2018 Euro Hockey Challenge Schedule Confirmed


The Euro Hockey Challenge will return in the lead-up to the 2018 World Championships this season, with yet another scheduling reformat thanks to the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, with national teams fine-tuning their rosters before heading to Copenhagen and Herning.

Like in 2017, the Carlson Hockey Games will become part of the Challenge, with the Euro Hockey Tour teams Sweden, Finland, Czechia and 2017 champions Russia playing their Tour games as part of the Challenge, but now a second EHT competition will join the fray, with the Sweden Hockey Games, normally held in February but postponed due to the Olympics, comprising the fourth leg of the Challenge for these four nations.

All 12ย teams from last year’s EHC will join and play two-game sets per leg (with the exception of the teams noted above), the only European non-participant in this year’sย World Championships beingย Austria. Switzerland enters the tournament as the incumbent champions, seeking their second straight title; will the title return to one of the previous winners (as only Czechia, Finland and Sweden have won prior), or will a new champion emerge from the field?

Schedules for the 2018 Euro Hockey Challenge are as follows (with dates and locations updated as received), with IHLC games marked in bold:

First Leg, 4-8 April
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus @ Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย (4 Apr @ Turku, 5 Apr @ Hรคmeenlinna)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark @ France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย (6 and 7 Apr @ Grenoble)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany @ Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ (6 and 7 Aprย @ Sochi)
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปย Latvia @ Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด (6 and 7 Apr @ Halden)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia @ Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย (5 Apr @ Norrkรถping, 6 Apr @ Oskarshamn)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland @ย Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย (4 and 5 Apr @ Pล™รญbram)

Second Leg, 12-16 April
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus @ Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ (13 Apr @ La Chaux-de-Fonds, 14 Apr @ Lausanne)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia @ France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย (12 Apr @ Cergy-Pontoise, 15 Apr @ Amiens)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland @ Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป (11 and 12 Apr @ Rฤซga)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia @ Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดย (14 and 15 Apr @ Gjรธvik)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia @ Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช (14 Apr @ Weisswasser, 15 Apr @ Dresden)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden @ Denmarkย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย (12 Apr @ Rungsted, 14 Apr @ Rรธdovre)

Third Leg, 19-23 April
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland, ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Russia and ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย Sweden @ Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย (Carlson Hockey Games, 19-22 Apr @ Pardubice)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark @ Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ (20 and 21 Apr @ Grodno)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France @ Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย (19 Apr @ Wolfsburg, 21 Apr @ Berlin)
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia @ Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ (20 Apr @ Michalovce, 21 Apr @ Poprad)
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway @ Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ (20 Apr @ Langenthal, 21 Apr @ Biasca)

Fourth Leg, 26-30 April
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย Finland and ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Russiaย @ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย Swedenย (Sweden Hockey Games, 26-29 Apr @ Sรถdertรคlje and Stockholm)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France @ Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ (27 Apr @ Nitra, 28 Apr @ Pieลกลฅany)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany @ Denmarkย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย (25 Apr @ Vojens)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland @ Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปย (26 and 27 Apr @ Rฤซga)
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway @ Belarus ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ (27 and 28 Apr @ Babruysk)

Whether the IHLC will join the Euro Hockey Challenge, and whichever team it may come to the Challenge with, will be determined following the PyeongChang Games, as the IHLC will likely follow the Gold Medal winners in Korea (although history has shown a few exceptions to this rule), meaning the defending champions will have a lot of momentum heading into April, looking to continue that momentum into the World Championships the next month.

Photo Credit:ย Flickrย โ€“ย IIHFย โ€“ย HHOFย โ€“ย IOC

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