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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.


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 Dynamo Moscow and HKm Zvolen.


Season Winner Host city
1997-98 HC Košice Flag of Slovakia Tampere, Finland
1998-99 HC Ambri-Piotta Flag of Switzerland Košice, Slovakia
1999-00 HC Ambri-PiottaFlag of Switzerland Berlin, Germany
2000-01 ZSC Lions Flag of Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland
2001-02 ZSC Lions Flag of Switzerland
2002-03 Jokerit Flag of Finland Zurich, Switzerland
2003-04 Slovan Bratislava Flag of Slovakia Homiel, Belarus
2004-05 HKm Zvolen Flag of Slovakia Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2005-06 Lada Togliatti Flag of Russia Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2006-07 Yunost Minsk Flag of Belarus Székesfehérvár, Hungary
2007-08 AK Bars Kazan Flag of Russia Riga, Latvia
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