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Metallurg Magnitogorsk is club champion of Europe; will meet NHL team in inaugural Victoria Cup

Russia’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk defeated Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic 5-2 in the gold medal game of the 2008 IIHF European Champions Cup at the St. Petersburg Ice Palace.

It is the fourth consecutive time a Russian team wins the title.

Czech forward Jan Marek, who played for Sparta Prague 2003-2006, scored two goals for Metallurg Magnitogorsk but it was Igor Mirnov who scored the game-winner in the second period. Mirnov also added an insurance goal in the third period.

Metallurg’s defenseman Vitali Atyushov was named tournament Most Valuable Player.

Metallurg will represent Europe in the inaugural Victoria Cup in the fall where the ECC winner will play an NHL-challenger for the Victoria Cup trophy. The date, venue and format of the Victoria Cup will be announced later.

This was the last European Champions Cup as the quest for European club hockey supremacy will be replaced by the Champions Hockey League as of the 2008-2009-season.

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