World Cup : History

On December 1st, 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland International Ice Hockey Federation committee has approved the first Junior Club World Cup in history to be held in Omsk, Russia. This Russian project was presented by MHL executive director Dmitry Efimov. It was MHL’s initiative to create a tournament for national junior club champions.

The first Junior Club World Cup was held in Omsk, Russia from August 30th, 2011 to September 3rd, 2011. Eight countries were represented at the tournament: Russia, Canada, USA, Sweden, Slovakia, Belarus, Czech Republic and Latvia. The games were held at Arena Omsk and Blinov SKK. On September 3rd Roman Lyubimov hoisted the cup as Krasnaya Armiya captain, who won the first Junior Club World Cup in history just a few months after they had won Kharlamov Cup in second MHL season.

The second annual Junior Club World Cup was held in Omsk, Russia from August 18th, 2012 to August 26th, 2012. The tournament was granted an IIHF status that year. No other international tournament had the privilege of being noticed by the International Ice Hockey Federation right after its inception. For the time in history an Ontario Hockey League team Sudbury Wolves stepped on Russian soil and won the Junior Club World Cup in the end as they beat Waterloo Black Hawks from the USA in the final 2-0.

The third annual Junior Club World Cup sanctioned by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was held from August 25th, 2013 to August 31st, 2013. MHL executive director Dmitry Efimov said the tournament was held in Omsk, Russia for the last time and it was time for it to ‘take over the country’. A few hours after Dubuque Fighting Saints from USA won bronze medals, Omsk favorites had their chance to bring thousands of fans to their feet and they didn’t pass on the opportunity. In the final game of the 2013 Junior Club World Cup Omskie Yastreby prevailed over Finnish HPK 2-0 and hoisted the coveted trophy in front of the hometown crowd.

In 2014 the tournament was not held in Omsk for the first time in history. Ufa, Russia was the site of battle between top junior teams from around the world. In the final game of the 2014 Junior Club World Cup MHC Spartak Moscow beat hometown favorites Tolpar Ufa. Sioux City Musketeers won bronze medals as they took down Dinamo-Shinnik from Bobruysk, Belarus.

In 2015 Junior Club World Cup was held in Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Tagil and Verkhnyaya Pyshma. For the first time since MHL incepted the tournament in 2011 it was held in three towns. The decision was announced on December 10th, 2014 at hockey development in Russia meeting at Russian Ministry Of Sports. In the gold medal game Swedish Djurgårdens IF beat Chayka Nizhny Novgorod 2-1. The finalists had faced each other in round robin and Djurgårdens IF won in exciting manner 6-4.

6th annual Junior Club World Cup took place in Tatarstan through August 20-28th. The tournament was held in Nizhnekamsk and Naberezhnye Chelny. Earlier this year the cities hosted Junior Hockey League Challenge Cup and Junior Hockey League Generation Cup. Loko Yaroslavl, coached by Dmitry Krasotkin, won the Junior Club World Cup. In the final game the ‘railway men’ beat the host team of the tournament Reaktor Nizhnekamsk. Yaroslavl won the final game 5-1 at Neftekhim-Arena.

7th Junior Club World Cup once again took place in two Sverdlovsk Region cities – Yekaterinburg and Verkhnyaya Pyshma. It was the second time that the region hosted this international tournament. Krasnaya Armiya Moscow became the first team to win Junior Club World Cup for the second time in franchise history. In the final game the ‘army men’ beat MODO from Sweden. Russian team took the game 4-3 at CEC Uralets.

8th was held in Sochi and was renamed as Sirius Junior Club World Cup after Educational center Sirius. Loko Yaroslavl won their second JCWC after beating HV71 from Sweden (3:2). Ottawa Capitals from Canada won bronze medals.