Lulea Hockey will begin defence of its CHL title on home ice against Lukko Rauma. Photo: Martin Rose / Getty Images
ZURICH – The Champions Hockey League has released its schedule for the 2015–16 Group Stage. In all, 96 games are organized into three consecutive weekends (Thursday to Sunday) of 32 games each between 20 August and 6 September.
Canada's Patrick Wiercioch (#46) keeps close watch on Russia's Vadim Shipachyov (#87) while Aaron Ekblad (#5) battles with Yevgeni Dadonov (#63) during gold medal game action at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Sixteen teams, 64 games, 17 days, a record crowd of 741,690 overall, and one of the most dominating performances by the winning team in a long time.