IIHF Continental Cup

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The Continental Cup is an ice hockey tournament for European clubs, begun in 1997 after the discontinuing of the European Cup. It was intended for teams from countries without representatives in the European Hockey League, with participating teams chosen by the countries' respective ice hockey associations.

Format[edit]

The competition began in 1997-98 with 42 clubs from 26 countries, which expanded to 48 teams for the next two years. The tournament was played in seeded rounds of qualifying groups. There were three rounds of qualifying groups, with winners of qualifying groups progressing to the next round. The three winners of the third round groups entered the semifinals, along with the host club. The first round was held in September, the second in October, the third in November and the finals in December.

In the 2000-01 season, with the European Hockey League on hiatus, the Continental Cup became the de facto European club championship. The format remained the same, with 36 teams from 27 countries.

With the beginning of the IIHF European Champions Cup from 2004–05, participants included national champions of countries not in the Super Six (the top six European nations according to the IIHF World Ranking) as well as teams from Super Six leagues, which included HC Dynamo Moscow and HKm Zvolen.

Winners[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Third Venue
1998 Slovakia TJ VSŽ Košice Germany Eisbären Berlin Finland Ilves Tampere, Finland
1999 Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta Slovakia HC Košice Russia Avangard Omsk Košice, Slovakia
2000 Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta Germany Eisbären Berlin Russia Ak Bars Kazan Berlin, Germany
2001 Switzerland ZSC Lions United Kingdom London Knights Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava Zurich, Switzerland
2002 Switzerland ZSC Lions Italy HC Milano Vipers Slovakia HKm Zvolen Zurich, Switzerland
2003 Finland Jokerit Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Switzerland HC Lugano Lugano, Switzerland
Milan, Italy
2004 Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava Belarus HK Gomel Switzerland HC Lugano Gomel, Belarus
2005 Slovakia HKm Zvolen Russia Dynamo Moscow Hungary Alba Volán Székesfehérvár Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2006 Russia Lada Togliatti Latvia HK Riga 2000 Switzerland ZSC Lions Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2007 Belarus Yunost Minsk Russia Avangard Omsk Finland Ilves Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2008 Russia Ak Bars Kazan Latvia HK Riga 2000 Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo Riga, Latvia
2009 Slovakia MHC Martin France Dragons de Rouen Italy HC Bolzano Rouen, France
2010 Austria Red Bull Salzburg Belarus Yunost Minsk United Kingdom Sheffield Steelers Grenoble, France
2011 Belarus Yunost Minsk Austria Red Bull Salzburg Denmark SønderjyskE Ishockey Minsk, Belarus
2012 France Dragons de Rouen[1] Belarus Yunost Minsk Ukraine HC Donbass Rouen, France
2013 Ukraine HC Donbass Belarus Metallurg Zhlobin France Dragons de Rouen Donetsk, Ukraine
2014 Norway Stavanger Oilers Ukraine HC Donbass Italy HC Asiago Rouen, France

IIHF Federation Cup[edit]

The Federation Cup was an official European ice hockey club competition created in 1995. It was the second European competition for club teams, intended for those teams who couldn't qualified for the IIHF European Cup, especially for those from eastern European countries. It was the direct predecessor of the Continental Cup, which was played two seasons later.

Format[edit]

In the first year of competition, 13 Eastern European teams from twelve countries participated in the tournament. In a KO-system with three qualifying groups, which qualifies the four participants in the finals.

The following year was played in the same mode. Due to the increased number of participants (some Western European clubs had registered for the competition), an additional qualifying round was introduced.

Federation Cup Winners[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1995 Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4–1 Czech Republic HC Pardubice Ljubljana, Slovenia
1996 Italy AS Mastini Varese 4–3 Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Trenčín, Slovakia

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References[edit]

  1. ^ MARTIN MERK (15 January 2012). "Le Miracle de Rouen". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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