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.
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 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.
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.