EHL 2014/15 – Round 1 Draw and Match Schedule
Pau Negre Stadium, Barcelona, 10th-12th October 2014

Brussels, 21 of July 2014, – The European Hockey Federation and EHL are delighted to release the draw and match schedule for Round 1 of the 2014/15 edition of the Euro Hockey League. In the new format, four groups of three clubs will contest Round 1 in Barcelona, hoping to claim top spot in their respective pool which brings a golden ticket to next Easter’s KO16, the marquee event in the EHL calendar.

Pool A sees a potential battle royale between Dutch kingpins SV Kampong and a starstudded East Grinstead side who return to the competition with Russian representative Dinamo Stroitel aiming to cause an upset.

Two of the competition’s new boys – Belgium’s Royal Daring and Ireland’s Monkstown – have been drawn against each other in Pool B, joined by Racing Club de France. Pool C puts Rot-Weiss Koln against Italian champions HC Bra and Poland’s WKS Grunwald Poznan while Pool D is occupied by home favorites Atletic Terrassa, Scotland’s Kelburne and Austria’s SV Arminen.

This season, the 12 top ranked teams have received a bye into the KO16. For the second season running, the KO16 and Final 4 will be combined over Easter week due to the proximity of World League 3 to the traditional Final 4 dates on the Whitsun weekend.

This move, combined with only one Round 1 allows players to combine their National team and Club commitments. The following seasons will revert to KO16 at Easter and Final 4 at Whitsun.

The 12 teams that have received a Bye into KO16 are:
Oranje Zwart, Bloemendaal (both NED); Waterloo Ducks, KHC Dragons (BEL); Harvestehuder THC, UHC Hamburg (GER); RC Polo de Barcelona, Club Egara (ESP); Beeston (ENG), KS Pomorzanin Torun (POL), St Germain (FRA) and Dinamo Kazan (RUS).

Jons Hensel Chairman of the EHL Board said: “We are delighted to announce the Round 1 draw and match schedule for this seasons EHL – the pinnacle of Club competition in Europe. It is sure to be another feast of Hockey for Hockey fans, with Europe’s top Clubs battling it out to be crowned Hockey Champions of Europe.”

The Round 1 Pools are as follows:

Pool A
SV Kampong (NED)
Dinamo-Stroitel (RUS)
East Grinstead (ENG)

Pool B
Royal Daring(BEL)
Racing Club de France (FRA)
Monkstown (IRL)

Pool C
KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln (GER)
HC Bra (ITA)
WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL)

Pool D
Atletic Terrassa (ESP)
Kelburne (SCO)
SV Arminen (AUT)

10-12 October 2014 – Barcelona (ESP)

Friday 10 October 2014
10.00 hrs Pool C: HC Bra v WKS Grunwald Poznan
12.30 hrs Pool D: Kelburne v SV Arminen
15.00 hrs Pool B: Monkstown v Racing Club de France
17.30 hrs Pool A: East Grinstead v Dinamo-Stroitel

Saturday 11 October 2014
10.00 hrs Pool C: KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln v WKS Grunwald Poznan
12.30 hrs Pool D: Atletic Terrassa v SV Arminen
15.00 hrs Pool B: Royal Daring v Monkstown
17.30 hrs Pool A: SV Kampong v East Grinstead

Sunday 12 October 2014
09.30 hrs Pool C: KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln 3 v HC Bra
12.00 hrs Pool D: Atletic Terrassa v Kelburne
14.30 hrs Pool B: Royal Daring v Racing Club de France
17.00 hrs Pool A: SV Kampong v Dinamo-Stroitel

Updated EHL Regulations are available on http://www.ehlhockey.tv/rules-regulations/.

Note: Fixtures may change subject to TV schedule requirements. EHF/July 2014

For more information, please contact:
Angus Kirkland
angus@eurohockey.org
00 353 86 38 45 746