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 National Day (“Sveriges Nationaldag”) in Sweden, we look back at Sweden’s first Olympic Gold Medal, capped off by Peter Forsberg’s legendary shootout winner over Canada.
With the Soviet Union fully dissolved, and the only remnants of the Red Army in the Olympics being the Russian team, for the first time since 1952 the Olympic Gold Medal in hockey was essentially fair game. Without the fear of Soviet dominance, the field opened up substantially, giving way to a matchup of Sweden and Canada for the Gold Medal, as well as the International Hockey Lineal Championship. Continue reading →
2015 was a wild year for the International Hockey Lineal Championship, with the Euro Hockey Tour and World Championship providing much drama as the title changed through the hands of three world powers by the close of the 2015 Worlds in Czechia. Continue reading →
Swedish defensive centre Samuel “Sammy” Påhlsson today announced his retirement from professional hockey at the age of 37, after returning to Sweden to captain his first team, MODO, capping a 20 year pro career in Boston, Anaheim, Chicago, Columbus, Vancouver, along with MODO and Frölunda of the Swedish League. Continue reading →
Less than two weeks after Julien Vauclair retired from the Swiss national team prior to the World Championships, the Swiss’ second-highest scorer of all time, Martin Plüss, has left the national team at age 37. Continue reading →
Another core member of the Swiss national team will no longer wear the cross on his chest in Prague, as defensive anchor Julien Vauclair today announced his retirement from the Eisgenossen at the age of 35. Continue reading →
One of the most underrated forwards in NHL history, Ray “The Wizard” Whitney, has decided to retire from the NHL after 23 seasons, finishing his career with the Dallas Stars after stints in San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Columbus, Detroit, Carolina and Phoenix. Continue reading →