Player freeze in the CHL

Eight teams made moves; Bern signed Gélinas


Martin Gélinas, here against Vancouver’s Mattias Öhlund, played for the Nashville Predators last season. Photo: Getty Images/NHLI

ZURICH – A five-day Champions Hockey League transfer period (“window”) closed at midnight (Zurich time) on Monday, November 3. The twelve CHL teams could register two new players for the purpose of Champions Hockey League participation. Eight of the twelve teams used the opportunity to make roster changes for the three last three Group Stage games – and possibly longer.

SC Bern concluded a “last-minute” transfer on Monday night when they added former NHL player Martin Gélinas to their roster. Gélinas was signed to a 14-day try-out, with the possibility of extension for the rest of the season.

A summary of all team’s CHL-transfers is listed below.   

Click here for the Champions Hockey League schedule.

Each team could register two new players for the purpose of Champions Hockey League participation during the transfer period. Any players who where signed after September 30 (players who consequently were not the club's initial 40 (25 + 15) man team entry long list) had to be registered for CHL participation between October 30 and November 3.

For example: Despite that the ex-NHLer Kris Beech joined HV71 Jönköping on October 10, he had to be added to the team’s CHL roster during this transfer period since his arrival to Sweden was past the first CHL transfer deadline which was on September 30.

After November 3, no more changes can be made to the clubs’ Champions Hockey League rosters. The rosters that the clubs registered with the IIHF as of this deadline are final for the remainder of the 2008-2009 Champions Hockey League season. The new Team Entry Lists (maximum 40 players) was registered with the IIHF on November 4.  

NOTE: A player cannot compete for two Champions Hockey League teams in one season. There are no nationality restrictions as far as player eligibility is concerned in the Champions Hockey League.

Here is the complete list of all player movements during the October 30 – November 3 Champions Hockey League transfer period.

SC Bern:
In: Martin Gélinas (F, CAN)
Out: Reto Kobach (D, SUI)
Out: Kevin Ryser (D, SUI)

Espoo Blues:
In: Sami Sandell (F, FIN)
In: Tero Konttinen (D, FIN)
Out: Matti Uusivirta (F, FIN)
Out: Joni Töykkälä (F, FIN)

HV71 Jönköping:
In: Kris Beech (F, CAN)
Out: Veli-Pekka Laitinen (D, FIN)

Kärpät Oulu:
In: Toni Dahlman (F, FIN)

Linköpings HC:
Out: Petri Liimatainen (D, SWE)
Out: Sebastian Lauritzen (F, SWE)

Metallurg Magnitogorsk:
In: Konstantin Pushkarev (F, KAZ)

Mountfield Ceske Budejovice:
In: Vitezslav Bilek (F, CZE)
In: Richard Jares (D, CZE)
Out: Petr Sailer (F, CZE)
Out: Jiri Simanek (F, CZE)

Salavat Yulayev Ufa:
In: Sergei Belov (G, RUS)
Out: Rafael Khakimov (G, RUS)

Slovan Bratislava:
In: Martin Hlavacka (D, CZE)
Out: Coach Zdeno Ciger (Coach, SVK)
Out: Adam Bezak (F, SVK)
Out: Henrik Petre (D, SWE)



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