2018–19 Champions Hockey League
|Dates||30 August 2018 – February 2019|
|Goals scored||630 (6.06 per match)|
|Scoring leader(s)|| David Stach (HC Plzeň)|
The 2018–19 Champions Hockey League is the fifth season of the Champions Hockey League, a European ice hockey tournament. The tournament is competed by 32 teams, and qualification was on sporting merits only. The six founding leagues are represented by between three and five teams (based on a four-year league ranking), while seven "challenge leagues" are represented by one team each. One place was awarded to the Continental Cup champion. Unlike in the first three editions, founding teams did not automatically qualify. The regular season began on 30 August 2018, and ended on 17 October 2018.
A total of 32 teams from different European first-tier leagues participate in the 2018–19 Champions Hockey League. Besides the Continental Cup champions, 24 teams from the six founding leagues, as well as the national champions from Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, France, Belarus, Great Britain and Poland qualified.
The qualification for these places was set out in the rules as follows:
- National league champion (play-off winners)
- Regular season winners
- Regular season runner-up
- Losing play-off finalist
- Higher regular season ranked losing semi-finalist
- Lower regular season ranked losing semi-finalist
- Third placed team in regular season
- Fourth placed team in regular season
- Fifth placed team in regular season.
For the group stage, the teams were drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams. Each team played home and away against every other team for a total of 6 games. The best 2 teams qualified to the round of 16.
As the reigning CHL champions, JYP were the top seeded team. In the top pot were also the reigning champions of the six founding leagues and the regular season winner of SHL. The 16 remaining teams from founding leagues were placed to pots 2 and 3. The fourth pot included playoff champions of seven challenge leagues and Yunost Minsk, the champion of 2017–18 IIHF Continental Cup.
Group stage tie-breaking criteria
If two teams were tied in points after the group stage was finished, the teams precedence was decided by head-to-head games. If teams were tied after that, then the team which was ranked higher prior to the tournament will take precedence. When comparing head-to-head results, the following criteria was applied:
- more points in games against the other tied team
- better goal difference in games against the other tied team
- more goals scored against the other tied team
- more goals scored in a single game against the other tied team
- overtime wins against the other tied team
- more goals scored in the two game winning shot competitions
- higher position in the 2016/17 CHL club ranking
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
|1||Frölunda HC||6||4||0||1||1||22||11||+11||13||Advance to Playoffs||—||4–2||1–4||6–0|
|2||ZSC Lions||6||3||2||0||1||26||18||+8||13||3–2 (SO)||—||7–4||6–5 (OT)|
|3||Vienna Capitals||6||2||0||1||3||19||22||−3||7||1–4||2–6||—||2–3 (OT)|
|1||Malmö Redhawks||6||4||0||0||2||24||16||+8||12||Advance to Playoffs||—||6–1||8–4||4–1|
|2||Red Bull München||6||4||0||0||2||19||17||+2||12||3–2||—||5–1||4–3|
|1||Skellefteå AIK||6||4||0||2||0||27||13||+14||14||Advance to Playoffs||—||2–1||3–4 (OT)||6–2|
|2||HC Bolzano||6||2||2||0||2||20||16||+4||10||4–3 (SO)||—||4–1||6–4|
|1||EV Zug||6||5||0||1||0||22||12||+10||16||Advance to Playoffs||—||2–1||6–1||2–3 (OT)|
|1||Tappara||6||4||1||1||0||29||12||+17||15||Advance to Playoffs||—||6–1||5–1||3–2 (OT)|
|2||Storhamar||6||2||1||1||2||17||20||−3||9||3–2 (SO)||—||2–3 (OT)||6–2|
|1||Kärpät||6||4||1||0||1||27||14||+13||14||Advance to Playoffs||—||4–0||9–3||3–2|
|2||Dragons de Rouen||6||3||0||0||3||15||15||0||9||2–4||—||4–2||2–0|
|3||Nürnberg Ice Tigers||6||2||1||0||3||17||25||−8||8||4–3||2–5||—||4–3 (OT)|
|4||Mountfield HK||6||1||0||2||3||12||17||−5||5||3–4 (SO)||3–2||1–2||—|
|1||Red Bull Salzburg||6||4||0||1||1||18||15||+3||13||Advance to Playoffs||—||2–1||4–3||4–2|
|2||SC Bern||6||3||2||0||1||15||11||+4||13||2–1 (SO)||—||4–3||3–2|
|4||Cardiff Devils||6||0||0||2||4||14||24||−10||2||2–5||2–3 (OT)||5–6 (OT)||—|
|1||HC Plzeň||6||5||1||0||0||25||14||+11||17||Advance to Playoffs||—||3–2||4–2||6–4|
|4||HC '05 Banská Bystrica||6||1||0||1||4||13||27||−14||4||2–3 (OT)||5–2||1–6||—|
|A||Frölunda HC (6)||ZSC Lions|
|B||Malmö Redhawks (8)||Red Bull München|
|C||Skellefteå AIK (4)||HC Bolzano|
|D||EV Zug (2)||Kometa Brno|
|F||Kärpät (5)||Dragons de Rouen|
|G||Red Bull Salzburg (7)||SC Bern|
|H||HC Plzeň (1)||HC Lugano|
In each round except the final, the teams will play two games and the aggregate score will decide the team which advances. As a rule, the first leg will be hosted by the team who has the inferior record in the tournament so far and the second leg will be played on the home ice of the other team. If aggregate score is tied, a sudden death overtime will follow. If the overtime is scoreless, the team who wins the game winning shot competition advances.
The final will be played on the home ice of the team who has the better record in the tournament on 5 February 2019.
The 8 group winners and the 8 second-placed teams advanced to the Round of 16. The teams were divided into two seeding groups and group winners were randomly drawn against runners-up. Teams who had faced each other in the group stage couldn't be drawn against each other in the round of 16. The draw took place in Helsinki, Finland on 19 October 2018.
- The teams listed on top of each tie were runners up in the group stage and play the first leg at home. The bottom team were group winners and play the second leg at home. Malmö Redhawks however, ended up playing their first leg at home due to their arena being reserved on 20 November.
- The order of the legs (which team starts at home) in the future rounds may be changed as the team with best record should have the second match at home.
The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of the first game of the Round of 16.
|David Stach||HC Plzeň||7||3||8||11||0||0||1||2||0||15||20.00%|
|Peter Schneider||Vienna Capitals||6||7||3||10||29||0||1||4||0||27||25.93%|
|Lino Martschini||EV Zug||7||6||4||10||2||+6||1||1||0||32||18.75%|
|Nicolas Deschamps||Dragons de Rouen||7||5||5||10||2||+4||1||1||0||21||23.81%|
|Mathis Olimb||Skellefteå AIK||7||2||8||10||8||+8||0||0||0||8||25.00%|
|Joakim Lindström||Skellefteå AIK||6||1||9||10||0||+8||0||1||0||27||3.70%|
|Ryan Lasch||Frölunda HC||7||0||10||10||4||+1||0||0||0||19||0.00%|
|Cristopher Nihlstorp||Malmö Redhawks||3||2||1||78||5||93.98%||1.67||0||180|
|Matija Pintarič||Dragons de Rouen||7||3||3||244||17||93.49%||2.45||1||416|
|Elvis Merzļikins||HC Lugano||7||3||3||183||13||93.37%||1.87||2||417|
|Johan Mattsson||Frölunda HC||6||3||2||125||9||93.28%||1.69||0||319|
|Maximilian Franzreb||Eisbären Berlin||5||2||2||133||10||93.01%||2.47||0||243|
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