IIHF Continental Cup

The Continental Cup is a second-level ice hockey tournament for European clubs (behind Champions Hockey League), 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 2022–23 IIHF Continental Cup
FormerlyIIHF European Cup
SportIce hockey
Most recent
Slovakia HK Nitra
(1st title)
Most titlesBelarus Yunost Minsk (3)
QualificationChampions Hockey League
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
1998–99   HC Ambrì-Piotta   HC Košice   Avangard Omsk   Košice
1999–2000   HC Ambrì-Piotta   Eisbären Berlin   Ak Bars Kazan   Berlin
2000–01   ZSC Lions   London Knights   Slovan Bratislava   Switzerland Zurich
2001–02   ZSC Lions   Milano Vipers   HKm Zvolen   Zurich
2002–03   Jokerit   Lokomotiv Yaroslavl   HC Lugano   Lugano
2003–04   Slovan Bratislava   HK Gomel   HC Lugano   Gomel
2004–05   HKm Zvolen   Dynamo Moscow   Alba Volán Székesfehérvár   Székesfehérvár
2005–06   Lada Togliatti   HK Riga 2000   ZSC Lions   Székesfehérvár
2006–07   Yunost Minsk   Avangard Omsk   Ilves   Székesfehérvár
2007–08   Ak Bars Kazan   HK Riga 2000   Kazzinc-Torpedo   Riga
2008–09   MHC Martin   Dragons de Rouen   HC Bolzano   Rouen
2009–10   Red Bull Salzburg   Yunost Minsk   Sheffield Steelers   Grenoble
2010–11   Yunost Minsk   Red Bull Salzburg   SønderjyskE Ishockey   Minsk
2011–12   Dragons de Rouen[2]   Yunost Minsk   HC Donbass   Rouen
2012–13   HC Donbass   Metallurg Zhlobin   Dragons de Rouen   Donetsk
2013–14   Stavanger Oilers   HC Donbass   HC Asiago   Rouen
2014–15   Neman Grodno   Fischtown Pinguins   Ducs d'Angers   Bremerhaven
2015–16   Dragons de Rouen   Herning Blue Fox   GKS Tychy   Rouen
2016–17   Nottingham Panthers   Beibarys Atyrau   Odense Bulldogs   Ritten
2017–18   Yunost Minsk   Nomad Astana   Sheffield Steelers   Minsk
2018–19   Arlan Kokshetau   Belfast Giants   GKS Katowice   Belfast
2019–20   SønderjyskE Ishockey   Nottingham Panthers   Neman Grodno   Vojens
2020–21 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[3]
2021–22   Cracovia   Saryarka Karagandy   Aalborg Pirates   Aalborg
2022–23   HK Nitra   Ducs d'Angers   Cardiff Devils   Angers

Medals (1997-2023)Edit

1  Slovakia5128
2  Belarus4419
3  Switzerland4037
4  Russia2327
5  France2226
6  Great Britain1337
7  Kazakhstan1315
8  Denmark1135
9  Ukraine1113
10  Austria1102
11  Finland1023
13  Norway1001
14  Germany0303
15  Latvia0202
16  Italy0123
17  Hungary0011
Totals (17 entries)25252575

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 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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