Challenge Cup
Established 1997
Current holder Belfast Giants
Most successful club Sheffield Steelers (4 times)

The Challenge Cup, awarded annually by the Elite Ice Hockey League, is a cup competition for ice hockey clubs in the United Kingdom. It is one of the four competitions ran each season by the Elite League, the others being the league championship, playoff championship and Knockout Cup. Prior to the formation of the Elite League in 2003, the Challenge Cup was organised by the Ice Hockey Superleague.

First awarded during the 1997–98 season, the Challenge Cup has had numerous different formats depending on the number of teams participating and the format of other competitions run during a particular season. The first six finals were single games played at a pre determined venue. Since the inaugural season of the Elite League finals have been contested over two games. The current holders of the trophy are the Belfast Giants who defeated the Manchester Phoenix 6–5 on aggregate in the 2008–09 final. The Steelers are the competition's most successful team, winning the title four times. The now-defunct Ayr Scottish Eagles, the Coventry Blaze and the Nottingham Panthers have each won the cup twice.


1997-03: SuperleagueEdit

Season Winner Score Runner up Venue
1997–98 Ayr Scottish Eagles 3–2 Bracknell Bees Telewest Arena
1998–99 Sheffield Steelers 4–0 Nottingham Panthers Sheffield Arena
1999–00 Sheffield Steelers 2–1 Nottingham Panthers London Arena
2000–01 Sheffield Steelers 4–2 Ayr Scottish Eagles Odyssey Arena
2001–02 Ayr Scottish Eagles 5–0 Belfast Giants Odyssey Arena
2002–03 Sheffield Steelers 3–2 Nottingham Panthers MEN Arena

2003–present: Elite LeagueEdit

Season Home team Score Away team Venue
2003–04 Nottingham Panthers 1–1 Sheffield Steelers National Ice Centre
Sheffield Steelers 2–3AOT Nottingham Panthers Sheffield Arena
Nottingham won 4–3 on aggregate after overtime
2004–05 Coventry Blaze 6–1 Cardiff Devils SkyDome Arena
Cardiff Devils 4–5 Coventry Blaze Wales National Ice Rink
Coventry won 11–5 on aggregate
2005–06 Coventry Blaze 3–0 Cardiff Devils SkyDome Arena
Cardiff Devils 4–1AOT Coventry Blaze Wales National Ice Rink
Aggregate: 4–4</br>Cardiff won 1–0 in penalty shootout
2006–07 Coventry Blaze 4–3 Sheffield Steelers SkyDome Arena
Sheffield Steelers 1–5 Coventry Blaze Sheffield Arena
Coventry won 9–4 on aggregate
2007–08 Sheffield Steelers 3–6 Nottingham Panthers Sheffield Arena
Nottingham Panthers 3–4 Sheffield Steelers National Ice Centre
Nottingham won 9–7 on aggregate
2008–09 Manchester Phoenix 4–3 Belfast Giants Silver Blades Ice Dome
Belfast Giants 3–1 Manchester Phoenix Dundonald Ice Bowl
Belfast won 6–5 on aggregate

Total titles wonEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Semi finalist Winning years
Sheffield Steelers
<center>3 <center>2 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03
Nottingham Panthers <center>2 <center>3 <center>4 2003–04, 2007–08
Ayr Scottish Eagles <center>2 <center>1 <center>0 1997–98, 2001–02
Coventry Blaze <center>2 <center>1 <center>0 2004–05, 2006–07
Cardiff Devils <center>1 <center>1 <center>3 2005–06
Belfast Giants <center>1 <center>1 <center>3 2008-09
Bracknell Bees <center>0 <center>1 <center>3
London Knights <center>0 <center>0 <center>3
Newcastle Vipers <center>0 <center>0 <center>2
Hull Stingrays <center>0 <center>0 <center>1
Manchester Phoenix <center>0 <center>1 <center>1

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