The Bears are making history once again! Just a few days after celebrating their first 'birthday' in the Kontinental Hockey League, some incredible news came from Davos - Medvescak will play in the prestigious Spengler Cup, which will be held in December 2014 in Davos. Medvescak's gift for their one-year anniversary in the KHL may have come a few days late, but that makes it no less valuable. For sure!
"I'm proud that we've managed to make this happen. This is big recognition for our club, for everything that we've achieved with our partners, sponsors, and fans over the past few years - first the KHL and now the Spengler Cup. I'm glad that the Cup's organizers recognized the value of our work and our club and gave us this incredible sports honour!", said Medvescak's president Damir Gojanovic at the announcement that the club will perform in the Spengler Cup.
This will be Zagreb's Bears' first time taking part in this tournament, and their opponents will be Swiss A-leaguers and last year's Cup winners HC Geneve-Servette, Team Canada (comprised heavily of Canadian players who play in Europe), the KHL's Salavat Yulaev from Ufa, Finland's Jokerit Helsinki (who will be part of the KHL in 2014-15), and home team HC Davos.
''The 18-time Croatian Champion will impress the Spengler Cup fans'', said Fredi Pargätzi, the president of the Spengler Cup's organizing committee, upon the announcement of Medvescak's participation.
The Spengler Cup is an international hockey tournament that has had a long tradition since 1923, and along with the Stanley Cup is the oldest championship in the world. The Cup is played for every year in Davos, Switzerland, in the time between Christmas and New Year. It is organized by A-leaguers Davos, and 2014 will see its 88th edition. Only teams that are invited can take part, and six teams fight for the trophy. Throughout all of the years of the Spengler Cup, which got its name from doctor Carl Spengler, numerous clubs from around the world have taken part, and the most wins go to the home team: Davos-15, followed b y Team Canada-12.
Unlike Medvescak, who are making their debut at the Spengler, all of the other teams are well acquainted with the traditional competition in Davos. Jokerit, the five-time Finnish champions have taken part in the Spengler Cup six times, the last being in 2003. This will be Geneve-Servette's third Spengler, and the same for Salavat. In 2007 Salavat played in the finals against Team Canada, but the trophy went to the Canadians. Team Canada will be playing for the 31st time in a row, while Davos, who have 30 Swiss championship titles, have been there since the very beginning.
Information about game schedules and ticket will be available soon.