John Muckler, the Canadian coach and executive whose career was highlighted with five Stanley Cups and two Canada Cups, passed away at age 86 due to complications from COVID-19.
Dale Hawerchuk, the Canadian forward who had both a dazzling NHL and international career, and became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, tragically passed away due to stomach cancer at the age of 57.
Alexander Gusev, one of the key defensive backstops for the Soviet Red Army dynasty of the 1970’s that won Summit Series, Olympic and World Championship titles, passed away at the age of 73.
Alexander Skvortsov, a Soviet winger part of the Red Army juggernaut that dominated international hockey throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s, passed away in Moscow on 04 February at the age of 65.
Slovakian player and coach Ján Starší, an architect of the 1970’s Czechoslovakian international powerhouse, passed away today after a long illness at the age of 85. Continue reading
The IIHF announced the newest class of inductees to the Hall of Fame, highlighted by a quartet of international superstars – Daniel Alfredsson, Rob Blake, Jere Lehtinen and Chris Chelios, who will have their numerous achievements, both professionally and internationally, recognized in Denmark this May.
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, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Canada Cup, we highlight the third game of the Cup finals, one of the most historic showdowns between the Soviet Union and Canada in history.
Although the history of hockey has many touchstones for any ideal of greatness, there was arguably no finer hockey ever played than in the best-of-three finals of the 1987 Canada Cup between the host nation and the Soviet Union. Of course, there have been other exceptional moments in the game.
But 1987 had it all. It featured games in the modern era, where every minute of every game could be captured on film and appreciated time and again and compared to other great modern moments; it had familiar players; it had late-game heroics; and, most of all, it featured a pure level of skill that has never been matched before or since.
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The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2016 on 14 November, 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.
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 Russia Day (and of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey), we look back at the Soviet Union’s convincing victory at the 1981 Canada Cup, their first (and so far only) title in the tournament.
The 1981 Canada Cup was all about momentum. It was the second edition of the event started five years earlier, and Canada was the prohibitive favourite. There was one significant difference, though. In 1976, the Soviet Union had sent an “experimental” team, not fully knowing the level of competition it would face and worried some of its top players might try to defect. The result was a performance not befitting the country that had claimed World Championship and Olympic gold many times over.
In 1981, it would make no such mistake.
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