The upcoming season of the Champions Hockey League has its complete line-up of 32 qualified teams after two final qualifiers late last night.
Pinguins Bremerhaven secured their place in the CHL for the very first time before ZSC Lions Zurich, who have now qualified for their seventh CHL season, filled in the final remaining place.
The 2021/22 CHL Group Stage Draw, which will draw the 32 teams into eight groups of four, will take place on Wednesday, May 19 at 18:00 CEST, and will be broadcasted live on the CHL’s digital platforms. Watch our video to find out more about the Draw.
We are still waiting for the Finnish Liiga and the SHL to end to complete seeding for the draw, but it is already certain that newly crowned Swiss NL champions EV Zug and DEL champions Eisbären Berlin will be allocated into Pot 1 alongside Extraliga champions Oceláři Třinec and the Liiga and SHL champions.
2019/20 CHL Champions the Frölunda Indians will also be seeded into Pot 1.
The list of 32 qualified teams also features five new names! Apart from DEL side Pinguins Bremerhaven, first-time Polish champions JKH GKS Jastrzębie, Swedish teams Rögle Ängelholm and Leksands IF, and HC Donbass Donetsk, who are the first Ukrainian team to qualify for the CHL, will all make their debut in the CHL later this year.
Check out the complete line-up below:
The complete list of teams qualified for the 2021/22 CHL season.
- KAC Klagenfurt (Champions)
- HC Bolzano (Regular Season winners)
- Red Bull Salzburg (Higher ranked semi-finalist)
- Yunost Minsk (Champions)
- Oceláři Třinec (Champions)
- Sparta Prague (Regular Season winners)
- BK Mladá Boleslav (Regular Season 3rd place)
- Lukko Rauma (Champions)
- IFK Helsinki (Regular Season runners-up)
- TPS Turku (Regular Season 3rd place)
- Tappara Tampere (Regular Season 4th place)
- Rouen Dragons (Champions)
- Eisbären Berlin (Champions)
- Adler Mannheim (Regular Season Group South winner)
- Red Bull Munich (Regular Season runner-up higher PPG)
- Pinguins Bremerhaven (Regular Season runner-up lower PPG)
- Frisk Asker (Regular Season winner)
- JKH GKS Jastrzębie (Champions)
- Frölunda Indians (CHL Champions)
- Växjö Lakers (Champions)
- Rögle Ängelholm (Regular Season runners-up)
- Leksands IF (Regular Season 3rd place)
- Skellefteå AIK (Regular Season 4th place)
- EV Zug (Champions)
- HC Lugano (Regular Season runners-up)
- Fribourg-Gottéron (Regular Season 3rd place)
- Lausanne HC (Regular Season 4th place)
- ZSC Lions Zurich (Regular Season 5th place)
- HC Donbass Donetsk (Champions)
The number of places given to each league is decided by the League Ranking.