ICE Hockey League officially opens new season
Tuesday, 12. September 2023 |
ICE Hockey League officially opens new seasonThomas Raffl: "We are pleased that it is finally getting underway"// win2day ICE Hockey LeagueAt a press conference in Velden today, the new 2023/24 season was officially opened by the win2day ICE Hockey League.
In the presence of coaches and leading players from all participating clubs, journalists and viewers of the live broadcast got a first taste of the next almost eight months of the Austrian International Professional League.
The time of waiting is over! When the Red Bulls meet the KAC on Friday in the Eisarena Salzburg for the league opener of the 2023/24 season (7:30 p.m.), the mission to defend the title begins not only for the Salzburgers, but also for all other clubs the renewed hunt for the title. With the duel of the reigning against the Austrian record champion - Salzburg against Klagenfurt - the basic round also starts with a classic that has grown over many years and should get players as well as fans and spectators in the right mood for the new season.
Statement Thomas Raffl
Salzburg captain Thomas Raffl "Defending the title is just as difficult as winning a title for the first time. We want to stay hungry and mindful throughout the season, constantly developing. With the last CHL games, we have also become more accustomed to our system, the chemistry is right again and we're excited to finally get going."
win2day ICE Hockey League EC Red Bull Salzburg - EC-KAC Fri, Sept. 15, 2023; Eisarena Salzburg, 7:30 p.m. Pulse 24
Mode of the win2day ICE Hockey League 2023/24
The win2day ICE Hockey League consists of the same 13 teams as last season. This means that in the 2023/24 season, the league will again feature eight Austrian teams, three teams from Italy and one each from Hungary and Slovenia. The defending champion is EC Red Bull Salzburg.
In the regular season, a double round robin will be played. The teams ranked first through sixth after 48 match days qualify directly for the playoff quarterfinals. The teams ranked seventh through tenth will contest the pre-playoffs in best-of-three mode, with the seventh-place team choosing whether to face the ninth- or tenth-place team. The winners of the two series complete the field for the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinal pairings will also continue to be determined by a playoff pick. In this process, the top 3 teams select their opponent after the regular season. The fourth-place team is not available for selection and will face the team not selected in the pick. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played in best-of-seven mode. The team that is the first to achieve four wins will advance one round.
The winner of the win2day ICE Hockey League as well as the first two teams of the regular season qualify for the Champions Hockey League 2024/25. If the champion is already qualified, the third CHL starting spot of the league goes to the third-placed team of the basic round.
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