Finnish power defender Jere Karalahti today announced his retirement from the Swedish club HV71, ending a sometimes tumultuous career in the NHL, KHL, and Finnish, Swedish and German premier leagues at the age of 41.
The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany, with defending champions Canada opening the tournament against Czechia, while hosts Germany open the tournament against the United States on opening day, and France hosts Norway on day two.
Finnish defender Ossi Väänänen today announced his formal retirement from Jokerit at the age of 35, ending his career with the same team he started his career with 18 years earlier, which included stops in the NHL, Liiga, SHL and KHL.
From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, in honour of American Independence Day, we look back at the final tilt between Team USA and Canada at the 1996 World Cup Of Hockey, where the Americans won their first ever “best on best” world title.
United States 5-2 Canada
World Cup Of Hockey Final, Game 3
Centre Molson, Montréal
Saturday, September 14, 1996
When the NHL decided to revamp the Canada Cup in 1996, hosting the tournament in cities across the globe and expanding to eight teams in the first post-Soviet “best on best” tournament, many scoffed at the idea, seeing this as simply a renaming of the tournament Canada had become known to dominate, winning four of the five previous Canada Cup tournaments.
Team USA, however, had other ideas. Not quite on the scale as the “Miracle On Ice” in terms of the unlikelihood, but still the biggest American hockey victory in a generation, the U.S. won the third game of the best of three final 5-2 over Canada, on enemy ice, to capture their first World Cup Of Hockey, and also retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, in honour of Canada Day, we look back at the end of Canada’s Olympic Gold Medal drought in 2002, where 50 years of futility was put to rest in Salt Lake City.
Canada 5-2 United States
Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City
Sunday, February 24, 2002
Canada, the self-proclaimed hockey mecca on Earth, had a hard time arguing that claim due to the fact that they failed to hold Olympic Gold in the sport since 1952, before the Soviet Union team existed, and Canadians would run roughshod over the world. Even at the first Olympics with NHL participation in 1998, Canada disappointed a waiting nation by failing to medal.
But in Salt Lake City, on enemy ice, Canada was able to shake that disputed claim, as they became kings of the hockey world once again, and headed home with Canada’s first Olympic gold in 50 years, and the International Hockey Lineal Championship to boot.
The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2016 on November 14, with Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogatien Vachon and Pat Quinn getting the call, bringing their professional and international accolades (along with their International Hockey Lineal Championship reigns) to the famed Hall in Toronto.
The National Hockey League handed out its hardware to the best players in the world Wednesday night in the newest NHL city, Las Vegas, with ten IHLC holders representing four countries taking home trophies.
Making good on his announcement at the start of the 2015-16 NHL season, Vincent Lecavalier today announced his retirement from professional hockey, his 17 year NHL career concluding with the Los Angeles Kings’ first round playoff exit.
They may not have been able to take the title on home ice for the first time in franchise history, but the Pittsburgh Penguins capitalized on the heroics of Kris Letang and Matt Murray to capture their fourth Stanley Cup title from the San Jose Sharks in six games.