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Davos ice-hockey tradition

A strong trio: HC Davos, Spengler Cup and Vaillant Arena

Ice-hockey is omnipresent in Davos. The Swiss record-holding Hockey Club Davos (HCD) has contributed much to this, wearing the blue and yellow of Davos all year round as it tours the various Swiss hockey arenas. The internationally renowned Spengler Cup and the impressive Davos ice stadium are further indicators of the Davos ice hockey tradition.

The foundation of today's Hockey Club Davos (HCD) goes back as far as 1918. At that time, Dr. Kurt Wüest took the initiative and founded a club for students and guests . Following its establishment, the young Davos team battled in various matches against St. Moritz. In 1921 the match schedule was dramatically expanded and teams from Zurich and Lausanne became new opponents. The first high point for HC Davos was the visit by Oxford University, a team of Canadians, which the locals lost 22:0.

Spengler Cup from 1923

In January 1923 games took place against Cambridge University, Sexton’s All English team and the British Army Team. During these international matches HC Davos grew increasingly in strength. In order to promote international sporting relations, Dr. med. Karl Spengler founded a roaming cup over Christmas 1923, which went on to gain great international significance as the Spengler Cup.

The HC Davos team during the 1936/37 season. Hockey legend Bibi Torriani holds the Spengler Cup in his hands after winning it in 1936. (Image: documentation library, Davos)
Ice hockey game with spectator stand. (Image: documentation library, Davos)
1926: First ice-hockey stand

A powerful incentive to promote international matches came about in 1926. At that time, the HC Davos were Swiss champions and as such represented Switzerland at the European championships in 1926 in Davos. The responsible citizens of Davos decided to construct an ice hockey stand for approx. 300 persons on the site of the English ice rink. During large-scale events and the European championships additional snow ramps were also constructed and expanded with green seating. In 1935 the world championships were played on this site and a new artificial ice rink was built - the tenth in Switzerland at that time. Thanks to the artificial ice rink it was now possible to skate in the summer. The line-up at the Spengler Cup became increasingly impressive. At the same time it was often the case that top matches were affected by snowfall. The remedy came at the end of the 1970s with the architecturally significant Davos ice stadium, which was constructed in record time.

The Spengler Cup has been held since 1923.

Spengler Cup

The Spengler Cup is the oldest international ice hockey team tournament. The winner's trophy of the same name was presented for the first time in 1923. Participating teams from across the globe are invited to attend by the host team HC Davos. Since 1984, the Canadian team has also been playing at the competition in a formation that does not correspond to the usual Canadian national team - but is instead made up of Canadian players from European clubs. The tournament is held every year between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve in the ice stadium in Davos.

www.spenglercup.ch

Snowy Davos with its imposing ice stadium.

Davos ice stadium

The Vaillant Arena, formerly known as Davos Ice Stadium, is the home stadium of HC Davos and the arena for the Spengler Cup. The stadium stands at the heart of Davos and, with its timber structure, it is one of the most beautiful ice hockey stadia anywhere in the world. In 2005 a new, modern northern stand was built with the "Nordside" restaurant, VIP rooms and sponsor areas. The cloakrooms were also upgraded to modern standards. The capacity of the stadium is 6,606 spectators.

www.hcd.ch

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