With 12 days until the draw for next season's Champions Hockey League, we can present you the seedings for the groups draw.
Reigning Champions JYP Jyväskylä are the top ranked and seeded team, followed by the national champions of the six Founding Leagues: Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The number of places per league, and seeding of their teams, is calculated from the CHL Ranking Tool.
Pot 1: JYP Jyväskylä (CHLW) Växjö Lakers (SWE1) Kärpät Oulu (FIN1) Kometa Brno (CZE1) ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI1) Red Bull Munich (GER1) HC Bolzano (ITA/EBEL1) Djurgården Stockholm (SWE2)
Pot 2: TPS Turku (FIN2) HC Pilsen (CZE2) SC Bern (SUI2) Eisbären Berlin (GER2) Vienna Capitals (AUT/EBEL2) Skellefteå AIK (SWE3) Tappara Tampere (FIN3) Mountfield HK (CZE3)
Pot 3: EV Zug (SUI3) THOMAS SABO Ice Tigers (GER3) Red Bull Salzburg (AUT/EBEL3) Malmö Redhawks (SWE4) IFK Helsinki (FIN4) Oceláři Třinec (CZE4) HC Lugano (SUI4) Frölunda Indians (SWE5)
Pot 4: HC05 Banská Bystrica (SVK1) Neman Grodno (BLR1) Storhamar Hamar (NOR1) Cardiff Devils (GBR1) Aalborg Pirates (DEN1) Rouen Dragons (FRA1) GKS Tychy (POL1) Yunost Minsk (CCW)
How does the draw work?
- The 32 teams are divided into four pots of 8 teams each.
- Pot 1: Teams ranked 1-8 | Pot 2: Teams ranked 9-16 | Pot 3: Teams ranked 17-24 | Pot 4: Teams ranked 25-32; the CHL ranking tool applies.
- Draw order: Teams from pot 4 will be drawn first, teams from pot 1 last.
- The Draw will provide 8 groups of four teams each.
- Clubs from the same league cannot be drawn into the same group.
- Should a league conflict occur then the club in question will be placed in the next possible group available, determined by the help of software.
The draw itself takes play on 16 May live from the Royal Arena in Copenhagen at 16:00. It will be streamed live across the CHL's online platforms!