One of the best ice hockey tournaments in Europe - ever
Eighteen top clubs from seven countries are participating in the first European Trophy, a pre season ice hockey tournament with 84 games in August and a playoff in Red Bulls Salute in Salzburg 3-5 September.
- This is without a doubt a very competitive tournament, says European Trophy tournament director Bo Lennartsson.
During the last two days, the clubs have met in Gothenburg to discuss the upcoming tournament. The tournament is divided into two divisions, Central and Capital, and the first games are play August 11:th.
– The European Trophy is a natural development of the Nordic Trophy tournament, that included twelve Swedish and Finnish clubs, said Lennartsson about the new tournament, which includes 18 clubs from seven countries.
The group stage consists of nine rounds, followed by a playoff in Red Bulls Salute in Salzburg and Zell am See on September 3-5.
– Red Bulls Salute has proven to be one of the best ice hockey tournaments during its five year history and we are very proud to cooperate with the hosts of the tournament for our European Trophy playoffs, says Lennartsson.
During the two days in Gothenburg, the clubs have discussed the marketing of the tournament as well sport issues.
– We’re confident that we can deliver a really good product to European ice hockey fans, says Lennartsson, who has lead the Gothenburg meeting along with Frölunda’s club manager, Mats Ahdrian.
After not participating last year, the Finnish clubs are back in the tournament.
– It feels good to be back. We believe that European Trophy will increase the interest for the start of the Finnish SM-liiga, says Mikko Leinonen, Tappara’s club manager.
There has been great interest shown from European ice hockey clubs and four national champions participate in the tournament.
– European Trophy is a important part of our preparation for next season and a fantastic opportunity to play good competitive games during the pre season, says Sven Leuenberger, sport manager at SC Bern, the club in Europe with the highest average attendance.
The meeting in Gothenburg was held in good spirit, and all of the participating clubs showed great optimism and confidence for the upcoming tournament.
– The new clubs have shown great interest in the tournament and we’re getting indications that they are planning good game arrangements and a strong tournament, says Mats Ahdrian.
Eighteen clubs participated in the meeting: Adler Mannheim and Eisbären Berlin from Germany, IFK Helsingfors, Jokerit, Kärpät, TPS and Tappara from Finland, Bern and Zürich from Switzerland, Sparta Prague and Tjeckien, Red Bull from Austria, Vålerenga from Norway and the Swedish clubs Frölunda Indians, Färjestad BK, Djurgårdens IF, Linköpings HC, HV 71 and Malmö Redhawks.