IHLC 2021 In Review – Junior


Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Hockey Lineal Championship only saw seven games of competition this year on the junior side, nearly a year apart, all in Edmonton, and cut short thanks to the outright cancellation of the 2022 World Junior Championship thanks to the Omicron variant.
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Remainder Of 2022 World Junior Championship Cancelled


After the third game in two days needed to be cancelled due to positive cases on an individual team, today the IIHF announced that the remainder of the 2022 World Junior Championships in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, Canada would be cancelled.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 1-0 Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ (FF) โ€“ 29 Dec 2021


๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 1-0 Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ (FF)
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Due to a mandated team quarantine following a positive test result of one of its players, Team Czechia will be unable to participate in its 29 December preliminary round game against Finland at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 7-1 Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น โ€“ 27 Dec 2021


๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 7-1 Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Monday, 27 December 2021

Just another day at the office for the boys in blue and white. Finland stayed perfect in Group A with a 7-1 dismantling of underdog Austria on Monday at Rogers Place.
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IIHF Confirms No Relegation From 2022 World Junior Championship


After a degree of uncertainty surrounding how the IIHF would handle the 2023 World Junior Championships after the bottom two division tournaments set to take place in January 2022 were cancelled due to COVID-19, today they announced no teams in the ongoing Top Division would be relegated in 2022.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 3-1 Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 26 Dec 2021


๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 3-1 Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sunday, 26 December 2021

At long last, the excitement of the IIHF World Junior Championship is back. Finland kicked off the 2022 tournament in Edmonton with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Germany on Sunday.
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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ IIHF Cancels January 2022 Tournaments, Including Junior Division IIB & III


Thanks to the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant across the globe, the IIHF today announced that all tournaments set to begin in January 2022 will be cancelled, including the entire Under-18 Women’s World Championship, and the two bottom Divisions in the World Junior Championship.
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IHLC Preview – 2022 World Junior Championship


After COVID-19 forced the 2021 World Junior Championship into a bubble, the tournament returns to Alberta, Canada for 2022, with Edmonton and Red Deer hosting the world’s top under-20 hockey teams in front of fans for the first time since January 2020, just before the world changed forever.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippe Furrer Announces Retirement From Hockey At 36


Just short of the NLA’s holiday and Olympic breaks, veteran Swiss defender Philippe Furrer today announced his retirement from hockey, leaving HC Fribourg-Gottรฉron at the age of 36.
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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus Promoted To World Junior Top Division In 2023


After a one-year stasis of the same ten teams in the World Junior Championship Top Division thanks to COVID-19, today Belarus punched their ticket to Russia in 2023 by emerging victorious atop Division IA in Denmark, going a perfect 5-0 in the tournament and sealing their victory with a win over Norway.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 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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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 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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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Braydon Coburn Retires From Hockey At Age 36


Bruising Canadian defenceman Braydon Coburn, who spent sixteen NHL seasons with five clubs, amassing nearly 1000 games played and a Stanley Cup ring, today announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 36.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Mariรกn Gรกborรญk Formally Announces Retirement From Pro Hockey


After spending the past three seasons on injured reserve due to a herniated disk, Slovak star forward Mariรกn Gรกborรญk officially announced his retirement from pro hockey at the age of 39.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 2022 World Junior Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship has been released, returning to the originally planned hosts of Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, which was set for the 2021 tournament but instead played in a quarantine bubble only in Edmonton, in front of no fans.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Goaltender Jakub Kovรกล™ Retires At Age 33


Citing health reasons for his early retirement, Czech goaltender Jakub Kovรกล™ 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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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 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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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 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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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 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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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช 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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