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Hockey Europe is a collaboration of ice hockey leagues within Europe. It was formed by six European Leagues to help negotiate for their rights with the NHL and KHL.

The purpose of the Group and its founding members is to promote cooperation, amicable relations and unity of these Leagues and their member Clubs in a middle of the heavy heated competition between the new launched Russian Ice Hockey League KHL and the North-American NHL.[1]

Hockey Europe will furthermore concentrate to help the six founding members and possible new members to promote and improve professional ice hockey competitions in all its aspects and safeguard the general interests of its Members and European ice hockey as a whole. Of utmost importance for Hockey Europe is also an improvement in the exchange of information and promotion the cooperation and relations of its members with the National Hockey League, USA/Canada (NHL), Kontinental Hockey League, Russia (KHL) and other sports institutions or other professional ice hockey leagues and the clubs, as well as with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and its National Member Associations.[2]

The first President and voluntary General Manager of Hockey Europe will be CEO of the Finnish Ice Hockey League Mr. Jukka-Pekka Vuorinen. Hockey Europe has its seat / registered office in Cologne, Germany and is governed by EU law as a European Economic Interest Group. [3]


  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden

Associate Members

  • Switzerland[4]




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