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Champs League draw divides 44 clubs into 11 groups

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MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Champions Hockey League has been re-launched with 44 clubs from 12 European countries divided into 11 groups.

The league was originally launched in 2008 with 10 million euros ($13.7 million) in annual prize money but folded when Russian sponsor Gazprom withdrew.

The league’s goal is to become a “supreme” European competition, but no clubs from the eight-country Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League will be involved in the 2014-15 season.

In Wednesday’s draw, 2009 champion ZSC Lions Zurich was put in Group B with Farjestad Karlstad, Vienna Capitals and Valerenga Oslo.

The competition begins Aug 21.

 

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