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What is the Champions Hockey Leauge?

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The Champions Hockey League is an ice hockey tournament that takes place in Europe between teams from six different hockey leagues across 10 countries, as of 2015. The league was founded by the Austrian Hockey League, Czech Extraliga, Finnish Liiga, German Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Swiss National League A and Swedish Hockey League.

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Teams from each of the participating hockey leagues can qualify three different ways. First, all 26 founding teams qualify for the tournament each year. Second, the two highest ranked teams from each of the participating leagues who are not also founding teams may participate. Finally, the remaining spots in the tournament are awarded to the championship teams from the hockey leagues in the United Kingdom, Norway, France, Denmark and Slovakia.

The winner of the tournament receives the European Trophy. The first winner of the tournament following the 2014-2015 hockey season was Sweden's Luleå Hockeyförening.

The games are aired internationally on television, even in regions that do not have hockey leagues that participate. For example, as of 2015, the Champions Hockey League partners with ONE World Sports and Univision Deportes Network to air the games in the United States, Sportsnet to air the games in Canada, and ESPN to air the games across South America.

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