🇩🇪 🇺🇸 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 Träger der Adler’s surprising Bronze medal victory at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.


🇩🇪 West Germany 4-1 United States 🇺🇸
Olympic Final Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck 🇦🇹
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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🇫🇷 🇦🇹 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 – 🇺🇸 United States 1-1 Ukraine 🇺🇦 – 09 May 2005

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🇺🇸 United States 1-1 Ukraine 🇺🇦
World Championship Qualifying Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck 🇦🇹
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 – 🇺🇸 United States 5-1 Sweden 🇸🇪 – 08 May 2005

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🇺🇸 United States 5-1 Sweden 🇸🇪
World Championship Qualifying Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck 🇦🇹
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 – 🇸🇪 Sweden 5-4 Canada 🇨🇦 – 07 May 2005

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🇸🇪 Sweden 5-4 Canada 🇨🇦
World Championship Qualifying Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck 🇦🇹
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 – 🇨🇦 Canada 3-1 United States 🇺🇸 – 05 May 2005

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🇨🇦 Canada 3-1 United States 🇺🇸
World Championship Preliminary Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck 🇦🇹
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 – 🇺🇸 United States 3-1 Latvia 🇱🇻 – 03 May 2005

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🇺🇸 United States 3-1 Latvia 🇱🇻
World Championship Preliminary Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck 🇦🇹
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 Rīga 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 – 🇺🇸 United States 7-0 Slovenia 🇸🇮 – 01 May 2005

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🇺🇸 United States 7-0 Slovenia 🇸🇮
World Championship Preliminary Round
Olympiahalle, Innsbruck 🇦🇹
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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