Due to the effects of the Corona pandemic, this year's holding of the oldest ice hockey club tournament around the Spengler Cup in Davos from 26 to 31 December 2020 unfortunately has to be cancelled.
It should have been the sporting highlight between Christmas and New Year again. Now it is certain: This year nothing will come of it, the Spengler Cup 2020 is cancelled. "Even with the best protection concept, a hockey festival like we are used to would not have been possible", Marc Gianola, OC President of the Spengler Cup, explains the decision.
Health comes first
The arrival and return journey of the teams from Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Canada is currently not possible or only possible if quarantine measures are observed. In addition, the number of Covid-19 cases is currently on the rise, which makes it likely that one or more participants will have to cancel one or more matches or the entire tournament in the medium or short term due to travel regulations and/or official orders. "The health of the participating teams was always a priority in our evaluation. We cannot offer this guarantee," adds Gianola.
Fifth cancellation in the almost 100-year history
This is only the fifth cancellation in the 98-year history of the Spengler Cup. In 1939 and 1940 the Second World War made it impossible to hold the traditional tournament. Also in 1949 and 1956 the tournament did not take place. Now the pandemic situation has put a spanner in the works of the Davos Spengler Cup plans. The OC is convinced that the 94th Spengler Cup Davos can be held from 26 to 31 December 2021. In the week of the old year, around 100,000 fans find their way to Davos every year in the course of the Spengler Cup.