2006-06-10 12:32:04 - IISHF - Title Events 
 Vesterbro Starz from Denmark take home the Men's European Cup StumbleUpon Toolbar
Swiss Vice-Champion La Tour finished second
(Photo by courtesy of Christoph Stock (ISHD))
On May 26th to 27th the largest title event in IISHF history took place in Essen, GER. With 16 teams from all member countries except Poland and 44 games in total such an event posed enormous requirements on the host - but the Moskitos Essen coped with all of them in a remarkable way. Even as the weather conditions rendered the playing surface in the Essen ice stadium unusable, the organizational staff arranged the relocation to a secondary venue on Saturday and therefore avoiding a possible cancellation of the whole event. For the final rounds on Sunday everything was moved back into the ice stadium.

On the rink teams from Germany, Denmark and Switzerland dominated the competition whilst newcomer Austria and the Netherlands tried hard to close the gap to the "old" countries - e.g. the Leopold Devils forced the later champion Vestervro Starz to a 0-0 tie.
At the end Vesterbro took the title in a thrilling final game against IHC La Tour, Uedesheim Chiefs from Germany finished third ahead of the Rangers Lugano from Switzerland. The titleholders Duisburg Ducks didn't make the semi-finals losing to La Tour clearly with 5:0 in the first quaterfinal.

The IISHF presidium would like to thank the organizational staff from the Moskitos Essen for their remarkable effort in hosting such an enourmous and superb event.

The final standings:
1. Vesterbro Starz (Denmark)
2. IHC La Tour (Switzerland)
3. Uedesheim Chiefs (Germany)
4. Rangers Lugano (Switzerland)
5. Duisburg Ducks (Germany)
6. HC Köln-West (Germany)
7. Moskitos Essen (Germany)
8. Hallamshire Hornets (Great Britain)
9. Copenhagen Vikings (Denmark)
10. Panthers (Great Britain)
11. Courroux Wolfies (Switzerland)
12. Kolding Knights (Denmark)
13. Leopold Devils (Austria)
14. Utrecht Disasters (Netherlands)
15. Tigers Stegersbach (Austria)
16. TIC Tilburg (Netherlands)

You can download the all-star-team lineup and the official result sheet from the hyperlinks below.

 By Gehrig Stefan

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 All-Star-Team Lineup 120 kb
 Official Result Sheet 24 kb

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