IIHF Top 100 Stories

In advance of the 2008 IIHF World Championship 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
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 4-3 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 22 Feb 1980 โ€“ OG โ€“ Lake Placid ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

02. “Henderson has scored for Canada!”
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 6-5ย URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 28 Sep 1972 โ€“ SS โ€“ Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

03. Soviets shock Canada in Summit Series opener
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 7-3 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 02 Sep 1972 โ€“ SS โ€“ Montrรฉal ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

04. Soviets hammer Canada, win Gold at their first Worlds
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URSย 7-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 07 Mar 1954 โ€“ WC โ€“ Stockholm ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

05. 1972 โ€“ Soviet streak of nine straight World Golds ends

06. First Canada Cup opens up the hockey world
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 11-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 02 Sep 1976 โ€“ CC โ€“ Ottawa ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

07. NHL takes break and releases players for 1998 Olympics

08. Swedenโ€™s unique double, Olympics & Worlds
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 3-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 26 Feb 2006 โ€“ OG โ€“ Turin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย ๐Ÿ…
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 4-0 CZE ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ โ€“ 21 May 2006 โ€“ WC โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปย ๐Ÿ…

09. Mighty Soviets beat hosts 8-1 to win Canada Cup
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 8-1 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 13 Sep 1981 โ€“ CC โ€“ Montrรฉal ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…

10. Czechia wins first โ€œopenโ€ Olympics
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ CZE 1-0 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 22 Feb 1998 โ€“ OG โ€“ Nagano ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตย ๐Ÿ…

11. Canada wins Olympic Gold for first time in 50 years
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 5-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 24 Feb 2002 โ€“ OG โ€“ West Valley City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย ๐Ÿ…

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

14. โ€œFoppaโ€ โ€“ The goal, the Gold, the stamp
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 3-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (SO) โ€“ 27 Feb 1994 โ€“ OG โ€“ Lillehammer ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดย ๐Ÿ…

15. Great Britain wins Olympic Gold
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย GBR 2-1 CANย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย โ€“ 11 Feb 1936 โ€“ OG โ€“ Garmisch-Partenkirchenย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

16. USA’s original but unheralded “Miracle on Ice”
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 3-2 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 27 Feb 1960 โ€“ OG โ€“ Olympic Valley ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

17. Protesting amateur rules, Canada leaves international hockey

18. Two games Czechoslovakia simply couldnโ€™t lose
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ TCH 4-3 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 28 Mar 1969 โ€“ WC โ€“ Stockholm ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

19. IIHF allows body checking in all three zones

20. Canada Cup ’87 โ€“ #99 and #66 perform pure magic
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 6-5 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 15 Sep 1987 โ€“ CC โ€“ Hamilton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…

21. Ice Hockey debuts at the Olympics

22. Peter Bondraโ€™s bomb is Slovakia’s biggest thing since independence
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ SVK 4-3 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 11 May 2002 โ€“ WC โ€“ Gothenburg ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ…

23. Montrรฉal and CSKA play an epic 3-3 game on New Yearโ€™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
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 2-0 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 04 Feb 1956 โ€“ OG โ€“ Cortina dโ€™Ampezzo ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

26. “Tupu, Hupu & Lupu” take Finland to the top of the World
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ FIN 4-1 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 07 May 1995 โ€“ WC โ€“ Stockholm ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ…

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

28. Vladimir Kopat bounces Sweden from the 2002 Olympics
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ BLR 4-3 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 20 Feb 2002 โ€“ OG โ€“ West Valley City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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

32. Mats Sundinโ€™s marvellous goal ends Soviet Unionโ€™s hockey era
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 2-1 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 04 May 1991 โ€“ WC โ€“ Turku ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

33. Women enter Olympics โ€“ USA hands Canada first loss
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 3-1 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 17 Feb 1998 โ€“ OG โ€“ Nagano ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตย ๐Ÿ…

34. The Pieลกลฅany fiasco โ€“ Soviet Union and Canada disqualified
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN void URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 04 Jan 1987 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Pieลกลฅany ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

35. Swedish “Mirakel” bumps USA from Gold medal game
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 3-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (SO) โ€“ 17 Feb 2006 โ€“ OG โ€“ Turin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

36. Soviets embarrass NHL All Stars to win Challenge Cup

37. Given no options, goaltending icon Vladislav Tretyak retires at 32
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ TCHย 7-2 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 12 Apr 1984 โ€“ SC โ€“ Karlstad ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

38. USA wins 1996 World Cup of Hockey
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 5-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 14 Sep 1996 โ€“ WCH โ€“ Montrรฉal ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…

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

41. Anson Carterโ€™s โ€œvideo goalโ€ โ€“ the most dramatic Worlds finale ever
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-2 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช (OT) โ€“ 11 May 2003 โ€“ WC โ€“ Helsinki ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย ๐Ÿ…

42. Breakup of old Europe creates a new hockey world

43. Mike Bossyโ€™s OT goal in Canada Cup ends Sovietโ€™s 4-year streak
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-2 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ (OT) โ€“ 13 Sep 1984 โ€“ CC โ€“ Calgary ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

44. Amid turmoil, Sweden wins first Gold after 25 years
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 2-2 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 01 May 1987 โ€“ WC โ€“ Vienna ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

45. Canada wins first World Championship in 33 years
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 2-1 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ (SO) โ€“ 08 May 1994 โ€“ WC โ€“ Assago ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย ๐Ÿ…

46. Hockey escape of the century โ€“ ล ลฅastnรฝs land in Quรฉbec

47. IIHF starts the World Women’s Championship
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 15-1 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 19 Mar 1990 โ€“ WC โ€“ Ottawa ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

48.ย Czechoslovakian team jailed for treason โ€“ 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. USAโ€™s women stop Canadaโ€™s quest for a nine-in-a-row
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 1-0 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (SO) โ€“ 09 Apr 2005 โ€“ WC โ€“ Linkรถping ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ…

53. Harry Watson scores at will in Olympics
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 30-0 TCH ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ โ€“ 28 Jan 1924 โ€“ OG โ€“ Chamonix ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 22-0 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 29 Jan 1924 โ€“ OG โ€“ Chamonix ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 33-0 SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 30 Jan 1924 โ€“ OG โ€“ Chamonix ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 19-2 GBR ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง โ€“ 01 Feb 1924 โ€“ OG โ€“ Chamonix ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 6-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 03 Feb 1924 โ€“ OG โ€“ Chamonix ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

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 Kronorโ€™s win over Canada becomes sports lore in Sweden
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 5-3 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 13 Mar 1962 โ€“ WC โ€“ Colorado Springs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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

59. Team with no name wins Olympic Gold
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ EUNย 3-1 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 23 Feb 1992 โ€“ OG โ€“ Mรฉribel ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย ๐Ÿ…

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

62. Sovietsโ€™ revenge for Lake Placid โ€“ 13-1 over Sweden
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 13-1 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 24 Apr 1981 โ€“ WC โ€“ Gothenburg ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

63. Alexander Mogilny becomes the first Soviet NHL defector

64. David Moravecโ€™s OT winner cements Czech dominance
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ CZE 3-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ (OT) โ€“ 13 May 2001 โ€“ WC โ€“ Hanover ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ…

65. Igor Larionov openly revolts against coach, system

66. Trail Smoke Eaters’ Gold ends hockey’s amateur era
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 5-1 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 12 Mar 1961 โ€“ WC โ€“ Geneva ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

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

69. Andy Murray wins third Gold medal, joins the legends
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 13 May 2007 โ€“ WC โ€“ Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย ๐Ÿ…

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

71. Worlds final in front of 50,000 fans at soccer stadium
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 4-4 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 05 Mar 1957 โ€“ WC โ€“ Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

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
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย SWE 5-4 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 20 May 2006 โ€“ WC โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป

75. Peter ล ลฅastnรฝ, 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
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ CZE 5-3 SVK ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 14 May 2000 โ€“ WC โ€“ Saint Petersburg ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย ๐Ÿ…

78. USA wins its first and so far only Worlds
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 2-1 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (OT) โ€“ 26 Feb 1933 โ€“ WC โ€“ Prague ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย ๐Ÿ…

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
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ TCH 5-4 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 15 Feb 1968 โ€“ OG โ€“ Grenoble ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

82. United States sends two teams to 1948 Olympics
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ SUI 5-4 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 30 Jan 1948 โ€“ OG โ€“ St. Moritz ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

83. Nancy Drolet – first woman to score two OT goals for Gold
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-3 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (OT) โ€“ 06 Apr 1997 โ€“ WC โ€“ Kitchener ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (OT) โ€“ 09 Apr 2000 โ€“ WC โ€“ Mississauga ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…

84. A Swiss village sees the dawn of international hockey
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GBR 1-0 GER ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 10 Jan 1910 โ€“ EC โ€“ Les Avants ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

85. Wimbledon. World Championship. Drobnรฝ 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
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 5-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 10 May 1992 โ€“ WC โ€“ Prague ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย ๐Ÿ…

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
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 5-0 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 06 Mar 1955 โ€“ WC โ€“ Krefeld ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

95. 1988 Olympic Silver โ€“ 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
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 2-0 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 04 Feb 1956 โ€“ OG โ€“ Cortina dโ€™Ampezzo ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

99. Connie Broden’s feat will see no repeat
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-2 URS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 09 Mar 1958 โ€“ WC โ€“ Oslo ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

100. Toews scores three shootout goals in one game!
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 2-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (SO) โ€“ 03 Jan 2007 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช