Braehead Clan, Nottingham Panthers, Coventry Blaze, Cardiff Devils and Sheffield Steelers joined with 67 other teams to form the group which will look after the interests of the clubs and represent them internationally.
The CEO of Swiss champions SC Bern, Marc Lüthi, was elected president, while Panthers’ owner Neil Black joins the nine-man board.
“By challenging others, but also ourselves, we want the EHC to contribute to making club hockey in Europe a sustainable business.
“The leading clubs of Europe pay around €375 million in salaries annually which makes a huge economic impact.
“They also contribute players to major events, but have until now not had a unified voice.
“The EHC should play the role of an employers’ organization and to be a challenging interest and pressure group.”