🇨🇳 🇮🇹 NHL, NHLPA Agrees To Olympic Return In 2022 & 2026


With both the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association today ratifying both their return to play proposal to complete the 2019-20 NHL season, as well as extend their latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, one major clause of the plan is the return of NHL players to the Winter Olympics, marking the return of the world’s top professional players for the first time since 2014, pending IOC and IIHF approval.
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🇺🇸 Set Of Six U.S. Women’s Players Join Triple Gold Club


By virtue of the United States’ first Olympic Gold medal in 20 years, six new skaters from Team USA have joined the women’s version of the Triple Gold Club, all adding Olympic Gold to their World Championship Gold and Clarkson Cup.
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IIHF Confirms 2022 Olympic Women’s Tournament Expanding To Ten Teams


Following a similar mandate made for the IIHF Women’s World Championships last year, the IIHF today confirmed that the 2022 Olympic women’s tournament in Beijing, China, will expand to ten teams, in order to accommodate both the host country and a new contender in an ever-increasing talent pool in international women’s hockey.
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NHL Confirms Players Will Not Attend 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics


After months of speculation and negotiations, the National Hockey League today announced that they will not actively participate in the 2018 Olympics in Korea, ending a 20-year span of NHL participation in the Games.
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🇨🇿 🇷🇺 IHLC Classics: The 1998 Olympic Gold Medal Game

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 Czech Independence Day this Wednesday, we look back at the Czech’s first Olympic title, shocking the world at the first “open” Olympics for NHL players.

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🇨🇿 Czechia 1-0 Russia 🇷🇺
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Nagano Wakasato Tamokuteki Sports Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Sunday, 22 February 1998

Although the Czech Republic could not have won gold at the 1998 Olympics without goalie Dominik Hašek, it was Petr Svoboda of the Czech Republic who was the final hero of the tournament, the first Olympics which included full participation of NHL players.

Hašek had led the team to the gold-medal game by stopping all five Canadian players in a semi-finals shootout win, but it was Svoboda who scored the lone goal in the final game of the Olympics against Russia.
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🇨🇿 Martin Ručinský Retires After 27 Pro Seasons

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After nearly thirty years in professional hockey, journeying through clubs across North America and Europe, Czech mainstay winger Martin Ručinský has announced his retirement at the age of 44, ending his career with three World Championships and one Olympic title.
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🇨🇿 Růžička Resigns From Czech National Team Amidst Scandal

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Embroiled in a scandal over allegedly bribing parents of players to join his pro squad that he both co-owns and coaches, Vladimír Růžička, the star Czech forward turned coach, has stepped down both from his club, HC Slavia Praha, as well as from the Czech national side.
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🇨🇿 Pavel Patera Retires After 24 Year Career

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Czech forward Pavel Patera, who after an illustrious 24 year career all across European leagues, and highlighted by key stints with the Czech national team, has retired at the age of 43 after a final season captaining HC Olomouc.
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🇺🇸 🇨🇦 IHLC Classics: Team USA Wins The First Olympic Gold

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 Clarkson Cup, we look at the first ever Olympic Gold Medal Game in women’s hockey at the Nagano Olympics.

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🇺🇸 United States 3-1 Canada 🇨🇦
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Nagano Wakasato Tamokuteki Sports Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Tuesday, 17 February 1998

The 1998 Olympics was historic for two reasons. For the men, it was the first time full NHL participation occurred. For the women, it was the first time they were playing Olympic hockey at all. The excitement of the women’s event was all the more palatable because it was virtually certain that Canada and USA were headed towards a gold medal showdown.
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IIHF Hall Of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

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The IIHF has announced the Hall Of Fame Class of 2015, to be inducted this May at the IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic. All four players set to be inducted into the players category bring a swath of major international accomplishments, for the Czech Republic (Dominik Hašek and Robert Reichel), Canada (Scott Niedermayer) and Sweden (Maria Rooth), including all having held the International Hockey Lineal Championship at one point or another.
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HHOF Inducts Four International Legends

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Tomorrow, the Hockey Hall Of Fame will enshrine four new members into its players category as the Class of 2014 – not just players who shined in their National Hockey League careers, but also for the tremendous careers they achieved internationally. Dominik Hašek, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Mike Modano share numerous Olympic, World Championship and World Cup championships between them, in addition to all having held the International Hockey Lineal Championship in their illustrious careers.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 1-0 Russia 🇷🇺 – 22 Feb 1998

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🇨🇿 Czechia 1-0 Russia 🇷🇺
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Nagano Wakasato Tamokuteki Sports Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Sunday, 22 February 1998

Although the Czech Republic could not have won gold at the 1998 Olympics without goalie Dominik Hašek, it was Petr Svoboda of the Czech Republic who was the final hero of the tournament, the first Olympics which included full participation of NHL players.

Hašek had led the team to the gold-medal game by stopping all five Canadian players in a semi-finals shootout win, but it was Svoboda who scored the lone goal in the final game of the Olympics against Russia.
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Russia 7-4 Finland 🇫🇮 – 20 Feb 1998

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🇷🇺 Russia 7-4 Finland 🇫🇮
Olympic Semifinal
Nagano Wakasato Tamokuteki Sports Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Friday, 20 February 1998

BOXSCORE
1st Period
09:05 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Niinimaa, tripping
09:51 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – P. Bure (Zhamnov)
10:26 – 🇷🇺 PEN – B. Mironov, tripping
13:34 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Niinimaa, holding
17:33 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – P. Bure (D. Mironov)
18:54 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Titov, hooking
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Russia 4-1 Belarus 🇧🇾 – 18 Feb 1998

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🇷🇺 Russia 4-1 Belarus 🇧🇾
Olympic Quarterfinal
Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Wednesday, 18 February 1998

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:11 – 🇧🇾 PEN – Kovalyov, holding
11:36 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kasparaitis, elbowing
16:27 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kovalenko, slashing
19:00 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Kamenski (Yashin)
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 3-1 Canada 🇨🇦 – 17 Feb 1998

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🇺🇸 United States 3-1 Canada 🇨🇦
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Nagano Wakasato Tamokuteki Sports Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Tuesday, 17 February 1998

The 1998 Olympics was historic for two reasons. For the men, it was the first time full NHL participation occurred. For the women, it was the first time they were playing Olympic hockey at all. The excitement of the women’s event was all the more palatable because it was virtually certain that Canada and USA were headed towards a gold medal showdown.
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Russia 2-1 Czechia 🇨🇿 – 16 Feb 1998

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🇷🇺 Russia 2-1 Czechia 🇨🇿
Olympic Final Round
Nagano Wakasato Tamokuteki Sports Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Monday, 16 February 1998

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:22 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Ručinský, tripping
02:24 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Hašek, delay of game
10:41 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kasparaitis, unsportsmanlike conduct
10:41 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Svoboda, elbowing
12:50 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Gusarov, hooking
15:39 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Šlégr, tripping
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Russia 4-3 Finland 🇫🇮 – 15 Feb 1998

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🇷🇺 Russia 4-3 Finland 🇫🇮
Olympic Final Round
Nagano Wakasato Tamokuteki Sports Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Sunday, 15 February 1998

BOXSCORE
1st Period
05:28 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Titov, cross checking
06:11 – 🇫🇮 PP GOAL – Koivu (Lehtinen, Selänne)
06:54 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kravchuk, boarding
07:04 – 🇫🇮 PP GOAL – Lehtinen (Koivu, Selänne)
10:45 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Trefilov, roughing
13:06 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Ylönen, hooking
13:36 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – P. Bure (Fyodorov, Kamenski)
13:58 – 🇷🇺 PEN – B. Mironov, cross checking
18:22 – 🇷🇺 PEN SHOT – Yashin missed
18:22 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kaspairitis, elbowing
18:22 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kovalenko, 10 min. misconduct
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 7-4 Canada 🇨🇦 – 14 Feb 1998

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🇺🇸 United States 7-4 Canada 🇨🇦
Olympic Preliminary Round
Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Saturday, 14 February 1998

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:38 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Merz, interference
03:01 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Dupuis (Sunohara)
05:43 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Heaney, interference
11:00 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Dunn, tripping
11:44 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Dupuis, body checking
14:20 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Mleczko, body checking
17:17 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Diduck, holding
19:20 – 🇺🇸 PP GOAL – Granato
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Russia 9-2 Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 – 13 Feb 1998

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🇷🇺 Russia 9-2 Kazakhstan 🇰🇿
Olympic Final Round
Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Friday, 13 February 1998

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:30 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Fyodorov (Kovalenko)

02:15 – 🇰🇿 GOAL – Sagymbayev (Pchelyakov)
05:22 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Fyodorov, high sticking
08:15 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Yashin (Fyodorov)
09:44 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Krivokrasov, interference
12:35 – 🇰🇿 PEN – Pchelyakov, tripping
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 4-2 Finland 🇫🇮 – 12 Feb 1998

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🇨🇦 Canada 4-2 Finland 🇫🇮
Olympic Preliminary Round
Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano 🇯🇵
Thursday, 12 February 1998

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:36 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Huotari, interference
08:08 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Drolet, tripping
11:14 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Nieminen, body checking
12:45 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Brisson (Sunohara)
15:12 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Ikonen, boarding
16:50 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Heaney (Drolet)
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