High-calibre participation at 94th Spengler Cup
Article - High-calibre participation at 94th Spengler Cup
Along with Team Canada, HC Sparta Praha, Frolunda HC, HC Ambri-Piotta, and host HC Davos, 2018 Spengler Cup champion KalPa Kuopio completes the group of competitors at this year’s tournament.
Sparta Praha and HC Ambri-Piotta had already been invited to the 2020 tournament, which was canceled due to the pandemic. Now the Spengler Cup organizing committee and these two teams eagerly await another meeting in Davos. For two-time Spengler Cup champion Sparta Praha this will mark their 10th participation, while Ambri-Piotta will make its second appearance after their emotional performance in 2019.
Just as emotional was KalPa Kuopio’s triumph on December 31, 2018. The young team defeated heavily favoured Team Canada 2-1 in the shootout of a captivating final game to take the title back to Finland for the first time in the Spengler Cup’s over 100-year history. Now the fifth-place team in last year’s Finnish Liiga will travel to Davos looking to repeat their 2018 victory.
For quite some time, the participation of one of Europe’s best teams in the Frolunda HC has been confirmed. The team from Gothenburg is a multiple and the current Champions League winner and thus knows exactly how to win international tournaments. The Spengler Cup organizing committee has been working tirelessly on recruiting another Swedish participant. The invitation of this Swedish elite team fulfills a big wish of the 2021 organizing committee.
Together with defending champion Team Canada and host HC Davos, this year’s assembly of participating teams looks promising. Not only will Europe’s big hockey nations be represented in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland, but all teams are also known for their modern, fast-paced ice hockey. Hockey that will pull spectators from their seats - in the stadium and in front of their TV screens!
Quelle: Media release Spengler Cup-Organisation Foto: Keystone