Switzerland And Japan Clinch Final Olympic Qualifying Spots

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After nearly half a year of Olympic qualifiers that began in Mexico last October, four rounds of play and 22 teams competing for a mere two spots in Pyeongchang, the final qualification spots were today clinched by Japan and Switzerland for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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IHLC Results – Switzerland 4-3 Slovakia – Feb. 11, 2017

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Slovakia Cup Gold Medal Game
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Switzerland exacted a small measure of revenge for the defeat they faced from Slovakia to conclude November’s Deutschland Cup, winning the Slovakia Cup from the home nation (on home ice, no less) with a 4-3 win to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Switzerland 4-2 Belarus – Feb. 10, 2017

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Slovakia Cup Semifinal
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Switzerland capitalized on a late goal from Mauro Jörg and solid goaltending from Gilles Senn to hang on to a narrow 4-2 victory over Belarus to open the Slovakia Cup, advancing to the finals and retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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2017 Euro Hockey Challenge Schedule Confirmed

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After two seasons of a consistent format, the Euro Hockey Challenge has undergone yet another format change for the 2017 iteration, leading up to the IIHF World Championships the following month in Cologne and Paris.
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IIHF Hall Of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

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The IIHF has announced the Hall Of Fame Class of 2017, to be inducted at May’s World Championships in Cologne, Germany. All five players set to be inducted into the players category bring a swath of major international accomplishments (including many International Hockey Lineal Championships) to the Hall, as the IIHF is set to honour Joe Sakic, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selänne, Angela Ruggiero and Uwe Krupp.
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Hayley Wickenheiser Retires After Illustrious 23 Year Career

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The most decorated player in women’s hockey history today announced her retirement from professional hockey, with Hayley Wickenheiser stepping down from the CWHL’s Calgary Inferno and Team Canada, which she joined in 1994 at the age of 15.
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