IHLC Classics: Bondra’s “Zlatý Gól”

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 Slovakian Constitution Day, we feature Slovakia’s historic first World Championship Gold Medal from 2002, a stunning upset over Russia less than a decade after gaining independence.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Scandinavium, Gothenburg sweden-11
Saturday, May 11, 2002

When Czechoslovakia split into Czechia and Slovakia on January 1, 1993, the IIHF decided that the team lineage would continue with the Czechs, meaning that while the Czechs could continue in the Top Division and retain their spot at the 1994 Olympics, the Slovaks would be forced to start from the bottom, joining Pool C of the World Championship in 1993.

It should have taken a generation for Slovakia to reach the top, to rejoin the ranks of the best teams in the world and establish a championship program. But, quick to buck expectations, Slovakia was already competing for Gold by 2000, and in 2002, they would upset the Russian Goliath in Gothenburg to win their first World Championship and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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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 Results – Sweden 3-2 Switzerland (SO) – May 20, 2018


 Sweden 3-2 Switzerland  (SO)
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Royal Arena, Copenhagen 
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Filip Forsberg’s shootout goal lifted Sweden to a 3-2 win over Switzerland and a second straight IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship gold medal in Copenhagen on Sunday.
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IHLC Results – Olympic Athletes From Russia 4-3 Germany (OT) – Feb. 25, 2018


 Olympic Athletes From Russia 4-3 Germany  (OT)
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung 
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Kirill Kaprizov’s overtime goal gave the OAR team a thrilling 4-3 gold-medal win over underdog Germany. It’s the first Russian Olympic gold since 1992.
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IHLC Results – United States 3-2 Canada (SO) – Feb. 22, 2018


 United States 3-2 Canada  (SO)
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung 
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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.
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IHLC Classics: Canada’s Olympic Revenge

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.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Thursday, February 21, 2002

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.
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IHLC Classics: Gold For A Team With No Name

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.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
Patinoire de Méribel, Méribel france-11
Sunday, February 23, 1992

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.
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IHLC Classics: Unelmafinaali

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, to commemorate Finland’s centennial as a nation, we look back on just the second World Championship for the Leijonat in history, their 2011 triumph over rival Sweden, considered by Finns to be the “unelmafinaali” – the dream final.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Orange Aréna, Bratislava slovakia-11
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Finland captured just their second ever World Championship Gold Medal in dominant fashion against their cross-border rivals Sweden, crushing Tre Kronor 6-1 on goals from six different scorers to win their first Gold since 1995, and unify Gold with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 5-1 Canada – Nov. 12, 2017


 United States
 5-1 Canada 
Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game
Amalie Arena, Tampa 
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hannah Brandt scored twice as the U.S. Women’s National Team topped Canada, 5-1, here today in Tampa, Florida, to win the 2017 Four Nations Cup.
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