IHLC Classics: The Impossible Dream Comes True

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 celebrate Independence Day in the United States, we feature the finale of the 1980 Lake Placid Games, Team USA’s post-Miracle victory to clinch Olympic Gold on home ice.

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Olympic Medal Round
Olympic Fieldhouse, Lake Placid usa-11
Sunday, February 24, 1980

Team USA’s ascension to the top of the hockey world in 1980 was actually not “The Miracle on Ice.” While it was the Miracle that stunned the world, it was their victory two days later where, as legendary announcer Al Michaels called it, “the impossible dream comes true” – the Americans locked up Olympic Gold for only the second time in history, triumphing 4-2 over Finland to win the tournament and capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Canada Makes It Two In Torino

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 celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we shine a light on Canada’s 2006 women’s Olympic Gold victory, Canada’s second of four (and counting) Olympic titles.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palasport Olimpico, Turin italy-11
Monday, February 20, 2006

It seemed only appropriate that fears of another repeat women’s Gold Medal Game between bitter rivals Canada and the U.S. would occur for a third straight Olympics – but thanks to the heroics of Sweden relegating the Americans to the bronze medal game, for the first time a new contender emerged.

But there would be no repeat heroics, as Canada pounded Tre Kronor 4-1 to win their second straight Olympic Gold Medal, and to cap off a perfect Olympics with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: The Goodwill Games 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, to celebrate Russia Day, we focus on one hockey’s most unique tournaments ever, and one of the Soviet Union’s final Gold Medal victories, at the 1990 Goodwill Games.


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Goodwill Games Gold Medal Game
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma usa-11
Sunday, August 5, 1990

In one of the more bazaar international hockey tournaments in history, the Soviet Union emerged with Gold from the only hockey ever played at the short-lived Goodwill Games, the Olympic alternative brainchild of billionaire Ted Turner, winning 4-3 in a shootout over the home team United States to unify Gold and International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Lidström’s Golden Goal

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 celebrate National Day (Sveriges nationaldag) in Sweden, we focus on Sweden’s second and most recent Olympic Gold Medal, won from rivals Finland at the 2006 Turin Games.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palasport Olimpico, Turin italy-11
Sunday, February 26, 2006

In Gold Medal Game befitting one the biggest rivalries in hockey, Sweden emerged from the 2006 Turin Olympiad with their second Olympic title, defeating border rivals Finland 3-2 to unify the Gold with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Sweden’s Unique Double

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, while the ongoing World Championships take a day off, we look back to the final of the 2006 Worlds, where Sweden made history by being the first team to win Olympic and World Championship Gold in the same year.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Arēna Rīga, Rīga latvia-11
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Sweden made international hockey history at the Arēna Rīga, dispatching Czechia in a dominating 4-0 victory to not only capture their eighth IIHF World Championship Gold Medal, but becoming the first team in history to win Olympic and World Championship Gold in the same year, a feat made even more sweeter by retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: “Tupu, Hupu & Lupu” Golden For Finland

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 Independence Day, we look back at the 1995 World Championships Gold Medal Game, the long overdue first title for the Leijonat, over their Swedish rivals on Swedish ice.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
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Sunday, May 7, 1995

After fifty plus years of misery on the international hockey stage, it was a trio of youngsters in their early twenties that finally managed to put the Leijonat atop the world’s stage, defeating their national rivals Sweden 4-1 in the Gold Medal Game to capture the 1995 championship, as well as the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Vokoun Shuts Out Canada For Gold

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 look back at the 2005 World Championships Gold Medal Game, the first true “best on best” final in 75 years of Worlds history.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna austria-11
Sunday, May 15, 2005

Czechia captured their fifth IIHF World Championship Gold Medal in a dominating 3-0 win over Canada, in a World Championships that featured more NHL players than ever due to the NHL lockout, putting the Czechs on top in a rare “best on best” World Championships, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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IHLC Classics: Team USA Shocks The World

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 look back at the final tilt between Team USA and Canada at the 1996 World Cup Of Hockey, where the Americans won their first ever “best on best” world title.

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World Cup Of Hockey Final, Game 3

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Saturday, September 14, 1996

When the NHL decided to revamp the Canada Cup in 1996, hosting the tournament in cities across the globe and expanding to eight teams in the first post-Soviet “best on best” tournament, many scoffed at the idea, seeing this as simply a renaming of the tournament Canada had become known to dominate, winning four of the five previous Canada Cup tournaments.

Team USA, however, had other ideas. Not quite on the scale as the “Miracle On Ice” in terms of the unlikelihood, but still the biggest American hockey victory in a generation, the U.S. won the third game of the best of three final 5-2 over Canada, on enemy ice, to capture their first World Cup Of Hockey, and also retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: Canada’s Gold Drought Ends

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, we look back at the end of Canada’s Olympic Gold Medal drought in 2002, where 50 years of futility was put to rest in Salt Lake City.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Sunday, February 24, 2002

Canada, the self-proclaimed hockey mecca on Earth, had a hard time arguing that claim due to the fact that they failed to hold Olympic Gold in the sport since 1952, before the Soviet Union team existed, and Canadians would run roughshod over the world. Even at the first Olympics with NHL participation in 1998, Canada disappointed a waiting nation by failing to medal.

But in Salt Lake City, on enemy ice, Canada was able to shake that disputed claim, as they became kings of the hockey world once again, and headed home with Canada’s first Olympic gold in 50 years, and the International Hockey Lineal Championship to boot.
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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.

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Canada Cup Final
Forum de Montréal, Montréal canada1965-11
Sunday, September 13, 1981

The Soviet Union did not squander their first Canada Cup final appearance, and their first premier best-on-best matchup since the 1974 Summit Series, crushing Team Canada 8-1 in front of a stunned Montréal Forum, and larger hockey world, to win the 1981 Canada Cup and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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