IHLC Classics: The Red Army Shocks The World

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 commemorate the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, we feature the opening game of the tournament, a stunning Soviet victory in Montréal.

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Summit Series, Game 1
Forum de Montréal, Montréal canada1965-11
Saturday, September 2, 1972

After all the opening spectacle died down, all the commemorative pennants were handed out, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau dropped the puck and the national anthems were sung, hockey fans throughout Canada (and the Western world) were expecting Team Canada, a collective NHL all-star team boasting the likes of Phil Esposito, Frank Mahovlich and Ken Dryden, to put a drubbing on the Soviet team, made up of unheard “amateur” players who played hockey only as part of their army or police service. This was to be an easy sweep for Team Canada, to show the world once and for all who truly owns the game.

Oh, how wrong Canada was. The Soviets were for real, and they proved it with a drubbing of their own, to take Game 1 of the Summit Series, along with the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 5-4 Canada (SO) – Jan. 5, 2017


 United States 5-4 Canada  (SO)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Centre Bell, Montréal 
Thursday, January 5, 2017

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:58 –  GOAL – Chabot (Barzal, Joseph)
09:02 –  GOAL – Lauzon (Stephens)
09:44 –  PEN – Dubois, boarding
11:26 –  PEN – White, hooking
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IHLC Results – Canada 5-2 Sweden – Jan. 4, 2017


 Canada
5-2 Sweden 
World Junior Championship Semifinal
Centre Bell, Montréal 
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:51 –  PEN – Ohlsson, tripping
06:05 –  SH GOAL – Eriksson Ek (Söderlund)
07:43 –  GOAL – Stephens (Cirelli)
08:05 –  GOAL – Grundström (Nylander, Eriksson Ek)
09:21 –  PEN – Dubois, interference
17:56 –  PEN – Dubé, kneeing
18:40 –  PEN – Grundström, cross checking
18:49 –  GOAL – Cirelli (Clague, Chabot)
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IHLC Results – Sweden 8-3 Slovakia – Jan. 2, 2017


 Sweden
8-3 Slovakia 
World Junior Championship Quarterfinal
Centre Bell, Montréal 
Monday, January 2, 2017

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:59 –  PEN – Struška, tripping
01:08 –  PP GOAL – Eriksson Ek (Asplund, Kylington)
16:28 –  GOAL – Söderlund (Wingerli, Gunnarsson)
17:01 –  GOAL – Grundström (Nylander, L. Carlsson)
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IHLC Results – Sweden 5-2 Czechia – Dec. 31, 2016


 Sweden
 5-2 Czechia 
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Centre Bell, Montréal 
Saturday, December 31, 2016

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:37 –  GOAL – Asplund (Ahl, Pettersson)
08:42 –  PEN – Kaše, tripping
08:56 –  PP GOAL – Dahlén (Asplund, Nylander)
16:46 –  GOAL – Lööke (Karlstrom, Bernhardt)
16:58 –  PEN – Andersson, cross checking
16:58 –  PEN – Hronek, slashing
19:58 –  PEN – Grundström, interference
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IHLC Results – Sweden 4-2 Switzerland – Dec. 28, 2016


 Sweden 4-2 Switzerland 
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Centre Bell, Montréal 
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:13 –  GOAL – Eriksson Ek (Nylander, Bernhardt)
04:59 –  PEN – Ahl, holding
05:08 –  PP GOAL – Siegenthaler (Riat, In-Albon)
06:38 –  GOAL – Andersson (Grundström)
11:10 –  PEN – Weber, hooking
13:10 –  PEN – In-Albon, hooking
13:28 –  PEN – Kylington, holding
19:30 –  PEN – Gunnarsson, roughing
19:30 –  PEN – Riat, roughing
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IHLC Results – Sweden 6-1 Denmark – Dec. 26, 2016


 Sweden
 6-1 Denmark 
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Centre Bell, Montréal 
Monday, December 26, 2016

BOXSCORE
1st Period
06:28 –  PEN – Ohlsson, unsportsmanlike conduct
10:11 –  GOAL – Nylander
12:17 –  PEN – Mathiasen-Wejse, slashing
18:24 –  GOAL – Eriksson Ek (Dahlin, Kylington)
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IHLC Classics: Team USA Shocks The World

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 American Independence Day, we look back at the final tilt between Team USA and Canada at the 1996 World Cup Of Hockey, where the Americans won their first ever “best on best” world title.

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World Cup Of Hockey Final, Game 3

Centre Molson, Montréal canada1965-11
Saturday, September 14, 1996

When the NHL decided to revamp the Canada Cup in 1996, hosting the tournament in cities across the globe and expanding to eight teams in the first post-Soviet “best on best” tournament, many scoffed at the idea, seeing this as simply a renaming of the tournament Canada had become known to dominate, winning four of the five previous Canada Cup tournaments.

Team USA, however, had other ideas. Not quite on the scale as the “Miracle On Ice” in terms of the unlikelihood, but still the biggest American hockey victory in a generation, the U.S. won the third game of the best of three final 5-2 over Canada, on enemy ice, to capture their first World Cup Of Hockey, and also retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: The 1981 Canada Cup Final

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 Russia Day (and of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey), we look back at the Soviet Union’s convincing victory at the 1981 Canada Cup, their first (and so far only) title in the tournament.

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Canada Cup Final
Forum de Montréal, Montréal canada1965-11
Sunday, September 13, 1981

The Soviet Union did not squander their first Canada Cup final appearance, and their first premier best-on-best matchup since the 1974 Summit Series, crushing Team Canada 8-1 in front of a stunned Montréal Forum, and larger hockey world, to win the 1981 Canada Cup and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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