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. Hans Dobida served as chairman of the Continental Cup until 2018.[1]

IIHF Continental Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021–22 IIHF Continental Cup
FormerlyIIHF European Cup
SportIce hockey
CEOHans Dobida
Most recent
Denmark SønderjyskE Ishockey
(1st title)
Most titlesBelarus Yunost Minsk (3)
Official websiteiihf.com


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.


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

Medals (1997-2019)Edit

1  Belarus4419
2  Slovakia4127
3   Switzerland4037
4  Russia2327
5  France2125
6  Great Britain1326
7  Kazakhstan1214
8  Denmark1124
9  Ukraine1113
10  Austria1102
11  Finland1023
12  Norway1001
13  Germany0303
14  Latvia0202
15  Italy0123
16  Poland0022
17  Hungary0011
Totals (17 nations)23232369

IIHF Federation CupEdit

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 IIHF Continental Cup, which was played two seasons later.


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 winnersEdit

Season Winner Score Runner-up Host
1994–95   Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4–1   HC Pardubice Ljubljana,   Slovenia
1995–96   AS Mastini Varese 4–3   Metallurg Magnitogorsk Trenčín,   Slovakia

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Merk, Martin (19 May 2018). "Congress approves Statutes changes" (Press release). Copenhagen, Denmark: International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 10 July 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ Merk, Martin (15 January 2012). "Le Miracle de Rouen" (Press release). Rouen, France: International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  3. ^ "IIHF cancels Continental Cup". IIHF. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2020.

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