๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ IHLC Classics: Wunder von Innsbruck

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 thirtieth anniversary of German Unity Day (also known as Tag der Deutschen Einheit), we feature Trรคger der Adler’s surprising Bronze medal victory at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.


๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช West Germany 4-1 United Statesย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Olympic Final Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Saturday, 14 February 1976

As in previous years, the ice hockey tournament at the 1976 Olympic Games in Innsbruck started with an elimination round. The pairings then resulted from the positions of the teams at the world championships from the previous year.
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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น France, Austria Relegated From World Championship


Both relegation games at the 2019 World Championship came down to thrilling and surprising finishes, with Great Britain and Italy, both promoted from Division IA in 2018, upsetting France and Austria respectively to send them down to Division IA in 2020, while each punching their ticket back to the Top Division in Switzerland.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 1-1 Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 09 May 2005

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 1-1 Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
World Championship Qualifyingย Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Monday, 09 May 2005

After 40 minutes of play, Team USA was in a hole. Down 1-0 to Ukraine and unable to find the right combination to make things happen, they needed to shake off their lethargy in order to win.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 5-1 Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช – 08 May 2005

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 5-1 Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
World Championship Qualifyingย Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Sunday, 08 May 2005

Sweden, who looked so impressive beating Canada Saturday, had no answers for how to stop the Americans. Team USA simply dominated Tre Kronor, notching a 5-1 win at Olympiahalle Arena in Innsbruck Sunday.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden 5-4 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 07 May 2005

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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย Sweden 5-4 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
World Championship Qualifyingย Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Saturday, 07 May 2005

Canada started quickly, but Sweden took advantage of weak defensive play and sloppy goaltending from their opponents to come out on top 5-4 in a Saturday night thriller at the Olympiahalle.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 05 May 2005

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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
World Championship Preliminary Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Thursday, 05 May 2005

Canada played its most impressive game of the 2005 IIHF World Championship in defeating the USA 3-1 before a packed house at the Olympiahalle in Innsbruck Thursday. The team was led by Rick Nash, who scored twice and added an assist.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 3-1 Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป – 03 May 2005

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 3-1 Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
World Championship Preliminary Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Tuesday, 03 May 2005

In 2001 in Cologne, Latvia blanked the Americans 2-0, prompting boisterous fans to go down to the American Embassy in Rฤซga and lay flowers outside for the fallen American team. But there would be no eulogies today as Team USA rallied for a 3-1 victory on the strength of Mark Parrish’s game-winner in the third.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 7-0 Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ – 01 May 2005

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 7-0 Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
World Championship Preliminary Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Sunday, 01 May 2005

What a difference two years makes.

The last time Team USA and Slovenia met, it was to fight it out in the Relegation Round of the 2003 IIHF World Championship. It did not take the United States long to establish a presence here at Innsbruck.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช West Germany 4-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 14 Feb 1976


๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช West Germany 4-1 United Statesย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Olympic Final Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Saturday, 14 February 1976

As in previous years, the ice hockey tournament at the 1976 Olympic Games in Innsbruck started with an elimination round. The pairings then resulted from the positions of the teams at the world championships from the previous year.

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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 7-2 Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ – 12 Feb 1976

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 7-2 Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Olympic Final Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Thursday, 12 February 1976

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:48 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – S. Jensen (Dobek)
05:00 – ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ GOAL – Jobczyk (Obล‚รณj)
05:58 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Lundeen
09:14 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – G. Ross (Miller, Lamby)
09:14 – ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ PEN – team, bench minor
15:00 – ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ PEN – Pytel
15:48 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PP GOAL – Dobek (Thorndike, Taft)
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechoslovakia 5-0 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 08 Feb 1976

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechoslovakia 5-0 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Olympic Final Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Sunday, 08 February 1976

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:14 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ PEN – Pospรญลกil
00:14 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Alley
00:53 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ PEN – Bubla
03:23 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Harris
04:46 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ PEN – Machรกฤ
10:23 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ GOAL – Novรฝ (Bubla)
12:15 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ PEN – Dvoล™รกk
18:54 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Sertich
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Soviet Union 3-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 08 Feb 1964

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Soviet Union 3-2ย Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Olympic Finalย Round
Olympiahalle Innsbruck, Innsbruckย ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Saturday, 08 February 1964

BOXSCORE
1st Period
05:57 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Swarbrick (Johnston)
11:50 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Dineen
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Soviet Union 5-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 29 Jan 1964

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Soviet Union 5-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Olympic Finalย Round
Olympiahalle Innsbruck, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Wednesday, 29 January 1964

BOXSCORE
1st Period
08:00 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Firsov

09:00 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Martin
13:40 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – D. Brooks
13:50 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Ross
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Soviet Union 19-1 Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ – 28 Jan 1964

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Soviet Union 19-1 Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
Olympic First Round
Olympiahalle Innsbruck, Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Tuesday, 28 January 1964

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:27 – ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Raffa, tripping
02:01 –ย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Y. Maiorov (B. Maiorov)

05:37 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Alexandrov (Loktev)
07:38 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Davydov (Kuzkin)
09:11 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Firsov (Yakushev)
10:51 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Loktev (Almetov)
12:25 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Starshinov (Kuzkin)
12:45 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Volkov (Ragulin)
19:37 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Firsov (Volkov)
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