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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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Orange Aréna, Bratislava slovakia-11
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Finland captured just their second ever World Championship Gold Medal in dominant fashion against their cross-border rivals Sweden, crushing Tre Kronor 6-1 on goals from six different scorers to win their first Gold since 1995, and unify Gold with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IIHF Announces 2018 Hall Of Fame Class

The IIHF announced the newest class of inductees to the Hall of Fame, highlighted by a quartet of international superstars – Daniel Alfredsson, Rob Blake, Jere Lehtinen and Chris Chelios, who will have their numerous achievements, both professionally and internationally, recognized in Denmark this May.
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Mikael Tellqvist Announces Retirement From Djurgårdens

Swedish goalie Mikael Tellqvist, a mainstay in goal for Tre Kronor for nearly two decades, today announced his retirement from Djurgårdens IF, capping a 20 year career with stints in Sweden, Canada, Finland, Russia, Latvia and the United States.
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Mark Streit Retires From Pro Hockey At Age 39

Mark Streit, a pioneer of Swiss hockey in North America, today announced his retirement from pro hockey after terminating a short-term contract with the Montreal Canadiens, ending an illustrious 22-year pro career as the all-time leading Swiss NHL scorer, and the first Swiss skater to win the Stanley Cup.
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Shane Doan Announces Retirement From Coyotes Organization

Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan, a mainstay of the organization for over 20 years since their days in Winnipeg, today announced his retirement after being released from the team, putting an end to his historic 21-year career in the league.
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Ukranian Players Caught Up In Division IA Bribery Scandal

A bribery scandal has struck the hockey world, with news coming from Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that two Ukranian players were caught accepting bribes to throw the 2017 World Championship Division IA, which clinched Korea their first promotion in history to the 2018 World Championships, putting the legitimacy of their win, along with Korea’s future, in potential doubt.
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Ján Lašák Announces Retirement From Bílí Tygři Liberec

Netminder Ján Lašák, a mainstay in the net for Slovakia for nearly two decades, announced his retirement from pro hockey, instead opting to help overhaul a Slovak Hockey Association heading in a new direction under the leadership of former teammate and national team GM Miroslav Šatan.
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2018 World Championships Schedule Released

The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2018 World Championships in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against Belarus, while hosts Denmark open the tournament against Germany on opening day.
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