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. Hans Dobida served as chairman of the Continental Cup until 2018.[1]


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.


Season Winner Runner-up Third Venue
1997–98 Slovakia TJ VSŽ Košice Germany Eisbären Berlin Finland Ilves Tampere, Finland
1998–99 Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta Slovakia HC Košice Russia Avangard Omsk Košice, Slovakia
1999–2000 Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta Germany Eisbären Berlin Russia Ak Bars Kazan Berlin, Germany
2000–01 Switzerland ZSC Lions United Kingdom London Knights Slovakia Slovan Bratislava Zurich, Switzerland
2001–02 Switzerland ZSC Lions Italy Milano Vipers Slovakia HKm Zvolen Zurich, Switzerland
2002–03 Finland Jokerit Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Switzerland HC Lugano Lugano, Switzerland
Milan, Italy
2003–04 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava Belarus HK Gomel Switzerland HC Lugano Gomel, Belarus
2004–05 Slovakia HKm Zvolen Russia Dynamo Moscow Hungary Alba Volán Székesfehérvár Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2005–06 Russia Lada Togliatti Latvia HK Riga 2000 Switzerland ZSC Lions Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2006–07 Belarus Yunost Minsk Russia Avangard Omsk Finland Ilves Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2007–08 Russia Ak Bars Kazan Latvia HK Riga 2000 Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo Riga, Latvia
2008–09 Slovakia MHC Martin France Dragons de Rouen Italy HC Bolzano Rouen, France
2009–10 Austria Red Bull Salzburg Belarus Yunost Minsk United Kingdom Sheffield Steelers Grenoble, France
2010–11 Belarus Yunost Minsk Austria Red Bull Salzburg Denmark SønderjyskE Ishockey Minsk, Belarus
2011–12 France Dragons de Rouen[2] Belarus Yunost Minsk Ukraine HC Donbass Rouen, France
2012–13 Ukraine HC Donbass Belarus Metallurg Zhlobin France Dragons de Rouen Donetsk, Ukraine
2013–14 Norway Stavanger Oilers Ukraine HC Donbass Italy HC Asiago Rouen, France
2014–15 Belarus Neman Grodno Germany Fischtown Pinguins France Ducs d'Angers Bremerhaven, Germany
2015–16 France Dragons de Rouen Denmark Herning Blue Fox Poland GKS Tychy Rouen, France
2016–17 United Kingdom Nottingham Panthers Kazakhstan Beibarys Atyrau Denmark Odense Bulldogs Ritten, Italy
2017–18 Belarus Yunost Minsk Kazakhstan Nomad Astana United Kingdom Sheffield Steelers Minsk, Belarus
2018–19 Kazakhstan Arlan Kokshetau United Kingdom Belfast Giants Poland GKS Katowice Belfast, United Kingdom

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 could not qualify 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.


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
1994–95 Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4–1 Czech Republic HC Pardubice Ljubljana, Slovenia
1995–96 Italy AS Mastini Varese 4–3 Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Trenčín, Slovakia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Merk, Martin (19 May 2018). "Congress approves Statutes changes" (Press release). Copenhagen, Denmark: International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 10 July 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ Merk, Martin (15 January 2012). "Le Miracle de Rouen" (Press release). Rouen, France: International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2012.

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