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Euro Hockey Tour

Euro Hockey Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 Euro Hockey Tour
The EHT logo
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1996
Most recent champion(s)  Finland
Trophies being awarded from the tournament

The Euro Hockey Tour (EHT) is an annual ice hockey tournament only open to the national men's teams of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. Most of the teams use the competition as a preparation for the upcoming World Championships or Olympics, allowing less experienced players to collect valuable ice time in their national colours.

Playing format

EHT consists of four tournaments: Karjala Tournament in Finland, Channel One Cup in Russia, Oddset Hockey Games in Sweden, and Kajotbet Hockey Games in the Czech Republic. Each team plays three games in each of the tournaments, giving a total of twelve games per team. After the four tournaments have finished, the teams are seeded according to their respective combined point total from all four tournaments.

In each tournament, five games are played in the host city, and one game in another participating country. For example, in the 2007 edition of Karjala Tournament, the game between Sweden and Russia was played in Jönköping, Sweden, rather than in Finland, who host the Karjala Cup. Every country is assigned one home game and one away game in those games.

Each team is given three points for a regulation-time win, two points for an overtime or shootout win, one point for a loss in overtime or shootout, and zero points for a loss in regulation time. In the four tournaments, if two or more teams end with the same number of points, they are seeded based on head-to-head results in games against the tied teams. In the EHT standings however, two or more teams tied in points are seeded based on the better goal difference.

Prize money

The prize money for the winner of each tournament is 50,000 while the second seed gets €30,000, the third seed gets €25,000, and the fourth seed gets €15,000. The EHT season winner receives another €75,000, the team finishing second gets €30,000, and the team finishing third gets €15,000.[1]

Finals in previous years

Medal games were not played until the 2003–04 season. Before that, place order was determined by the tournament standings. The seasons 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2006–07 used a format where the first-placed and second-placed teams played a home-and-home two-game series for the EHT gold and silver medals, while the third-placed and fourth-placed teams played two games for the bronze. In 2005–06, the championship was determined by a single game played at the home of the first-place team. Since 2007–08, no EHT finals have been played.

Participating teams

Only four European teams compete in EHT:

Results

Season Winner Runner-up 3rd place 4th place
1996–972  Finland  Sweden  Russia  Czech Republic
1997–98  Czech Republic  Sweden  Finland  Russia
1998–99  Sweden  Finland  Czech Republic  Russia
1999–00  Finland  Czech Republic  Russia  Sweden
2000–01  Finland  Russia  Sweden  Czech Republic
2001–02  Finland  Russia  Sweden  Czech Republic
2002–03  Finland  Russia  Czech Republic  Sweden
2003–04  Finland  Sweden  Czech Republic  Russia
2004–051  Russia  Sweden  Finland  Czech Republic
2005–06  Russia  Sweden  Finland  Czech Republic
2006–07  Sweden  Russia  Czech Republic  Finland
2007–08  Russia  Finland  Czech Republic  Sweden
2008–09  Russia  Finland  Sweden  Czech Republic
2009–10  Finland  Russia  Czech Republic  Sweden
2010–11  Russia  Sweden  Finland  Czech Republic
2011–12  Czech Republic  Finland  Russia  Sweden
2012–13  Russia  Czech Republic  Finland  Sweden
2013–14  Finland  Russia  Czech Republic  Sweden
2014–15  Sweden  Finland  Russia  Czech Republic
1 Czech tournament not played due to World Cup of Hockey.
2 Only points from Karjala Cup, Izvestija Cup and Swedish Hockey Games counted in the final standings due to that the Russian team did not participate in the Pragobanka Cup.

Statistics

Medal table

Country Gold Silver Bronze Medals
 Finland 8 4 5 17
 Russia 6 5 3 14
 Sweden 2 6 3 11
 Czech Republic 2 2 6 10

References

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See also

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