To learn about when the Cup of the “First” Channel for Hockey 2019 - 2020 will take place, as well as to get acquainted with the schedule and current news of the tournament, information that the officials of the Russian Hockey Federation shared with us will help.
Channel One Cup History: Rules, Results and Championship Winners
For the first time in the history of the Eurotour hockey tournament, the debut draw of the Channel One Cup took place back in 1967 at the Luzhniki ice arena in Moscow. The exception in terms of the venue of the tournament was 1992, when the Cup matches were held in St. Petersburg, the seasons of 2006 - 2012 were the Megasport ice arena (Moscow), and the seasons 2015 - 2016 were VTB Ice Palace as well as the 2013th and 2014th years, when the Sochi “Big” Ice Palace became the owner of the Russian stage of the Eurotour.
In various years of its existence, the tournament bore not just different, but sometimes even “unique” names. During the Soviet era, and more precisely in the first year of its foundation, the championship was proudly ideologically named "The tournament in honor of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Great October Revolution." In 1968, the championship was renamed the "International Tournament", and a year later, in 1969 - in the "Tournament for the prizes of the newspaper" Izvestia ".
This brand lasted until 1997. It was then that he was called the “Baltika Tournament.” The championship got its next name - “Moscow International Tournament” in 2003. In the 2004–2005 season there was another rebranding of its name and the tournament acquired a new sponsor name - “ROSNO Cup” .
The modern history of the tournament
Its current name - “Channel One Cup” - received the Russian stage of the Eurotour hockey tournament in 2006 and, according to representatives of the Russian Hockey Federation, a change in its current name is not expected.
In its modern history, the tournament (under the brand name “Channel One Cup” Cup) was held exactly 13 times. In the period from 2006 to 2018, its winners and prize winners were:
- 1st tournament, 2006th year (Moscow, Megasport): 1st place - Sat Russia, 2nd place - Sat Finland, 3rd place - Sat Sweden
- 2nd and 3rd tournaments, 2007/2008 (Moscow, Megasport): 1st place - Sat Russia, 2nd place - Sat Finland, 3rd place - Sat Czech Republic
- 4th tournament, 2009th year (Moscow, Megasport): 1st place - Sat Finland, 2nd place - Sat Russia, 3rd place - Sat Czech Republic
- 5th tournament, 2010th year (Moscow, Megasport): 1st place - Sat Russia, 2nd place - Sat Czech Republic, 3rd place - Sat Sweden
- 6th tournament, 2011th year (Moscow, Megasport): 1st place - Sat Sweden, 2nd place - Sat Czech Republic, 3rd place - Sat Russia;
- 7th tournament, 2012th year (Moscow, Megasport): 1st place - Sat Russia, 2nd place - Sat Sweden, 3rd place - Sat Finland
- 8th tournament, 2013th year (Sochi, Bolshoi LD): 1st place - Sat Czech Republic, 2nd place - Sat Finland, 3rd place - Sat Russia;
- 9th tournament, 2014 (Sochi, Bolshoi LD): 1st place - Sat Russia, 2nd place - Sat Finland, 3rd place - Sat Sweden
- 10th tournament, 2015th year (Moscow, VTB Ice Palace): 1st place - Sat Czech Republic, 2nd place - Sat Sweden, 3rd place - Sat Finland
- 11th tournament, 2016th year (Moscow, VTB Ice Palace): 1st place - Sat Sweden, 2nd place - Sat Russia, 3rd place - Sat Finland
- 12th tournament, 2017th year (Moscow / Prague): 1st place - Sat Russia, 2nd place - Sat Czech Republic, 3rd place - Sat Finland
- 13th tournament, 2018th year, (St. Petersburg / Moscow / Tampere, Finland): 1st place - Sat Russia, 2nd place - Sat Finland, 3rd place - Sat Sweden.
The standings of the overall medal standings for the period from 1996 to 2018 within the framework of the Eurotour:
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Considering that the Channel One Cup is one of the four stages of the Eurotour, its rules fully coincide with the rules of this tournament. The competition is traditionally attended by four national teams of the Old World - Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic. The exception was the seasons in which the teams of Slovakia and Canada played.
As mentioned earlier, the entire Eurotour is divided into four stages, each of which is held on the territory of the participating country of the tournament. Currently, the stages are held under the auspices of the World Hockey Federation and bear the following names:
- Czech Republic - Ceska Poyistovna Cup.
- Finland - Karjala Cup.
- Russia - Channel One Channel Cup.
- Sweden - LG Hockey Games.
The points earned by the teams at the stages are summed up, and as a result, the national team is declared the winner of the Eurotour hockey team, in whose “piggy bank” the highest number of points won. However, there were some exceptions here: in the seasons of 2005, 2006 and 2007, the teams that took 1st and 2nd positions in the standings challenged the winner in the final match.
The performance of the Russian team at the tournament of the season 2018/2019
Matches in the framework of Channel 13 of the Channel One Cup took place from December 13 to December 16, 2018. The venue of the tournament was immediately two Russian capitals - Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as the Finnish city of Tampere, where one (rendered) match of the stage was played. In the first case, the games were held at the CSKA Arena in the presence of 12 thousand spectators. The central venue for fights in St. Petersburg was the 80,000th football arena St. Petersburg, and in the Finnish Tampere, the games took place in the eponymous arena, accommodating more than 7 thousand fans.
For representatives of the domestic team, the tournament was more than successful. Based on the results of three matches played, the Russian national team scored the maximum number of points and, as a result, won first place in the stage standings.
The main time of the debut match with the Swedes ended with a score of 2: 2. Victory over an opponent was obtained only in a series of shoot-outs, in which the forward of Moscow scored by CSKA Moscow striker Mikhail Grigorenko.
In the second match, the Russians also turned out to be stronger than their rivals, defeating the Czechs with a score of 7: 2, and in the third confrontation they did not miss a single goal at all, throwing 5 goals into the Finnish goal.
Tournament schedule: where and when will the Channel One Cup take place in the 2019/20 season season?
According to information obtained from reliable insider sources, the Russian stage of the Eurotour hockey tournament will take place in mid-December 2019. More precise data on the dates of its holding will be published two months before the start of the tournament on the official Euro Hockey Tour website.
Unlike the calendar, the venue of the tournament has long been determined. The central venue for the Channel One Cup in the 2019-2020 season will be the 80,000th St. Petersburg football arena. It is possible that one game of the stage will be held at the CSKA Arena in Moscow.
The latest tournament news: the composition of the Russian team
Many experts agree that the hockey “Eurotour” is a kind of preparatory season, anticipating the main tournament of the year, which is the World Cup.
It is also noteworthy that for each individual match of the stage, the team mentors put out experimental “bundles” of players, optimizing and “adjusting” the composition of the team to perform at the upcoming world championship.
As for the Russian national team, the full “equipment” of the team within the framework of the “First” Channel 2020 Cup is still unknown. However, according to preliminary information, such stars of Russian hockey as Ilya Sorokin, Kirill Kaprizov, Ivan Telegin and Mikhail Grigorenko from Moscow CSKA, as well as Dinar Hafizullin and Sergey Plotnikov representing SKA club from St. Petersburg.
The attendance records of the matches of the Channel One Cup 2019 - 2020
Every year, the popularity of the Eurotour hockey rises and today not only men but also women are interested in this tournament. This is clearly evidenced by the current statistics of attendance of matches of the Russian championship stage, which is presented in the following table:
- games with the participation of the Finnish national team: maximum attendance - 71831, total attendance of matches - 138215;
- games with the participation of the Russian team: maximum attendance - 71831, total attendance of matches - 130234;
- games with the Czech team: maximum attendance - 12491, total attendance of matches - 62219.
Tournament broadcast: on which channel to watch Cup matches?
The official broadcast of all the matches of the Russian stage of Eurotour 2020 will take place on the First Channel of Russian television. Active Internet users will be able to watch the Cup games on the official website of the media holding www.1tv.ru or on the airspace of the popular Youtube video hosting.
In addition, the online broadcast of fights with the participation of the Russian team, as well as photo and video reports from the event will be available on other sports-related Internet resources.