16th October 2017: EHL announces the EHL KO16 draw
Euro Hockey League – KO16; HC Rotterdam, March 30 – April 2, 2018
The draw for next Easter’s EHL KO16 has set up a series of potentially top-class ties at HC Rotterdam when the world’s premier club hockey competition enters the knock-out phase.
The Dutch club will host four days of action with 16 of Europe’s best clubs battling it out from March 30 to April 2, 2018, hoping to grab one of the four FINAL4 tickets on offer.
At the top of the draw, 2016 winners SV Kampong meet 2017’s champs KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln for the fourth time in five seasons in what promises to be another breathtaking tie.
The winner of that tie will go on to meet either Dinamo Kazan – recently crowned the Russian champions for 2017 – and Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles who emerged from ROUND1 in Barcelona as a group winner.
In the second quarter of the draw, Holcombe’s second EHL campaign begins with an imposing tie against Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. Belgian newcomers Herakles begin their EHL campaign with a date against Spanish champions Atlètic Terrassa.
In the lower half of the draw, the top match looks set to be a classic with KHC Dragons’ game against HC Bloemendaal pitting two of the competition’s most decorated clubs.
Whoever wins will likely be a big favourite as they take on Ireland’s Three Rock Rovers and France’s Saint Germain, the fairytale story from Barcelona when they eliminated Club Egara.
The final quarter of the draw features Racing Club de France taking on Uhlenhorst Mülheim. Hosts HC Rotterdam have a huge battle on their hands when they play German champions Mannheimer HC.
The full schedule for the KO16 will be released on November 1, 2017 with tickets also going on sale that day. For all further updates, keep an eye on www.ehlhockey.tv and on our social media outlets.
SV Kampong (NED) v KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln (GER)
Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles (BEL) v Dinamo Kazan (RUS)
Holcombe HC (ENG) v Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (ESP)
Royal Herakles (BEL) v Atlètic Terrassa (ESP)
KHC Dragons (BEL) v HC Bloemendaal (NED)
Saint Germain (FRA) v Three Rock Rovers (IRL)
Racing Club de France (FRA) v Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER)
HC Rotterdam (NED) v Mannheimer HC (GER)
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