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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 Swiss team HC Davos and played each year in Davos, Switzerland, between Christmas and New Year's Day.

It was originally devised by Dr. Carl Spengler as a mean 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 and Czechoslovakian powerhouses.
Among non-European organizations, Team Canada, Team USA, nationally ranked NCAA schools, reigning Calder Cup and OHA champions, and even Team Japan (in 1971 as hosts of the upcoming Sapporo Winter Olympics) have travelled to Davos throughout the years.

HC Dynamo Minsk of the KHL are the 2009 Spengler Cup champions.

The Spengler Cup is broadcast on Eurosport 2 in most of Europe, on RTR Sport in Russia, and on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada.

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History

Spengler Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Cup was first awarded in 1923 to the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club, composed of Canadian students, most notably future Prime Minister of Canada Lester Pearson. The tournament was then dominated by Czechoslovakian and Soviet teams between 1965 and 1983. In 1984 Team Canada began participating and has since won the Cup eleven 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. In 1956 the cup was given a new look that still stands today.

Temporary reinforcements

A frequent point of contention among hockey observers discussing the tournament 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 6 additional players (5 skaters and 1 goaltender) for the duration of the competition. 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.

Trophy

The current cup consists of a golden globe supported by silver hockey sticks on a round base. The trophy is named after the founder Dr. Carl Spengler of Davos.

Spengler Cup winners

Year Winner Runner-up
1923 United Kingdom Oxford University Germany Berlin SC
1924 Germany Berlin SC Switzerland HC Davos
1925 United Kingdom Oxford University Switzerland HC Davos
1926 Germany Berlin SC Switzerland HC Davos
1927 Switzerland HC Davos Germany Berlin SC
1928 Germany Berlin SC United Kingdom Cambridge University
1929 Czech Republic LTC Prague Switzerland HC Davos
1930 Czech Republic LTC Prague Switzerland HC Davos
1931 United Kingdom Oxford University Germany Berlin SC
1932 Czech Republic LTC Prague
United Kingdom Oxford University 1
1933 Switzerland HC Davos France Paris Rapides
1934 Italy Diavoli Rossoneri Milano United Kingdom Oxford University
1935 Italy Diavoli Rossoneri Milano Switzerland HC Davos
1936 Switzerland HC Davos Czech Republic LTC Prague
1937 Czech Republic LTC Prague Switzerland HC Davos
1938 Switzerland HC Davos Czech Republic LTC Prague
19392
19402
1941 Switzerland HC Davos Nazi Germany Berlin SC
1942 Switzerland HC Davos Switzerland Zürcher SC
1943 Switzerland HC Davos
1944 Switzerland Zürcher SC Switzerland HC Davos
1945 Switzerland Zürcher SC Switzerland HC Davos
1946 Czech Republic LTC Prague Switzerland HC Davos
1947 Czech Republic LTC Prague Switzerland HC Davos
1948 Czech Republic LTC Prague Switzerland HC Davos
19493
1950 Italy Diavoli Rossoneri Milano Sweden AIK Solna
1951 Switzerland HC Davos Germany Preussen Krefeld
1952 Switzerland Zürich SC Germany EV Füssen
1953 Italy HC Milano Inter Switzerland HC Davos
1954 Italy HC Milano Inter Germany EV Füssen
1955 Czech Republic Rudá Hvězda Brno Switzerland HC Davos
19564
1957 Switzerland HC Davos Czech Republic Rudá Hvězda Brno
1958 Switzerland HC Davos Italy Diavoli Rossoneri Milano
1959 France ACBB Paris Germany EV Füssen
1960 France ACBB Paris Switzerland HC Davos
1961 France ACBB Paris Germany EV Füssen
1962 Czech Republic Sparta Prague Germany EV Füssen
1963 Czech Republic Sparta Prague Austria Klagenfurt AC
1964 Germany EV Füssen Sweden Modo Hockey
1965 Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava Sweden Västerås IK
1966 Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava Belgium CP Liège
1967 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow Canada Kingston Aces
1968 Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava Sweden Rögle BK
1969 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow Switzerland HC Davos
1970 Soviet Union SKA Leningrad Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava
1971 Soviet Union SKA Leningrad Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava
1972 Czech Republic HC Slovan Bratislava Soviet Union Torpedo Gorkiy
1973 Czech Republic HC Slovan Bratislava Soviet Union Traktor Chelyabinsk
1974 Czech Republic HC Slovan Bratislava Poland Team Poland
1975 Czech Republic Czechoslovak Olympia
1976 Soviet Union USSR B
1977 Soviet Union SKA Leningrad Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava
1978 Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava Sweden AIK Solna
1979 Soviet Union Krylya Sovetov Moscow Germany Düsseldorf EG
1980 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow Czech Republic HC Vítkovice
1981 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow

Switzerland HC Davos

1982 Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
1983 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava
1984 Canada Team Canada Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava
1985 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow

Canada Team Canada

1986 Canada Team Canada Soviet Union Sokol Kiev
1987 Canada Team Canada Soviet Union Krylya Sovetov Moscow
1988 United States USA Selects

Canada Team Canada

1989 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow

Sweden Färjestads BK

1990 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow

Canada Team Canada

1991 Russia CSKA Moscow Switzerland HC Lugano
1992 Canada Team Canada Sweden Färjestads BK
1993 Sweden Färjestads BK Switzerland HC Davos
1994 Sweden Färjestads BK Switzerland HC Davos
1995 Canada Team Canada Russia HC Lada Togliatti
1996 Canada Team Canada Switzerland HC Davos
1997 Canada Team Canada Sweden Färjestads BK
1998 Canada Team Canada Germany Kölner Haie
1999 Germany Kölner Haie Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
2000 Switzerland HC Davos Canada Team Canada
2001 Switzerland HC Davos Canada Team Canada
2002 Canada Team Canada Switzerland HC Davos
2003 Canada Team Canada Switzerland HC Davos
2004 Switzerland HC Davos Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
2005 Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Canada Team Canada
2006 Switzerland HC Davos Canada Team Canada
2007 Canada Team Canada Russia HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa
2008 Russia HC Dynamo Moscow Canada Team Canada
2009 Belarus HC Dinamo Minsk Switzerland HC Davos
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]

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