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The IIHF European Champions Cup (ECC) was an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation, 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 and the suspended European Hockey League. Beginning in the 2008-09 season, it was replaced by the Champions Hockey League, which is the new official European club championship event.

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, Finlandmarker. The idea was brought up by a Germanmarker, 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 Unionmarker 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 ZKL Brno 6–4, 7–5, 6–2, 6–1 EV Füssen
1967 ZKL Brno 3–2, 5–4 Ilves
1968 ZKL Brno 3–0, 3–3 Dukla Jihlava
1969 CSKA Moscow 9–1, 14–3 EC KAC
1970 CSKA Moscow 2–3, 8–5 Spartak Moscow
1971 CSKA Moscow 7–0, 3–3 Dukla Jihlava
1972 CSKA Moscow 8–2, 8–3 Brynäs
1973 CSKA Moscow 6–2, 12–2 Brynäs
1974 CSKA Moscow 2–3, 6–1 Tesla Pardubice
1975 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2–3, 7–0 Dukla Jihlava
1976 CSKA Moscow 6–0, 4–2 Poldi Kladno
1977 Poldi Kladno 4–4, 4–4 (2-1 PS) Spartak Moscow
1978 CSKA Moscow 3–1 Poldi Kladno

Group, 1979-1990

Season Winner Runner-up Third Venue
1979 CSKA Moscow Poldi Kladno Ässät Innsbruckmarker, Austriamarker
1980 CSKA Moscow Tappara Slovan Bratislava Innsbruckmarker, Austriamarker
1981 CSKA Moscow HIFK Poldi Kladno Urtijëimarker, Italymarker
1982 CSKA Moscow TJ Vítkovice SC Riessersee Düsseldorfmarker, West Germanymarker
1983 CSKA Moscow Dukla Jihlava Tappara Tamperemarker, Finlandmarker
1984 CSKA Moscow Dukla Jihlava Dynamo Berlin Urtijëimarker, Italymarker
1985 CSKA Moscow Kölner EC Dukla Jihlava Megevemarker, Francemarker
1986 CSKA Moscow Södertälje SK SB Rosenheim Rosenheimmarker, West Germanymarker
1987 CSKA Moscow TJ VSŽ Košice Färjestads BK Luganomarker, Switzerlandmarker
1988 CSKA Moscow Tesla Pardubice Tappara Davosmarker, Switzerlandmarker
1989 CSKA Moscow TJ VSŽ Košice Kölner EC Köln, West Germanymarker
1990 CSKA Moscow TPS Djurgårdens IF Berlinmarker, West Germanymarker

Knockout, 1991-1997

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1991 Djurgårdens IF 3–2 Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorfmarker, Germanymarker
1992 Djurgårdens IF 7–2 Düsseldorfer EG Düsseldorfmarker, Germanymarker
1993 Malmö IF 3–3 (1-0 PS) Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorfmarker, Germanymarker
1994 TPS 4–3 Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorfmarker, Germanymarker
1995 Jokerit 4–2 Lada Togliatti Turkumarker, Finlandmarker
1996 Jokerit 3–3 (3-2 PS) Kölner Haie Köln, Germanymarker
1997 Lada Togliatti 4–3 (OT) Modo Düsseldorfmarker, Germanymarker

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 Finnishmarker side TPS, who beat Russianmarker 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 Austrianmarker 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 Czechmarker 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 TPS 5–2 Dynamo Moscow Turkumarker, Finlandmarker
1998 VEU Feldkirch 5–3 Dynamo Moscow Feldkirchmarker, Austriamarker
1999 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2–1 (OT) Dynamo Moscow Moscowmarker, Russiamarker
2000 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2–0 Sparta Praha Luganomarker, Switzerlandmarker

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 begun 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

 Dukla Trencin -   Avangard Omsk - 1:6
HV71 - Dukla Trencin - 4:1
Avangard Omsk - HV71 - 9:0

Group B

 HC Hamé Zlin -   Frankfurt Lions - 4:3
Kärpät - HC Hamé Zlin - 4:1
Frankfurt Lions - Kärpät - 3:6


 Avangard Omsk -   Kärpät - 2:1 (OT)

2006 participants

Alexander Ragulin division:

Ivan Hlinka division:

2006 results

Alexander Ragulin division

 HC Dynamo Moscow -   Slovan Bratislava - 3:1
Slovan Bratislava - HC Moeller-Pardubice - 0:2
HC Moeller-Pardubice - HC Dynamo Moscow - 1:5

Ivan Hlinka division

 Kärpät -   HC Davos - 3:1
HC Davos - Frölunda HC - 6:2
Frölunda HC - Kärpät - 0:3


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

2007 participants

Alexander Ragulin division:

Ivan Hlinka division:

2007 results

Alexander Ragulin division:

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

Ivan Hlinka division:

 Ak Bars Kazan -   Färjestads BK - 6:4 (2:2; 2:1; 2:1)
Färjestads BK - HC Lugano - 0:3 (0:1; 0:1; 0:1)
HC Lugano - Ak Bars Kazan - 0:3 (0:1; 0:1; 0:1)

 HPK -   Ak Bars Kazan - 0:6 (0:3, 0:0, 0:3)

2008 participants

Alexander Ragulin division:

Ivan Hlinka division:

2008 results

Alexander Ragulin division:

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

Ivan Hlinka division:

 Kärpät -   HC Sparta Praha - 3:5 (0:2; 1:2; 2:1)
HC Sparta Praha - HC Davos - 6:4 (1:2; 3:1; 2:1)
HC Davos - Kärpät - 1:6 (0:1; 1:3; 0:2)

 HC Sparta Praha -   Metallurg - 2:5 (1:1; 1:2; 0:2)

ECC winners

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

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