IIHF European Cup

The IIHF European Cup, also known as the Europa Cup, was a European ice hockey club competition for champions of national leagues which was contested between 1965 and 1997, governed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

IIHF European Cup
Genresports event
Inaugurated1965 (1965)
Most recent1996 (1996)
Organised byIIHF


The competition was originated by Günther Sabetzki,[1] based on the European Cup of association football (now UEFA Champions League).

The tournament encountered problems. Countries had different levels of development in ice hockey, so some teams were weaker than others, resulting in a number of uncompetitive, one-sided games. Organisational difficulties were also posed by the refusal of some Soviet Union teams to play away games in certain places. This resulted in no final being held some years, and more than one final being held in others. The competition was discontinued after 1997. In its place, the European Hockey League and the Continental Cup, and later the IIHF European Champions Cup, were started.


Teams were seeded and drawn into groups of four teams, with the winners of each group progressing to the next round, where they were drawn into groups again. Each round was played over a long weekend (Friday to Sunday) in a single venue, until one final group was left, the winner of which would be considered the champion. After the European Cup was discontinued, the Continental Cup would adopt this format.


Knockout, 1965/66–1977/78
Season Winner Score Runner-up
1965–66   ZKL Brno 6–4, 7–5, 6–2, 6–1   EV Füssen
1966–67   ZKL Brno 3–2, 5–4   Ilves
1967–68   ZKL Brno 3–0, 3–3   Dukla Jihlava
1968–69   CSKA Moscow 9–1, 14–3   EC KAC
1969–70   CSKA Moscow 2–3, 8–5   Spartak Moscow
1970–71   CSKA Moscow 7–0, 3–3   Dukla Jihlava
1971–72   CSKA Moscow 8–2, 8–3   Brynäs
1972–73   CSKA Moscow 6–2, 12–2   Brynäs
1973–74   CSKA Moscow 2–3, 6–1   Tesla Pardubice
1974–75   Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2–3, 7–0   Dukla Jihlava
1975–76   CSKA Moscow 6–0, 4–2   Poldi Kladno
1976–77   Poldi Kladno 4–4, 4–4 (2-1 SO)   Spartak Moscow
1977–78   CSKA Moscow 3–1   Poldi Kladno
Group, 1978/79–1989/90
Season Winner Runner-up Third Venue
1978–79   CSKA Moscow   Poldi Kladno   Ässät Innsbruck, Austria
1979–80   CSKA Moscow   Tappara   Slovan Bratislava Innsbruck, Austria
1980–81   CSKA Moscow   HIFK   Poldi Kladno Urtijëi, Italy
1981–82   CSKA Moscow   TJ Vítkovice   SC Riessersee Düsseldorf, West Germany
1982–83   CSKA Moscow   Dukla Jihlava   Tappara Tampere, Finland
1983–84   CSKA Moscow   Dukla Jihlava   Dynamo Berlin Urtijëi, Italy
1984–85   CSKA Moscow   Kölner EC   Dukla Jihlava Megève, France
1985–86   CSKA Moscow   Södertälje SK   SB Rosenheim Rosenheim, West Germany
1986–87   CSKA Moscow   TJ VSŽ Košice   Färjestad BK Lugano, Switzerland
1987–88   CSKA Moscow   Tesla Pardubice   Tappara Davos, Switzerland
1988–89   CSKA Moscow   TJ VSŽ Košice   Kölner EC Cologne, West Germany
1989–90   CSKA Moscow   TPS   Djurgårdens IF Berlin, West Germany
Knockout, 1990–1996
Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1990   Djurgårdens IF 3–2   Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1991   Djurgårdens IF 7–2   Düsseldorfer EG Düsseldorf, Germany
1992   Malmö IF 3–3 (1-0 SO)   Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1993   TPS 4–3   Dynamo Moscow Düsseldorf, Germany
1994   Jokerit 4–2   Lada Togliatti Helsinki, Turku, Finland
1995   Jokerit 3–3 (3-2 SO)   Kölner Haie Cologne, Germany
1996   Lada Togliatti 4–3 (OT)   Modo Düsseldorf, Germany


By nationEdit

Performance by nation
Nation Winners Runners-up third
  Soviet Union
22 6 0
  Czechoslovakia 4 13 2
  Finland 3 4 3
  Sweden 3 4 2
 West Germany
  East Germany
0 4 4
  Austria 0 0 1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ice Hockey and Olympism page 187
  2. ^ "European Cup (1966-1997)". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  • Müller, Stephan (2005). International Ice Hockey Encyclopaedia 1904–2005. Germany: Books on Demand. ISBN 3-8334-4189-5.

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