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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] Beginning in the 2008–09 season, it was replaced by the Champions Hockey League, which is the new official European club championship event.[1]


European Cup

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).



Inspired by the success of football's European Cup (now UEFA Champions League), the IIHF decided to start the competition in 1965 during a meeting in Tampere, Finland. The idea was brought up by a German, Dr. Sabetzki, and approved by a majority of the delegates.

However, the tournament was often plagued with problems. Teams from different countries were generally of wildly differing standards due to different levels of development in ice hockey across Europe, resulting in many uncompetitive, one-sided games. Significant organisational 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. In its place, the European Hockey League and the Continental Cup, and later the IIHF European Champions Cup, were started.


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 champions. After the European Cup was discontinued, the Continental Cup would adopt this format.


Knockout, 1966-1978

Season Winner Score Runner-up
1966 Czechoslovakia ZKL Brno 6–4, 7–5, 6–2, 6–1 West Germany EV Füssen
1967 Czechoslovakia ZKL Brno 3–2, 5–4 Finland Ilves
1968 Czechoslovakia ZKL Brno 3–0, 3–3 Czechoslovakia Dukla Jihlava
1969 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 9–1, 14–3 Austria EC KAC
1970 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 2–3, 8–5 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
1971 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 7–0, 3–3 Czechoslovakia Dukla Jihlava
1972 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 8–2, 8–3 Sweden Brynäs
1973 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 6–2, 12–2 Sweden Brynäs
1974 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 2–3, 6–1 Czechoslovakia Tesla Pardubice
1975 Soviet Union Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2–3, 7–0 Czechoslovakia Dukla Jihlava
1976 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 6–0, 4–2 Czechoslovakia Poldi Kladno
1977 Czechoslovakia Poldi Kladno 4–4, 4–4 (2-1 PS) Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
1978 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 3–1 Czechoslovakia Poldi Kladno

Group, 1979-1990

Season Winner Runner-up Third Venue
1979 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Czechoslovakia Poldi Kladno Finland Ässät Innsbruck, Austria
1980 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Finland Tappara Czechoslovakia Slovan Bratislava Innsbruck, Austria
1981 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Finland HIFK Czechoslovakia Poldi Kladno Urtijëi, Italy
1982 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Czechoslovakia TJ Vítkovice West Germany SC Riessersee Düsseldorf, West Germany
1983 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Czechoslovakia Dukla Jihlava Finland Tappara Tampere, Finland
1984 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Czechoslovakia Dukla Jihlava East Germany Dynamo Berlin Urtijëi, Italy
1985 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow West Germany Kölner EC Czechoslovakia Dukla Jihlava Megeve, France
1986 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Sweden Södertälje SK West Germany SB Rosenheim Rosenheim, West Germany
1987 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Czechoslovakia TJ VSŽ Košice Sweden Färjestads BK Lugano, Switzerland
1988 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Czechoslovakia Tesla Pardubice Finland Tappara Davos, Switzerland
1989 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Czechoslovakia TJ VSŽ Košice West Germany Kölner EC Köln, West Germany
1990 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow Finland TPS Sweden Djurgårdens IF Berlin, West Germany

Knockout, 1991-1997

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1991 Sweden Djurgårdens IF 3–2 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1992 Sweden Djurgårdens IF 7–2 Germany Düsseldorfer EG Düsseldorf, Germany
1993 Sweden Malmö IF 3–3 (1-0 PS) Russia Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1994 Finland TPS 4–3 Russia Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1995 Finland Jokerit 4–2 Russia Lada Togliatti Turku, Finland
1996 Finland Jokerit 3–3 (3-2 PS) Germany Kölner Haie Köln, Germany
1997 Russia Lada Togliatti 4–3 (OT) Sweden Modo Düsseldorf, Germany

European Hockey League

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 leagues. The winners of these two leagues played 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 of each divisions 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 Prague 2-0.

Following consultation with its commercial partner, now 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 from 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 Finland TPS 5–2 Russia Dynamo Moscow Turku, Finland
1998 Austria VEU Feldkirch 5–3 Russia Dynamo Moscow Feldkirch, Austria
1999 Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2–1 (OT) Russia Dynamo Moscow Moscow, Russia
2000 Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2–0 Czech Republic Sparta Praha Lugano, Switzerland

IIHF Continental Cup

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.

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.

IIHF European Champions Cup


The competition features the reigning club champions from the top six European hockey nations according to the IIHF World Ranking, which are known as the Super Six. Two groups of three play a round-robin, with the winner of each group facing each other in a championship game. The two groups are named after international hockey legends Alexander Ragulin and Ivan Hlinka.

2005 participants

Group A

Group B

2005 results

Group A
Slovakia Dukla Trencin - Russia Avangard Omsk - 1:6
Sweden HV71 - Slovakia Dukla Trencin - 4:1
Russia Avangard Omsk - Sweden HV71 - 9:0

Group B
Czech Republic HC Hamé Zlin - Germany Frankfurt Lions - 4:3
Finland Kärpät - Czech Republic HC Hamé Zlin - 4:1
Germany Frankfurt Lions - Finland Kärpät - 3:6


Russia Avangard Omsk - Finland Kärpät - 2:1 (OT)

2006 participants

Alexander Ragulin division:

Ivan Hlinka division:

2006 results

Alexander Ragulin division
Russia HC Dynamo Moscow - Slovakia Slovan Bratislava - 3:1
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava - Czech Republic HC Moeller-Pardubice - 0:2
Czech Republic HC Moeller-Pardubice - Russia HC Dynamo Moscow - 1:5

Ivan Hlinka division
Finland Kärpät - Switzerland HC Davos - 3:1
Switzerland HC Davos - Sweden Frölunda HC - 6:2
Sweden Frölunda HC - Finland Kärpät - 0:3

Russia HC Dynamo Moscow - Finland Kärpät - 5:4 after OT and Game Winning Shot

2007 participants

Alexander Ragulin division:

Ivan Hlinka division:

2007 results

Alexander Ragulin division:

Finland HPK - Slovakia MsHK Žilina - 7:0 (2:0; 3:0; 2:0)
Slovakia MsHK Žilina - Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha - 4:2 (0:1; 2:1; 2:0)
Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha - HPK Finland 2:3 (1:1; 1:2; 0:0)

Ivan Hlinka division:

Russia Ak Bars Kazan - Sweden Färjestads BK - 6:4 (2:2; 2:1; 2:1)
Sweden Färjestads BK - Switzerland HC Lugano - 0:3 (0:1; 0:1; 0:1)
Switzerland HC Lugano - Russia Ak Bars Kazan - 0:3 (0:1; 0:1; 0:1)
Finland HPK - Russia Ak Bars Kazan - 0:6 (0:3, 0:0, 0:3)

2008 participants

Alexander Ragulin division:

Ivan Hlinka division:

2008 results

Alexander Ragulin division:

Russia Metallurg - Sweden Modo - 3:0 (2:0; 1:0; 0:0)
Sweden Modo - Slovakia HC Slovan - 1:4 (1:0; 0:3; 0:1)
Slovakia HC Slovan - Russia Metallurg - 1:2 (1:0; 0:0; 0:1; 0:0; 0:1)

Ivan Hlinka division:

Finland Kärpät - Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha - 3:5 (0:2; 1:2; 2:1)
Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha - Switzerland HC Davos - 6:4 (1:2; 3:1; 2:1)
Switzerland HC Davos - Finland Kärpät - 1:6 (0:1; 1:3; 0:2)
Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha - Russia Metallurg - 2:5 (1:1; 1:2; 0:2)

ECC winners

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

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