Karlskrona HK has climbed the promotion ladder from Division 3 in 2001 to the SHL in 2015.
KHL. The plunge in oil prices has created serious difficulties for the KHL, whose clubs are heavily funded by Russian energy giant Gazprom. Atlant Moscow Region has folded, and 24 player contracts have been transferred to returning Spartak Moscow by way of SKA. Still, the league hopes to expand to China.
Sweden. The Svenska Hockeyligan (SHL), Sweden's top hockey league, expands to 14 teams. Karlskrona, Rögle and Malmö go up to the SHL and Leksand go down to the second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan. IK Pantern, IF Sundsvall, and Tingsryds AIF go up to the HockeyAllsvenskan, and venerable Södertälje SK go down to the third tier.
Switzerland. SCL Tigers are promoted to the NLA, Rapperswil-Jona Lakers are demoted to the NLB.
Finland. KooKoo has been admitted to the Liiga, increasing the number of teams in the top league to 15. The Mestis adds three teams to bring itself up to 12: Hermes, Jokipojat, and RoKi. Finland flat-out has the best and weirdest club names.
Czech Extraliga. Slavia Praha are relegated, Chomutov are promoted.
Slovak Extraliga. There was a lot of suspense this summer over whether Slovan Bratislava would quit the KHL to rejoin the Slovak Extraliga or perhaps EBEL, but in the end, no change.
In 1985 Tyler was the 43rd most popular name for boy babies in the USA. The name had risen to 21st by 1990. It peaked at 7th in 1995 and 1996, and fell back to 10th in 2000, 16th in 2005, 34th in 2010, and 63rd in 2013. Source. Canadian results will differ, but not much. The Nineties were carpeted with baby Tylers. What's appalling is not that they're now grown men playing in the NHL, but that they still call themselves Tyler.
The NHL Entry Draft takes place today and tomorrow.
The Romanians have been playing ice hockey (hochei pe gheață) since 1924. The Campionatul Naţional (CN) is the top league, with six clubs. But because two of the six are also members of the MOL Liga, the CN plays two parallel regular seasons, each with its own standings, one of four teams, and the other of six. There is also the Cupa României which is played in December by the six teams.
It was the European Women's Champions Cup this weekend in Espoo, Finland. Four national champions took part in a round robin: HC Lugano, Linkopings HC, SKIF Nizhniy Novgorod, and Espoo Blues. SKIF won.
The MOL Liga is the top hockey league in Hungary. Several of the clubs are located in neighbouring Romania and Slovakia, but all of them are within the historic boundaries of the Kingdom of Hungary, which just goes to show that old empires don't die, they reformulate themselves as sporting organizations. MOL, a Hungarian petrochemical company, is the league sponsor.
Each team plays a 42-game season stretching from September to February. Six teams make the playoffs. The Hungarian and Romanian clubs also participate in national championships in their home countries.
The clubs are:
DAB-Docler. The Steel Bulls. Founded in 1977. 6-time Hungarian champion, and twice MOL Liga winner. Colours: red, white and black. Their rink, Dunaújvárosi Jégcsarnok, holds 4,000. Dunaújváros is a steel town smack in the middle of Hungary.
Ferencvárosi TC. Founded 1928. 25-time Hungarian champion. Green and white. Pesterzsébeti Jégcsarnok in Budapest holds 1,500.
Miskolci JJSE. Ice Bears. Founded 1978. They play at Miskolc Ice Hall, capacity 1,304. Black, yellow and white. Miskolc is a steel town in northeast Hungary.
Újpesti TE. ÚTE for short. Founded 1955. 13-time Hungarian champion. Újpesti Jégcsarnok in Budapest holds 2,200. Purple and white.
ASC Corona 2010 Braşov. Wolves. From Brașov, Transylvania. Corona is an alternate name for the place, meaning crown. It was also known as Stalin City for a few years. The club was founded in 2007. They play at Brașov Olympic Ice Rink, capacity 2,000. Yellow and blue.
HSC Csíkszereda. Founded 1929. They play in 4,000-seat Lajos Vákár Ice Hall in Miercurea Ciuc in the Hungarian-speaking part of Transylvania. 15-time Romanian champion, and 2010-11 MOL Liga winner. Blue and white.
HK FTC Nové Zámky. 2013-14 MOL Liga champion. Founded in 1965, they played in the second-tier of Slovak hockey until 2008. The club's logo and colours (green, white, blue) are based on the coat of arms of Nové Zámky which depict the city's 17th-century fortifications. Their arena holds 3,000.
Debreceni HK. Founded 1989. Red, yellow, white and black. Their rink holds 500. Debrecen is the largest city in eastern Hungary.
Hungarian is one of those rare languages with its own name for ice hockey: jégkorong.