Due to the corona pandemic, they have chosen to abandon the group play of CHL and postponed the start by one month.

"Our goal has always been to play in front of the audience and so we chose to postpone the start and skip the group play," says CHL's CEO, Martin Baumann.

Therefore, the tournament starts with 16 semi-finals, where the first Swedish meeting can take place first in a quarterfinals. Both Frölunda and Luleå can encounter each other, as well as Färjestad and Skellefteå.

Frölunda, who is a double reigning champion and has been in the final in five of six editions, gets a sporting dream lottery in the form of Belarusian Neman Grodno.

Luleå is the Swedish team that got the hardest draw, in the form of the German Eisbären Berlin. The newcomer Rögle is set against Norwegian Stavanger.

"It will be exciting to know opponents in what will become a new chapter in the history of the association," Rögles sports manager Chris Abbott told the team's website before the draw.