🇨🇦 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.

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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🇷🇺 🇫🇮 🇰🇿 KHL Suspends 2019-20 Season, Gagarin Cup Playoffs

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.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 3-1 Finland 🇫🇮 – 08 Feb 2020

🇨🇿 Czechia 3-1 Finland 🇫🇮
Beijer Hockey Games
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm 🇸🇪
Saturday, 08 February 2020

1st Period
02:55 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Klok, high sticking
03:53 – 🇨🇿 SH GOAL – Horák
10:00 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Karjalainen (Junttila, Salo)
14:46 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Seppälä, holding
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IHLC Results – 🇫🇮 Finland 3-0 Russia 🇷🇺 – 06 Feb 2020

🇫🇮 Finland 3-0 Russia 🇷🇺
Beijer Hockey Games
Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki 🇫🇮
Thursday, 06 February 2020

1st Period
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
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IIHF Hall Of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees

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.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 5-0 Finland 🇫🇮 – 04 Jan 2020

🇨🇦 Canada 5-0 Finland 🇫🇮
World Junior Championship Semifinal
Ostravar Aréna, Ostrava 🇨🇿
Saturday, 04 January 2020

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?
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IHLC Results – 🇫🇮 Finland 1-0 United States 🇺🇸 – 02 Jan 2020

🇫🇮 Finland 1-0 United States 🇺🇸
World Junior Championship Quarterfinal
Werk Arena, Třinec 🇨🇿
Thursday, 02 January 2020

The defending champs are still rolling. Joonas Oden scored in the third period to give Finland a 1-0 win over the U.S. and a berth in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship semi-finals.
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IHLC 2019 In Review – Junior

The International Hockey Lineal Championship saw seven different champions hold the belt over the course of 21 games in 2019, including the end of the 2019 World Juniors and the start of the subsequent 2020 tournament.
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IHLC 2019 In Review – Men’s

The International Hockey Lineal Championship this year stayed within the confines of the Euro Hockey Tour, with only Russia, Czechia, Sweden and Finland holding the title over the course of 28 games throughout 2019.
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