IHLC Classics: O’Sullivan Sinks Canada

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.


 United States 4-3 Canada 
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki 
Monday, January 5, 2004

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.
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IHLC Classics: Eberle’s Heroic Hat Trick

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 Canada’s 151st birthday, we feature one of the most thrilling games in World Junior Championship history, the 2009 Semifinal that put Canada on the path to their fifth straight World Junior Gold Medal in Ottawa.


 Canada 6-5 Russia  (SO)
World Junior Championship Semifinal
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa 
Saturday, January 3, 2009

In a battle for the Gold Medal Final more akin to a back-and-forth heavyweight fight, Russia and Canada slugged it out in the latter’s nation’s capital, only emerging victorious due to the last minute and shootout heroics of Jordan Eberle, whose timely goals sent Canada to their eighth straight final and retained them the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2018


The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2018 on November 12, with a pair of Canadian Martins (Brodeur and St-Louis), Alexander Yakushev and Jayna Hefford entering the players wing of the Hall, bringing their professional and international accolades (along with their International Hockey Lineal Championship reigns) to Toronto.
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KHL Closing Ceremony Awards KHL’s Best, IHLC Winners


The KHL formally closed their tenth season tonight in Moscow with their annual Closing Ceremony, awarding the league’s top teams, players and executives for their performance this year, with finalists SKA Saint Petersburg and Ak Bars Kazan drawing in the biggest haul and thirteen IHLC winners taking home trophies.
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Belarus, Korea Republic Relegated From World Championship


An expected team and a very unexpected team both clinched the unwanted spots of relegation to Division IA at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, with Korea Republic clinching the second relegation, after Belarus, with a day still remaining in group play at the tournament in Denmark.
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IHLC Preview – 2018 World Championship


The finish of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on May 4 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with the top sixteen hockey countries in the world meeting to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
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Finland Wins 2018 Euro Hockey Tour & Challenge


For just the second time in history, the same nation has captured both the Euro Hockey Tour and Euro Hockey Challenge titles, with Finland today eking out Sweden to lock up the 2017-18 Tour, becoming the second team after Czechia in 2012 to achieve the double.
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Ken Hitchcock Retires After 30+ Year Coaching Career


Longtime NHL coach Ken Hitchcock, who spent over three decades coaching many of the world’s top players on both the professional and international stage, announced his retirement from coaching the Dallas Stars on Friday, ending his career as the third winningest coach in NHL history (823 wins).
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