Four teams who were all their country's first Champions Hockey League participants know that a place in next season's competition is on the line when they contest the IIHF Continental Cup Final Round this weekend.
Comarch Cracovia, Neman Grodno, Nottingham Panthers and SønderjyskE Vojens have all played in the Champions Hockey League before, and one of them will win a place in the 2020/21 season if they can finish above the other three.
Nottingham and SønderjyskE, who host the Final, qualified from Group E , both winning two games each. Neman and Cracovia qualified through Group F in Cracow thanks to having the tie-breaks over HC Donbass of Ukraine - all three teams were tied on five points at the end of the round.
The Panthers have the best CHL record having reached the Round of 16 in 2017/18- the first, and so far only, team from the UK Elite League to have done so. Neman Grodno were the first team from Belarus to win a road game in the CHL last season in Zug, while they and SønderjyskE and the Panthers were the first team from their countries to win a game in the competition. Cracovia played two seasons in the CHL, and while they weren't able to win a game they did however get over 7,000 people at their first home game!
Following a CHL Board decision, all four teams are eligible for the 2020/21 Champions Hockey League if they win the IIHF Continental Cup.