Today marks the anniversary of the tragic air disaster of Yak Service Flight 9633 on September 7, 2011, that crashed near Yaroslavl, Russia, and killed the entire roster and staff of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, and all but one of the flight crew members, when a pilot error caused the aircraft to fail its takeoff, running off the runway and crashing into a tower mast.
IIHF president Rene Fasel declared the crash as “the darkest day in the history of our sport,” as fans from across the world, and in particular Russia and the eight other nations represented by team players and staff, mourned for the shocking and tragic loss. On this sad anniversary, the IHLC commemorates this deep loss, and remember those who perished in the accident. Continue reading →
The schedule for the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Espoo, Finland, which for the first time in history sees the field of contenders expand to ten, welcoming both Japan and France into the fold. Continue reading →
The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against the Czechs, while hosts Slovakia open the tournament against the United States. Continue reading →
Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita, who revolutionized both the way hockey was played and how European players entered the professional North American ranks, passed away today at the age of 78. Continue reading →
Ty Dellandrea and Jack Studnicka had a goal and an assist apiece, and Canada opened up a four-goal lead in the second period before hanging on for a 6-5 win over the United States in the finale for both teams Saturday at the Sport Chek World Junior Showcase. Continue reading →
Alex Formenton capped a wild final minute of the second period with the game-winning goal, sending Canada to a 4-1 win over Sweden on Friday night at the Sport Chek World Junior Showcase. Continue reading →
The schedule for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia has been released, with host nations and defending champions Canada opening the tournament on Boxing Day against Denmark, and facing Russia in their New Year’s tilt to end the group round. Continue reading →
Antoine Morand set up Maxime Comtois for the winner in the final minute of overtime, giving Canada a 4-3 extra-time victory over Finland on Thursday night at the Sport Chek World Junior Showcase. Continue reading →
Canadian power forward Jarome Iginla, who racked up a great number of personal awards and was revered as a powerful leader on the ice, today formally retired as a Calgary Flame, spending 16 of his 20 pro seasons in Calgary. Continue reading →
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 feature the long-awaited first American Gold Medal in World Junior Championship history, won on the back of a two-goal Patrick O’Sullivan performance at the 2004 final in Helsinki.
With their eleventh World Junior Championship Gold Medal just twenty minutes away, a 3-1 lead destined to end a six-year Gold drought, Team Canada seemed to be free and clear to return home with Gold in tow, helmed by future stars Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter and Marc-André Fleury.
But a cataclysmic twenty minutes, highlighted by a brutal own-goal given up by Fleury, turned elation into devastation in Helsinki, and allowed the United States to capture their first ever World Championship title, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process. Continue reading →