For just the second time in history, the same nation has captured both the Euro Hockey Tour and Euro Hockey Challenge titles, with Finland today eking out Sweden to lock up the 2017-18 Tour, becoming the second team after Czechia in 2012 to achieve the double.
Ak Bars Kazan made KHL history on home ice, upending the expected champion CSKA Moscow in only five games to win the 2018 Gagarin Cup, becoming the first team in the league’s decade-long history to win three titles (2008, 2009, 2018).
The full schedule for the 2017-18 Euro Hockey Tour has been announced, the highlights being the moving of the Sweden Hockey Games to April (due to this year’s Olympics in February), and the addition of teams from Canada, Switzerland and Korea, all preparing for the Games in Pyeongchang.
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.
With the conclusion of both the Euro Hockey Tour and Euro Hockey Challenge, as the season ends to ring in the start of the 2017 World Championships in Paris and Cologne, the winners of both the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour and 12-nation Euro Hockey Challenge have been crowned for the 2016-17 season.
00:25 – PEN – Krivokrasov, hooking
04:39 – PEN – Balaštík, hooking
11:00 – PEN – Malenkikh, holding
12:16 – PEN – Beránek, hooking
16:20 – PEN – Sýkora, high sticking
01:44 – GOAL – Golts (Vyshedkevich, Yepanchintsev)
02:49 – PEN – Leška
06:48 – PEN – Koznev, roughing
06:48 – PEN – Sýkora, roughing / high sticking double minor
10:13 – PEN – Antipov
10:53 – PEN – Čajánek, boarding
11:25 – PEN – Nikolov, tripping
12:21 – PEN – Karpov, unsportsmanlike conduct
12:21 – PEN – Philipp, unsportsmanlike conduct
16:21 – PEN – Orekhovski, slashing