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IIHF: Euro Hockey Tour will be replaced by 2014

Sweden's Richard Gynge, right, challenges Czech Republic's Petr Caslava, left, during their Euro Hockey Tour ice hockey match in Liberec, Czech Republic.

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HELSINKI, Finland — The head of Finland’s ice hockey association says the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour will be replaced by a new series of championships across Europe during the 2014-15 season.

Kalervo Kummola, who is also a council member of the International Ice Hockey Federation, told Finnish tabloid Iltalehti on Tuesday that 16 to 24 countries will participate in the series with national teams playing each other during the season.

Kummola said negotiations on a new European series were expected to be completed in April.

On Monday, IIHF chairman Rene Fasel told Swedish SVT television that the federation wants more European nations to play each other and to increase interest in a regional championship.

Finland, Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic have played the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour since 1996.

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