HISTORY FROM TODAY BACK TO ITS ROOTS - 89 YEARS OF EXCITING HOCKEY

Dr Carl Spengler from Davos – son of Dr Alexander Spengler, who laid the foundations for Davos becoming a health resort – was an enthusiastic fan of the ice hockey club HC Davos, founded in 1921. In an effort to support his club, but also to promote contact between nations that had been on opposing sides during the First World War, he donated a challenge cup at Christmas in 1923. According to the foundation charter, he wanted to offer nations that had previously been enemies the opportunity to test their strength in peaceful battles and to take one another’s hand in friendship. The history of the Spengler Cup from today right back to its roots.

 

2016

 

90th anniversary

The Spengler Cup celebrates his 90th birthday; and Team Canada its 14th victory. 
The Canadians are still missing one tournament victory to catch up with HC Davos (15 titles). For the first time the tournament is led by Marc Gianola.

 

2015

Farewell of fredi pargätzi

In a first-class, high-tempo, exciting final Team Canada defeats HC Lugano 4-3 to win the tournament for the 13th time. The farewell of organizing committee president Fredi Pargätzi was just as emotional as the final minutes of the game. After 26 years Fredi Pargätzi will hand over the lead to his successor Marc Gianola.

2014

Genève-Servette HC successfully defends its title

Genève-Servette HC takes the final 3-0 over Salavat Yulaev Ufa to celebrate its second major title in club history. The Swiss Romands played a convincing tournament from beginning to end and are deserving defending champions.

2013

First Title for Servette

Genève-Servette won the final game against CSKA Moscow 5-3 and celebrated the first big title in their team history. The team from western Switzerland is the third Swiss team to win the Spengler Cup. Aside from the record-holding winner host Davos, the ZSC Lions also won the tournament in 1944 and 1945.

2012

Team Canada victory parade

The NHL lockout makes the Spengler Cup a true celebration of ice hockey. The tournament victory could only be taken by the spectacular Team Canada. They eventually won the final, beating hosts Davos 7-2, clinching their twelfth win at this traditional Davos tournament.

2011

15th victory for HC Davos

The host Davos wins the Spengler Cup for the first time since 2006 and for the 15th time in total. HCD defeats KHL representative Dinamo Riga 3-2 in the final match.

2010

 

A new format

Six teams take part in the Spengler Cup for the first time. The tournament becomes more exciting once again thanks to the new format. Victory goes to SKA Saint Petersburg (Russia).

2009

First Belarusian victory

Dynamo Minsk provides Belarus with its first win in the tournament’s 83-year history with a 3-1 victory in the final over host HC Davos. The hero of the final match is Belarus’s national goaltender Andrei Mezin, who is also chosen as goalie of the tournament.

2008

Cup goes to the Russian capital

Dynamo Moscow are victorious with a 5-3 win against Team Canada. The Russians take the trophy back to the Russian capital after a break of 17 years.

2007

Victory for Team Canada

Team Canada wins again after a four-year wait. They beat the top Russian team Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the final by a score of 2-1.

2006

80th tournament with two new teams

For the first time, Khimik Mytishchi (Russia) and Mora IK (Sweden) take part in the Spengler Cup. In the final, the host team triumphs over Team Canada, winning 3-2 after trailing 0-2.

2005

Magnitogorsk enchants the audience

Metallurg Magnitogorsk emerges victorious. The Russians beat Team Canada 8-3. It is the first win for a Russian team since 1991.

2004

Final live on Czech TV

Davos beats Sparta Prague in the final (2-0). The fact that the final match is broadcast live on Czech TV shows the status of the event. Rick Nash’s matter-of-fact conclusion is fitting: “I think that only the Stanley Cup and the World Championships have a higher rating.” Goalie Jonas Hiller is the hero of the team from Davos.

2003

Tenth victory for Team Canada

Team Canada triumphs with a 7-4 win over host HC Davos. The Canadian representatives secure victory in the tournament for the tenth time since 1984 and also defend the title.

2002

Sell-out

ZSC forward Jan Alston scores two goals in Team Canada’s 3-2 victory in the final against HC Davos. 84,480 spectators see the eleven games – the tournament is a sell-out.

2001

Title defence

Davos succeeds in defending its title and wins 4-3 (after extra time) against Team Canada.

2000

Resurrection for Davos

HC Davos under coach Arno Del Curto wins the Spengler Cup for the first time after a 42-year wait.

1997

«Mr Spengler Cup» Andy Murray 

Team Canada wins for the third time in a row, for the sixth time under coach Andy Murray and for the seventh time overall. Murray becomes «Mr Spengler Cup».

1996

First AHL team

The Rochester Americans become the first professional American team from the AHL to play in the tournament.

1993

First Scandinavian victory

The upturn in Scandinavian ice hockey is also felt in Davos. Färjestad becomes the first Swedish team to win the tournament in 1993 and 1994. On both occasions, it takes a decisive lead in the final period against a reinforced HC Davos. Its opponent HC Davos twice welcomes reinforcements in the shape of Vyacheslav “Slava” Bykov and Andrei Khomutov from HC Fribourg-Gottéron. Dmitri Yushkevich also joins the team in 1994.

1990

New dimensions

The Spengler Cup alters in the nineties under the new leadership of Fredi Pargätzi, particularly in terms of its framework. Marketing for the popular tournament becomes more professional, with sponsors being offered the care and attention they deserve. Turnover takes on new dimensions. The higher profit played an important role in HC Davos’s return to the topflight in Switzerland.

1988

Two teams from North America

Two North American teams take part in the form of Team Canada and the USA Selects. But the top goal scorer is a Russian – Sergei Pryakhin from Kryliya Moscow.

1986

A final game once again

For the first time in the tournament’s modern era, it closes with a final game on New Year’s Eve. Sokol Kiev loses to Team Canada 6-9.

1984

Team Canada

The enlistment of Team Canada from 1984 proves to be a clever move by Fredy Gfeller, OC President at the time. With their proverbial fighting spirit, their great commitment on the ice and their never-say-die attitude, the team from overseas immediately captures the hearts of spectators. Over 62,000 people experience the Spengler Cup live.

1983

All seats sold for the first time

All seats are sold in advance for the first time. Over 54,000 spectators want to watch the Spengler Cup.

1981

College team as new addition

For the first time since 1967, a team from overseas takes part in the shape of US college team Minnesota. HC Spartak Moscow defends the title it first won in 1980.

1980

HC Davos participates again

After six years, a reinforced HC Davos takes part for the first time instead of the national team.

1979

Under cover for the first time

The tournament is played under a roof for the first time. The number of spectators increases sharply by 11%, exceeding 40,000 for the first time.

1977

 

Third victory for SKA Leningrad

The tournament is marked by snow, abandonments and cancellations. For the third time, it is decided by a penalty shootout. SKA Leningrad wins three out of its four games, clinching the tournament for the third time – after 1970 and 1971. Host HC Davos doesn’t take part in the tournament, as in previous years, and is represented by the Swiss national team.

1976

Anniversary tournament

The USSR’s B-team wins the 50th competition. The club tournament principle is, however, pushed back to the forefront.

1971

 

With Japan’s Olympic representatives

Japan’s Olympic representatives tour Europe ahead of the Olympic Games in Sapporo in 1972 and surprise with their third-place finish.

1967

First Russian participants

Russian players step onto the ice in Davos for the first time in the shape of Lokomotiv Moscow. Thanks to an 8-4 win over the Kingston Aces from Canada, they win the tournament straight away. In subsequent years, the duels between Soviet and Czechoslovakian teams become one of the highlights of the tournament.

1961

Broadcast in six countries for the first time

Via Eurovision, the Spengler Cup is broadcast in six countries for the first time.

1960

On artificial ice for the first time

The Spengler Cup takes place on artificial ice for the first time and is broadcast on television.

1958

 

Warm weather sets in

The tournament suffers due to warm weather. The final match between Davos and Milan (6-2) doesn’t take place until 27 January 1959.

1939

1940

 

Cancellation due to war

These tournaments are cancelled following the outbreak of the Second World War. Basel, ZSC, Arosa/Bern and Davos play for the Coupe de Davos.

1938
 

Replay in February

Following a fistfight, the deciding match between Prague and Davos is broken off and replayed in February. HCD wins 1-0.

1935

 

 

Fighting among the spectators

The Spengler Cup is broadcast on Swiss radio for the first time. Due to a questionable decision from the referee, the final game between Diavoli Milano and HCD is marked by fighting among the spectators. The Italians win 2-1.

1933

Second victory for HCD thanks to Torriani

Goals remain rare commodities this time too. A winner from Bibi Torriani settles the match between HCD and Rapid Paris in favour of the home team.

1932

Two victors

The final game between LTC Praha and Oxford University in 1932 also goes down in history. It remains goalless, even after extra time, with both teams being declared tournament winners.

1927

First victory for HCD

With a 3-2 win in the final game over Berlin, HC Davos celebrates its first Spengler Cup success.

1926

 

5-5 after three hours

The final game between Berlin and Davos ends in snow with a score of 5-5 after almost three hours. It is replayed on 5 January. Berlin wins 2-1.

1924

15 Teams

15 teams battle it out for victory. The captain of Berliner SC receives the winner’s trophy after a final victory over HCD. With this tournament, strong in terms of both numbers and quality, Davos becomes the ice hockey centre of Europe in one stroke. The Spengler Cup is for a long time seen as the unofficial European championships, while the cup is equated with the famous Davis Cup for tennis players in relation to its value as a trophy.

1923

The first Spengler Cup

The first Spengler Cup match ever pits Wiener EV against Berliner SC. In addition to the first winners Oxford, Cambridge University and Hockey Club Davos are among the teams taking part. The tournament doesn’t finish until New Year’s Day of 1924, due to heavy snowfall and avalanches.