IHLC Classics: The Impossible Dream Comes True

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 celebrate Independence Day in the United States, we feature the finale of the 1980 Lake Placid Games, Team USA’s post-Miracle victory to clinch Olympic Gold on home ice.

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🇺🇸 United States 4-2 Finland 🇫🇮
Olympic Medal Round
Olympic Fieldhouse, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Sunday, February 24, 1980

Team USA’s ascension to the top of the hockey world in 1980 was actually not “The Miracle on Ice.” While it was the Miracle that stunned the world, it was their victory two days later where, as legendary announcer Al Michaels called it, “the impossible dream comes true” – the Americans locked up Olympic Gold for only the second time in history, triumphing 4-2 over Finland to win the tournament and capture the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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2017 Women’s Worlds Awarded To Plymouth, Michigan

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Today the USA Hockey Arena, an arena in Plymouth, Michigan that was recently purchased by USA Hockey to house their National Development Team, announced that the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championships would be held at the arena, tentatively set for April 1-8, 2017.
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IHLC Classics: The Miracle On Ice

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, we celebrate the 35th anniversary of perhaps the most historic game in international hockey, “The Miracle on Ice.”

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🇺🇸 United States 4-3 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
Olympic Medal Round
Olympic Fieldhouse, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Friday, February 22, 1980

It has been consistently voted one of, if not the, top moment in American sports history. The IIHF named it their #1 moment in their history as part of their 100th anniversary celebration in 2008. The game is still used as a source of inspiration for players of all sports across the world, and it helped to inspire a new generation of American hockey players and fans watching the upset of the century unfold. Yes, the game where an upstart American squad of amateur and college players, who shocked the Soviets, and the world, en route to Olympic Gold and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.

Do you believe in miracles?
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IHLC Results – United States 3-0 Czechia – Aug. 9, 2014

🇺🇸 United States 3-0 Czechia 🇨🇿
National Junior Evaluation Camp
Olympic Center, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Saturday, August 9, 2014

BOXSCORE
1st Period
10:13 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Milano, roughing
10:13 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Mašín, roughing
10:51 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Motte (Collins, Butcher)
11:09 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Downing, roughing
18:56 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Carlo, interference
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IHLC Results – United States 9-1 Finland – Aug. 7, 2014

🇺🇸 United States 9-1 Finland 🇫🇮
National Junior Evaluation Camp
Olympic Center, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:07 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Hayden, holding
05:04 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Tuch (Eichel, Milano)
17:22 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Motte (Eichel, Tuch)
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IHLC Results – Canada 6-3 Finland – Nov. 9, 2013

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🇨🇦 Canada 6-3 Finland 🇫🇮
Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game
1980 Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Saturday, November 9, 2013

BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:25 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Kohanchuk (Bendus, Lacquette)

06:19 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Villilä (Lindstedt)
07:37 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Bendus (Birchard)
08:29 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Irwin, body checking
08:42 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Karvinen, tripping
09:31 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Wakefield (Daoust)
10:13 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Lindstedt, boarding
15:26 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Jenner (Bram, Agosta)
18:12 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Jenner, tripping
18:37 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Birchard, holding
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IHLC Results – Canada 4-3 Sweden – Nov. 8, 2013

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🇨🇦 Canada 4-3 Sweden 🇸🇪
Four Nations Cup Preliminary Round
1980 Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Friday, November 8, 2013

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:43 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Borgqvist (Nordin, Grahm)

04:26 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Irwin, interference
08:08 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Larocque, body checking
12:37 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Bonhomme, interference
16:37 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Olofsson, roughing
18:39 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Daoust (Watchorn)
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IHLC Results – Canada 4-2 United States – Nov. 6, 2013

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🇨🇦 Canada 4-2 United States 🇺🇸
Four Nations Cup Preliminary Round
1980 Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

BOXSCORE
1st Period
05:42 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Irwin (Jenner, Johnston)

06:23 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Bram, hooking
07:39 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Watchorn, roughing
08:27 – 🇺🇸 PP GOAL – Stack (Decker)
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IHLC Results – Canada 3-1 Finland – Nov. 5, 2013

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🇨🇦 Canada 3-1 Finland 🇫🇮
Four Nations Cup Preliminary Round
1980 Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:49 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Tuominen, slashing
06:03 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Karvinen, roughing
06:03 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Lacquette, roughing
11:10 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Nieminen, tripping
12:52 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Johnston (Irwin, Jenner)

14:26 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Spooner (Agosta, Ward)
17:36 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Bram, interference
18:27 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Karvinen, roughing
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IHLC Results – United States 5-1 Canada – Aug. 10, 2013

🇺🇸 United States 5-1 Canada 🇨🇦
National Junior Evaluation Camp
1980 Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Saturday, August 10, 2013

Quentin Shore tallied two goals and an assist to help Team USA to a 5-1 victory over Canada today at 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. The U.S. tallied three power-play goals and a shorthanded goal in its final game of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.
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