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.
Deutsche Eishockey Liga. No change.
Austrian EBEL. No change.
Norwegian GET-ligaen. No change.