ZURICH – The IIHF presented a plan for a relaunch of the Champions Hockey League for 2011-2012 to the representatives of the national member associations, their professional leagues and clubs of Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Sweden at a meeting in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday.
The league would consist of 16 teams (total of 59 games) for the first three seasons with a total investment of 17.6 million Swiss Francs over three years, divided into participation money, prize money, travel support and a settlement for the clubs who qualified for the Champions Hockey League in 2009-2010, the season which was cancelled due to the global financial crisis.
The meeting, which was attended by representatives of the National Hockey League, decided that all participating countries will come back with an answer regarding their participation by February 17. If the invited countries accept the invitation, the Champions Hockey League will start in October 2011 with a Final Four playoff being held in January 2012.
Information regarding national composition of the 16 teams, playing dates, and detailed format will be announced after February 17, pending the reply from the meeting participants.