03/14/2012 09:10 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

World ice hockey body calls European summit to revive club competition, work with NHL

ZURICH - Ice hockey's governing body has invited European national federations, leagues and clubs to talks about reviving a continental competition, and their relations with the NHL.

The International Ice Hockey Federation says stakeholders will meet at a June 12-14 forum in Barcelona, Spain.

IIHF President Rene Fasel says "the focus will be on finding a format for a competitively and commercially viable top European club competition."

It would follow the Champions Hockey League which folded with financial problems after its debut 2008-09 season.

Fasel says "key points" will include co-operation with the NHL, the NHL players' union and the Canadian (Junior) Hockey League.