The European Hockey League on the March
The EHL rivals the excitement of the UEFA Champions league.
The European Hockey league showcases the best that hockey can offer and it’s giving the UEFA champions league audiences a run for its money. Billed as the pinnacle of hockey – can’t really argue with that – it’s the ultimate club hockey competition. The tournament consists of the 24 highest ranked clubs from 12 EHF – European Hockey Federation – member countries. After the initial round, it becomes a thrilling knock-out contest. The conception of the EHL was a mishmash of two other competitions, and the new format was launched for the 2007-2008 hockey season.
Thus far, the tournament winners have alternated between the Dutch and German teams, but more importantly, the top teams included a multinational squad line-up. Featuring international players and attracting the world’s best means the competition is nicely poised for continued success. The 2017/18 season saw eleven countries represented including two teams from Russia, which incidentally included an Indian Olympian and an Argentinian in the Dinamo Kazan team.
The race for qualifying places is decidedly fierce, and there isn’t a better example of dogged determination paying off than Wimbledon HC. Historically, it is one of the oldest clubs and most certainly the first established ladies club in existence since 1889 – that’s really old. In 2016/17, Wimbledon became the first English club to reach the final 4 – they were thrashed after that but it was a valiant effort nevertheless.