IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Unified Team 3-1 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 23 Feb 1992

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Unified Team 3-1ย Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Patinoire de Mรฉribel,ย Mรฉribel ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Sunday, 23 February 1992

The days of the Soviet hockey superiority were over. Even the Soviet Union as a country had ceased to exist on 26 December 1991, when the USSR dissolved and was replaced by the Commonwealth of Independent States.

During the 1992 IIHF World U20 Championship in Germany, the Soviet team had to change its name from Soviet Union to CIS midway through the tournament, on 01 January 1992.

Roughly one month later, the Olympics were about to begin in Albertville, France. Authoritarian head coach Viktor Tikhonov had lost virtually all the power he had during the 1970s and โ€˜80s, and his famous “Green Unit” with Fetisov, Kasatonov, Larionov, Krutov and Makarov were all playing in the NHL.

Tikhonov had to change his approach to coax veterans Vyacheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov and Alexei Zhamnov play for him and also to get the maximum out of whimsical youngsters such as Darius Kasparaitis, Alexei Kovalev, and Yevgeni Davydov.

Despite the absence of superstars, the Soviet / Russian team had no problems with talent but with identity. The famous lettering “CCCP” on the sweaters had been taken away, only to be replaced by nothing. After each victory on ice, there was no national anthem, only the Olympic hymn. Finally, the national red flag with hammer and sickle was also gone. The players were told to salute the Olympic rings instead.

All symbols aside, the team played traditional Soviet hockey in the small Albertville arena. It lost one preliminary round game, to Czechoslovakia, but defeated the Eric Lindros-led Canada and cruised comfortably to the playoffs. The Russians defeated Finland 6-1 in the quarter-finals, Team USA 5-2 in the semis, and faced historic foe Canada in the first-ever one-game-wins-all Olympic final.

The Canadians, without NHL players, competed as well as they could, but they were outmatched by the far more talented Russians, who won 3-1. Usually, when the old Soviet teams won Gold medals, the players and coaches were composed, showing very little emotion. This group was different. After the final horn, they jumped around like school kids and held leader Vyacheslav Bykov aloft in a “golden chair.” They listened rather listlessly to an anthem that wasnโ€™t theirs and after the Gold medal ceremony the players gathered around Viktor Tikhonov and produced one of the few team pictures where the old coach looked genuinely happy.

After the game, Tikhonov didnโ€™t want to leave the press conference. He stayed behind after the official question period was over, eager to tell everyone through an interpreter that he valued this Olympic Gold medal more than all the other wins in his 14 years behind the national team bench. “We had no stars. We won this Olympic Gold with youngsters. This is why I am so happy,” he said.

This was Tikhonovโ€™s last hurrah in international hockey. He would return for the 1994 Olympics and also for the 2003 World Championship, but with no success. Eventually, the IIHF erased all trace of “CIS” in the record books and credited the Gold medal to the new nation, Russia.

1st Period
07:41 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – D. Mironov, interference
10:45 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Juneau, high sticking
12:33 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Joseph, slashing
16:01 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Giles, tripping

2nd Period
30:32 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Kovalyov, slashing
30:32 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Manderville, cross checking
36:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Lindros, holding

3rd Period
41:01 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Butsayev (Davydov)
42:14 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Woolley, high sticking
48:33 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Zhamnov, slashing
50:08 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Bautin, holding
50:46 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Archibald, hooking
52:05 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Prokhorov, holding
53:06 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Shtalenkov, delay of game
55:54 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Boldin (Borshevski, Prokhorov)
57:20 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Lindberg (Juneau, Woolley)
58:51 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Bykov (Khomutov)

W: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Shtalenkov (21-22)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Burke (34-37)

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 10+15+12ย = 37
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 10+6+6 = 22

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Mikhail Shtalenkov, Andrei Trefilov. Defence: Sergei Bautin, Darius Kasparaitis, Igor Kravchuk, Vladimir Malakhov, Dmitri Mironov, Dmitri Yushkevich, Alexei Zhitnik, Sergei Zubov. Forwards: Igor Boldin, Nikolai Borshevski, Vyacheslav Butsayev, Vyacheslav Bykov (C), Yevgeni Davydov, Yuri Khmylyov, Andrei Khomutov, Andrei Kovalenko, Alexei Kovalyov, Sergei Petrenko, Vitali Prokhorov, Alexei Zhamnov.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Sean Burke, Trevor Kidd. Defence: Kevin Dahl, Curt Giles, Gordon Hynes, Adrien Plavsic, Dan Ratushny, Brad Schlegel (C), Brian Tutt, Jason Woolley. Forwards: Dave Archibald (A), Todd Brost, Dave Hannan, Fabian Joseph, Joรฉ Juneau, Patrick Lebeau, Chris Lindberg, Eric Lindros, Kent Manderville, Wallace Schreiber, Randy Smith (A), Dave Tippett.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUSSIA (C) vs. CANADAย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
current champion
(since 21 Feb 1992
Last Title
13 Nov 1991
342 All-Time Wins
46 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 12 ties)
18 wins
First IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URSย 7-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 07 Mar 1954 โ€“ WC โ€“ Stockholm ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Previous IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 2-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 31 Jan 1992 โ€“ SHG โ€“ Stockholm ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ EUN 5-2 USAย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 21 Feb 1992 โ€“ OG โ€“ Mรฉribel ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 2-2 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 12 Apr 1992 โ€“ EX โ€“ Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

Article Credit: IIHF 100 Top Stories Of The Century
Photo Credit: Collectionsย Canadaย –ย IIHFHHOFIOC



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