IHLC Classics: Sweden Throws The Game To Slovakia?

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 Slovakia’s Constitution Day, we look back at a Slovak Olympic victory, one of the most controversial games in recent memory, which speculation of Sweden “throwing” the match still rampant to this day.

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🇸🇰 Slovakia 3-0 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Preliminary Round
Torino Esposizioni, Turin 🇮🇹
Tuesday, 21 February 2006

Behind the closed door of the locker room at Torino Esposizioni, Bengt-Åke Gustafsson, coach of the Swedish hockey team, gathered his players Tuesday and delivered his pregame address. He told them to try to beat Slovakia, defenseman Nicklas Lidström said.
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IHLC Classics: Carlson, Team USA Sinks Canada’s Quest For Six

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 American Independence Day, we feature just the second World Junior Championship crown for Team USA, won off the stick of John Carlson, who stunned a hometown crowd and denied Canada’s attempt at their sixth consecutive title.


🇺🇸 United States 6-5 Canada 🇨🇦 (OT)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon 🇨🇦
Tuesday, 05 January 2010

John Carlson scored twice including the game-winning goal in overtime, as the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Canada, 6-5, to win gold at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Canada Repeats Golden Comeback Over Sweden

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 Canada Day, and in light of Roberto Luongo’s recent retirement, we feature Canada’s World Championship Gold medal victory from 2004, which saw Canada repeat as champions in a second straight comeback win over Sweden.

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🇨🇦 Canada 5-3 Sweden 🇸🇪
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Sazka Arena, Prague 🇨🇿
Sunday, 09 May 2004

Canada’s colours are red and white and gold, World Hockey Championship gold that is.

Canada rallied from a two-goal deficit twice against Sweden to beat them 5-3 in the gold medal game of the world tournament Sunday.
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IHLC Classics: Trubachyov’s Goal Gives Canada Silver Déjà Vu

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, we feature their World Junior Championship Gold victory from 2003, which saw them upset a hometown Halifax crowd to win a come-from-behind game on enemy territory.


🇷🇺 Russia 3-2 Canada 🇨🇦
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax 🇨🇦
Sunday, 05 January 2003

For the second straight World Junior Championship on home soil, it was Russia playing spoiler for the hometown fans, as a late goal by captain Yuri Trubachyov, combined with a bulletproof defensive performance in the final period, delivered Russia their third World Juniors Gold, their 12th combined with Soviet wins, and saw Russia leave Nova Scotia with the International Hockey Lineal Championship in tow.
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IHLC Classics: Sundin’s Dagger Brings Down The Red Machine

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 Swedish Sveriges nationaldag (National Day), we feature their shocking World Championship Gold medal from 1991, which saw them win their fifth world title, marking the end of the Iron Curtain regime in international hockey.


🇸🇪 Sweden 2-1 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
World Championship Final Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Saturday, 04 May 1991

With the flip of a backhand on Soviet goaltender Andrei Trefilov, the go-ahead goal from young Swedish prodigy Mats Sundin marked the end of the era of Iron Curtain dominance in international hockey, as Tre Kronor‘s unlikely savior notched Sweden their fifth World Championship title in what would be the Soviet Union’s final Worlds appearance, capturing the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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IHLC Classics: Kultajuhlien Käynnistäjä

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 Finnish Itsenäisyyspäivä (Independence Day), we feature their second World Junior Championship Gold in three years, both won in overtime thrillers, this time by Kasperi Kapanen.


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 4-3 Russia 🇷🇺 (OT)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki 🇫🇮
Tuesday, 05 January 2016

In a tense and thrilling climax to the 2016 World Juniors, Kasperi Kapanen’s overtime winner at 1:33 gave host Finland a 4-3 gold medal victory over Russia.
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IHLC Classics: Moravec Completes The Golden Hat Trick

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 Czech Independence Day, we feature their third consecutive World Championship Gold from 2001, capping off an unprecedented half-decade of international hockey success.

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🇨🇿 Czechia 3-2 Finland 🇫🇮 (OT)
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Preussag Arena, Hanover 🇩🇪
Sunday, 13 May 2001

The Czech Republic won its first IIHF World Championship as a new nation in 1996. This started an era of unprecedented success in Czech hockey history. The 1996 gold medal game against Canada was decided after Martin Procházka scored the winner with 19 seconds left to play of a 4-2 victory. Two years later, the Dominik Hašek-led Czechs won their first Olympic gold after the Dominator stunned all five Canadian shooters in a shootout in the semi-final and blanked Russia 1-0 in the final.
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IHLC Classics: Einsatz Goldmedaille

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 German Unity Day, we feature Germany’s shocking upset over Canada at February’s PyeongChang Olympics, thrusting Träger der Adler into their first ever Gold Medal Game.


🇩🇪 Germany 4-3 Canada 🇨🇦
Olympic Semifinal
Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung 🇰🇷
Friday, 23 February 2018

Germany has defeated Canada for the first time in Olympic hockey history after suffering 15 straight losses dating back to 1932 (including East and West).

The reward for this historic victory is a more historic opportunity to play the Olympic Athletes from Russia for the gold medal for the first time.

It’s improbable, implausible…but no longer impossible.
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IHLC Classics: Bondra’s “Zlatý Gól”

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 Slovakian Constitution Day, we feature Slovakia’s historic first World Championship Gold Medal from 2002, a stunning upset over Russia less than a decade after gaining independence.

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🇸🇰 Slovakia 4-3 Russia 🇷🇺
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Scandinavium, Gothenburg 🇸🇪
Saturday, 11 May 2002

When Czechoslovakia split into Czechia and Slovakia on January 1, 1993, the IIHF decided that the team lineage would continue with the Czechs, meaning that while the Czechs could continue in the Top Division and retain their spot at the 1994 Olympics, the Slovaks would be forced to start from the bottom, joining Pool C of the World Championship in 1993.

It should have taken a generation for Slovakia to reach the top, to rejoin the ranks of the best teams in the world and establish a championship program. But, quick to buck expectations, Slovakia was already competing for Gold by 2000, and in 2002, they would upset the Russian Goliath in Gothenburg to win their first World Championship and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: O’Sullivan Sinks Canada

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 American Independence Day, we feature the long-awaited first American Gold Medal in World Junior Championship history, won on the back of a two-goal Patrick O’Sullivan performance at the 2004 final in Helsinki.


🇺🇸 United States 4-3 Canada 🇨🇦
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki 🇫🇮
Monday, 05 January 2004

With their eleventh World Junior Championship Gold Medal just twenty minutes away, a 3-1 lead destined to end a six-year Gold drought, Team Canada seemed to be free and clear to return home with Gold in tow, helmed by future stars Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter and Marc-André Fleury.

But a cataclysmic twenty minutes, highlighted by a brutal own-goal given up by Fleury, turned elation into devastation in Helsinki, and allowed the United States to capture their first ever World Championship title, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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