Germany has defeated Canada for the first time in Olympic hockey history after suffering 15 straight losses dating back to 1932 (including East and West).
After 80 minutes of end-to-end action, the women’s Olympic gold medal was decided by a shootout. And even that went to overtime before the U.S. won, 3-2.
Following a similar mandate made for the IIHF Women’s World Championships last year, the IIHF today confirmed that the 2022 Olympic women’s tournament in Beijing, China, will expand to ten teams, in order to accommodate both the host country and a new contender in an ever-increasing talent pool in international women’s hockey.
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 the upcoming Olympics, we feature the first of Canada’s four consecutive Gold Medal victories, the thrilling showdown against the United States at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
History seemed as if it were all but on the American women’s side to repeat as Olympic champions in Salt Lake City – on home ice, no less. They had stunned Canada in the 1998 Olympic final to win women’s hockey’s first gold, and defeated Canada in eight straight exhibition lead-up games to the Olympics.
But the Canadian women’s squad was looking to make some history of their own, and they exacted their revenge for Nagano by stunning the Americans at home to win both Olympic Gold and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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 the upcoming Olympics, and in light of Russia playing under the Olympic flag, we look back on the last Russian team to play under the same flag at the 1992 Albertville Games.
Playing under the Olympic flag, covering up the ever-familiar “CCCP” icon on their jerseys, a country with no name made history in Albertville.
Although the IIHF would later declare that the team who defeated Canada to win Gold was in fact, Russia, at the Méribel Ice Palace, it was a team playing as the “Unified Team” who captured the 1992 hockey Gold, and retained the International Hockey Lineal Championship.