2016 Euro Hockey Challenge Schedule Confirmed

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After a major overhaul to the Euro Hockey Challenge in the 2014-15 season, this year’s EHC will retain the current format, in the lead-up to the 2016 World Championships in Russia.

Similar to last year, the last two legs will feature two series each as part of the Euro Hockey Tour, between Russia, Finland, Sweden and Czechia. All 12ย teams from last year’s EHC will join, with the only non-European participant in the World Championships being Hungary (along with non-Euro squads Canada, Kazakhstan and the United States).

Last year’s tournament featuredย two title changes, with the incumbent champions (and last year’s EHC winners) from Czechiaย winning five straight title games (with pairs of wins against Norway and Slovakia) before losing to Sweden, who won three straight to carry the title into the 2015 Worlds in Prague.

Final dates and locations will be released soon, and will be updated here as soon as they become available.

Schedules for the Euro Hockey Challenge (with Euro Hockey Tour games noted in parentheses) are as follows:

First Leg, 6-10 April
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France @ Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany @ Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia @ Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia @ Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway @ Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland @ Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

Second Leg, 13-17 April
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia @ Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark @ France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden @ Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland @ Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia @ Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia @ Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Third Leg, 20-24 April
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway @ Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechiaย @ Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย (EHT)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia @ France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany @ Latviaย ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia @ย Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย (EHT)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus @ Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Fourth Leg, 27 April – 01 May
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden @ Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย (EHT)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus @ Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland @ Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France @ Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland @ Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย (EHT)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark @ Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

If Canada does not play again until the Worlds in May,ย this means the title will not be up for contention atย this year’s Challenge. However, this tune-up will benefit these squads heading into Saint Petersburg and Moscow, and with a new Canadian lineup taking the ice for the first time, perhaps can wrench away the title early on!

Photo Credit: CSLHย  โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC

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