IIHF Top 100 Stories

In advance of the 2008 IIHF World Championships that were celebrating the centennial anniversary of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the IIHF unveiled their list of 100 Top Stories Of The Century, highlighting the greatest moments in the first hundred years of international hockey history. Ranging from improbable victories, memorable goals and political controversies, these stories captured most of the famous (and infamous) stories that made up the first century of international hockey – many of which also had the International Hockey Lineal Championship up for grabs.

Considering that many of the Top 100 stories feature events and decisions that largely took place in IIHF boardrooms, not on the ice (such as rule changes, awarding event hosting rights, etc.), political shifts that impacted the game, and other stories about international events in the NHL, World Junior Championships or other non-IHLC venues, this makes the IHLC presence in nearly half of the list all the more impressive. The IIHF Top 100 Stories, with games directly tied to the IHLC highlighted in bold, are as follows:

01. The Miracle on Ice
usa-11 USA 4-3 URS ussr-11 – 02/22/1980 – OG – Lake Placid usa-11

02. “Henderson has scored for Canada!”
canada1965-11 CAN 6-5 URS ussr-11 – 09/28/1972 – SS – Moscow ussr-11

03. Soviets shock Canada in Summit Series opener
ussr-11 URS 7-3 CAN canada1965-11 – 09/02/1972 – SS – Montréal canada1965-11

04. Soviets hammer Canada, win gold at their first Worlds
ussr-11 URS 7-2 CAN canada1921to57-11 – 03/07/1954 – WC – Stockholm sweden-11

05. 1972 – Soviet streak of nine straight World golds ends

06. First Canada Cup opens up the hockey world
canada1965-11 CAN 11-2 FIN finland-11 – 09/02/1976 – CC – Ottawa canada1965-11

07. NHL takes break and releases players for 1998 Olympics

08. Sweden’s unique double, Olympics & Worlds
sweden-11 SWE 3-2 FIN finland-11 – 02/26/2006 – OG – Turin italy-11 goldmedal
sweden-11 SWE 4-0 CZE czech-11 – 05/21/2006 – WC – Rīga latvia-11 goldmedal

09. Mighty Soviets beat hosts 8-1 to win Canada Cup
ussr-11 URS 8-1 CAN canada1965-11 – 09/13/1981 – CC – Montréal canada1965-11 goldmedal

10. Czechia wins first “open” Olympics
czech-11 CZE 1-0 RUS russia-11 – 02/22/1998 – OG – Nagano japan-11 goldmedal

11. Canada wins Olympic gold for first time in 50 years
canada1965-11 CAN 5-2 USA usa-11 – 02/24/2002 – OG – West Valley City usa-11 goldmedal

12. Hašek thwarts all five Canadian gunners in epic shootout
13. After a seven-year absence, Canada returns to the Worlds

14. “Foppa” – The goal, the gold, the stamp
sweden-11 SWE 3-2 CAN canada1965-11 (SO) – 02/27/1994 – OG – Lillehammer norway-11 goldmedal

15. Great Britain wins Olympic gold
britain-11 GBR 0-0 USA usa11-48stars – 02/15/1936 – OG – Garmisch-Partenkirchen germany1933to45-11

16. USA’s original but unheralded “Miracle on Ice”
usa11-49stars USA 3-2 URS ussr-11 – 02/27/1960 – OG – Squaw Valley usa11-49stars

17. Protesting amateur rules, Canada leaves international hockey

18. Two games Czechoslovakia simply couldn’t lose
czech-11 TCH 4-3 URS ussr-11 – 03/28/1969 – WC – Stockholm sweden-11

19. IIHF allows body checking in all three zones

20. Canada Cup ’87 – #99 and #66 perform pure magic
canada1965-11 CAN 6-5 URS ussr-11 – 09/15/1987 – CC – Hamilton canada1965-11 goldmedal

21. Ice Hockey debuts at the Olympics

22. Peter Bondra’s bomb is Slovakia’s biggest thing since independence
slovakia-11 SVK 4-3 RUS russia-11 – 05/11/2002 – WC – Gothenburg sweden-11 goldmedal

23. Montréal and CSKA play an epic 3-3 game on New Year’s Eve
24. IIHF rules spotlighted at 2002 Olympics, later adopted by NHL

25. Soviet Union win its first Olympics, starting a new hockey era
ussr-11 URS 2-0 CAN canada1921to57-11 – 02/04/1956 – OG – Cortina d’Ampezzo italy-11

26. “Tupu, Hupu & Lupu” take Finland to the top of the World
finland-11 FIN 4-1 SWE sweden-11 – 05/07/1995 – WC – Stockholm sweden-11 goldmedal

27. Dropping red-line, allowing two-line pass changes the Game

28. Vladimir Kopat bounces Sweden from the 2002 Olympics
belarus-11 BLR 4-3 SWE sweden-11 – 02/20/2002 – OG – West Valley City usa-11

29. Vienna court decides the 1987 Worlds medal race
30. Börje Salming becomes the first European superstar
31. Zebras told to crack down — once and for all

32. Mats Sundin’s marvellous goal ends Soviet Union’s hockey era
sweden-11 SWE 2-1 URS ussr-11 – 05/04/1991 – WC – Turku finland-11

33. Women enter Olympics – USA hands Canada first loss
usa-11 USA 3-1 CAN canada1965-11 – 02/17/1998 – OG – Nagano japan-11 goldmedal

34. The Piešťany fiasco – Soviet Union and Canada disqualified
canada1965-11 CAN void URS  – 01/04/1987 – WJC – Piešťany 

35. Swedish “Mirakel” bumps USA from gold-medal game
sweden-11 SWE 3-2 USA usa-11 (SO) – 02/17/2006 – OG – Turin italy-11

36. Soviets embarrass NHL All Stars to win Challenge Cup

37. Given no options, goaltending icon Vladislav Tretyak retires at 32
czech-11 TCH 7-2 URS ussr-11 – 04/12/1984 – SC – Karlstad sweden-11

38. USA wins 1996 World Cup of Hockey
usa-11 USA 5-2 CAN canada1965-11 – 09/14/1996 – WCH – Montréal canada1965-11 goldmedal

39. Poland scores shocker in World Championship history
40. Finally, Canada to host the World Championship

41. Anson Carter’s “video goal” – the most dramatic Worlds finale ever
canada1965-11 CAN 3-2 SWE sweden-11 (OT) – 05/11/2003 – WC – Helsinki finland-11 goldmedal

42. Breakup of old Europe creates a new hockey world

43. Mike Bossy’s OT goal in Canada Cup ends Soviet’s 4-year streak
canada1965-11 CAN 3-2 URS ussr-11 (OT) – 09/13/1984 – CC – Calgary canada1965-11

44. Amid turmoil, Sweden wins first gold after 25 years
ussr-11 URS 2-2 SWE sweden-11 – 05/01/1987 – WC – Vienna austria-11

45. Canada wins first World Championship in 33 years
canada1965-11 CAN 2-1 FIN finland-11 (SO) – 05/08/1994 – WC – Assago italy-11 goldmedal

46. Hockey escape of the century – Šťastnýs land in Québec

47. IIHF starts the World Women’s Championship
canada1965-11 CAN 15-1 SWE sweden-11 – 03/19/1990 – WC – Ottawa canada1965-11

48. Czechoslovakian team jailed for treason – generation lost
49. NHL-lockout floods European leagues with 388 players
50. LIHG (precursor to IIHF) formed by four members
51. First non-North Americans win Stanley Cup

52. USA’s women stop Canada’s quest for a nine-in-a-row
usa-11 USA 1-0 CAN canada1965-11 (SO) – 04/09/2005 – WC – Linköping sweden-11 goldmedal

53. Harry Watson scores at will in Olympics
canada1921to57-11 CAN 30-0 TCH czech-11 – 01/28/1924 – OG – Chamonix france-11
canada1921to57-11 CAN 22-0 SWE sweden-11 – 01/29/1924 – OG – Chamonix france-11
canada1921to57-11 CAN 33-0 SUI switzerland-11 – 01/30/1924 – OG – Chamonix france-11
canada1921to57-11 CAN 19-2 GBR britain-11 – 02/01/1924 – OG – Chamonix france-11
canada1921to57-11 CAN 6-1 USA usa11-48stars – 02/03/1924 – OG – Chamonix france-11

54. Vezina Trophy winner Pelle Lindbergh dies in car crash
55. Tretyak first player to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
56. Orr first Canada Cup MVP after playing on one good leg

57. Tre Kronor’s win over Canada becomes sports lore in Sweden
sweden-11 SWE 5-3 CAN canada1957to65-11 – 03/13/1962 – WC – Colorado Springs usa-11

58. Raimo Helminen, 38, dresses for a sixth Olympics

59. Team with no name wins Olympic gold
russia1991to93-11 RUS 3-1 CAN canada1965-11 – 02/23/1992 – OG – Méribel france-11 goldmedal

60. Mats Sundin, the first European number one draft
61. Sweden stages biggest World Championship comeback

62. Soviets’ revenge for Lake Placid – 13-1 over Sweden
ussr-11 URS 13-1 SWE sweden-11 – 04/24/1981 – WC – Gothenburg sweden-11

63. Alexander Mogilny becomes the first Soviet NHL defector

64. David Moravec’s OT winner cements Czech dominance
czech-11 CZE 3-2 FIN finland-11 (OT) – 05/13/2001 – WC – Hanover germany1920to33and49-11 goldmedal

65. Igor Larionov openly revolts against coach, system

66. Trail Smoke Eaters’ gold ends hockey’s amateur era
canada1957to65-11 CAN 5-1 URS ussr-11 – 03/12/1961 – WC – Geneva switzerland-11

67. The perfect game against the best team: CSSR-USSR 7-2
68. Victoria Cup introduced—NHL clubs to face Euro rivals

69. Andy Murray wins third gold medal, joins the legends
canada1965-11 CAN 4-2 FIN finland-11 – 05/13/2007 – WC – Moscow russia-11 goldmedal

70. Swede Ulf Sterner – the first European in the NHL

71. Worlds final in front of 50,000 fans at soccer stadium
ussr-11 URS 4-4 SWE sweden-11 – 03/05/1957 – WC – Moscow ussr-11

72. Reporter reveals that Samuelsson is not a Swede in Nagano
73. Star-studded Russia ends up 11th at home in 2000

74. Only 18, Sidney Crosby wins scoring crown at the 2006 Worlds
sweden-11 SWE 5-4 CAN canada1965-11 – 05/20/2006 – WC – Rīga latvia-11

75. Peter Šťastný, 39, promotes Slovakia to the A-pool
76. Pryakhin becomes the first legal Soviet NHL player

77. Just separated, Czechs and Slovaks meet in 2000 final
czech-11 CZE 5-3 SVK slovakia-11 – 05/14/2000 – WC – Saint Petersburg russia-11 goldmedal

78. USA wins its first and so far only Worlds
usa11-48stars USA 2-1 CAN canada1921to57-11 (OT) – 02/26/1933 – WC – Prague czech-11 goldmedal

79. Scotty Bowman forms NHL’s first-ever “Russian five”
80. WHA recruits Euros, changing the North American game

81. Czechoslovkia snaps Soviets’ six-year unbeaten streak
czech-11 TCH 5-4 URS ussr-11 – 02/15/1968 – OG – Grenoble france-11

82. United States sends two teams to 1948 Olympics
switzerland-11 SUI 5-4 USA usa11-48stars – 01/30/1948 – OG – St. Moritz switzerland-11

83. Nancy Drolet – first woman to score two OT goals for gold
canada1965-11 CAN 4-3 USA usa-11 (OT) – 04/06/1997 – WC – Kitchener canada1965-11 goldmedal
canada1965-11 CAN 3-2 USA usa-11 (OT) – 04/09/2000 – WC – Mississauga canada1965-11 goldmedal

84. A Swiss village sees the dawn of international hockey
britain-11 GBR 1-0 GER germany1905to18-11 – 01/10/1910 – EC – Les Avants switzerland-11

85. Wimbledon. World Championship. Drobný wins both!
86. Wayne Gretzky heads south to play for Los Angeles
87. Paul DiPietro tops his native country at the Olympics
88. Denmark sends USA to relegation round at 2003 Worlds

89. Finally a final game, IIHF adopts a playoff system
sweden-11 SWE 5-2 FIN finland-11 – 05/10/1992 – WC – Prague czech-11 goldmedal

90. Chris Chelios plays in the 2006 Olympics at age 44
91. The IIHF introduces the World U20 Championship
92. U.S. ‘Miracle’ team lights the cauldron 22 years later
93. No more ties; teams earn three points for a win

94. Penticton Vees defeat Soviets to reclaim gold
canada1921to57-11 CAN 5-0 URS ussr-11 – 03/06/1955 – WC – Krefeld germany1920to33and49-11

95. 1988 Olympic silver – Finland is a true hockey power
96. Wickenheiser scores in men’s professional game
97. B Pool Americans win Olympic Silver in 1972

98. Vsevolod Bobrov – a two-sport Olympian
ussr-11 URS 2-0 CAN canada1921to57-11 – 02/04/1956 – OG – Cortina d’Ampezzo italy-11

99. Connie Broden’s feat will see no repeat
canada1957to65-11 CAN 4-2 URS ussr-11 – 03/09/1958 – WC – Oslo norway-11

100. Toews scores three shootout goals in one game!
canada1965-11 CAN 2-1 USA usa-11 (SO) – 01/03/2007 – WJC – Leksand sweden-11

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