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Salzburg hopes to set up the foundation for CHL growth in Rouen

Red Bull Salzburg wants to set the cornerstone for the first quarter-final entry of the Austrian team at the Champions Hockey League (CHL) on Tuesday (20:00 GMT) in France. The bulls are in the circular duel with the French champion Rouen Dragons as their favorite favorites. The decision will be made in return on 20th November in Salzburg Volksgarten.

13:07, 05 November 2018


So far none of the Austrian clubs have won a CHL betting match, which since 2014 is the most important ice hockey competition in Europe. Salzburg reached 16th in 2014/15 and in the Preseason, but failed in the Swedish clubs Lulea and Växjö Lakers. In 2018, prospects look much bigger – even if they go to the best team in France far.

Rouen was secured in the past seven eleven French championships. The city of Normandy has long been considered one of the French "Hockey Towns". In the current season, the Dragons won all their 15 league games and led a five-point table in front of Grenoble. Salzburg is the fourth in the national EBEL after 17 rounds.

"The first game will certainly be crucial to the overall result, so we want to get started and win the game," explains Dominique Heinrich, defense counsel of Salzburg before leaving France. Rouen convinced the group, behind Oulun Kärpät (FIN) was Nuremberg Ice Tigers and Mountfield HK from the Czech Republic. "We have to prepare for a strong opponent."

In 2,750 seats Ile Lacroix, the team of Salzburg will surely miss the connoisseur Thomas Raffl, Brent Regner, Alexander Cyan and Florian Baltram. Explained the goal of growth. "We have good prospects for progress on one lap," said Heinrich. "But there are only strong teams in the competition and every opponent will handle it equally, whether coming from France, Sweden or Switzerland."

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