In the heat of a quiet, hockey-free summer, we are proud to introduce the next iteration of the International Hockey Lineal Championship – the Junior IHLC!
This concept has been in ideation for years, and after soft launching the initial pages and box scores recently, we are proud to officially unveil the 44-year history of the IHLC in junior (under-20 men’s) international competition, dating back to the first junior international between Finland and the Soviet Union in 1973, all the way up to the thrilling Gold Medal Game at this year’s World Junior Championships in Montréal.
As of this writing, the Junior IHLC has been contested in 493 games, and is currently held by the United States, who will defend their 13th reign on August 2 against Sweden at the National Junior Development Camp in Plymouth, Michigan. Like the men’s IHLC, Russia ranks first all-time in the IHLC Standings with 119 wins, followed by Canada at 97 wins and Sweden at 92.
Over 150 box scores for junior IHLC games are now readable on TheIHLC.com, with recaps to be added in the coming months. For now, you can profile the all-time results, rankings, records & facts, contenders, upcoming tournaments, medal tables and IHLC history at the World Championships, with more great content to be added in the future.
We hope you enjoy the latest chapter in the illustrious history of the International Hockey Lineal Championship, featuring the young stars who shape the future of the game!