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Champions Hockey League to face new season

The fledgling Champions Hockey League will come back in 2010 after the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and European associations agreed to a re-launch.

In June 2009 the IIHF said it was cancelling the 2009-2010 season after Gazprom, a main sponsor, withdrew most of its support as a result of the financial crisis.

The league's restart will see clubs from Europe's top seven leagues, including Switzerland.

The Swiss team, ZSC Lions, won the finals of the inaugural season with a victory over Russia's Metallurg Magnitogorsk in January 2009. It was the first time a Swiss club had won a major European ice hockey competition.

Under the terms of the new agreement announced on Wednesday, teams that qualified for the cancelled season will be compensated for games they were unable to play.

The IIHF said in a statement that the league should restart in the autumn. It is currently looking for investors.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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