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Spengler Cup
2015 Spengler Cup
2012 Spengler
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 1923
Inaugural season 1923
No. of teams 6 (group stage)
Most recent champion(s) Flag of Switzerland.svg Team Canada (13)
Most championship(s) Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos (15)
TV partner(s) SUI: Schweizer Fernsehen
Europe: Eurosport 2
RUS: RTR Sport
CAN: TSN & RDS
CZE / SVK: Nova Sport
Official website www.spenglercup.ch

The Spengler Cup is an annual ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland. First held in 1923, the Spengler Cup is often cited as the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world. The event is hosted by the Swiss team HC Davos and played each year in Davos, Switzerland, between Christmas (December 25) and New Year's Day. Currently, all games are held at Vaillant Arena.

It was originally devised by Dr. Carl Spengler as a means to promote teams from German-speaking Europe, who might have suffered ostracism in the aftermath of World War I. Eventually, the tournament grew well beyond expectations. Many of Europe's most prestigious clubs and national programs have appeared, including Soviet, Swedish, Czechoslovak and German powerhouses.

Among non-European organizations, Team Canada, Team USA, nationally ranked NCAA schools, reigning AHL Calder Cup and Ontario Hockey Association champions, and even Team Japan (in 1971 as hosts of the upcoming Sapporo Winter Olympics) have traveled to Davos through the years.

The 2013 Spengler Cup marked the return of a North American league team, the AHL's Rochester Americans, who also were the last such team to take part in 1996.

The most recent Spengler Cup champion is Genève-Servette HC who beat HC CSKA Moscow 5-3 in the final.

The Spengler Cup is broadcast on Schweizer Fernsehen in Switzerland, on Eurosport 2 in most of Europe, on RTR Sport in Russia, on Nova Sport in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and on TSN and RDS in Canada.

HistoryEdit

Spengler Cup

The former Spengler Cup trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Canada.

The Cup was first awarded in 1923 to the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club, composed of Canadian students.[1] The tournament was then dominated by Czechoslovak and Soviet teams between 1965 and 1983. In 1984 Team Canada began participating and has since won the Cup twelve times. Team Canada is predominantly made up of Canadians playing in Europe, as well as American Hockey League prospects. Notable free agents (like veteran goaltender Curtis Joseph) or coaches without an NHL contract have also used the Spengler Cup to keep their name around.

From its inception until 1978, the tournament was played on an outdoor rink. The outdoor rink still exists outside the indoor arena, and is one of the largest outdoor rinks in the world. Starting in 1978, all tournament games have been played indoors.

Temporary reinforcementsEdit

A frequent point of contention among hockey observers discussing the Spengler Cup's relevance is the use of temporary reinforcements. Since the tournament is open to both clubs and national teams, a rule exists that allows club teams to hire up to four additional players (three skaters and one goaltender) for the duration of the competition. Prior to the 2010 edition, six reinforcement players (five skaters and a goaltender) were allowed per team. In practice, not all participants choose to take advantage of the rule to the same extent, and it works mostly to the host team's benefit. HC Davos, for whom the event is a significant source of income, tends to upgrade its roster with experienced talent in order to guarantee a competitive performance and maintain high interest from the Swiss audience. Other teams don't have such incentives to reinforce their squad and will often be much less selective.

Spengler Cup winners Edit

Year Winner Runner-up
1923 Flag of England.svg Oxford University Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1924 Flag of Germany.svg BSC Berlin Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1925 Flag of England.svg Oxford University Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1926 Flag of Germany.svg BSC Berlin Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1927 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Germany.svg BSC Berlin
1928 Flag of Germany.svg BSC Berlin Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1929 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1930 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1931 Flag of England.svg Oxford University Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1932 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague
Flag of England.svg Oxford University
Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1933 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague
1934 Flag of Italy.svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1935 Flag of Italy.svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1936 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg LTC Prague
1937 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1938 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague
19392
19402
1941 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Germany.svg Berliner Schlittschuhclub
1942 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC
1943 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC
1944 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1945 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1946 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1947 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1948 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
19493
1950 Flag of Italy.svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1951 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Germany.svg Preussen Krefeld
1952 Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1953 Flag of Italy.svg Hockey Club Milano[1] Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1954 Flag of Italy.svg Hockey Club Milano Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1955 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Rudá Hvězda Brno Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
19564
1957 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Roter Stern Brünn
1958 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Italy.svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano
1959 Flag of France.svg ACBB Paris Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1960 Flag of France.svg ACBB Paris Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1961 Flag of France.svg ACBB Paris Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1962 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1963 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1964 Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1965 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1966 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1967 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Lokomotiv Moscow Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1968 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1969 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Lokomotiv Moscow Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1970 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg SKA Leningrad Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1971 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg SKA Leningrad Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1972 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Slovan Bratislava Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Torpedo Gorkiy
1973 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Slovan Bratislava Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Traktor Chelyabinsk
1974 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Slovan Bratislava Flag of Poland.svg Team Poland
1975 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovak Olympia Flag of Finland.svg Team Finland
1976 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR B Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Czechoslovakia B
1977 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg SKA Leningrad Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg HC Dukla Jihlava
1978 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Sweden.svg AIK Solna
1979 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Krylya Sovetov Moscow Flag of Germany.svg Dusseldorf EG
1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg HC Vitkovice
1981 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1982 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow
1983 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Dynamo Moscow Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1984 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1985 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
1986 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Ukraine.svg Sokol Kiev
1987 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Krylya Sovetov Moscow
1988 Flag of the United States.svg USA Selects Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
1989 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestads BK
1990 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
1991 Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano
1992 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestads BK
1993 Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestads BK Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1994 Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestads BK Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1995 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Russia.svg HC Lada Togliatti
1996 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1997 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestads BK
1998 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Germany.svg Kölner Haie
1999 Flag of Germany.svg Kölner Haie Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk
2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
2001 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
2002 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
2003 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
2004 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Sparta Praha
2005 Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
2006 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
2007 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Russia.svg Salavat Yulaev Ufa
2008 Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
2009 Flag of Belarus.svg HC Dinamo Minsk Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
2010 Flag of Russia.svg SKA St. Petersburg Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada
2011 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Latvia.svg Dinamo Riga
2012 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
2013 Flag of Switzerland.svg Genève-Servette HC Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow
2014 Flag of Switzerland.svg Genève-Servette HC Flag of Russia.svg Salavat Yulaev Ufa
2015 Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano

1 Oxford University and LTC Prague play 0-0 after overtime. Both teams are declared winners. 2 Cup not held due to World War II. 3 Cup not held. 4 Cup not held.[1]

PerformancesEdit

By clubEdit

Performance in the Spengler Cup by club
Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos 15 25 1927, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1951, 1957, 1958, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2011 1924, 1925, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1960, 1969, 1981, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2012
Flag of Canada.svg Team Canada 13 9 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015 1985, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague 7 2 1929, 1930, 1932, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1948 1936, 1938
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava 5 5 1965, 1966, 1968, 1978, 1982 1970, 1971, 1977, 1983, 1984
Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow 5 1 1980, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1990 1982
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Oxford University 4 1 1923, 1925, 1931, 1932 1934
Flag of Russia.svg SKA Leningrad /
SKA Saint Petersburg
4 0 1970, 1971, 1977, 2010
Flag of Germany.svg Berlin SC 3 4 1924, 1926, 1928 1923, 1927, 1931, 1941
Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC 3 2 1944, 1945, 1952 1942, 1943
Flag of Italy.svg HC Diavoli Rossoneri Milano 3 1 1934, 1935, 1950 1958
Flag of France.svg ACBB Paris 3 0 1959, 1960, 1961
Flag of Slovakia.svg HC Slovan Bratislava1 3 0 1972, 1973, 1974
Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK 2 3 1993, 1994 1989, 1992, 1997
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague 2 1 1962, 1963 2004
Flag of Italy.svg HC Milano Inter 2 0 1953, 1954
Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Moscow 2 0 1967, 1969
Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow 2 0 1983, 2008 -
Flag of Switzerland.svg Genève-Servette HC 2 0 2013, 2014
Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen 1 5 1964 1952, 1954, 1959, 1961, 1962
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Rudá Hvězda Brno 1 1 1955 1957
Flag of Russia.svg Krylya Sovetov Moscow 1 1 1979 1987
Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1 1 2005 1999
Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow 1 1 1991 2013
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Czechoslovak Olympic Team 1 0 1975
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR B 1 0 1976
Flag of the United States.svg USA Selects 1 0 1988
Flag of Germany.svg Kölner Haie 1 0 1999
Flag of Belarus.svg Dinamo Minsk 1 0 2009
Flag of Sweden.svg AIK 0 2 1950, 1978
Flag of Russia.svg Salavat Yulaev Ufa 0 2 2007, 2014
Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano 0 2 1991, 2015
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cambridge University 0 1 1928
Flag of France.svg Paris Rapides 0 1 1933
Flag of Germany.svg Preussen Krefeld 0 1 1951
Flag of Austria.svg Klagenfurt AC 0 1 1963
Flag of Sweden.svg Modo Hockey 0 1 1964
Flag of Sweden.svg VIK Västerås HK 0 1 1965
Flag of Belgium.svg CP Liège 0 1 1966
Flag of Canada.svg Kingston Aces 0 1 1967
Flag of Sweden.svg Rögle BK 0 1 1968
Flag of Russia.svg Torpedo Gorkiy 0 1 1972
Flag of Russia.svg Traktor Chelyabinsk 0 1 1973
Flag of Poland.svg Team Poland 0 1 1974
Flag of Finland.svg Team Finland 0 1 1975
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg TJ Vítkovice 0 1 1980
Flag of Ukraine.svg Sokil Kyiv2 0 1 1986
Flag of Russia.svg HC Lada Togliatti 0 1 1995
Flag of Latvia.svg Dinamo Riga 0 1 2011
1Slovakia was a part of Czechoslovakia at the time, so HC Slovan Bratislava represented both Czechoslovakia and the Slovak Socialist Republic
2Ukraine was a Soviet republic at the time, so Sokil Kyiv represented both the Soviet Union and Soviet Ukraine

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Isis, 23 Jan. 1924, page 19. (Future Prime Minister of Canada Lester Pearson was a member of the Oxford University team in the spring of 1923; however, he returned to Canada in the summer of 1923 and therefore did not compete in the first Spengler Cup played at the end of December 1923 and early January 1924. See: Pearson, Lester B. Mike : The Memoirs of the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972, page 50.)

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