World Championship Sets Fields For 2016 Worlds, 2018 Olympics

With the dust settled over Prague, and Canada returning to North America with World Championship Gold in tow, we can not only look back on a tremendous (and record-breaking) 2015 tournament, but to future tournaments in men’s hockey, particularly next year’s Worlds and the 2018 Olympics.
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First Nine Nations Qualified For 2018 Olympic Men’s Tournament

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Following Belarus’ failure to finish in the top four at the 2015 World Championships, Slovakia scooped up the ninth and final automatic qualification spot for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea, joining defending champions Canada, Finland, Sweden, Russia, the United States, Czechia, Switzerland and the host nation Korea.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 9-0 Belarus 🇧🇾 – 14 May 2015

🇨🇦 Canada 9-0 Belarus 🇧🇾
World Championship Quarterfinal
O2 arena, Prague 🇨🇿
Thursday, 14 May 2015

It wasn’t one thing. It was everything. Relentless puck pressure. Dominant puck movement. Tenacious defence. Finish around the goal. Tyler Seguin hat trick.

In all, 13 players recorded points in the game. To go along with Seguin’s three goals, defenceman Brent Burns had two goals and two assists and forward Ryan O’Reilly had two goals and one helper.
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IHLC Preview – 2015 World Championship

With virtually every professional and international competition (besides the NHL playoffs) complete, the world’s best will assemble in Czechia for the 79th IIHF World Championship, looking to assert their hockey supremacy and punch their ticket to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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🇧🇾 Belarusian Goaltending Legend Andrei Mezin Retires

Only a week after highlighting the “Miracle At Salt Lake” victory, the goaltender that backstopped Belarus for that and another 15 international tournaments (Olympics and World Championships, only bested for a goaltender by the legendary Vladislav Tretyak), Andrei Mezin, today announced his retirement at the age of 40.
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🇧🇾 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: Miracle At Salt Lake

From time to time, will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, we take a look at one of the biggest upsets in Olympic hockey history, the “Miracle at Salt Lake.”

🇧🇾 Belarus 4-3 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Quarterfinal

E Center, West Valley City 🇺🇸
Wednesday, 20 February 2002

The 2002 Olympics were rounding into shape quite nicely during the Final Round. Germany and Belarus, the two weakest teams which had advanced from the Preliminary Round, finished in fourth and last place of their respective groups, and the world’s top six nations had each played three games to get to know each other.
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A Note On Cyrillic Spelling

When this site launched, as more and more boxscores (which now number over 700 on this site, and is continually growing) were added, a noticeable trend was noticed among scores featuring teams from the Soviet Union, and the states formed in the former’s dispersal after 1991, such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus. As the sources would vary for where the boxscore information was coming from, so to were different variations and spellings of names from one game to the next: Aleksander to Alexander, Myshkin or Mishkin, Valeri, Valery or Valeriy, and so on.
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🇪🇺 2016 World Cup “Euro All-Stars”: What If?

Amid reports of a European “All-Star” team making up a seventh team at the 2016 World Cup Of Hockey, which would be comprised of players from nations not already fielding full teams (Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czechia), much speculation has already begun about what that potential team would look like. Matt Larkin of The Hockey News took the speculation a step further, setting a full projected roster for 2016, which brings up a very unique and interesting looking squad.
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2015 World Championship Schedule Released

The IIHF has released a new microsite for the 2015 World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czechia,, and with it released the full schedule for the World Championship in May. Russia opens its World Championship Gold defence against Norway in Ostrava on opening night, with the hopes this game will also be for the International Hockey Lineal Championship as well.

With the IHLC now on the Euro Hockey Tour, pending a change during a Euro Hockey Challenge or Exhibition game, the title will either enter the Worlds in the possession of Russia, Finland (who faces the United States on 1 May in Ostrava), or either Sweden or the Czechs, who face each other in Prague on opening night.
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2015 World Championship Groups Announced

O2 Arena, Prague - Steve Coleman
Some more details on the 2015 Worlds in Prague and Ostrava have been released – the all-important groupings! The teams break down as follows (current IIHF rankings in parentheses):
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IHLC Team Profiles – 🇧🇾 Belarus (Men’s)

🇧🇾 BELARUS (BLR) Men’s National Ice Hockey Team
6 wins, 5 reigns, 6 games with IHLC – ranked 13th
IHLC last held 17 December 2016

Belarus entered the world stage in 1992, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, needing five years to reach the Top Division of the World Championship. Six years following their creation, they first competed for the IHLC at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. The Bisons would win only their second ever IHLC game in one of the biggest international hockey upsets in history, knocking Sweden from the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Since then, Belarus has won the IHLC a handful of times, and hosted their first major tournament with the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk.
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IHLC Team Profiles – 🇧🇾 Belarus (Junior)

🇧🇾 BELARUS (BLR) Men’s Junior National Ice Hockey Team
1 win, 1 reign, 1 game with IHLC – ranked 9th
IHLC last held 02 January 2005

Belarus quickly joined the ranks of the Top Division at the World Junior Championship soon after their formation as an independent nation, making the top ranks for the first time in 2001. They have largely alternated between the Top Division and Division IA in recent years, but have racked up surprising wins over the likes of the United States, Finland and Germany over the years.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇭 Switzerland 4-1 Belarus 🇧🇾 – 14 May 2013

🇨🇭 Switzerland 4-1 Belarus 🇧🇾
World Championship Preliminary Round
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm 🇸🇪
Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Matthias Bieber had a goal and assist in a three-goal third period to lead Switzerland to an historic 4-1 win over Belarus.
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IHLC Results – 🇸🇰 Slovakia 5-1 Belarus 🇧🇾 – 12 May 2012

🇸🇰 Slovakia 5-1 Belarus 🇧🇾
World Championship Preliminary Round
Hartwall Areena, Helsinki 🇫🇮
Saturday, 12 May 2012

Boom. Slovakia’s goal scoring exploded in the second period as the team scored four goals in three minutes and 40 seconds en route to a 5-1 win over Belarus.
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IHLC Results – 🇸🇪 Sweden 2-1 Belarus 🇧🇾 (SO) – 11 Apr 2012

🇸🇪 Sweden 2-1 Belarus 🇧🇾 (SO)
Euro Hockey Challenge
Minsk-Arena, Minsk 🇧🇾
Wednesday, 11 April 2012

1st Period
00:51 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Gunnarsson, slashing
03:33 – 🇧🇾 PEN – Drozd, hooking
06:12 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Figren, tripping
07:33 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Ahnelöv, roughing
12:16 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Dahlbeck, high sticking
13:18 – 🇧🇾 PEN – Kovyrshin, hooking
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IHLC Results – 🇸🇪 Sweden 4-3 Belarus 🇧🇾 (SO) – 10 Apr 2012

🇸🇪 Sweden 4-3 Belarus 🇧🇾 (SO)
Euro Hockey Challenge
Minsk-Arena, Minsk 🇧🇾
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

1st Period
03:07 – 🇧🇾 PEN – Kitarov, hooking
04:08 – 🇸🇪 PP GOAL – Gunnarsson (Fernholm, Pettersson)
05:48 – 🇧🇾 GOAL – Kulakov (Mikhalyov, Kitarov)
06:09 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Fernholm, interference
10:13 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Figren (Enterfeldt)
12:27 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Persson, high sticking
16:00 – 🇧🇾 GOAL – Stas (Korobov)
17:59 – 🇧🇾 PEN – Kitarov, tripping
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇭 Switzerland 4-1 Belarus 🇧🇾 – 01 May 2011

🇨🇭 Switzerland 4-1 Belarus 🇧🇾
World Championship Preliminary Round
Steel Aréna, Košice 🇸🇰
Sunday, 01 May 2011

Ryan Gardner had two goals and an assist, and linemate Ivo Rüthemann had a goal and two assists to lead Switzerland to a 4-1 win over Belarus at the Steel Arena. The win gives Switzerland five points in the Group B standings and assures the team a spot in the Qualification Round.

Canada remains on top with six points, and France has a single point from its two games. Belarus is winless in two games.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 3-2 Belarus 🇧🇾 – 09 Apr 2011

🇨🇿 Czechia 3-2 Belarus 🇧🇾
Euro Hockey Challenge
Babruysk Arena, Babruysk 🇧🇾
Saturday, 09 April 2011

1st Period
05:02 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Škoula, hooking
05:38 – 🇧🇾 PP GOAL – Stasenko (Stepanov, Kostyuchenok)
13:21 – 🇧🇾 PEN – Kovyrshin, hooking
14:15 – 🇨🇿 PP GOAL – Škoula (Červenka, Kvapil)
15:14 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Rachůnek, delay of game
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