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After winning the Continental Cup in 16/17, The Nottingham Panthers earned themselves entry into the 17/18 Champions Hockey League, a competition amongst Europe’s elite teams with powerhouses from all across the region.

It was an adventure that quickly turned into a fairytale for The Nottingham Panthers as they consistently beat the odds, and ‘did the impossible’, to become European ice hockey history makers as they were the:

  • First British team to win away from home in the CHL
  • First British team to win multiple games in the same CHL season
  • First British team to make the playoffs

CHL officials kindly sent a copy of the the ‘Champions Hockey League: Season Review 17/18’ to the Panthers’ office earlier this week full of stats, facts and trivia that make for interesting reading, some of which you can see below.

CHL Review #001

CHL Stats:

  • 125 games in total
  • 5.88 goals per game on average
  • 735 goals scored in total
  • 421,743 total spectators (3,374 on average per game)
  • The Nottingham Panthers average attendance was 4,947 across all four home CHL fixtures, including an incredible 6,598 for the last 16 home leg against ZSC Lions Zurich
  • 500 game official assignments (92 referees and 101 linesmen from 16 leagues, including the EIHL)


Our favourite stat:

With The Nottingham Panthers defeating HK Mountfield, SC Bern & TPS Turku along with the Cardiff Devils defeating Davos & Vaxjo, it meant that five out of seven visiting teams to these shores left with defeat.

CHL Review #002

CHL Group Stage:

  • 13 participating leagues
  • 32 participating clubs
  • 15 champions
  • Five National League finalists
  • Five National League semi-finalists
  • Two regular season winners
  • Five regular season runners up


CHL Knockout Stage:

  • 16 teams from seven countries
  • Four from Sweden, three from the Czech Republic, three from Switzerland, two from Finland, two from Germany, one from Austria and one from Great Britain


CHL Review #003

CHL Final Stage:

  • 62 broadcasting territories
  • 21 cameras
  • First Finnish team (JYP Jyvasklya) to win the CHL
  • First shutout in a CHL final
  • Second away team victory
  • Third empty net goal in a CHL final
  • Lowest scoring CHL final


You can re-live The Nottingham Panthers’ incredible campaign through the ‘Euro Adventures II’ fly-on-the-wall documentary series, right here.

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