Zurich Crowned European Hockey Champ

APZSC Lions defensman Mathias Seger, left, and forward Adrian Wichser with the trophy after Wednesday's ice hockey Champions League second leg final game between ZSC Lions of Switzerland and Metallurg Magnitogorsk of Russia held at the Diners Club Arena in Rapperswil, Switzerland.
RAPPERSWIL, Switzerland (AP) - The Zurich Lions thrashed defending champion Metallurg Magnitogorsk 5-0 for the European club crown on Wednesday and the right to play an NHL team in a million-dollar challenge match.
 
The Swiss champion won the two-leg Champions Hockey League final 7-2 on aggregate. The sides drew 2-2 in Russia last week.
 
Zurich will face an NHL squad for the Victoria Cup scheduled to be played in Bern, Switzerland, in October.
 
Four of the five goals on Wednesday came from Canadians in the Zurich ranks.
Blaine Down tucked away his own rebound after 17:17 of the first period. Domenico Pittis, a former draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, tipped in the second goal after 14:48 of the second.
 
The third came from Mathias Seger, a 10-season Lions veteran from Switzerland, on a power-play slap shot after 8:57 of the third, and within a minute 39-year-old Jan Alston made it 4-0. Jean-Guy Trudel completed the scoring with less than three minutes to go.
 
The biggest match in Lions history had to be played 21 miles (34 kilometers) from Zurich at the stadium of Swiss League rival Rapperswil-Jona Lakers — its home rink at Hallenstadion in Zurich was pre-booked to prepare for an "Art on Ice" figure-skating show that starts a four-night run on Thursday.
 
The International Ice Hockey Federation hopes to match the European champ against the Stanley Cup winner each year.
 
In the inaugural Victoria Cup match last October, the New York Rangers beat Magnitogorsk 4-3.