With both the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association today ratifying both their return to play proposal to complete the 2019-20 NHL season, as well as extend their latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, one major clause of the plan is the return of NHL players to the Winter Olympics, marking the return of the world’s top professional players for the first time since 2014, pending IOC and IIHF approval.
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 Day, we feature Canada’s record 24th World Championship Gold Medal, which they captured over Finland in 2007.
Here’s an incredible bit of trivia: By winning the 2007 IIHF World Championship, Canada earned its 24th gold medal, more than any other nation. Canada’s seven Olympic gold medals are also tops (tied with the Soviet Union).
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Despite tournaments being cancelled left and right due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, USA Hockey has confirmed that they plan on hosting the 2020 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan this summer, although Hockey Canada has already confirmed they will not be attending.
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.
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.
After multiple attempts to resuscitate the 2020 Gagarin Cup playoffs, today the Kontinental Hockey League announced that they would suspend the remainder of their season due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, with no Gagarin Cup winner to be crowned in 2020.
00:37 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Pulkkinen
05:43 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Nättinen (Koivisto)
06:54 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Junttila (Vittasmäki, Karjalainen)
10:15 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Svetlakov, tripping
17:35 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Pulkkinen, tripping
The IIHF has announced the Hall Of Fame Class of 2020, to be inducted at May’s World Championships in Zürich, Switzerland, with two native Swiss players highlighting the class, as the IIHF will induct Ryan Smyth, Alexei Yashin, Kimmo Timonen and countrymen Mark Streit and Mathias Seger to the Hall.
Canada defeated the team that beat it last year at the U20, and now it will face the team that handed it its worst loss in U20 history, a 6-0 pasting just last week. Will vengeance be theirs, or will Russia continue its roll this year?