent wise, so they just stand to look bad if they lose because the players aren't used to euro size ice systems, or cuz the players decide to mail it in (while the euro players are obviously gonna try hard).

The only way the NHL should do this is if they send the worst NHL teams to europe as punishment for stinking up the league (haha islanders and lightning, you want those top draft picks?? goto siberia to play the magnetborsk magnetbots for 2 weeks). There wouldn't be much of a prestige issue if they lose, because people would just say haha oh well they suck anyways, and these crummy/poor NHL clubs could also get the revenue from their appearence and offset revenue sharing that better clubs have to send them.

Also what's up with them calling it the CHL?? Even these foreign guys shoulda heard of the Canadian Hockey League considering half the NHL came through it in junior, and memorial cup is a pretty prestigious championship. That kind of arrogant attitude is not going to endear many north american fans to this european vanity project.

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IIHF annouces return of Champions Hockey League next season

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2009/...ons-league--0/

Seeking new sponsors. New format coming.

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The IIHF hoped to get backing from the NHL and expand the league to 29 teams from 22 countries in the current season. Those plans were scaled back and then dropped because of the global financial crisis.
Not sure if the NHL will/won't put some $$ in the pot.

I can see this as a direct response to the 56-team league proposed by KHL pres.

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http://www.iihf.com/nc/home-of-hocke...-back-chl.html

A few comments.

And should you want to invest, the Champions Hockey League Tender Document is now available via the IIHF.

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Q: What would be the biggest difference from last year with regards to the structure?
A: The union of the Top-6 European leagues - Hockey Europe - wants an increased influence over the CHL.

Q: Does that pose a problem?
A: No. The leagues should have increased responsibility in shaping the future of European club hockey. They have the players, the clubs and the arenas.
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Agreed: Bring back CHL!
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Included in the agreement is a settlement that compensates the clubs that qualified for the 2009-2010 Champions Hockey League, which was cancelled on June 15, 2009 due to the global financial problems.
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Peter Gudmundson, General Manager of Hockey Europe said: “We are in a very exciting and dynamic phase in European club hockey right now. But regardless of what the best way may be five or ten years from now, the Champions Hockey League is right now the superior alternative and to get the league re-launched and underway in autumn of 2010 is our goal.

"Together with the IIHF, we are equal stakeholders in the league and we are committed to the effort.”
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Interesting how Hockey Europe (representing the top tier leagues of Germany, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and (as an associated member) Switzerland, formed last year) shaped up and is now presented as the driving force. It seems to me, that the IIHF (and Fasel in particular) imply, that it could be done without the KHL. I remember it was said somewhere, that Medvedev didn't want an NHL involvement, which would have meant, that the NHL would pay the main part but also get control of the CHL.

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Interesting how Hockey Europe (representing the top tier leagues of Germany, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and (as an associated member) Switzerland, formed last year) shaped up and is now presented as the driving force. It seems to me, that the IIHF (and Fasel in particular) imply, that it could be done without the KHL. I remember it was said somewhere, that Medvedev didn't want an NHL involvement, which would have meant, that the NHL would pay the main part but also get control of the CHL.
So what happens when Medvedevs expaned KHL takes the best players because it pays more and goes head to head and to be honest i bet he wins allready has an established thing and it appears the NHL attempting to support his adversary and that could backfire as well.
i am not sure whats being set up here but the KHL vs NHL has been taken up by IIHF now it maybe as well.

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Poor European hockey. Cursed to always be in the middle of a tug-o-war between NHL influence and Russian influence.

Well, at least the Cold War is over, right?

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Tell em to call it something else, "CHL" means something different here.

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Tell em to call it something else, "CHL" means something different here.
Canadian Hockey League
Central Hockey League
Champions Hockey League


'Twill get confusing any way.

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Tell em to call it something else, "CHL" means something different here.
Yeah! Call it the European Champion Hockey League!

Oh, wait.

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