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 Shareholder Clubs: 63%
6 Shareholder 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.
The group of shareholders can be summarized as set out below.
Shareholder 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, shareholder clubs had granted playing rights. Starting with the 2017/18 season, also shareholder clubs must earn their CHL spots via qualification on sporting merits in the domestic league.
Shareholder Leagues (B-License)
These are clubs that are not "A" licensed clubs but that are national champions or regular season winners from a Shareholder League from the previous season or as per appointment according to a performance related formula where finishing among the top teams in 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 Shareholder 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 in 3-year terms.
Peter Zahner (SUI), CEO of ZSC Lions Zurich
Rupert Zamorsky (AUT), Head of Marketing for Red Bull Salzburg
Petr Syrovatko Jr. (CZE), Vice-President of Bílí Tygři Liberec
Gernot Tripcke (GER), GM of Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)
Timo Everi (FIN), Chairman of IFK Helsinki
Kaarel Lehiste (SWE), Chairman of Djurgården Hockey and Vice President of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
Christian Feichtinger (AUT), CEO of the ICE Hockey League
Jörgen Lindgren (SWE), CHL Vice President and President of Hockey Europe
Franz Reindl (GER), CHL Vice President, President of the German Ice Hockey Association and IIHF Council Member
The CHL Office is based in Zug, Switzerland:
Champions Hockey League (CHL) AG
Martin Baumann, CEO
Alexander Jäger, Sport Director
Monika Reinhard, Communication & Digital Media Director
Philip Schuler, Marketing & Events Director
Fadri Holinger, Sport Coordinator
Stefani Stajic, Communication & Digital Media Coordinator
Jelle van Waardenburg, Marketing & Events Coordinator