IHLC 2016 In Review – Men’s

The International Hockey Lineal Championship doubled up on champions in 2016, with six different nations taking hold of the IHLC over a span of 23 games, leaving an unlikely country the incumbent champion heading into 2017.
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Team Europe Advances To World Cup Final, Ends IHLC Defence

While the notion of the Team Europe and North America squads at the 2016 World Cup Of Hockey were seen as gimmicky by many, they have served as not only a pleasant surprise to fans around the world, but as now one of the top two teams in international hockey.
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IHLC Results – Canada 5-3 Russia – Sep. 24, 2016

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World Cup Of Hockey Semifinal
Air Canada Centre, Toronto canada1965-11
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Canada avoided a mid-game scare from a determined Russian squad, roaring back with three third-period goals to remain undefeated and advance to the World Cup Of Hockey finals with a 5-3 semifinal win, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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IHLC Results – Canada 4-2 United States – Sep. 20, 2016

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World Cup Of Hockey Group Round
Air Canada Centre, Toronto canada1965-11
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Team Canada throttled an inept-looking American squad in their World Cup group match, outmatching Team USA’s grit and physicality with finesse and speed to take the rubber match between the squads 4-2, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in front of a raucous home crowd in Toronto.
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IHLC Results – Canada 6-0 Czechia – Sep. 17, 2016

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World Cup Of Hockey Group Round
Air Canada Centre, Toronto canada1965-11
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Canada opened their World Cup (and International Hockey Lineal Championship) defense with a strong message to the World Cup field, laying a 6-0 smack down on a hapless Czech squad to open play in Group A.
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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

Centre Molson, Montréal canada1965-11
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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Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces 2016 Class

The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2016 on November 14, with Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogatien Vachon and Pat Quinn getting the call, bringing their professional and international accolades (along with their International Hockey Lineal Championship reigns) to the famed Hall in Toronto.
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Vincent Lecavalier Formally Announces Retirement From Kings

Making good on his announcement at the start of the 2015-16 NHL season, Vincent Lecavalier today announced his retirement from professional hockey, his 17 year NHL career concluding with the Los Angeles Kings’ first round playoff exit.
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