Hockey Europe is the union of professional and independent ice hockey leagues in Europe, safeguarding the interests of their member leagues, currently consisting of members representing the national leagues of:
Nominees announced for 2023 Fenix Outdoor Euro Hockey Awards
The Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.) has announced the nominees for the 2023 Fenix Outdoor & Warrior European Hockey Awards.
Young Player of the Year - presented by Fjällräven
Nominated (in alphabetical order):
Leo Carlsson (Örebro Hockey, SWE) – Led SHL in assists (15) & points (25) for U20 player
Leevi Meriläinen (Kärpät Oulu, FIN) – 5th best Sv% (.918) & GAA (2.02) in Liiga + 2 NHL games
Aku Räty (Ilves Tampere, FIN) – 42pts (11th in Liiga) nearly doubled previous season
David Reinbacher (EHC Kloten, SUI) – 22pts 2nd among NL jr players, tied 20th among D-men at 17
William Wallinder (Rögle BK, SWE) – 21:27 led Rögle & 10th in SHL TOI, 13th in D pts with 26
Coach of the Year - presented by Globetrotter
Nominated (in alphabetical order):
Jan Cadieux (Genève-Servette, SUI) – In first full season behind GSHC bench won club’s 1st ever title
Jörgen Jönsson (Växjö Lakers, SWE) – Team back on top under new coach, won league & playoffs
Tommi Niemelä (Pelicans Lahti, FIN) – Steady progress in 3 seasons, this year Lahti’s 2nd ever final Jussi Tapola (Tappara Tampere, FIN) – Back-to-back Finnish doubles, this year CHL title added
Antti Törmänen (EHC Biel-Bienne, SUI) – Led team to 2nd place & finals despite cancer treatment
Club of the Year - presented by Hanwag
Nominated (in alphabetical order):
Belfast Giants (GBR) – dominated EIHL by winning league, playoffs, Challenge Cup in one season
Genève-Servette (SUI) – first title in club’s 118-year history, first regular season title in 56 years
Oceláři Třinec (CZE) – 4 straight Czech titles, 5 straight finals, heart & soul of a town of 34K
Växjö Lakers (SWE) – 4 titles (including 3 doubles) in last 8 years for club only founded in 1997
Tappara Tampere (FIN) – 11 seasons no worse than 4th, 4 titles, this year’s CHL win makes “treble”
Warrior Career Excellence Award
The Warrior Career Excellence Award is annually presented to the player who during his or her career has best exemplified the qualities of sportsmanship and dedication combined with community service and high standard of playing ability. Nominated (in alphabetical order):
Roman Červenka (R-Jona Lakers, SUI) – 2nd straight NL scoring title for 37-year-old Czech captain
Valtteri Filppula (Genève-Servette, SUI) – Triple Gold Club, this year added GSHC’s 1st ever title
Joakim Lindström (Skellefteå AIK, SWE) – SHL top scorer in 2010s, still a force at 39, cult figure
Tomáš Plekanec (Rytíři Kladno, CZE) – Captain of maternal club, at 40 still a top 2-way centre
Patrick Reimer (Nürnberg, GER) – DEL’s all-time goals & points leader, 3x MVP, Olympic silver
Voting is now open on www.eurohockeyclubs.com
The awards will be presented on 13 June at the Annual E.H.C. Awards Dinner in Prague.
For years pro players, fans and hockey enthusiasts have been searching for a community-driven media outlet that covers the stories of the hockey community that happen outside the locker room, around the world and without a league agenda.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that Hockey of Tomorrow have created that media outlet at Hockey of Tomorrow (hockeytomorrow.com)
They will be focused on covering the conventionally uncovered. They will prioritize fresh diverse contributors writing about new topics, providing an alternative stage for their stories. More than that, they’re helping build a platform that gives people an opportunity to be a part of the sustainable growth of the sport of hockey. They're doing this through the following core pillars:
- Contributors - Our platform is providing the opportunity for fresh voices to help spark a change in the existing hockey culture. This is a first in hockey.
- Innovators - These are the entrepreneurs that are shaping the future of hockey through their startups or small businesses. We need to support their visions.
- Changemakers - The non-profit organizations that are out there in the trenches moving the needle on accessibility and progress. They deserve a spotlight.
- Partners - The brands and corporations that will want to help fund our mission of sustainably shaping the positive future of hockey.
- Pro Player Collabs - We'll be doing cool things with even cooler players.
Hockey Europe gets a rebranding
Since the founding of the Hockey Europe Union in 2008, there has been a logo. After 15 years the organization gets a new face with a redesigned logo as well as a modern homepage. Some important features have been retained in the design revision process, thus also strengthening the Hockey Europe brand.
Hockey Europe and Hockey of Tomorrow Announce Official Media Partnership for 2023
Hockey of Tomorrow (HoT), a vibrant media and community platform where fresh voices cover hockey’s positive impact stories and the people changing the game, has agreed on a formal partnership with Hockey Europe. The platform will get exclusive access and cooperation to cover all tech, cultural and social impact news that comes out of the Swedish Hockey League, SM-liiga, Czech Extraliga, Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Austrian Hockey League, and the National League from Switzerland.
With a planned digital launch on March 24, 2023, HoT will host written, audio, and video content in long and short form, created by a meticulously recruited set of 15 diverse, up-and-coming, and fresh-voice contributors. Hockey Europe plans to ramp up operations in the foreseeable future and given its purpose to promote cooperation, amicable relations, and unity across European hockey, there was a strong affinity with Hockey of Tomorrow’s vision.
“Hockey Europe is entering a new, more active, and ambitious phase of its existence. The collaboration with Hockey of Tomorrow will help us communicate our ambitions as European hockey leaders. We’re thrilled to spotlight the important roles that our leagues hold internationally,” said Denis Vaucher, Hockey Europe President and CEO of the National League in Switzerland.
One of the main initial focuses for HoT will be to bring to life the league storylines, their cultural differences, and their contextual relevance within the hockey industry in North America.
“Hockey of Tomorrow has a fascinating challenge in front of it: to provide the North American hockey fan an opportunity to engage with European hockey, in English. Hockey across the top European leagues is so rich in history and baked in traditions, but the main issue is that it’s spread across a half dozen languages,” opined Thomas Sychterz, Founder and CEO of Hockey of Tomorrow.
The platform is careful to specify that it will be a step-by-step process and that it will take time to build trust and understanding.
“On a macro level, and people don’t realize this, Hockey Europe leagues represent over $1B of yearly revenue. That’s significant. Shedding some light for the Canadian or American fan on what’s happening across the ocean in hockey is right up our alley,” stated Sychterz.
Several long-form pieces of written content about the various leagues are ready to be published. Also, a podcast with league CEOs as guests will hit streaming platforms in a few weeks.
“The partnership is an exciting exploratory moment for the Hockey Europe organization and we’re looking forward to collaborating on the future of our beloved game,” added Gernot Tripcke, CEO of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest professional hockey league in Germany and one of Hockey Europes founding members.
About Hockey of Tomorrow
Hockey of Tomorrow is a media and community platform powered by over 150 pro hockey players looking to bring hockey into the future. Its values include diversity, innovation, culture and positive influence.
New president for Hockey Europe
Denis Vaucher new president of Hockey Europe
During the IIHF Semi-annual Congress in Belek, the General Assembly of Hockey Europe was held. The previous president Jörgen Lindgren was bid farewell, thanking him for his valuable services, as he has taken over the presidency of the Champions Hockey League. Denis Vaucher, CEO of the National League, was unanimously elected as the new president of Hockey Europe.