Kukla's Korner Hockey
The summer vacations are over, and kids are back in school, so the puck must be about to drop in Europe. And so it is. The KHL kicks off on Wednesday, the Swiss league on Thursday, and by the end of next week, all European major leagues will be under way for 2011-12.
The European Trophy has surely reached one of the main early objectives the founders had, which was to raise the awareness and prestige of the pre-season games. In five years, the eight-team strong (four from Sweden and Finland each) Nordic Trophy has grown into today’s European Trophy, a pre-season league with 24 teams from six different countries: Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
The last games of the European Trophy group stage are played on Tuesday, but we already know that three Swedish teams (Frölunda, Luleå, and Linköping), three Czech teams (Mountfield, Plzen, and Pardubice), one Finnish team (Jokerit), and EC Red Bull Salzburg will play for the championship in the Red Bulls Salute, the final tournament that will be played in Salzburg and Vienna in Austria.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
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