🇨🇦 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: Wendell’s Winner Nets First Gold For Team USA

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 first Gold Medal for the United States women’s team, captured in a thrilling shootout in 2005.

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🇺🇸 United States 1-0 Canada 🇨🇦 (SO)
Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Saturday, 09 April 2005

Few team sports have been dominated so emphatically by one country as women’s hockey by Canada. Since the inception of the World Women’s Championship into the IIHF program in 1990, Team Canada won all eight championships leading up to the ninth Women’s World tournament in Sweden in 2005. Additionally, Canada had won the 2002 Olympic gold. The only blemish to Canada’s women’s record was USA’s win in the 1998 Olympics.
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🇨🇦 🇷🇺 IHLC Classics: Price, Canada’s Juniors Make It Three In A Row

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 both Canada’s national day, and in light of the shocking residential school discoveries across the nation, we highlight the first international medal for Canada’s top indigenous player, and one of Canada’s all-time top goaltenders, Carey Price, who also happens to be in the midst of his first Stanley Cup Final.

🇨🇦 Canada 4-2 Russia 🇷🇺
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Ejendals Arena, Leksand 🇸🇪
Friday, 05 January 2007

Twenty-two Canadian junior hockey players will return from Sweden with a gold medal after capturing a third world title in as many years on Friday.

Making its sixth consecutive appearance in the championship game, Canada rode three first-period goals to a 4-2 win over Russia in Leksand.
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🇷🇺 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: The Red Machine’s First Olympic Title

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 Russian National Day, we feature the Red Army’s first Olympic title in 1956, which saw the two most recent World Champions go head-to-head on the Olympic stage in Italy.

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🇷🇺 Soviet Union 2-0 Canada 🇨🇦
Olympic Medal Round
Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio, Cortina d’Ampezzo 🇮🇹
Saturday, 04 February 1956

When the Soviets won the 1954 World Championship in Stockholm, their first ever international tournament, they shocked Canada and the hockey world. But by 1956, there was no shock factor heading to the Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
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🇸🇪 🇷🇺 IHLC Classics: Zibanejad’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, in honour of Swedish Sveriges nationaldag (National Day), we feature Sweden’s most recent World Junior Championship triumph in 2012, just their second title in history.


🇸🇪 Sweden
1-0 Russia 🇷🇺 (OT)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary 🇨🇦
Thursday, 05 January 2012

Mika Zibanejad scored the magnificent overtime winner as Sweden earned its first World Junior gold medal since 1981 and second all-time with an 1-0 triumph over Russia on Thursday. The Swedes outshot Russia 58-17.
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🇨🇿 🇫🇮 IHLC Classics: Hlaváč’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, in honour of State Day (also known as Den vzniku samostatného československého státu) in Czechia, we feature the first of three World titles for the Narodnitym in 1999, also featuring the first “Golden Goal” at the Worlds in 65 years.

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🇨🇿 Czechia 1-4 (1-0 OT) Finland 🇫🇮
World Championship Final, Game 2
Håkons Hall, Lillehammer 🇳🇴
Sunday, 16 May 1999

The Czech Republic added the World Ice Hockey Championship to its Olympic title on Sunday with a 1-0 overtime victory over Finland.

Jan Hlaváč ended a pulsating afternoon of hockey when he raced into the Finnish zone and backhanded the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff at 16:32 of overtime, triggering a wild stampede off the Czech bench.
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🇩🇪 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: Wunder von Innsbruck

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 the thirtieth anniversary of German Unity Day (also known as Tag der Deutschen Einheit), we feature Träger der Adler’s surprising Bronze medal victory at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.


🇩🇪 West Germany 4-1 United States 🇺🇸
Olympic Final Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck 🇦🇹
Saturday, 14 February 1976

As in previous years, the ice hockey tournament at the 1976 Olympic Games in Innsbruck started with an elimination round. The pairings then resulted from the positions of the teams at the world championships from the previous year.
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🇨🇭 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: Eisgenossen’s 60 Year Wait Is Over

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 Swiss National Day (also known as Schweizer Bundesfeiertag, Fête Nationale Suisse or Festa Nazionale Svizzera), we feature La Nati’s historic streak at the 2013 World Championship, namely their historic semifinal victory.

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🇨🇭 Switzerland 3-0 United States 🇺🇸
World Championship Semifinal
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm 🇸🇪
Saturday, 18 May 2013

They did it. In a semi-final game featuring two teams challenging history, Switzerland defeated Team USA 3-0 to advance forward to their first opportunity for gold since 1935.

Whatever the outcome in the final game against Sweden will be, it will be the first World Championship medal for the Swiss in exactly 60 years.
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🇺🇸 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: America’s First (And So Far Only) Worlds 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 Independence Day in the United States, we feature Team USA’s first (and so far only) World Championship title, all the way back from 1933.


🇺🇸 United States 2-1 Canada 🇨🇦 (OT)
World Championship Gold Medal Game

Zimní stadion Štvanice, Prague 🇨🇿
Sunday, 26 February 1933

In the early days of international hockey, Canada was all but invincible. It won the first four Olympic tournaments (1920, 1924, 1928, 1932) and the first two World Championships (1930 and 1931) without losing a single game.
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🇨🇦 🇫🇮 IHLC Classics: Canada’s Record Double Dozen

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 feature Canada’s record 24th World Championship Gold Medal, which they captured over Finland in 2007.

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🇨🇦 Canada 4-2 Finland 🇫🇮
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Arena Khodynka, Moscow 🇷🇺
Sunday, 13 May 2007

Here’s an incredible bit of trivia: By winning the 2007 IIHF World Championship, Canada earned its 24th gold medal, more than any other nation. Canada’s seven Olympic gold medals are also tops (tied with the Soviet Union).
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🇷🇺 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: The Red Army Stuns Canada…And 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 Russian National Day, we feature the Red Army’s first major international title, and their debut IHLC matchup, against Canada to finish the 1954 World Championship.


🇷🇺 Soviet Union 7-2 Canada 🇨🇦
World Championship Final Round
Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm 🇸🇪
Sunday, 07 March 1954

There is no question that 1954 was the start of the modern era of international hockey. Prior to the World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, that year, Canada ruled the ice lanes uncontested. Indeed, from 1920 to 1954, it lost only two significant games, one to the United States at the 1933 World Championship and one to Great Britain at the 1936 Olympics.

But in 1954, the Soviet Union made its first appearance in international hockey, and it did so in a blaze of glory. The Soviets had only started playing “Canadian hockey” (as opposed to European bandy) in 1946, and just eight years later that nation’s top players and managers believed they were ready to play against the world – and win.
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🇸🇪 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: “Mirakel” In Turin

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 the biggest win in Damkronorna history, their 2006 shootout upset over the United States in Turin.

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🇸🇪 Sweden 3-2 United States 🇺🇸 (SO)
Olympic Semifinal
Palasport Olimpico, Turin 🇮🇹
Friday, 17 February 2006

There was no reason to suspect that anything would be different in 2006. Since 1990, when women’s hockey became an official IIHF event, every finals had been a Canada-USA affair. This was the rivalry that kept women’s hockey alive and exciting, but in some ways it was also one that was taking interest away from the sport.
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🇬🇧 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: Foster & Brenchley Shock 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.” To celebrate on what should have been the day of the 2020 World Championship Gold Medal final, instead we recap one of the biggest upsets in Olympic and World Championship history, the fall of Canada at the hands of Great Britain in 1936.

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🇬🇧 Great Britain 2-1 Canada 🇨🇦
Olympic Second Round

Olympia-Kunsteis-Stadion, Garmisch-Partenkirchen 🇩🇪
Tuesday, 11 February 1936

It was an Olympics coated in sportive controversy and by the presence of Adolf Hitler, who used the global sports event as a propaganda tool, three years before the outbreak of the biggest catastrophe in the history of mankind.

In the end, history shows that Canada lost the Gold medal and Great Britain won. The process to that result, however, was anything but simple.
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🇨🇦 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: The Falcons Capture Inaugural Olympic 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.” To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the first Olympic hockey champions at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games, today we feature the Winnipeg Falcons, who represented Canada at this historic tournament.

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🇨🇦 Canada 12-1 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palais de Glace d’Anvers, Antwerp 🇧🇪
Monday, 26 April 1920

Seth Howander took one look at the Canadian team and decided the leggings and leather apron he usually wore in net weren’t going to cut it. Then the Swedish goaltender gathered up all the absorbent cotton he could find and covered himself in the stuff.
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🇺🇸 🇷🇺 IHLC Classics: The Miracle On Ice

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, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of perhaps the most historic game in international hockey, “The Miracle on Ice.”

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🇺🇸 United States 4-3 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
Olympic Medal Round
Olympic Fieldhouse, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Friday, 22 February 1980

The Olympic Fieldhouse in Lake Placid, New York, hardly seemed like the place where hockey history could be made, but on one afternoon in 1980, the greatest moment in international hockey took place. It was a moment that transformed the game in one country and, over time, around the world.

It was a moment that came to define Olympic success. It was a moment that came to inspire dreams. After 22 February 1980, anything was possible.
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🇫🇮 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: Ristolainen Sinks Malmö, Tre Kronor

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 Finland’s third ever World Junior Championship in 2014, perhaps their most significant by virtue of being won against Sweden, their biggest rival, on Swedish turf.


🇫🇮 Finland 3-2 Sweden 🇸🇪 (OT)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Malmö Arena, Malmö 🇸🇪
Sunday, 05 January 2014

Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 9:42 of overtime to lift Finland to an unforgettable 3-2 win over host Sweden in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday.
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🇨🇿 🇸🇰 IHLC Classics: The Velvet Reunion

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 Czechia’s third World Championship from the year 2000, won in a tense battle over neighbouring Slovakia in their first major elimination game since the split of Czechoslovakia.

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🇨🇿 Czechia 5-3 Slovakia 🇸🇰
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
Sunday, 14 May 2000

Proving that breakups of countries don’t have to result in bloodshed, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993, an event sometimes called the Velvet Divorce.
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🇸🇰 🇸🇪 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

Two third-period goals by Russia took a 2-1 deficit to a 3-2 lead which the Russians held on to win the gold medal over Canada.

It was the great Russian speed to the outside and their ability to neutralize Canada’s power play that fired the victory.
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