The Champions Hockey League is an international ice hockey league. Launched in the last year by 24 clubs, it is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. Participating teams include the best teams from North America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. This year, the tournament features the Western Conference with the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames as its teams. The other conferences have teams like the Eastern Conference with the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers, the Presidents’ Trophy winner, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, and the Stanley Cup champion, Chicago Black and White.
The Hockey League features four different conferences, each with its own schedule and play-offs. The W-League has teams in Finland, Austria and Switzerland. The Q-LAN has teams in Britain, Netherlands and Sweden. The L-Cajustic, French HC Braccoon and Finnish LV Prongen are also in this league. The OSA has teams in Canada, China, Cuba and the United States.
There are two separate conferences for the Hockey League. Each conference features four teams. The first is the European Qualifying stage where the highest ranked teams qualify for the playoffs. The second stage consists of teams finishing third, fourth or fifth in their respective leagues. There is also a World Stage, where teams from across the world compete for the Olympic berth. The World Stage is scheduled to end on August 11, while the Olympic Stage will run from September to November.
In the regular season, teams play each other once every two weeks. The first week of play is reserved for the home and away season. Then the teams play each other once a week during the playoffs. For instance, a team that finished third in the regular season plays the fourth team in its round robin series. All series wins and losses are carried forward to the next season.
The play-offs consist of two teams playing for the championship. The winner of each team gets to take the trophy. The play-offs are divided between the conferences based on their standings. The top team in each conference wins the play-offs.
The Presidents’ Cup is the most recent championship awarded to teams. It is a three-game tournament. The first two weeks feature lower level teams, while the teams at the end of the season receive invites to play in the Presidents’ Cup. A team that wins the Presidents’ Cup becomes the team that wears the” Championship Ring” after the play-offs.
The referees in the Champions Hockey League play a different type of game than the official rules of the game. They use a three-fourths rule to call a game. This means a power-play or a penalty kill will be called without regard for the time on the clock. Time-starved fans in the stands will be treated to an exciting, “hustle-bustle” type of play. The play-offs are a thrill for the viewers, but the championship games are far more thrilling for the teams and the players.
The Hockey League has 12 teams. The top two teams in each league qualify for the playoffs. There are two more levels to the playoffs. Teams that reach the Qwest Conference come into a play-in game against the teams from the Metro Division. The winner of this play-in game then moves on to face the winner of the North Division. The losing teams in either the North or Metro Divisions play the other conferences’ champion in the next play-in game.
In the regular season, the play-ins consist of two from the league’s Western Hockey League and one from the Eastern Hockey League. In cases where there is only one play-in team from one league, the player that plays on the left side of the ice and the player that play on the right side of the ice usually makes up the “play-in” for that team. It is usually the right-handed player that plays on the right side of the ice. If there is a play-in between two players, the right or left player is considered to be the “goaltender”. These play-ins are usually played during the pre-season.
There are two exceptions to the play-ins rule. If one or more teams need to dress more players than the minimum required by the league rules, then the applicable play-in game will be cancelled. This usually happens when an injury occurs or if a team needs to change players. Other reasons that play-ins may be cancelled include holidays, vacations and teams traveling to other countries. Check with your champions hockey league for more details.
For most of the season, the play-ins will be a part of the league’s bench. However, there are playoffs and play-ins are considered for the Championship Series. All championship series games are played according to the same standards as the regular season play-ins, including how many players are permitted on the ice at any given time.