Czech Chance Liga Betting Tips
The Czech Chance Liga is the second-tier ice hockey league in the Czech Republic. It is known as the WSM Liga. Since it launched in 1993, it has played host to many fine players. Betting is encouraged.
WSM Liga Background
Odds are low that you know of Jaromír Jágr. He is one of the top players in the history of the NHL, second on the points leaderboard to Wayne Gretzky and the top-scoring European. Jagr was both the youngest NHL player when he made his debut in 1990, and then the oldest player, aged 45, to play on the ice.
He is his country’s greatest ever player: he won the Stanley Cup, the World Championships and, in the 1998 Winter Olympics, the gold medal. Only Jiri Slegr can match this record. Jágr carried the Czech flag in the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Games in 2010.
Top Czech Players
There are two current players in the NHL who are by far and away the best Czech representatives. Both Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) and David Krejci (Boston Bruins) have scored over 200 goals and made over 450 assists, while Petr Mrazek (Carolina Hurricanes) and David Rittich (Calgary Flames) are both renowned goaltenders.
40 Czech players were found on rosters of NHL teams in the 2018/19 season, proving the steady flow of players across the Atlantic Ocean and meaning odds were low that an NHL team would have a Czech amongst their fans. It would be prudent, therefore, to look at any Czech stars in any ice hockey team before placing your bets.
How WSM League works
National excellence is assisted by the cap on foreign players; each franchise is only allowed five non-Czech players. Over a 52-game season with a play-off round, two champions emerge. If a team wins their semi-final they play off against one of the bottom two teams in the Superliga. This means there is no guarantee of promotion, only odds of 50:50.
This play-off was introduced for the 2012/13 season and, in the first play-off, both BK Mladá Boleslav and Olomouc lost out. The two also finished in the top two places in the 2013/14 season, having failed in their promotion play-off game.
In the 2018/19 season Motor Ceske Budejovice and Rytiri Kladno – owned, incidentally, by Jagr – finished in the top two in the Czech Chance League, something to remember when betting on matches.
nly the latter won their play-off, helped by Jagr’s goals, which left the former to compete once again in the second tier. They formed out of the ashes of Mountfield, who moved to Hradec Kralove for a beer-related sponsorship deal.
Betting On Czech Chance League
When it comes to betting on the Czech Chance League, it would be prudent to study the betting odds offered by EagleBet trusted sports betting sites, especially during the crunch games in the play-off series. It is unlikely that any player in the division will rise to the status of Jaromir Jagr but they may certainly become a top player in the Czech league or be drafted by an NHL franchise.
Unfortunately the 2019/20 season was cancelled, which meant no team could gain promotion. The new season is set to start in September where, in a clash of old and new, Motor Ceske Budejovice will meet Mountfield.
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