Champions Hockey League: Frölunda & Munich to battle for the European Trophy 04.02.2019

CHL Final | Gothenburg | Sold out

65 territories will broadcast the 2019 Champions Hockey League Final between the Frölunda Indians and Red Bull Munich at the sold-out Scandinavium in Gothenburg. Advanced TV production and a digital-first approach will take the fan experience to the next level.

 

 

Red Bull Munich are the second non-Nordic team to play for European glory, after Czech powerhouse Sparta Prague wrote history by reaching the Champions Hockey League Final two years ago. They face the Frölunda Indians who battle for the title the fourth time in five years, having won the European trophy twice already (2016 & 2017). The Swedes will host the showpiece event for the second time after 2017. Puck drop for the CHL Final is on Tuesday,19:00 CET, in front of a sold-out 12,044-strong crowd at the Scandinavium.

Head referees will be Marc Lemelin from Switzerland and Mikko Kaukokari from Finland, while Hannu Sormunen (FIN) and Bryce Kovacs (SUI) will call the lines. 

The Final will complete the 125-game schedule of the Champions Hockey League season, which began on 30 August 2018 with 32 teams from 14 countries & 13 leagues.

Unique TV experience & global growth in broadcast presence
Fans watching from home will be able to catch the best action through a range of innovative camera angles. A total of 22 cameras is used to deliver a truly unique TV experience, including a suspension camera which offers a bird’s-eye view of the action. Further, special helmet cameras worn by the head referee’s allow the fans to see the game from ice level.
In addition, referees will be equipped with a microphone, allowing them to communicate decisions made directly to the crowd in the arena and to the audience at home.

In all, Infront, the exclusive media and marketing partner of the Champions Hockey League, has made the CHL Final available to 65 territories worldwide via 29 broadcasters. SVT Sweden will be the host broadcaster for this decisive game, while MTV Finland and Germany's Sport1, ARD and ZDF all send dedicated teams to do on-site coverage. This significant number of both onsite broadcast media and the number of broadcasters and territories is a sign of the growing global interest in the CHL.

Focus on fan engagement
On the digital side, the CHL together with Infront are delivering the entire game experience on the Champions Hockey League's website. The Gamecentre serves as the main hub for the fans, delivering live statistics such as game flow and game impact visualisations and live streaming (where there is no geoblocking in effect).  

As an add-on for the final, several fan engagement features have been launched, such as the CHL Memory Game, the CHL Quiz, First Goal Voting and Best Player Voting. The latter two will also be featured live in the arena in Gothenburg. Fans can further post pictures on Instagram with #CHLFinal and the best snapshots will go on the screens in the Scandinavium. Additionally, official CHL Fan Photographers will be on site – and those who have been snapped by them can access their photos by using face recognition technology.

Finally, after being a huge success in the past, the CHL Best Goal voting is back, which allows fans to engage with CHL video content and vote for their favorite goals of the season. The iLOQ locker room camera, streamed to the CHL Facebook page, further gives exclusive insight into the team’s inner life shortly before players enter the ice.

The mixture of broad media exposure and steady fan engagement also benefits the sponsors of the Champions Hockey League, including Official Presenting Sponsor engelbert strauss, Official Sponsors betsson, iLOQ, Škoda and Tissot, as well as the five Official Partners. 

Quelle: CHL

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