The entry list for the 2022/23 Euro Hockey League has been confirmed with the match-ups for this Autumn’s EHL Men’s KO16 set to be made on Monday (1pm CET, Facebook Live).
In EHL Women, the FINAL8 will take place next Easter and will feature five of the line-up that played such a spectacular event in April at the Wagener Stadium.
2021 champions Den Bosch will be back looking to win back the crown but reigning champions AH&BC Amsterdam missed out on defending their title with SCHC taking up the second Dutch place in the competition.
Similarly, EHL bronze medalists Junior FC are not back for another campaign as Sanse Complutense were rewarded for their excellent Spanish season to take up one of their two places, the other going to Club de Campo de Madrid.
Gantoise will be the Belgian representative once more while Düsseldorfer HC are Germany’s team and England will be represented by Surbiton.
Completing the line-up, Pembroke will be Ireland’s club having won the EY Hockey League for the first time this season.
On the men’s side, there are plenty of changes to the line-up with four complete newcomers and a number of other clubs back after lengthy breaks.
From the Netherlands, AMHC Pinoké will play in the EHL for the first time having reach the Dutch championship final. They will play in Autumn’s KO16 with AH&BC Amsterdam while Bloemendaal are straight through to the FINAL8.
From Germany, Hamburger Polo Club qualified off the back of their breakthrough to reach their national final for the first time. 2015 champions Harvestehuder THC are in the KO16, too, getting back into the fray after a six-year absence. Rot-Weiss Köln are through to the FINAL8.
Spain’s trio of teams are well-heeled in the EHL – Atlètic Terrassa have the FINAL8 spot with Real Club de Polo and Club Egara taking KO16 slots.
From Belgium, Gantoise’s men will also represent their club on the European stage. They are in the KO16 while Racing Club de Bruxelles will compete in the FINAL8 at Easter following their first national title in 81 years.
From England, there is another debuting club with Old Georgian’s continuing their rapid rise, winning the national league soon after their promotion to the top tier. Wimbledon, meanwhile, are back after a couple of seasons away.
CA Montrouge will look to back up an incredible season in which they won two EuroHockey Trophy titles – one in October, one in April – and the French title. Lille MHC return after a decade away from the EHL.
Also going to the KO16 are the champions from Austria, Scotland, Switzerland, Ireland and a first ever team from the Czech Republic.
Arminen are Austria’s most frequent representative and will play in their seventh EHL season. Western Wildcats HC qualified as Scotland’s champions, winning the title for the first time since 2004.
HC Rotweiss Wettingen are back after a 11-year wait for Swiss hockey, last competing in the EHL in 2011.
Lisnagarvey will play in their third EHL season having won five trophies last season in Ireland.
Finally, SK Slavia Prague will become the first ever club from the Czech Republic to play in the EHL.
The draw for EHL Men’s KO16 will take place next Monday with further details on the venue and match times to be posted in due course.
2022/23 Euro Hockey League participants
EHL Women (FINAL8 – Easter 2023)
Netherlands: HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch, SCHC
Spain: Sanse Complutense, Club de Campo de Madrid
Germany: Düsseldorfer HC
England: Surbiton HC
Ireland: Pembroke Wanderers
KO16 (September 30 to October 2, 2022)
Netherlands: AMHC Pinoké, AH&BC Amsterdam
Germany: Hamburger Polo Club, Harvestehuder THC
Spain: Real Club de Polo, Club Egara
England: Old Georgians, Wimbledon
France: CA Montrouge, MHC Lille
Austria: SV Arminen
Scotland: Western Wildcats
Switzerland: HC Rotweiss Wettingen
Ireland: Lisnagarvey HC
Czech Republic: SK Slavia Prague
Byes to FINAL8 (Easter 2023)
Netherlands: HC Bloemendaal
Germany: Rot Weiss Köln
Spain: Atlètic Terrassa
Belgium: Racing Club de Bruxelles