IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-0 Soviet Union ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ – 06 Mar 1955


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-0 Soviet Union ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Worldย Championship Final Round
Rheinlandhalle, Krefeld ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sunday, 06 March 1955

When the 1955 World Championship started in West Germany in late February of that year, the Penticton Vees, Canada’s representatives, were expected not just to win gold but to restore pride to a nation that had been humiliated on the international stage the previous year for the first time in 35 years of participation.

It was in 1954 that the Soviets played in their first World Championship, and at that time they claimed the gold medal ahead of the Canadians with a 7-2 win on the final day.

All of Canada had a year to wait for revenge, and the 1955 World Championship was so important that the legendary announcer Foster Hewitt left his gondola at Maple Leaf Gardens during the height of the NHL season to fly to Germany and do the radio play-by-play for the championship. As the tournament progressed, the games went according to form: for every Canadian win, the Soviets also won. Clearly the last game of the tournament, between these two nations, would again determine the world champion.

Yet on that final night, in Krefeld, the Canadians did, indeed, reclaim what they felt was rightfully theirs, hammering the Soviets, 5-0. Goalie Ivan McLelland got the shutout, and the team was led by the three Warwick brothers โ€” Grant, Bill, and Dick. Grant also coached the team. He had played in the NHL but later in his career he left the league and re-acquired his amateur status.

This was the crowning glory of his career, and as brother Bill said told Hewitt after the game, “Boy, this was better than winning the Stanley Cup,” he expressed the importance of the victory back home. Nonetheless, the game established once and for all a rivalry that has produced many of international hockey’s greatest moments. Canada vs. Soviet Union โ€” it doesn’t get much better today, and it didn’t get any better half a century ago, either.

To this very day, Canada has never managed to win against the Soviet Union / Russia by a higher score in an official men’s championship game.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:23 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Shabaga (Middleton)
06:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – McAvoy

2nd Period
22:30 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Conway
27:30 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – B. Warwick
28:10 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – McAvoy
33:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Shabaga (Fairburn)
38:50 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Sologubov

3rd Period
40:30 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – B. Warwick
42:30 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – McAvoy
46:10 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Taggart
59:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Middleton
59:30 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Conway

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย McLelland
L: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Puchkov

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Ivan McLelland. Defence: Kevin Conway, George McAvoy, Jack Taggart, Hal Tarala. Forwards: Jim Fairburn, Doug Kilburn, Jack McDonald, Jack McIntyre, Jim Middleton, Mike Shabaga, Bill Warwick, Dick Warwick, Grant Warwick.
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Nikolai Puchkov. Defence: Alfred Kuchevski, Nikolai Sologubov, Ivan Tregubov, Dmitri Ukolov. Forwards:ย Yevgeni Babich, Vsevolod Bobrov, Mikhail Bychkov, Alexei Guryshev, Nikolai Khlystov, Yuri Krylov, Valentin Kuzin, Viktor Shuvalov, Alexander Uvarov.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA vs. SOVIET UNION (C) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
new champion
(previous 07 Mar 1954)
Last Title
reign ends
(since 26 Feb 1955)
124 All-Time Wins
12
1 win Head-To-Head
1 win
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. URS)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URSย 7-2 CANย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย โ€“ 07 Mar 1954 โ€“ WC โ€“ Stockholmย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. URS)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URSย 7-2 CANย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย โ€“ 07 Mar 1954 โ€“ WC โ€“ Stockholmย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 7-2 SUIย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย โ€“ 04 Mar 1955 โ€“ WC โ€“ Krefeldย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-0 EUAย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย โ€“ 26 Jan 1956 โ€“ OG โ€“ Cortina dโ€™Ampezzoย ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Article Credit: IIHF 100 Top Stories Of The Century
Photo Credit: KHLย – IIHFHHOFIOC

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