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HC Genève-Servette, Team Canada, HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa, Jokerit Helsinki, Medvescak Zagreb (photo) and Hockey Club Davos are the Spengler Cup teams for 2014. Once again, the organizers are able to present an illustrious line-up of teams.
Never before has the organizing committee, under the guidance of President Fredi Pargätzi, been able to present the participating teams at such an early stage. Especially pleasing is that HC Genève-Servette wishes to defend their title of the previous year. The Team from western Switzerland not only shined at the Spengler Cup, but also in the Swiss Hockey League by reaching the semi-finals. The Genève-Servette Team will surely be a candidate for a top ranking at this years tournament as well.
In constructive collaboration with the KHL
Three teams from the KHL will fight the Swiss for the winner`s trophy. This is a combination, which was allowed by the excellent partnership between the KHL and the Spengler Cup organization. «I count myself extraordinary lucky about the brilliant relationship and the constructive collaboration between the KHL and the Spengler Cup organization. The KHL is supporting us greatly for years now. We appreciate this support very much», said Fredi Pargätzi.
The KHL will be represented by the teams of Medvescak Zagreb (Croatia), Jokerit Helsinki (Finland) and Salavat Yulaey Ufa (Russia).
After a 8 year break with a scandinavian team again
As a newcomer in the KHL, Medvescak Zagreb became in the first season to the surprise of many experts to a constant (6th place in the Western Division of the KHL). The OC-President Fredi Pargätzi is confident that: «the 18-time Croatian Champion will
impress the Spengler Cup fans». Eight years after Mora IK`s participation, a further Scandinavian team will compete for the Spengler Cup title. Jokerit Helsinki is familiar with the Spengler Cup, participating a total of six times - the last time in 2003. A new era will begin during the 2014/15 Season for the 6-time Finnish Champion who enjoys a cult status in their home country. It is the first Finnish team to participate in the KHL. The third KHL team, HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa, will be participating for their third time at the Spengler Cup in Davos. This top team from Russia (KHL Champion in 2011) made it to the Spengler Cup finals in 2007 where they succumbed to Team Canada. Speaking of which, the Canadians will once again participate in the Spengler Cup for the 31st time in succession. Ever since, the Canadians inspire the crowd with attractive ice hockey and are therefore one of the drawing cards of the Spengler Cup.
Rounding off the participating teams is Hockey Club Davos. The champion record-holder of the Swiss National League A and record-holder of the Spengler Cup title is presently re-building their team. Experienced players are being replaced by younger hot-shots. Nevertheless, their chances of reaching a top ranking at the 2014 Spengler Cup are intact.
A Breath of Fresh Air
The 2014 Spengler Cup: A good mix of tradition and a breath of fresh air.
With Finland and Croatia, there are two new nations fighting for the honor of a place on the Spengler Cup Winner`s List. «We are proud to present the participating teams and look forward to suspense-filled games», OC President Fredi Pargätzi is quoted as saying, as he looks forward to the 88th Spengler Cup with great anticipation.
The popular and well-known charcuterie brand made by Ospelt / Liechtenstein becomes a new Official Sponsor of the world’s oldest ice hockey tournament and thereby secures a comprehensive advertising package.
As Official Sponsor, Malbuner will appear on a team jersey as well as on the ice and around the perimeter in the stadium. The company’s logo will be visible on all Spengler Cup tickets and other means of communication. These benefits will be complemented with extensive involvement on the ground.
The partnership was arranged by the international IMG marketing agency in its capacity as exclusive marketer of the Spengler Cup.
According to Rolf Huser, Sales Director at IMG (Schweiz) AG, Malbuner and the Spengler Cup go together really well: “Malbuner and the Spengler Cup represent similar values, such as Swiss quality, tradition and, at the same time, innovation. A perfect partnership, as it were.”
Peter Luder, CEO of Malbuner, underscores this comment by Huser: “Tradition binds us together. After more than 20 years, we look forward to being at this major sporting event once again. MALBUNER means as much to all the Swiss who appreciate fine speciality meats as Davos and the Spengler Cup mean to the sport of ice hockey.”
Sergei Fedorov, Russian ice hockey legend and General Manager of CSKA Moscow, at 44 years of age and after 12 weeks of training, gave his comeback as a player at the Spengler Cup; this coming almost two years after his official career retirement. Following the 4-3 loss against the Rochester Americans, Fedorov had to admit that his present form wasn’t enough for a comeback in the Continental Hockey League KHL. Nevertheless, it was a joy to watch the 3-time Stanley Cup winner, 3-time World Champion and 2-time Olympic Medal winner with his 20 years experience in the North-American Professional NHL and the KHL (Magnitogorsk).
Alexander Radulov of CSKA Moscow will be remembered as the crazy genius of the 2013 Spengler Cup. The Spengler Cup fans couldn’t get enough of watching his antics on the ice. He is in his own world on the ice: a sophisticated technician, present in short-handed and powerplay situations, constantly ready, especially strong in front of the goal, and never satisfied with his own performance. Radulov was selected as best right forward of the 2013 Spengler Cup as well as a member of the 2013 All Star Team.
The Maelstrom of the Coach
Head Coach Chris McSorley won the tournament with his team Genève-Servette HC. The winning coach was able to motivate his team for the tournament like no other.
Genève-Servette excited the fans in their previous participation three years ago when they reached the semi-finals but lost against the tournament winner St. Petersburg. The team was able to further escalate their performance and subsequently win the tournament in 2013. Four of the six players nominated for the 2013 All Star Team were from the winning team: Tobias Stephan as best goaltender, Markus Nordlung as best left defenseman, Kaspars Daugavins as best left forward and Mattew Lombardi as best center – and, if a coach had been nominated, it would surely have been Chris McSorley.
One Goalie, Two Teams
The Rochester goaltender, Matt Hackett, will be remembered in the history books. The Spengler Cup was already over for the Canadian goalie of the Rochester Americans following their 3-6 loss against Canada. Since the maple leafs only had one goalie (Allen York) left after Chris Mason was injured, Hackett was quickly transferred to their team. Hackett was to be the back-up goalie. However, when York let in the third goal in the 24th minute, Canadian Coach Doug Sheddan sent Hackett to defend the net. He was, subsequently, unable to prevent the defeat.
In addition to the 6,303 fans in the Vaillant Stadium, 2.4 million viewers followed the game on Eurosport as well as 221,848 on Swiss TV (SRF).
Market share of 43 percent on Swiss TV (SRF)
The final game attracted an equally high number of viewers at mid-day on New Year’s Eve with 229,202 fans on the Swiss SRG channels (SRF, RTS and RSI) and a market share of 43% on SRF 2. On all three SRG channels (SRF zwei, RTS Deux and RSI LA 2) a total of over 2.13 million viewers followed the eleven games. The average market share was between 12.5% (French-speaking region) and 19% (German-speaking region).
Viewers record on TSN
In Canada, the TV Channel TSN celebrated a spectacular number of viewers for the Spengler Cup. Three games were followed by over 600,000 viewers – a record for the Spengler Cup on TSN. The favorite game of the tournament was the face-off between Team Canada and host Davos with a quota of 686,000.
With the exception of Boxing Day, all games in Davos were sold-out. A total of 68,668 fans watched the eleven games in the Vaillant Stadium, which is a 96% degree of capacity utilization.