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]

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Format

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 to 2005, 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.

Winners

SeasonWinnerRunner-upThirdVenue
1997–98 Flag of Slovakia.svg TJ VSŽ Košice Flag of Germany.svg Eisbären Berlin Flag of Finland.svg Ilves Tampere, Finland
1998–99 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Ambrì-Piotta Flag of Slovakia.svg HC Košice Flag of Russia.svg Avangard Omsk Košice, Slovakia
1999–2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Ambrì-Piotta Flag of Germany.svg Eisbären Berlin Flag of Russia.svg Ak Bars Kazan Berlin, Germany
2000–01 Flag of Switzerland.svg ZSC Lions Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Knights Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava Zurich, Switzerland
2001–02 Flag of Switzerland.svg ZSC Lions Flag of Italy.svg Milano Vipers Flag of Slovakia.svg HKm Zvolen Zurich, Switzerland
2002–03 Flag of Finland.svg Jokerit Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano Lugano, Switzerland
Milan, Italy
2003–04 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg HK Gomel Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano Gomel, Belarus
2004–05 Flag of Slovakia.svg HKm Zvolen Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow Flag of Hungary.svg Alba Volán Székesfehérvár Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2005–06 Flag of Russia.svg Lada Togliatti Flag of Latvia.svg HK Riga 2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg ZSC Lions Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2006–07 Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg Yunost Minsk Flag of Russia.svg Avangard Omsk Flag of Finland.svg Ilves Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2007–08 Flag of Russia.svg Ak Bars Kazan Flag of Latvia.svg HK Riga 2000 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazzinc-Torpedo Riga, Latvia
2008–09 Flag of Slovakia.svg MHC Martin Flag of France.svg Dragons de Rouen Flag of Italy.svg HC Bolzano Rouen, France
2009–10 Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Salzburg Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg Yunost Minsk Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sheffield Steelers Grenoble, France
2010–11 Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg Yunost Minsk Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Salzburg Flag of Denmark.svg SønderjyskE Ishockey Minsk, Belarus
2011–12 Flag of France.svg Dragons de Rouen [2] Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg Yunost Minsk Flag of Ukraine.svg HC Donbass Rouen, France
2012–13 Flag of Ukraine.svg HC Donbass Flag of Belarus.svg Metallurg Zhlobin Flag of France.svg Dragons de Rouen Donetsk, Ukraine
2013–14 Flag of Norway.svg Stavanger Oilers Flag of Ukraine.svg HC Donbass Flag of Italy.svg HC Asiago Rouen, France
2014–15 Flag of Belarus.svg Neman Grodno Flag of Germany.svg Fischtown Pinguins Flag of France.svg Ducs d'Angers Bremerhaven, Germany
2015–16 Flag of France.svg Dragons de Rouen Flag of Denmark.svg Herning Blue Fox Flag of Poland.svg GKS Tychy Rouen, France
2016–17 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Nottingham Panthers Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Beibarys Atyrau Flag of Denmark.svg Odense Bulldogs Ritten, Italy
2017–18 Flag of Belarus.svg Yunost Minsk Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Nomad Astana Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sheffield Steelers Minsk, Belarus
2018–19 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Arlan Kokshetau Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Belfast Giants Flag of Poland.svg GKS Katowice Belfast, United Kingdom
2019–20 Flag of Denmark.svg SønderjyskE Ishockey Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Nottingham Panthers Flag of Belarus.svg Neman Grodno Vojens, Denmark
2020–21 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [3]

IIHF Federation Cup

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.

Format

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

SeasonWinnerScoreRunner-upVenue
1994–95 Flag of Russia.svg Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4–1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Pardubice Ljubljana, Slovenia
1995–96 Flag of Italy.svg AS Mastini Varese 4–3 Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk Trenčín, Slovakia

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