🇨🇦 Canada’s Boycott: 1970-77

With the now-cancelled 2020 World Championships set to have begun today in Switzerland, TheIHLC.com will instead highlight the last time there was a major lack of competition in the century-plus lineage of the IHLC – Canada’s international hockey boycott from 1970-77, and how the IHLC could have looked if just one fateful game in 1970 went another way.

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On 04 January 1970, the creator of modern ice hockey and the most dominant team in the game up to that point, Canada, shocked the hockey world when it announced that effective immediately, it was withdrawing from all international competition, including the World Championships, Olympic Games and other exhibition games or tournaments.
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Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2019


The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2019 on 15 November, with the most decorated women’s player in history, the first Iron Curtain star to defect to the west, and a pair of multiple Stanley Cup champions, who between them hold a number of International Hockey Lineal Championships, all to join the ranks of the Hall in Toronto.
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🇨🇿 Luděk Bukač: 1935-2019


Just days after the death of Ján Starší, who built the Czechoslovak national team into a dominant force in the 1970’s, the man who helped carry the Czechoslovakian team through the 1980’s and Czech team in the 1990’s has also passed away, as Luděk Bukač today died at the age of 83.
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🇨🇿 Martin Ručinský Retires After 27 Pro Seasons

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After nearly thirty years in professional hockey, journeying through clubs across North America and Europe, Czech mainstay winger Martin Ručinský has announced his retirement at the age of 44, ending his career with three World Championships and one Olympic title.
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🇨🇿 Růžička Resigns From Czech National Team Amidst Scandal

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Embroiled in a scandal over allegedly bribing parents of players to join his pro squad that he both co-owns and coaches, Vladimír Růžička, the star Czech forward turned coach, has stepped down both from his club, HC Slavia Praha, as well as from the Czech national side.
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🇨🇿 Jágr Retires From Czech National Team…Again

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After a disappointing fourth place finish in front of their home crowd, Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr, named tournament MVP of the 2015 World Championships, has said for the second straight season that he is done with the Czech national team.
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