🇨🇦 Dion Phaneuf Formally Announces Retirement


Just days after fellow punishing defender Braydon Coburn announced his retirement from hockey, his counterpart Dion Phaneuf, a three-time NHL All-Star inactive for the past three seasons, today formally announced he is stepping away from the game at age 36.
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🇨🇦 🇸🇰 Hockey Hall Of Fame Inducts Class Of 2020 Following Delay


After a sixteen-month pandemic delay, the Hockey Hall Of Fame tonight inducted their Class of 2020, inducting five legendary players to their ranks with a number of tremendous international achievements.
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🇸🇰 Marián Gáborík Formally Announces Retirement From Pro Hockey


After spending the past three seasons on injured reserve due to a herniated disk, Slovak star forward Marián Gáborík officially announced his retirement from pro hockey at the age of 39.
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🇨🇿 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: Procházka’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 Czech Independence Day, we feature Czechia’s first World Championship title as an independent nation, twenty five years after stunning Canada with two goals in the final minute of play.

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🇨🇿 Czechia 4-2 Canada 🇨🇦
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna 🇦🇹
Sunday, 05 May 1996

Patera, Procházka…and then the puck was shaking viciously in the net. Whoever saw it will not forget. The last minute of the final period of the 1996 World Cup has an indelible golden tinge for Czech hockey. The group from the heart of Europe then became world champions in Vienna after an eleven-year wait.
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🇫🇷🇨🇭 Tardif Named New IIHF President, Fasel Inducted To IIHF Hall Of Fame


After a four-round vote to replace IIHF President René Fasel after a 27-year term, Luc Tardif Sr. today was voted in as new President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, following stints as IIHF Treasurer and President of the French Ice Hockey Federation.
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🇨🇿 Czech Goaltender Jakub Kovář Retires At Age 33


Citing health reasons for his early retirement, Czech goaltender Jakub Kovář today announced he was leaving KHL club Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg after just one start in the 2021-22 KHL season, ending his professional career.
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🇨🇿 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.
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🇺🇸 American Forward David Backes Retires As Blue At Age 37


American forward David Backes, who has seen limited playing time over the past two seasons due to recurring injuries, today officially signed with St. Louis for a day to retire as a Blue, ending his career at the age of 37.
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🇷🇺 Vladimir Shadrin: 1948-2021


Vladimir Shadrin, the Russian centreman who starred on some of the most powerful Soviet squads of the 1970’s, today passed away in Moscow from COVID-19 complications at the age of 73.
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🇨🇭 Swiss Defender Severin Blindenbacher Announces Retirement At 38


Swiss defender Severin Blindenbacher, a mainstay on the Eisgenossen blueline for over a decade, today announced his retirement from the ZSC Lions at age 38.
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🇺🇸 Jimmy Hayes: 1989-2021


The hockey world today was again struck with tragic news, as the news of 31 year old American forward Jimmy Hayes, a former NHL and international player who recently became a new father, had unexpectedly passed away in his home state of Milton, Massachusetts, USA.
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🇸🇪 Long Live The King: Henrik Lundqvist Announces Retirement


Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, a Gold Medal winner at both the Olympics and World Championship, and the sixth winningest goaltender in NHL history after an illustrious 15-year career with the New York Rangers, today officially retired from hockey at age 39, after missing the 2020-21 NHL campaign after undergoing open heart surgery.
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🇫🇮 2022 World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2022 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland, returning to the nation for the first time since Helsinki hosted consecutively in 2012-13.
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🇨🇦 🇺🇸 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

🇸🇪 Anders Nilsson Announces Retirement Due To Post-Concussion Syndrome


Swedish journeyman goaltender Anders Nilsson, a former World Champion with playing stints in Sweden, Russia, the United States and Canada, today announced his retirement from hockey at age 31, ending his career over recurring issues suffered from post-concussion syndrome and neck injuries.
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🇸🇪 Niklas Hjalmarsson Retires From NHL, Tre Kronor At Age 34


Swedish stay-at-home defender Niklas Hjalmarsson, one of the best defensive defencemen of the modern era, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and Olympic Silver medalist for Sweden, today confirmed his retirement from hockey at age 34.
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