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The IIHF European Champions Cup (ECC) was an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), which took place during a long weekend in early January. The winner was considered the official club champion of Europe by the IIHF. The Champions Cup was first played in 2005, as a replacement for the defunct European Cup (1965–1997), and the suspended European Hockey League (1996–2000).[1] In the 2008–09 season, the ECC was replaced by the Champions Hockey League, which was the new official European club championship event.[1] Since the Champions Hockey League was cancelled after only one season, there is currently no official competition for the national ice hockey champions of Europe.

FormatEdit

The competition featured the reigning club champions from the top six European hockey nations according to the IIHF World Ranking; these teams were known as the Super Six. Two groups of three played in a round-robin tournament, with the winners of each group facing off in a championship game. The two groups were named after international hockey legends Alexander Ragulin and Ivan Hlinka.

ECC winners (2005–2008)Edit

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
2005 Flag of Russia.svg Avangard Omsk 2–1 (OT) Flag of Finland.svg Kärpät St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow 4–4 (2-1 SO) Flag of Finland.svg Kärpät St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Flag of Russia.svg Ak Bars Kazan 6–0 Flag of Finland.svg HPK St. Petersburg, Russia
2008 Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk 5–2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Praha St. Petersburg, Russia

Participants and results (2005–2008)Edit

2005 resultsEdit

Group A

Group B

Final

Flag of Russia.svg Avangard Omsk – Flag of Finland.svg Kärpät – 2:1 (OT)

2006 resultsEdit

Alexander Ragulin division

Ivan Hlinka division

Final

  • Flag of Russia.svg HC Dynamo Moscow – Flag of Finland.svg Kärpät – 5:4 (in overtime)

2007 resultsEdit

Alexander Ragulin division

  • Flag of Finland.svg HPKFlag of Slovakia.svg MsHK Žilina – 7:0 (2:0; 3:0; 2:0)
  • Flag of Slovakia.svg MsHK Žilina – Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Sparta Praha – 4:2 (0:1; 2:1; 2:0)
  • Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Sparta Praha – HPK Flag of Finland.svg – 2:3 (1:1; 1:2; 0:0)

Ivan Hlinka division

Final

  • Flag of Finland.svg HPK – Flag of Russia.svg Ak Bars Kazan – 0:6 (0:3, 0:0, 0:3)

2008 resultsEdit

Alexander Ragulin division

Ivan Hlinka division

Final

  • Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Sparta Praha – Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg – 2:5 (1:1; 1:2; 0:2)

PredecessorsEdit

European Cup (1965–1997)Edit

The European Cup, also known as the Europa Cup, was a European ice hockey club competition for champions of national leagues which was contested between 1965 and 1997, governed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The competition was originated by Günther Sabetzki,[2] based on the Association football European Cup (now UEFA Champions League). Teams were seeded and drawn into groups of four teams, with the winners of each group progressing to the next round, where they were drawn into groups again. Each round was played over a long weekend (Friday to Sunday) in a single venue, until one final group was left, the winner of which would be considered the champion.

The tournament encountered problems. Countries had different levels of development in ice hockey, so some teams were weaker than others, resulting in a number of uncompetitive, one-sided games. Organizational difficulties were also posed by the refusal of some Soviet Union teams to play away games in certain places. This resulted in no final being held some years, and more than one final being held in others. The competition was discontinued after 1997.

Winners
Knockout, 1966–1978
Season Winner Score Runner-up
1966 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg ZKL Brno 6–4, 7–5, 6–2, 6–1 Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen
1967 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg ZKL Brno 3–2, 5–4 Flag of Finland.svg Ilves
1968 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg ZKL Brno 3–0, 3–3 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Dukla Jihlava
1969 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow 9–1, 14–3 Flag of Austria.svg EC KAC
1970 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow 2–3, 8–5 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow
1971 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow 7–0, 3–3 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Dukla Jihlava
1972 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow 8–2, 8–3 Flag of Sweden.svg Brynäs
1973 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow 6–2, 12–2 Flag of Sweden.svg Brynäs
1974 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow 2–3, 6–1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Tesla Pardubice
1975 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2–3, 7–0 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Dukla Jihlava
1976 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow 6–0, 4–2 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Poldi Kladno
1977 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Poldi Kladno 4–4, 4–4 (2-1 SO) Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow
1978 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow 3–1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Poldi Kladno
Group, 1979–1990
Season Winner Runner-up Third Venue
1979 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Poldi Kladno Flag of Finland.svg Ässät Innsbruck, Austria
1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Finland.svg Tappara Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava Innsbruck, Austria
1981 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Finland.svg HIFK Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Poldi Kladno Urtijëi, Italy
1982 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg TJ Vítkovice Flag of Germany.svg SC Riessersee Düsseldorf, West Germany
1983 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Finland.svg Tappara Tampere, Finland
1984 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of East Germany.svg Dynamo Berlin Urtijëi, Italy
1985 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Germany.svg Kölner EC Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Dukla Jihlava Megève, France
1986 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Sweden.svg Södertälje SK Flag of Germany.svg SB Rosenheim Rosenheim, West Germany
1987 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg TJ VSŽ Košice Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK Lugano, Switzerland
1988 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Tesla Pardubice Flag of Finland.svg Tappara Davos, Switzerland
1989 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg TJ VSŽ Košice Flag of Germany.svg Kölner EC Cologne, West Germany
1990 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Finland.svg TPS Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens IF Berlin, West Germany
Knockout, 1991–1997
Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1991 Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens IF 3–2 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1992 Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens IF 7–2 Flag of Germany.svg Düsseldorfer EG Düsseldorf, Germany
1993 Flag of Sweden.svg Malmö IF 3–3 (1-0 SO) Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1994 Flag of Finland.svg TPS 4–3 Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1995 Flag of Finland.svg Jokerit 4–2 Flag of Russia.svg Lada Togliatti Turku, Finland
1996 Flag of Finland.svg Jokerit 3–3 (3-2 SO) Flag of Germany.svg Kölner Haie Cologne, Germany
1997 Flag of Russia.svg Lada Togliatti 4–3 (OT) Flag of Sweden.svg Modo Düsseldorf, Germany

European Hockey League (1996–2000)Edit

The European Hockey League was a European ice hockey club competition which ran between the years 1996 and 2000.

It was established in 1996 by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and commercial partner CWL Telesport and first contested in 1996–1997. In 1996–1997, twenty teams played in five divisions. After home and away inter-division matches, the division winners plus the three best second-placed teams went into the quarter-finals. The first winners were Finnish side TPS, who beat Russian HC Dynamo Moscow 5–2.

In the 1997–1998 season, 24 teams competed in six divisions. The division winners and the two best second-placed teams progressed to the quarter-finals. The league was won by Austrian side VEU Feldkirch, who beat Russian side Dynamo Moscow 5–3.

In 1998–1999, 24 teams competed in six divisions. The top two in each division went into playoff matches. The winners of these six playoffs went into the semi-final round, which was played in two groups. The winner of each of these two groups played in the final. For the third year in a row, Dynamo Moscow lost the final, this time to fellow-Russians Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

In 1999–2000, 16 teams competed in four divisions. The two best clubs in each division advanced to the semi-final round, which was played as home and away games. The four winners of the semi-finals qualified for the EHL Top Four Final. In that final, Metallurg Magnitogorsk defended its title, this time beating Czech side Sparta Praha 2–0.

Following consultation with its commercial partner, then called CWL Holding AG, the IIHF decided to suspend the running of the European Hockey League for the 2000–2001 season. Despite financial investment and the improved quality of the contest, attention from the media, spectators, and TV networks in Europe was not seen as satisfactory. In order to optimise exposure of the league in Europe, the IIHF decided to consult with European broadcasters starting with the 2001–2002 season. An international club competition, in the tradition of the previous European Cup, was staged by the IIHF for the 2000–2001 season, but the European Hockey League did not restart.

European Hockey League Finals
Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1997 Flag of Finland.svg TPS 5–2 Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow Turku, Finland
1998 Flag of Austria.svg VEU Feldkirch 5–3 Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow Feldkirch, Austria
1999 Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2–1 (OT) Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow Moscow, Russia
2000 Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2–0 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Praha Lugano, Switzerland

IIHF Continental Cup (1997–present)Edit

Main article: IIHF Continental Cup

The Continental Cup is an ice hockey tournament for European clubs, begun in 1997 after the discontinuing of the IIHF 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.

IIHF Super Cup (1997–2000)Edit

Main article: IIHF Super Cup

The IIHF Super Cup was an ice hockey event played between the champions of the two main European club tournaments at the time; it began in 1997 and ended in 2000.

SuccessorsEdit

IIHF Champions Hockey League (2008–2009)Edit

Main article: Champions Hockey League

Champions Hockey League was conducted by 14 teams of which 12 are in the group stage. It replaced the IIHF European Champions Cup in 2008. The league was staged for one year only.

IIHF Champions Hockey League FinalEdit

Season Winner Score Runner-up
2008-2009 Flag of Switzerland.svg ZSC Lions 2–2 5–0 Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


European Club Tournaments
European Cup

1966 ·</span> 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973 · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1986 · 1987 · 1988 · 1989 · 1990 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 · 1994 · 1995 · 1996 · 1997

European Hockey League

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European Champions Cup

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Champions Hockey League

2008–09 - 2014–15 - 2015–16

European Ice Hockey Leagues
International leagues

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International Ice Hockey Federation
World Championships

Ice Hockey World Championships - U20 - U18 - IIHF World Women's Championships - U18

Other competitions

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Related articles

IIHF Centennial All-Star Team - IIHF Hall of Fame - IIHF World Ranking - List of IIHF members

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