IHLC Classics: Gold For A Team With No Name

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 upcoming Olympics, and in light of Russia playing under the Olympic flag, we look back on the last Russian team to play under the same flag at the 1992 Albertville Games.

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 Unified Team 3-1 Canada canada1965-11
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Patinoire de Méribel, Méribel france-11
Sunday, February 23, 1992

Playing under the Olympic flag, covering up the ever-familiar “CCCP” icon on their jerseys, a country with no name made history in Albertville.

Although the IIHF would later declare that the team who defeated Canada to win Gold was in fact, Russia, at the Méribel Ice Palace, it was a team playing as the “Unified Team” who captured the 1992 hockey Gold, and retained the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Unified Team 3-1 Canada – Feb. 23, 1992

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 Unified Team 3-1 Canada canada1965-11
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Patinoire de Méribel, Méribel france-11
Sunday, February 23, 1992

Playing under the Olympic flag, covering up the ever-familiar “CCCP” icon on their jerseys, a country with no name made history in Albertville.

Although the IIHF would later declare that the team who defeated Canada to win Gold was in fact, Russia, at the Méribel Ice Palace, it was a team playing as the “Unified Team” who captured the 1992 hockey Gold, and retained the International Hockey Lineal Championship.

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IHLC Results – Unified Team 5-2 United States – Feb. 21, 1992

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Olympic Semifinal
Patinoire de Méribel, Méribel france-11
Friday, February 21, 1992

BOXSCORE
1st Period
05:20 –  PEN – Kovalyov, tripping
11:08 –  GOAL – Kovalyov (Yushkevich)
12:09 – usa-11 GOAL – Hill
13:11 – usa-11 PEN – Donato, high sticking
15:36 –  GOAL – Bykov (Petrenko, Yushkevich)
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IHLC Results – United States 3-3 Sweden – Feb. 17, 1992

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Olympic Preliminary Round
Patinoire de Méribel, Méribel france-11
Monday, February 17, 1992

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:36 – usa-11 GOAL – Donatelli (Sweeney)

02:04 – sweden-11 PEN – Näslund, boarding major + game misconduct
10:30 – usa-11 PEN – Emma, slashing
17:27 – usa-11 PEN – Mantha, tripping
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IHLC Results – United States 6-3 Italy – Feb. 9, 1992

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Olympic Preliminary Round
Patinoire de Méribel, Méribel france-11
Sunday, February 9, 1992

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:48 – usa-11 PEN – Gosselin, cross checking
01:11 – italy-11 PEN – Topatigh, holding
02:31 – usa-11 GOAL – Mantha (Heinze, C.J. Young)
07:18 – usa-11 GOAL – Johansson (Drury, Tkachuk)
14:25 – italy-11 PEN – Manno, elbowing
18:12 – italy-11 GOAL – Zarillo (Stewart)
18:36 – italy-11 PEN – Vecchiarelli, holding
18:36 – usa-11 PEN – Heinze, cross checking
19:33 – usa-11 PEN – Brown, hooking
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