Team Canada has participated in every Spengler Cup since 1983. The Canadians have qualified for the final 19 times and won a total of 12 cups. The longstanding collaboration was renewed last year and extends through the Spengler Cup 2016.
Team Canada has always been one of the Spengler Cup's main attractions and will provide an attractive style of hockey again in 2014. Team Canada and the host team HC Davos are set to clash on Boxing Day in what promises to be an exciting opening round matchup. Team Canada has a history of success at the Spengler Cup. Already in their first appearance in 1984, when there was no final game, the Canadians were able to capture the title.
Always a Contender
Team Canada has become a perennial tournament favorite. Its last title came in 2012 when it earned a 7-2 victory in the final over the host team HC Davos. However, in last year's edition the Canadians bowed out in the semi-finals after losing to the eventual tournament champions Genève-Servette 5-4. Team Canada's best stretch was between 1995 and 1998, winning 4 consecutive Spengler Cup tournaments. Between 2000 and 2003, the same two teams competed in the finals; HC Davos and Team Canada.
After the hosts celebrated back-to-back tournament victories, the Canadians took revenge the following two years. In 2007, Team Canada beat Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2-1 in the final. The Canadians made the finals in three of the following five years, but were denied a victory until 2012.
Based on Mutual Respect
Regardless of past results, Canada's goal at the Spengler Cup remains the same - the team wants to win every competition it enters. Team Canada and host HC Davos show mutual respect for each other. Canada's participation makes the Spengler Cup exceedingly attractive. “Their participation assures an exceptional atmosphere and good quality hockey, while guaranteeing excellent TV ratings for the Spengler Cup broadcast in Canada”, Fredi Pergätzi, president of the Spengler Cup organizing committee, explains. On the other hand, it is an honor for Team Canada's players to be selected to compete at such a prestigious tournament.