🇸🇪 🇷🇺 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

Mats Sundin, only 20 at that time, scored what many consider as the “best goal in the history of the IIHF World Championship” when he single-handedly gave Sweden gold in 1991 in Turku. But it isn’t only the exceptional end-to-end rush that counts into the overall verdict. The performance capped a season which began with Sundin escaping his country as villain – in what also was the last hockey game ever to be played by the Soviet Union national team at the World Championship.
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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

To fully understand the impact of Slovakia’s first World Championship gold medal in hockey, we need to rewind. The dissolution of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993, meant that the Czech Ice Hockey Association took over the position of former Czechoslovakia while Slovakia was considered a “new” hockey nation. As a result, the Slovaks had to start from scratch in the IIHF World Championship program and work their way up through the divisions.
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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

Canada’s National Junior team received a silver medal on Monday after losing 4-3 to Team USA in the gold medal game of the 2004 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
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🇨🇦 🇷🇺 IHLC Classics: Eberle’s Heroic 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 Canada’s 151st birthday, we feature one of the most thrilling games in World Junior Championship history, the 2009 Semifinal that put Canada on the path to their fifth straight World Junior Gold Medal in Ottawa.


🇨🇦 Canada 6-5 Russia 🇷🇺 (SO)
World Junior Championship Semifinal
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa 🇨🇦
Saturday, 03 January 2009

Canada’s drive for five is alive.

Jordan Eberle scored twice in regulation time, including the equalizer with five seconds left in the third period, and then had another goal in the shootout to pace Canada to a 6-5 triumph over Russia in Saturday’s semifinal at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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🇨🇦 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: Canada’s Olympic Revenge

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 upcoming Olympics, we feature the first of Canada’s four consecutive Gold Medal victories, the thrilling showdown against the United States at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

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🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 United States 🇺🇸

Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City 🇺🇸
Thursday, 21 February 2002

For more than a week, they bore their opponents’ taunts with smiles and silence. They talked instead about how much they respected the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. They said nothing about the little things that were being done to irritate and belittle them; little things such as having their photographs at the athletes village scribbled on and autographed by the American players.
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🇷🇺 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: Gold For A Team With No Name

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 upcoming Olympics, and in light of Russia playing under the Olympic flag, we look back on the last Russian team to play under the same flag at the 1992 Albertville Games.

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🇷🇺 Unified Team 3-1 Canada 🇨🇦
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Patinoire de Méribel, Méribel 🇫🇷
Sunday, 23 February 1992

The days of the Soviet hockey superiority were over. Even the Soviet Union as a country had ceased to exist on 26 December 1991, when the USSR dissolved and was replaced by the Commonwealth of Independent States.

During the 1992 IIHF World U20 Championship in Germany, the Soviet team had to change its name from Soviet Union to CIS midway through the tournament, on 01 January 1992.
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🇫🇮 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: Unelmafinaali

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 Finland’s centennial as a nation, we look back on just the second World Championship for the Leijonat in history, their 2011 triumph over rival Sweden, considered by Finns to be the “unelmafinaali” – the dream final.

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🇫🇮 Finland 6-1 Sweden 🇸🇪
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Orange Aréna, Bratislava 🇸🇰
Sunday, 15 May 2011

It is a great day in Finnish hockey history. In the latest chapter of hockey’s classic Nordic rivalry, Finland demolished Sweden 6-1 in the gold medal game of the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Petteri Nokelainen scored the first of five third-period Finnish goals, and it stood up as the winner.
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🇨🇦 🇷🇺 IHLC Classics: “Henderson Has Scored For 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, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series finale, we look back on perhaps the most influential goal in international hockey history, Paul Henderson’s series-winning tally past Vladislav Tretyak.

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🇨🇦 Canada 6-5 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
Summit Series, Game 8
Luzhniki Palace Of Sports, Moscow 🇷🇺
Thursday, 28 September 1972

Game eight of the Summit Series was maybe the most important hockey game ever played. It was the climax of the greatest series ever played, Canada versus the Soviet Union. It was a series that pitted the professionals of Canada against the “amateurs” of the Soviet Union. It matched Canadian-style hockey with Soviet-style.

Most important, it was a battle between lifestyles, values and two vastly different political systems.
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🇨🇦 🇷🇺 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.

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🇨🇦 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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🇷🇺 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: The Red Army 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, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, we feature the opening game of the tournament, a stunning Soviet victory in Montréal.

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🇷🇺 Soviet Union 7-3 Canada 🇨🇦
Summit Series, Game 1
Forum de Montréal, Montréal 🇨🇦
Saturday, 02 September 1972

The withdrawal of Canada from international hockey in 1970 was the result of an increasingly bitter feud between that country and other top European countries, notably the Soviet Union. Canada had long believed that Iron Curtain countries used professional players in World Championship and Olympic competition because their players did nothing but play hockey eleven months of the year.

The withdrawal, though, did have one benefit—it produced the Summit Series in September 1972, an eight-game showdown between Canada’s professionals from the NHL and the best from the Soviet Union (essentially their World Championship / Olympic team).
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🇺🇸 🇫🇮 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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🇺🇸 United States 4-2 Finland 🇫🇮
Olympic Medal Round
Olympic Fieldhouse, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Sunday, 24 February 1980

It was a Sunday morning 30 years ago today.

You didn’t have to be a hockey fan to want to tune your television set to ABC at 11 a.m. You didn’t even have to be a sports fan, for that matter. If you were an American who wanted to see something magical and inspiring, you made an appointment with your TV that morning because you knew that the greatest of all underdogs had a chance to do something remarkable in the tiny village of Lake Placid, NY.
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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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🇨🇦 Canada 4-1 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palasport Olimpico, Turin 🇮🇹
Monday, 20 February 2006

Canada won their second consecutive Olympic women’s ice hockey gold with a 4-1 win over Sweden in Turin on Monday.
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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.


🇷🇺 Soviet Union 4-3 United States 🇺🇸 (SO)
Goodwill Games Gold Medal Game
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma 🇺🇸
Sunday, 05 August 1990

The Soviet Union needed a penalty-shot shootout to beat the United States, 4-3, at the Tacoma Dome and win the Goodwill Games hockey gold medal.
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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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🇸🇪 Sweden 3-2 Finland 🇫🇮
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palasport Olimpico, Turin 🇮🇹
Sunday, 26 February 2006

The hockey world changed most dramatically and recently in the 1990s. First, the Soviet Union crumbled, after which Czechoslovakia split in two, and then NHLers started to compete at the Olympics. The result produced an astounding parity among the top teams. Consider that the “Canadian era” lasted from 1920 to 1961 and the “Soviet era” from 1962 to 1990.

That is, these countries dominated those periods of time in a way that is unimaginable today.
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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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🇸🇪 Sweden 4-0 Czechia 🇨🇿
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Arēna Rīga, Rīga 🇱🇻
Sunday, 21 May 2006

The impossible dream has come true.

With a dazzling attack and air-tight defence, Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 Sunday night at a packed Arēna Rīga and became the first nation in history to capture Olympic and IIHF World Championship gold in the same year. A quick two-goal outburst in the opening period was enough to seal the fate of the Czechs.
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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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🇫🇮 Finland 4-1 Sweden 🇸🇪
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Stockholm Globe Arena, Stockholm 🇸🇪
Sunday, 07 May 1995

Finally, Finland wins the IIHF World Championship for the first time. And the victory couldn’t have been sweeter. They won the gold medal game against their fiercest rival Sweden, in Sweden and with a Swedish head coach. To really rub it in, the Finnish team celebrated the win in downtown Stockholm, this while also “stealing” the Swedish tune designated for a home-team victory.
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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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🇨🇿 Czechia 3-0 Canada 🇨🇦
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna 🇦🇹
Sunday, 15 May 2005

The Czech Republic has ended Canada’s two-year streak as gold medalists with a thoroughly convincing 3-0 win. Tomáš Vokoun recorded the shutout for the victors. Three different players scored for the Czechs, who were clearly the better team at the Stadthalle in Vienna on 15 May 2005.
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