🇷🇺 🇨🇦 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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🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-1 Canada 🇨🇦
Canada Cup Final
Forum de Montréal, Montréal 🇨🇦
Sunday, 13 September 1981

The 1981 Canada Cup was all about momentum. It was the second edition of the event started five years earlier, and Canada was the prohibitive favourite. There was one significant difference, though. In 1976, the Soviet Union had sent an “experimental” team, not fully knowing the level of competition it would face and worried some of its top players might try to defect. The result was a performance not befitting the country that had claimed World Championship and Olympic gold many times over.

In 1981, it would make no such mistake.
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IHLC Winners On Display At 2016 Winter Classic

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Former winners of the International Hockey Lineal Championship played a large role in the NHL’s marquee Winter Classic event, as the Montréal Canadiens scored early and often to elevate them to a 5-1 thumping over their hated rivals, the Boston Bruins.
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2016 World Cup Exhibition Schedule Released

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The exhibition schedule in advance of the 2016 World Cup in Toronto has been unveiled, with 12 games on tilt the week before the tournament in 10 cities across six nations on two continents.
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🇨🇦 Hefford, Apps & Ward All Retire From Canadian Women’s National Team

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A trio of star players for the Canadian women’s team announced today they are all retiring, with forwards Jayna Hefford and Gillian Apps, along with defender Catherine Ward, hanging up their skates for the 2015-16 season.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 5-3 United States 🇺🇸 – 31 Dec 2014


🇨🇦 Canada
 5-3 United States 🇺🇸
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Centre Bell, Montréal 🇨🇦
Wednesday, 31 December 2014

In the preliminary round’s most hotly anticipated matchup, Canada defeated the U.S 5-3 to capture first place in Group A on New Year’s Eve in Montréal.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 3-0 Slovakia 🇸🇰 – 29 Dec 2014


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3-0 Slovakia 🇸🇰
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Centre Bell, Montréal 🇨🇦
Monday, 29 December 2014

With a surprisingly tough 3-0 win over Slovakia, the United States set itself up for a New Year’s Eve showdown with host Canada for first place in Group A.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 6-0 Germany 🇩🇪 – 28 Dec 2014


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 6-0 Germany 🇩🇪
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Centre Bell, Montréal 🇨🇦
Sunday, 28 December 2014

North America hasn’t been nice to Germany at this tournament. After opening with a 4-0 loss to host Canada, the Germans fell 6-0 to the U.S. on Sunday night.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 2-1 Finland 🇫🇮 (SO) – 26 Dec 2014


🇺🇸 United States
 2-1 Finland 🇫🇮 (SO)
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Centre Bell, Montréal 🇨🇦
Friday, 26 December 2014

Chase de Leo scored the shootout winner as the United States beat Finland 2-1 to kick off the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montréal on Friday.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 5-1 Slovakia 🇸🇰 – 01 Sep 2004

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🇨🇦 Canada 5-1 Slovakia 🇸🇰
World Cup Of Hockey Group Round
Centre Molson, Montréal 🇨🇦
Wednesday, 01 September 2004

People of Canada, if you ever doubted that the 2004 version of Team Maple Leaf wasn’t ready to win this World Cup, understand now that it’s OK to dream about it. Just be cautious.
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