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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slovakia-11 Slovakia 4-3 Russia russia-11
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 Results – Sweden 6-3 Russia – Nov. 6, 2016

 Sweden 6-3 Russia 
Four Nations Cup
Frölundaborg Isstadion, Gothenburg 
Sunday, November 6, 2016

BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:20 –  PEN – Alexeyev, holding
06:16 –  PEN – Chebykin, interference
06:29 –  PP GOAL – Andersson (Bernhardt, Pettersson)
06:48 –  GOAL – Shvyryov (Veryayev)
07:44 –  PEN – Brännström, hooking
10:03 –  GOAL – Pettersson (Andersson, Grundström)
16:32 –  PEN – Karlström, high sticking
16:32 –  PEN – Voronkov, roughing
16:32 –  PEN – Ohlsson, roughing
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IHLC Results – Finland 2-1 Russia (SO) – Nov. 4, 2016

 Finland 2-1 Russia  (SO)
Four Nations Cup
Frölundaborg Isstadion, Gothenburg 
Friday, November 4, 2016

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:48 –  PEN – Parikka, hooking
09:57 –  PEN – Salo, high sticking
16:28 –  PEN – Vesalainen, high sticking
19:37 –  PEN – Ruotsalainen, cross checking
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2016 World Cup Exhibition Schedule Released

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The exhibition schedule in advance of the 2016 World Cup in Toronto has been unveiled, with 12 games on tilt the week before the tournament in 10 cities across six nations on two continents.
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Richard Lintner Retires To Begin Broadcasting Career

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After a lengthy career that spanned the NHL, KHL and top leagues in Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and his native Slovakia, Slovak national team mainstay Richard Lintner today announced his retirement from his hometown club Dukla Trenčín, after spending parts of the last season transitioning to a career in broadcasting and marketing.
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IHLC Results – Slovakia 4-3 Russia – May 11, 2002

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slovakia-11 Slovakia 4-3 Russia russia-11
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 Results – Russia 3-2 Finland – May 9, 2002

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World Championship Semifinal
Scandinavium, Gothenburg sweden-11
Thursday, May 9, 2002

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:44 – russia-11 PEN – Prokopiev, interference
04:37 – finland-11 PP GOAL – Karalahti (Helminen, Timonen)
07:28 – russia-11 PEN – Vyshedkevich, holding
08:40 – finland-11 PEN – Miettinen, interference
09:57 – finland-11 PEN – Pärssinen, hooking
10:19 – russia-11 PP2 GOAL – Zatonski (Sushinski)
12:22 –russia-11 PEN – Butsayev, hooking
14:09 – russia-11 PEN – Zatonski, interference
19:49 – russia-11 PEN – Prokopiev, high sticking
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IHLC Results – Soviet Union 4-4 Canada – Apr. 22, 1981

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World Championship Final Round
Scandinavium, Gothenburg sweden-11
Wednesday, April 22, 1981

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:55 – ussr-11 GOAL – Fetisov
04:08 – canada1965-11 PEN – Rogers
06:08 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Maruk
07:09 – ussr-11 PEN – Babinov
07:24 – canada1965-11 PP GOAL – Ogrodnick (Robinson)
18:01 – canada1965-11 PEN – Boutette
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