On its fifth year as a pre-season tournament Nordic Trophy becomes European Trophy and extends from 12 up to 18 participating clubs. European Trophy will be played during August 2010 with a final playoff in Salzburg, September 3-5.
“A natural development of Nordic Trophy into a new interesting pre-season tournament that will thrill fans, media and players during the pre-season”, Bo Lennartsson says, tournament director of European Trophy.
The Nordic Trophy pre-season tournament, played for the last four years with Swedish and Finnish teams, will for the 2010 tournament expand to 18 teams and form the new European Trophy Hockey Tournament.
The European Trophy is a international competition organized and financed by the participating clubs. Two divisions (see below game mode and schedule) have been formed taking into account the geographical aspect to optimize team travel. The games will be played according to IIHF-rules; the top ranked teams will be rewarded prize money.
The new format will consist of eighteen European top-teams from seven nations (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Austria) who compete in two divisions (Capital and Central) in August 2010 in a regulation round pre-season schedule.
Game days will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The regulation rounds will be played from August 11 to August 28, 2010. The top four teams of each division qualify for the play-offs of the European Trophy at the final weekend tournament which will take place in two venues (Salzburg and Zell am See). The final tournament – Red Bulls Salute – will take place from September 3-5, 2010. EC Red Bull Salzburg is set in the top eight as they are playing host of the finals.
“The Red Bulls Salute has over the years proved to be one of the best organized hockey tournaments in Europe and we are proud to cooperate with the organizers for the play-off round of the European Trophy”, says tournament director Bo Lennartsson.
EC Red Bull Salzburg is proud of its invitational tournament and deservedly so. In five years the Red Bulls Salute has gained international recognition bringing top-teams from all over the world to Salzburg, amongst others the NHL’s L.A. Kings, stars from Sweden, Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland or Slovakia.
Participants Capital Division
Adler Mannheim, GER
Eisbären Berlin, GER
Djurgårdens IF, SWE
Färjestad BK, SWE
Linköpings HC, SWE
Jokerit Helsinki, FIN
HC Sparta Praha, CZE
Vålerenga IF, NOR
Participants Central Division
SC Bern, SUI
ZSC Lions, SUI
Frölunda Indians, SWE
Malmö Redhawks, SWE
EC Red Bull Salzburg, AUT
Oulun Kärpät, FIN
TPS Turku, FIN
Game days for 2010 European Trophy
General directors of the European Trophy will be Mats Ahdrian, Frölunda Indians (SWE) and Mikko Leinonen, Tappara (FIN). Bo Lennartsson from Färjestads BK (SWE) will act as tournament director.
Official press officer of the European Trophy will be Peter Gyllander (Frölunda Indians): email@example.com
or +46-708 837 590.
Further information and contacts of the European Trophy can be found at the official tournament website: www.europeantrophy.com.
Official press officer for the Red Bulls Salute will be Guido Stapelfeldt (EC Red Bull Salzburg): firstname.lastname@example.org
or +43-664 326 7817
Further information and contacts of the Red Bulls Salute can be found at the official event website: www.redbullssalute.com
For further information:
Tournament Director of the European Trophy
+46 736 823 316
Official press officer of the European Trophy
+46 708 837 590
Official press officer for the Red Bulls Salute
+43-664 326 7817