Bobby Hull, the Canadian two-time league MVP and Hockey Hall of Famer whose accomplishments on the ice were almost as prominent as his checkered life off the ice, today was announced to have died at the age of 84.
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🇸🇪 Börje Salming: 1951-2022
Less than two weeks after being honoured in front of his adopted hometown of Toronto, Börje Salming, the legendary Swedish defenceman who helped clear the path for European-trained players to star as professionals in the National Hockey League, today succumbed to ALS at the age of 71 in his native Sweden.
🇨🇦 Guy Lafleur: 1951-2022
Just a week after the loss of NHL legend and native Québecer Mike Bossy, it was today announced that Guy Lafleur, the Montréal Canadiens legend and Québec native, tragically lost his battle with lung cancer today at the age of 70.
🇨🇦 Mike Bossy: 1957-2022
Within a year where both Jean Potvin and Clark Gillies have been lost, it was announced today that after a lengthy battle with lung cancer, Canadian forward Mike Bossy, one of the most prolific goal scorers in NHL history and a New York Islanders legend, today lost his battle, passing away at the age of 65.
🇨🇦 Clark Gillies: 1954-2022
Clark Gillies, the Canadian enforcer and Hall of Famer who helped the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups as part of their 1980’s dynasty, today sadly passed away at the age of 67.
🇨🇿 Ladislav Lubina: 1967-2021
Ladislav Lubina, the Czech winger who captured a number of medals for the Narodnitym throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, today sadly passed away from brain cancer at the age of 54.
🇨🇦 🇺🇸 Tony Esposito: 1943-2021
Anthony “Tony O” Esposito, the legendary Chicago Black Hawks goaltender who was a three-time Vezina Trophy winner, and one of the backstops in Canada’s historic 1972 Summit Series, today died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. Continue reading
🇨🇦 John Muckler: 1934-2021
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: 1963-2020
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: 1947-2020
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: 1954-2020
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.
🇨🇿 Luděk Bukač: 1935-2019
Just days after the death of Ján Starší, who built the Czechoslovak national team into a dominant force in the 1970’s, the man who helped carry the Czechoslovakian team through the 1980’s and Czech team in the 1990’s has also passed away, as Luděk Bukač today died at the age of 83.
🇸🇰 Ján Starší: 1933-2019
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
IIHF Announces 2018 Hall Of Fame Class
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.
🇨🇦 🇷🇺 IHLC Classics: Gretzky To Lemieux
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.
🇨🇦 Canada 6-5 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
Canada Cup Final, Game 3
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton 🇨🇦
Tuesday, 15 September 1987
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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Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces 2016 Class
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.
🇷🇺 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: The 1981 Canada Cup Final
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.
🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-1 Canada 🇨🇦
Canada Cup Final
Forum de Montréal, Montréal 🇨🇦
Sunday, 13 September 1981
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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🇫🇮 Leijonat To Retire Numbers Of Four Legends At 2016 World Juniors
With Helsinki hosting the 2016 World Junior Championships this winter, the Finnish Ice Hockey Association will retire the numbers of four national team legends during the tournament, with the numbers of Teemu Selänne, Saku Koivu, Jere Lehtinen and Ville Peltonen to be forever enshrined in the rafters of Hartwall Arena.
HHOF Inducts Five International Legends To Class Of 2015
The Hockey Hall Of Fame tonight inducted their 2015 Class, inducting five world-class players to their ranks with a number of tremendous international achievements.
2016 World Cup Of Hockey Schedule Released
The schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey leaked today, confirming the already reported Group structure from earlier this year, along with the full tally of games in Toronto next fall to crown the newest World Cup of Hockey global champion.