MAGNITOGORSK - The trophy for the Champions Hockey League was unveiled in Magnitogorsk prior to the league’s first final between Metallurg and ZSC Lions Zurich. IIHF.com viewers got a sneak preview of the Silver Stone before the trophy was officially unveiled.
The new prize for the Champions Hockey League winner was a well guarded secret in Magnitogorsk on Wednesday. When the silverware was finally unveiled three hours prior to the first final game, the few ones present could see that the IIHF had decided that the well-known Silver Stone will continue to be emblematic of European club hockey supremacy.
The Silver Stone trophy was originally designed and produced in 1997 for the European Hockey League (1997-2000) by Italian artist Enzo Bosi and it weighs seven kilograms in silver chisel, equivalent to one British Stone, hence the "Silver Stone".
The second generation Silver Stone was redesigned for the European Champions Cup (2005-2008), but was introduced only as of year II of the ECC (2006).
The Champions Hockey League trophy is the third generation Silver Stone with a new base shaped as a hockey puck and with the CHL logo on the bottom.
The trophy’s measurements:
Full height: 96,5 cm
Height of the silver cup: 86 cm
Height of base: 10,5
Width over the top: 24 cm
Metallurg Magnitogorsk is the only team which has captured the Silver Stone as winner of the European Hockey League (1999 & 2000) and as winner of the European Champions Cup (2008). They can thus become the only team to have won all three editions of the Silver Stone.