CHAMPIONS HOCKEY LEAGUE - The CHL has decided to use a new format for the 2015/16 edition of the tournament. This also means that they will expand from 44 to 48 teams for the Group Stage.

MEDICAL REPORT - According to Fernando Lavezzo (Corriere del Ticino), Michael Flückiger will definitely not be able to play this weekend. HC Ambrì-Piotta is thus currently looking for a goalie to mind the net.

NLA - Fabrice Herzog has signed a two-year contract with the ZSC Lions. The young forward joins the Lions from EV Zug. His contract will run through 2017.

NLA - HC Fribourg-Gottéron loans three players from EHC Olten via B-license: Diego Schwarzenbach, Philipp Wüst and Codey Burki. The latter will stay until Christmas.

MEDICAL REPORT - HC Lugano has provided an update on the medical status of Steve Hirschi, Linus Klasen, Janick Steinmann and Diego Kostner today.