The Champions Hockey League (CHL) has partnered with sports data specialist Sportradar to protect the integrity of its annual pan-European ice hockey tournament.

The long-term deal sees Sportradar provide a range of integrity services to the tournament, including monitoring technology, intelligence insight and educational programmes.

The CHL was launched in 2014 by 26 clubs, six leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

“Our fans demand hard but fair competition and that cannot happen without integrity,” CHL chief executive Martin Baumann commented. “As we set about finding the right partner to support us in this area, we were clear that we needed to work with the most respected name in the field.

“The road led us to Sportradar and their integrity services. We are delighted to bring them into the CHL family and it gives us great comfort and confidence to know that they are on hand to help and advise.”

Andreas Krannich, managing director of integrity services at Sportradar, added: “Creating the systems and tools to properly and credibly support any sport takes a lot of investment and expertise and we are humbled that the top rights owners in ice-hockey worldwide recognise and appreciate that.

“The CHL pitches the best in Europe against each other to crown the number one team on the continent; doing our bit to help protect this proud competition is a great honour and we thank CHL for their trust."

The CHL agreement adds to Sportradar's roster of ice hockey partners, which includes the International Ice Hockey Federation, the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga and the North American NHL.