The Champions Hockey League AG (CHL) is a company established in 2013 in Switzerland that holds all rights of the Champions Hockey League and organises the competition. CHL is an AG (Aktiengesellschaft = Ltd.) registered in Zug under Swiss Law. As such the CHL is owned by shareholders and governed by a board which is elected by the CHL General Meeting, the league’s legislative body
The shareholding structure of the company is as follows:
26 Founding Clubs: 63%
6 Founding Leagues: 25%
The shareholders of CHL have, through the General Meeting, appointed the following board and respective shareholder representatives. The board is the CHL’s executive body.
CHL Founding Members
The founding members and subsequent group of shareholders can be summarized as set out below.
- 26 Founding Clubs
- 6 Founding Leagues
- International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
Founding Clubs (A-License)
These are clubs that have: an established record of sportive excellence; contributed to the development of ice hockey in their country; solid financial status and organisation; developed infrastructure, and can thus be considered as worthy representatives of their country and league in the CHL. These clubs are mainly, but not limited to, those who have been instrumental in developing the European Trophy competition and who have over a period of time invested effort and funds into that competition. For the first three years of the CHL competition, founding clubs had granted playing rights. Starting with the 2017/18 season, also founding clubs must earn their CHL spots via qualification on sporting merits in the domestic league.
Founding Leagues (B-License)
These are clubs that are not "A" licensed clubs but that are national champions or regular season winners from a Founding League from the previous season or as per appointment according to a performance related formula where finishing among the top teams in the playoffs or the regular season of their domestic league. A B-License is awarded to clubs for one season only.
These are also called Wild Card Clubs; these may be clubs that are previous winners of the Champions Hockey League, champions from leagues outside of the Founding Leagues or other deserving clubs, and are appointed as per CHL Board decision. It is the CHL’s objective via the Wild Card system, to contribute to the development of European club ice hockey by having an internationally as diverse as possible participation field.
The Champions Hockey League Board is composed by 9 members and reflects the shareholder structure of the company. Board members represent proportionally the clubs, the leagues and the IIHF and are elected at the annual General Meeting of the league.
|Chairman||Anders Ternbom (SWE)|
CEO of HUB, the association of the Swedish Founding Clubs of the CHL
|Clubs||Rupert Zamorsky (AUT)|
Head of Marketing for EC Red Bull Salzburg
|Peter Zahner (SUI)|
CEO of ZSC Lions Zurich
|Petr Briza (CZE)|
Chairman of Sparta Prague, former Czechoslovak national team goalie
|Gernot Tripcke (GER)|
GM of Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)
|Timo Everi (FIN)|
Chairman of IFK Helsinki
|Leagues||Christian Feichtinger (AUT)|
CEO of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL)
|Jörgen Lindgren (SWE)|
General Manager of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
|IIHF||Rene Fasel (SUI)|
President, International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
The CHL Office is based in Zug, Switzerland:
Champions Hockey League (CHL) AG
|Martin Baumann, CEO|
Martin Baumann brings a wealth of business and start-up experience to the newly founded Champions Hockey League, primarily from the international private banking sector where he was responsible for executing start-up operations in Germany, Italy, Spain, Dubai and Hong Kong, with earlier banking management roles in London and New York. Baumann earned his Executive MBA with the Business University of Lucerne, Switzerland. In his spare time Baumann is an active endurance athlete. He joined the Champions Hockey League in March 2014.
|Bo Lennartsson, Sport Director|
Bo Lennartsson has held leadership roles in hockey since the early 80s. He has coached the Swedish powerhouse Färjestad Karlstad to two national championships and two silver medals. Lennartsson’s coaching career also included two years with the Swedish national junior team. He was later Färjestad’s Director of Player Development before becoming Tournament Director of the European Trophy 2010-2013. He was an integral part of the process which saw the European Trophy successfully being integrated into the Champions Hockey League.
|Alexander Jaeger, Sport Manager|
Alexander Jaeger joined the Champions Hockey League with a background of both Sports and Business Administration. He focused in his studies on International Business and has experience on highest club level in both sports and financial executive positions. As a former player he has also earned an A-License coaching degree and gained experience in coaching both youth and professional team level. He has been an instrumental initiator in founding the DEL II as League CEO. Alex is with the CHL as of July 2015
|Monika Reinhard-Brand, Communication & Digital Media Manager|
Monika Reinhard-Brand is a communication expert who brings experience from both sides: media and sports organisation. She worked as a sports journalist for Switzerland's most read news website for several years before she joined the Swiss Floorball Federation as Head of Communications. In this role she was highly involved into the launch of the new event format “Superfinal”, which brought the marginal sport into the (TV) spotlight. Reinhard has played ice hockey for over 15 years. She joined the Champions Hockey League in October 2015.
|Florian Mayer, Marketing & Event Coordinator|
Florian Mayer gathered valuable experience in different sports organisations. After his successful graduation in Sports Management from IST Studieninstitut in Düsseldorf, he worked for the XGames Munich before assuming the role of Operations Assistant at the European Youth Olympic Games 2015 in Austria & Liechtenstein. As an active hockey player he brings to the table deep knowledge about the sport and its environment. He joined the CHL in July 2015.