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
Most recent season or competition:
2023–24 IIHF Continental Cup
FormerlyIIHF European Cup
SportIce hockey
Most recent
Kazakhstan Nomad Astana
(1st title)
Most titlesBelarus Yunost Minsk (3)
QualificationChampions Hockey League



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 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.

IIIHF Continental Cup


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.



Federation Cup winners

# Season Winner Score Runner-up Third Host
1 1994–95   Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4–1   HC Pardubice   Slovenia Ljubljana,   Slovenia
2 1995–96   AS Mastini Varese 4–3   Metallurg Magnitogorsk   Russia Trenčín,   Slovakia

Continental Cup winners

# Season Winner Runner-up Third Host
1 1997–98   TJ VSŽ Košice   Eisbären Berlin   Ilves   Tampere
2 1998–99   HC Ambrì-Piotta   HC Košice   Avangard Omsk   Košice
3 1999–2000   HC Ambrì-Piotta   Eisbären Berlin   Ak Bars Kazan   Berlin
4 2000–01   ZSC Lions   London Knights   Slovan Bratislava   Zürich
5 2001–02   ZSC Lions   Milano Vipers   HKm Zvolen   Zürich
6 2002–03   Jokerit   Lokomotiv Yaroslavl   HC Lugano   Lugano &   Milan
7 2003–04   Slovan Bratislava   HK Gomel   HC Lugano   Gomel
8 2004–05   HKm Zvolen   Dynamo Moscow   Alba Volán Székesfehérvár   Székesfehérvár
9 2005–06   Lada Togliatti   HK Riga 2000   ZSC Lions   Székesfehérvár
10 2006–07   Yunost Minsk   Avangard Omsk   Ilves   Székesfehérvár
11 2007–08   Ak Bars Kazan   HK Riga 2000   Kazzinc-Torpedo   Riga
12 2008–09   MHC Martin   Dragons de Rouen   HC Bolzano   Rouen
13 2009–10   Red Bull Salzburg   Yunost Minsk   Sheffield Steelers   Grenoble
14 2010–11   Yunost Minsk   Red Bull Salzburg   SønderjyskE Ishockey   Minsk
15 2011–12   Dragons de Rouen[2]   Yunost Minsk   HC Donbass   Rouen
16 2012–13   HC Donbass   Metallurg Zhlobin   Dragons de Rouen   Donetsk
17 2013–14   Stavanger Oilers   HC Donbass   HC Asiago   Rouen
18 2014–15   Neman Grodno   Fischtown Pinguins   Ducs d'Angers   Bremerhaven
19 2015–16   Dragons de Rouen   Herning Blue Fox   GKS Tychy   Rouen
20 2016–17   Nottingham Panthers   Beibarys Atyrau   Odense Bulldogs   Ritten
21 2017–18   Yunost Minsk   Nomad Astana   Sheffield Steelers   Minsk
22 2018–19   Arlan Kokshetau   Belfast Giants   GKS Katowice   Belfast
23 2019–20   SønderjyskE Ishockey   Nottingham Panthers   Neman Grodno   Vojens
- 2020–21 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[3]
24 2021–22   Cracovia   Saryarka Karagandy   Aalborg Pirates   Aalborg
25 2022–23   HK Nitra   Ducs d'Angers   Cardiff Devils   Angers
26 2023–24   Nomad Astana   Herning Blue Fox   Cardiff Devils   Cardiff

Medals (1997–2024)

1  Slovakia5128
2  Belarus4419
3  Switzerland4037
4  Russia2327
5  Kazakhstan2316
6  France2226
7  Great Britain1348
8  Denmark1236
9  Ukraine1113
10  Austria1102
11  Finland1023
13  Norway1001
14  Germany0303
15  Latvia0202
16  Italy0123
17  Hungary0011
Totals (17 entries)26262678

Note: Great Britain's medal total includes three teams from England, one from Northern Ireland, and one from Wales.

See also



  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.