After participating as a replacement for Russia at this weekend’s Beijer Hockey Games in Stockholm, it was today confirmed that Switzerland will replace Russia on the Euro Hockey Tour for at least the next two seasons, due to Russia being kicked off the tour for their invasion of Ukraine.
After their invasion of Ukraine that began on 24 February, the Tour’s other participants (Czechia, Finland and Sweden) were left to find replacements for both the Czech and Beijer Hockey Games, after they jointly announced they would no longer compete with Russia. Austria filled in at the Czech Hockey Games and Switzerland at the Beijer Hockey Games, with an understanding they would be invited to November’s Karjala Tournament in Finland to kick off the 2022-23 Tour. However, it was today confirmed that the Eisgenossen would join the Tour full-time, taking over hosting duties for what would normally be the Channel One Cup in the December international break. It has yet to be determined the Tour’s status following the 2023-24 season.
As reported by the Czech Ice Hockey Association, the schedule for the next two seasons has been mapped out, and is as follows:
2022-23 Euro Hockey Tour
- 10-13 November 2022 – Karjala Tournament (hosted by Finland)
- 15-18 December 2022 – tournament name TBC (hosted by Switzerland)
- 09-12 February 2023 – Beijer Hockey Games (hosted by Sweden)
- 27-30 April 2023 – Czech Hockey Games (hosted by Czechia)
2023-24 Euro Hockey Tour
- 09-12 November 2023 – Karjala Tournament (hosted by Finland)
- 14-17 December 2023 – tournament name TBC (hosted by Switzerland)
- 08-11 February 2024 – Beijer Hockey Games (hosted by Sweden)
- 02-05 May 2024 – Czech Hockey Games (hosted by Czechia)