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]


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 2004–05, 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 Venue
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

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 IIHF European Cup, especially for those from eastern European countries. It was the direct predecessor of the 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 winners

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

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.
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