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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2007, 18:29 Thread Starter
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IIHF announces NHL-European Victoria Cup

The Victoria Cup (shape still to be determined) will be the ultimate match-up between the best European clubs and an NHL-challenger.

KHODYNKA—May 8, 2007

History was made today when the IIHF announced the first-ever tournament on European soil featuring club teams from the National Hockey League and champions from the European leagues. The Victoria Cup will be competed for on an annual basis beginning September 2008. It will be a three-team competition, two teams from Europe and one from the NHL. The series is the first ever initiative to pit the top teams from North America versus the top teams from Europe. This announcement was one of several which are the focus of the IIHF's 100th anniversary celebrations which kick off this fall.

The IIHF will replace the European Champions Cup with the new Champions Hockey League. This will consist of a series of stages among the top European club teams beginning in 2008 and will be the basis for determining which teams will be eligible to compete for the Victoria Cup. The CHL is modelled after soccer's successful Champions League.

The IIHF will formally recognize the Victoria Skating Rink as the birthplace of hockey. On March 3, 1875, the first true hockey game took place at that rink in Montreal. It was an indoor game featuring two teams, a referee, and a puck. The score was recorded, and the game was reported in the Montreal Gazette the day of the game to attract the interest of fans. A report was published in the Gazette the next day detailing the events of the game. A commemorative marker will be placed on the site of the rink which is currently a car rental agency. The rink's dimensions were 200' x 85' and it was this size that has been the standard for every North American rink ever since.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2007, 15:17
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Didn't we have this when the old Soviet NT and various club teams came over to play against the NHL's best?

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:21
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sort of. but this time it is the NHL going over to europe. so it is different.
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