2018-19 Euro Hockey Tour Schedule Released


After an odd year for the Euro Hockey Tour with the 2018 Olympics smack dab in the middle of the schedule, the 2018-19 Euro Hockey Tour schedule has returned to a similar format, with the core four teams of Czechia, Russia, Finland and Sweden starting up this season’s tournament in November.

Both November’s Karjala Tournament and December’s Channel One Cup return to the four team format, after a year of introducing six teams at both tournaments in the lead-up to PyeongChang. The Sweden Hockey Games, now known by their corporate name of the Beijer Hockey Games, will return to its February dates, while the Carlson Hockey Games slide out to the beginning of May, just prior to the start of the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia.

The Carlson Games will also act as the final leg of the 2019 Euro Hockey Challenge, with teams looking to gain valuable points to capture the Challenge title. Finland, who last year won both the Euro Hockey Tour and Challenge, will look to become the first team to repeat as double champions, while Russia and Sweden will look to carry momentum from their 2018 Olympic and World Championship Gold Medal victories, respectively, heading into the 2019 Worlds.

The schedule for the 2018-19 Euro Hockey Tour is as follows:

2018 KARJALA TOURNAMENT
2018 CHANNEL ONE CUP
Thursday, November 8
czech-11 Czechia vs. Sweden sweden-11
finland-11 Finland vs. Russia russia-11
Thursday, December 13
czech-11 Czechia vs. Finland finland-11
russia-11 Russia vs. Sweden sweden-11
Saturday, November 10
russia-11 Russia vs. Sweden sweden-11
czech-11 Czechia vs. Finland
Saturday, December 15
finland-11 Finland vs. Sweden sweden-11
czech-11 Czechia vs. Russia russia-11
Sunday, November 11
czech-11 
Czechia vs. Russia russia-11
finland-11 Finland vs. Sweden sweden-11
Sunday, December 16
czech-11 Czechia vs. Sweden sweden-11
finland-11 Finland vs. Russia russia-11
2019 BEIJER HOCKEY GAMES
2019 CARLSON HOCKEY GAMES
Thursday, February 7
czech-11 Czechia vs. Sweden sweden-11
finland-11 Finland vs. Russia russia-11
Thursday, May 2
czech-11 Czechia vs. Finland finland-11
russia-11 Russia vs. Sweden sweden-11
Saturday, February 9
czech-11 Czechia vs. Finland finland-11
russia-11 Russia vs. Sweden sweden-11
Saturday, May 4
finland-11 Finland vs. Russia russia-11
czech-11 Czechia vs. Sweden sweden-11
Sunday, February 10
czech-11 Czechia vs. Russia russia-11
finland-11 Finland vs. Sweden sweden-11
Sunday, May 5
finland-11 Finland vs. Sweden sweden-11
czech-11 Czechia vs. Russia russia-11

This year’s Tour once again sees Sweden starting the tour with the International Hockey Lineal Championship, ensuring the title will carry through at least to the Beijer Hockey Games, before the incumbent would start April in the Euro Hockey Challenge against a non-Tour competitor. Whether the title will make the Carlson Hockey Games, and who will hold the title into the 2019 Worlds, still remains to be seen!

Photo Credit: LeijonatIIHFHHOFIOC

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