June 14 – ST. PETERSBURG, Russia: The draw of the two three-team divisions for the 2008 IIHF European Champions Cup (January 10 – 13, 2008) was conducted in St. Petersburg, Russia on Thursday, June 14 as part of the ECC General Assembly meeting.
The champion clubs of the top six ranked European countries were seeded according to the final standing in the 2007 ECC.
The teams were seeded to the two divisions (Alexander Ragulin Division and Ivan Hlinka Division) from the following pairs:
First draw: Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS) / Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Second draw: HC Davos (SUI) / Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Third draw: Sparta Prague (CZE) / MODO Örnsköldvik (SWE)
The draw resulted in the following divisions:
Alexander Ragulin Division (A)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS)
Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
MODO Örnsköldsvik (SWE)
Ivan Hlinka Division (B)
Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
HC Davos (SUI)
Sparta Prague (CZE)
The winner of the 2008 European Champions Cup will be guaranteed participation in the inaugural 2008 Victoria Cup (autumn of 2008), the milestone event where the best team in Europe will annually meet an NHL-challenger for a trophy, officially recognized by both the IIHF and the NHL. The venue, date and format of the Victoria Cup are TBD. The 2008 Victoria Cup will be one of the IIHF's highlight events in the federation's 100 Year Anniversary celebrations.
The teams play a single round-robin within their division on January 10-12 and the divisional winners will meet in the Gold Medal game on January 13. All games will be played at the 12.350-seat St. Petersburg Ice Palace.
A tentative game schedule will be presented on Thursday. The schedule will be finalized following the requests from TV-broadcasters.
The 'Super-Six' club teams of Europe will play for a record prize sum of 850.000 Swiss francs. The winning team will receive 40 percent, the runner-up 20 percent of the prize sum. The ECC roster freeze date is December 18, 2007.