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It’s big in Europe: IIHF wants to establish new ‘Pan-European club competition,’ coordinate events

This isn’t necessarily “big news” by North American standards, but the Russian, Swedish, Czech, and Slovak newspaper websites are reporting it like it’s HUGE. So, for the record, from the IIHF:

In a meeting chaired by IIHF President René Fasel, Europe’s main stakeholders in ice hockey met in Zurich on August 15 to determine the steps following the Hockey Forum that was held 12-14 June in Barcelona.

After verifying the main recommendations from the Barcelona meeting, the IIHF, the Member National Associations, Hockey Europe (association of leagues), Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and European Trophy (representing 32 clubs) identified these three issues as “areas of priority”:

• Formation of a top Pan-European club competition
• Reforming the International Break events for national teams
• Creating a new governance structure with representation of leagues and clubs.

The meeting agreed to put immediate focus on the issues of a European club competition and the International Breaks and decided to form working groups that were given a mandate to address these matters. A group working on new governance structures will be put together later.

“We took the important next step after the progress we made in Barcelona in June,” said IIHF President René Fasel. “Now it is the task of the working groups to produce proposals that will be accepted by all stakeholders.”

A Co-ordination Committee, which will oversee the working groups and which will determine the framework for their activities, was also established. The Co-ordination Committee will be chaired by IIHF Vice-President Kalervo Kummola and will have representation by one person each from a Member National Association, Hockey Europe, KHL and European Trophy.

The composition of the Working Groups will be announced later. The meeting decided that the Working Groups will have until June 30, 2013 to produce detailed proposals about the formation of a European club competition as well as for the reforming of the International Break events.

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alukacs's avatar

I think it is a big change for European club hockey… Not sure why the sarcastic lead-off from George.

Btw, what is “Big News” in North American standards? Bitching about the CBA and the Wings’ offseason n+1th time?

Posted by alukacs on 08/21/12 at 07:40 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I don’t think the North American audience understands it. It’s a big fundamental change but it’s hard to explain that to people who don’t follow European hockey. That and I was tired, honestly, so I just tossed it off. Sorry about the poor tone.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/21/12 at 10:49 PM ET


Sounds like they want to create a Champions League for euro hockey, which would be great if they can make the logistics work.

Posted by Thrace from Scotland on 08/22/12 at 07:47 AM ET

alukacs's avatar

I understand… I’m in the minority, since I follow Euro club hockey, especially the Austrian league… A Champion’s League system will be interesting, as the KHL’s European expansion might not be very sustainable…

Posted by alukacs on 08/22/12 at 05:03 PM ET

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