ZURICH – The IIHF has announced on Tuesday the groups, the 20 participants and five hosts of the IIHF European Women’s Champions Cup events for the 2013/2014 season.
After an overwhelming number of team registrations and host applications, the groups for the first two rounds of the three-stage competition have been determined.
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Sixteen national champions will start their European campaign in the first round that will be played 18-20 October. French champion HC Neuilly sur Marne, Latvia’s Laima Riga, Slovak club Spisska Nova Ves and HDK Maribor from Slovenia will host the four tournaments.
The teams from last year’s finalists’ countries receive a bye and will start in the second round to be played 6-8 December. The Espoo Blues, who became Finnish champion for the first time since 2009, will host Group F that also includes AIK Stockholm from Sweden and two qualifiers.
Group E will include defending champion Tornado Moscow Region from Russia, Swiss champion ZSC Lions Zurich and two group winners from the first round.
Due to the Olympic Winter Games the final tournament will not be played in February but from 14 to 16 March 2014. The host team will be determined after the second round.
Tornado Moscow Region won the event in the last two years. The team from Dmitrov aims for the title hat trick. Last season the Russians edged the ZSC Lions Zurich 3-2 in overtime before blanking Sweden’s MODO Örnsköldsvik 5-0 and defeating Finnish host Kärpät Oulu 5-2 to claim the trophy.