Spengler Cup

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Spengler Cup
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Hockey current event.svg 2021 Spengler Cup
2012 Spengler Cup logo.jpg
Spengler Cup logo
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded1923
FounderDr. Carl Spengler
Inaugural season1923
No. of teams6 (group stage)
Countries Switzerland (usually HC Davos), Canada, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, various other European countries
Venue(s) Vaillant Arena (Davos, Switzerland)
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada (16th title)
Most titles Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada (16)
QualificationInvitation only
TV partner(s)SUI: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Europe: Eurosport 2
RUS: Match TV & NTv2
GER: Sport1
CAN: TSN & RDS
USA: NBCSN
CZE / SVK / HUN: Sport1
DEN: TV2
SLO: Šport TV
SRB / CRO / BIH / MNE / MKD: Arena Sport
Official website www.spenglercup.ch/en

The Spengler Cup is an annual invitational 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 the Swiss team HC Davos and played each year in Davos, Switzerland, from December 26 to 31 inclusively. Currently, all games are held at Vaillant Arena.

It was originally devised by Dr. Carl Spengler as a means 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, Czechoslovak, Swedish, German, and Finnish powerhouses. Through its history, club or national teams from 12 different countries have won the tournament, with Team Canada winning the most cups (16) while Switzerland and Czechoslovakia are tied as nations whose various teams have won the most cups (19 each).

Among non-European organizations, Team Canada, Team USA, nationally-ranked U.S. collegiate teams, reigning AHL Calder Cup and Ontario Hockey Association champions, and even Team Japan (in 1971, building international experience before playing as hosts of the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics) have competed for the Spengler Cup. Since at least 1990, Team Canada has been the only participant from North America, with the exception of the AHL's Rochester Americans in 1996 and 2013.

In the 2018 tournament, Finnish club team KalPa from the city of Kuopio defeated Team Canada 2–1 in the final. The game was decided in the 8th round of a shootout, the first series of game-winning shots in tournament history that determined the winner of the Spengler Cup.

In the 2019 tournament, Team Canada defeated Czech club team HC Oceláři Třinec 4–0 in the final. In doing so, Team Canada became the leader in Spengler Cup championship wins over the 93 tournaments held to that point.

History

The former Spengler Cup trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Spengler Cup.JPG
The former Spengler Cup trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Many participating teams are club teams, rather than national teams, where a club team might have players from many nations on the roster. The first tournament was won in 1923 by the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club, composed of Canadians studying at the University of Oxford. [1]

The first 24 tournaments were dominated by host HC Davos (7 wins, 12 runners-up) and the Czechoslovak club team LTC Prague (7 wins, 2 runners-up). The LTC Prague team was shut down by the Czechoslovak communist authorities after players defected at the 1948 Spengler Cup tournament. Between 1965 and 1983, the tournament was dominated by various Czechoslovak and Soviet teams. Since joining the tournament in 1984, Team Canada has been the dominant participant, with 16 wins and 10 runners-up. Team Canada is made up of Canadians predominantly playing in Europe, as the tournament occurs during the NHL and AHL seasons, though active NHL stars Joe Thornton and Rick Nash played for HC Davos during the 2004 NHL lockout.

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 championship trophy was given its classic and best-known look (pictured left), which stood until a new gold design was unveiled in 2010.[ citation needed ]

Sponsorship

The Spengler Cup is the second-largest sporting event in Switzerland, after tennis' Swiss Indoors in Basel. It had a budget of CHF 11 million in 2016. About 40% of the total tournament budget amount comes from corporate sponsors. [2] Since 1985, UBS has been the main sponsor and presenting partner of the Spengler Cup. [3] Other major sponsors are Würth, Schenker Storen, Škoda, Siemens and Calanda – each of whom, along with UBS, are the main tournament sponsor of one of the six teams each year.

International broadcasts

The Spengler Cup is broadcast on Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen in Switzerland, on Eurosport 2 in most of Europe, on Match TV and NTv2 in Russia, on Sport1 in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, on Šport TV in Slovenia, on TSN and RDS in Canada and on the free-to-air channel FreeSports in the United Kingdom.

Spengler Cup winners

YearWinnerRunner-up
1923 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Oxford University Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Berlin SC
1924 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Berlin SC Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1925 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Oxford University Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1926 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Berlin SC Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1927 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Berlin SC
1928 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Berlin SC Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cambridge University
1929 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1930 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1931 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Oxford University Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Berlin SC
1932 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Oxford University 1
Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos (3rd place)
1933 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of France (1794-1958).svg Paris Rapides
1934 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Oxford University
1935 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1936 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague
1937 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1938 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague
1939Tournament not held due to World War II
1940
1941 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Berlin SC
1942 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC
1943 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC
1944 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1945 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1946 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1947 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1948 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1949Tournament not held
1950 Flag of Italy.svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano Flag of Sweden.svg AIK Stockholm
1951 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Germany.svg Preussen Krefeld
1952 Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC
1953 Flag of Italy.svg HC Milano Inter Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1954 Flag of Italy.svg HC Milano Inter Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen
1955 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Rudá Hvězda Brno Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1956Tournament not held for financial reasons [4]
1957 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Rudá Hvězda Brno
1958 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Italy.svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano
1959 Flag of France.svg ACBB Paris Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen
1960 Flag of France.svg ACBB Paris Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1961 Flag of France.svg ACBB Paris Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen
1962 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen
1963 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague Flag of Austria.svg Klagenfurt AC
1964 Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen Flag of Sweden.svg Modo Hockey
1965 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Sweden.svg VIK Västerås HK
1966 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Belgium (civil).svg CP Liège
1967 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Lokomotiv Moscow Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kingston Aces
1968 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Sweden.svg Rögle BK
1969 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Lokomotiv Moscow Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1970 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg SKA Leningrad Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1971 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg SKA Leningrad Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1972 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Slovan Bratislava Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Torpedo Gorkiy
1973 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Slovan Bratislava Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Traktor Chelyabinsk
1974 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Slovan Bratislava Flag of Poland.svg Team Poland
1975 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovak Olympic Team Flag of Finland.svg Team Finland
1976 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR B Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia B
1977 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg SKA Leningrad Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1978 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of Sweden.svg AIK Stockholm
1979 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Krylya Sovetov Moscow Flag of Germany.svg Düsseldorfer EG
1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of the Czech Republic.svg TJ Vítkovice
1981 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1982 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow
1983 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Dynamo Moscow Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1984 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava
1985 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
1986 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Sokil Kiev
1987 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Krylya Sovetov Moscow
1988 Flag of the United States.svg USA Selects Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
1989 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK
1990 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Spartak Moscow Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
1991 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg / Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg CSKA Moscow Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano
1992 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK
1993 Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1994 Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1995 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Russia.svg Lada Togliatti
1996 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1997 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK
1998 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
1999 Flag of Germany.svg Kölner Haie Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk
2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
2001 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
2002 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
2003 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
2004 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague
2005 Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
2006 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
2007 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Russia.svg Salavat Yulaev Ufa
2008 Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
2009 Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg Dinamo Minsk Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
2010 Flag of Russia.svg SKA Saint Petersburg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
2011 Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos Flag of Latvia.svg Dinamo Riga
2012 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos
2013 Flag of Switzerland.svg Genève-Servette HC Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow
2014 Flag of Switzerland.svg Genève-Servette HC Flag of Russia.svg Salavat Yulaev Ufa
2015 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano
2016 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano
2017 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg Team Switzerland
2018 Flag of Finland.svg KalPa Kuopio Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada
2019 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Oceláři Třinec
2020Tournament not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Notes

1Oxford University and LTC Prague play to a 0–0 score after overtime. Both teams are declared winners. [4]

Performances

By club

Performance in the Spengler Cup by club
ClubWonRunner-upYears wonYears runner-up
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Team Canada 16101984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 1985, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2018
Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Davos 15251927, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1951, 1957, 1958, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2011 1924, 1925, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1960, 1969, 1981, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2012
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg LTC Prague 721929, 1930, 1932, 1937, 1946, 1947, 19481936, 1938
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Jihlava 551965, 1966, 1968, 1978, 19821970, 1971, 1977, 1983, 1984
Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow 511980, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1990 1982
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Oxford University 411923, 1925, 1931, 19321934
Flag of Russia.svg SKA Leningrad /
SKA Saint Petersburg
401970, 1971, 1977, 2010
Flag of Germany.svg Berlin SC 341924, 1926, 19281923, 1927, 1931, 1941
Flag of Italy.svg Diavoli Rossoneri Milano 311934, 1935, 19501958
Flag of France.svg ACBB Paris 301959, 1960, 1961
Flag of Slovakia.svg HC Slovan Bratislava 1301972, 1973, 1974
Flag of Germany.svg EV Füssen 241952, 19641954, 1959, 1961, 1962
Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürcher SC 231944, 19451942, 1943, 1952
Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK 23 1993, 1994 1989, 1992, 1997
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague 211962, 1963 2004
Flag of Italy.svg HC Milano Inter 201953, 1954
Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Moscow 201967, 1969
Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow 201983, 2008
Flag of Switzerland.svg Genève-Servette HC 20 2013, 2014
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Rudá Hvězda Brno 1119551957
Flag of Russia.svg Krylya Sovetov Moscow 1119791987
Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow 11 1991 2013
Flag of Russia.svg Metallurg Magnitogorsk 11 2005 1999
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovak Olympic Team 101975
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR B 101976
Flag of the United States.svg USA Selects 101988
Flag of Germany.svg Kölner Haie 10 1999
Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg Dinamo Minsk 10 2009
Flag of Finland.svg KalPa Kuopio 10 2018
Flag of Switzerland.svg HC Lugano 03 1991, 2015, 2016
Flag of Sweden.svg AIK Stockholm 021950, 1978
Flag of Russia.svg Salavat Yulaev Ufa 02 2007, 2014
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cambridge University 011928
Flag of France.svg Paris Rapides 011933
Flag of Germany.svg Preussen Krefeld011951
Flag of Austria.svg Klagenfurt AC 011963
Flag of Sweden.svg Modo Hockey 011964
Flag of Sweden.svg VIK Västerås HK 011965
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg CP Liège 011966
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kingston Aces 011967
Flag of Sweden.svg Rögle BK 011968
Flag of Russia.svg Torpedo Gorkiy 011972
Flag of Russia.svg Traktor Chelyabinsk 011973
Flag of Poland.svg Team Poland 011974
Flag of Finland.svg Team Finland 011975
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia B 011976
Flag of Germany.svg Düsseldorfer EG 011979
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg TJ Vítkovice 011980
Flag of Ukraine.svg Sokil Kiev 2011986
Flag of Russia.svg Lada Togliatti 01 1995
Flag of Latvia.svg Dinamo Riga 01 2011
Flag of Switzerland.svg Team Switzerland 01 2017
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Oceláři Třinec 01 2019

Notes

1Slovakia was a part of Czechoslovakia at the time, so HC Slovan Bratislava represented both Czechoslovakia and the Slovak Socialist Republic
2Ukraine was a Soviet republic at the time, so Sokil Kiev represented both the Soviet Union and Soviet Ukraine

By nation

Performance by nation
NationWinnersRunners-up
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1932
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 11910
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 21611
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 3135
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 4610
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 551
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 645
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 42
Flag of France.svg  France 731
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 28
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 11
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 10
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 02
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 01
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 01
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 01
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 01

Notes

1Includes hockey clubs from the First Czechoslovak Republic, the Third Czechoslovak Republic, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the last Czech and Slovak Federative Republic based in today's Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Czechoslovak national teams.
2Includes the runner-up 1967 Kingston Aces of the Ontario Hockey Association.
3Includes hockey clubs based in today's Russia and Ukraine, and Soviet national teams.
4Includes hockey clubs from the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, Allied-occupied Germany, West Germany, and today's united Federal Republic.
5includes hockey clubs from the Kingdom of Italy and today's Italian Republic.
6Includes CSKA Moscow's Cup win in 1991.
7Includes hockey clubs from the French Third Republic, the Fourth Republic, and today's Fifth Republic.

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References

  1. The Isis , 23 Jan. 1924, page 19. (Future Prime Minister of Canada Lester Pearson was a member of the Oxford University team in the spring of 1923; however, he returned to Canada in the summer of 1923 and therefore did not compete in the first Spengler Cup played at the end of December 1923 and early January 1924. See: Pearson, Lester B. Mike : The Memoirs of the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972, page 50.)
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