IHLC 2021 In Review – Men’s


With the international hockey calendar returning (relatively) to normal in 2021, the IHLC saw a flurry of activity throughout the year, bookended with stops on the Euro Hockey Tour, and a relocated World Championship in between. Continue reading

IHLC 2021 In Review – Women’s


After a tumultuous year that saw the IIHF Women’s Championship be cancelled for the second straight year, then revived in August, the IHLC finally saw a return to relative normalcy in the second half of 2021, in the lead-up to the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Remainder Of 2021-22 Rivalry Series Cancelled


After their scheduled matchup for 20 December in Saint Paul, Minnesota was cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, today Hockey Canada announced the final two games of the series, set to take place in early January in Alberta, have been cancelled as well.
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NHL Withdraws From 2022 Olympics Due To COVID Postponements


After having to cancel fifty games in the past week over protocols due to the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, the National Hockey League today officially announced that due to the material impact of these postponements on the 2021-22 season, they will be withdrawing their players from participating in the upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippe Furrer Announces Retirement From Hockey At 36


Just short of the NLA’s holiday and Olympic breaks, veteran Swiss defender Philippe Furrer today announced his retirement from hockey, leaving HC Fribourg-Gottรฉron at the age of 36.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hockey Hall Of Fame Inducts Class Of 2020 Following Delay


After a sixteen-month pandemic delay, the Hockey Hall Of Fame tonight inducted their Class of 2020, inducting five legendary players to their ranks with a number of tremendous international achievements.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Mariรกn Gรกborรญk Formally Announces Retirement From Pro Hockey


After spending the past three seasons on injured reserve due to a herniated disk, Slovak star forward Mariรกn Gรกborรญk officially announced his retirement from pro hockey at the age of 39.
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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Tardif Named New IIHF President, Fasel Inducted To IIHF Hall Of Fame


After a four-round vote to replace IIHF President Renรฉ Fasel after a 27-year term, Luc Tardif Sr. today was voted in as new President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, following stints as IIHF Treasurer and President of the French Ice Hockey Federation.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ 2022 Men’s Olympic Hockey Schedule Released


The IIHF today released the schedule for the men’s tournament at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, with the tournament beginning on Wednesday, 09 February, with defending champions the Russian Olympic Committee starting their title defence on the opening day, in the first tournament since 2014 to feature NHL players on Olympic rosters.
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IIHF Congress Approves Women’s World Championships In Olympic Years


After over twenty years of not holding the IIHF Women’s World Championship in years when the Olympics are taking place, today the IIHF Congress voted to allow for both tournaments to be held the same calendar year every four years, with the tournament moving from April to August in Olympic years, starting in 2022.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Goaltender Jakub Kovรกล™ Retires At Age 33


Citing health reasons for his early retirement, Czech goaltender Jakub Kovรกล™ today announced he was leaving KHL club Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg after just one start in the 2021-22 KHL season, ending his professional career.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Ladislav Lubina: 1967-2021


Ladislav Lubina, the Czech winger who captured a number of medals for the Narodnitym throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, today sadly passed away from brain cancer at the age of 54.
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ American Forward David Backes Retires As Blue At Age 37


American forward David Backes, who has seen limited playing time over the past two seasons due to recurring injuries, today officially signed with St. Louis for a day to retire as a Blue, ending his career at the age of 37.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ NHL, IIHF Reach Agreement On 2022 Olympic Participation


After the NHL and NHL Player’s Association came to an agreement last summer to participate at both the 2022 and 2026 Olympics, pending negotiations with the International Olympic Committee and IIHF, today it was announced that NHL players will in fact participate at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, marking their return to the Games after skipping the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Vladimir Shadrin: 1948-2021


Vladimir Shadrin, the Russian centreman who starred on some of the most powerful Soviet squads of the 1970’s, today passed away in Moscow from COVID-19 complications at the age of 73.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Swiss Defender Severin Blindenbacher Announces Retirement At 38


Swiss defender Severin Blindenbacher, a mainstay on the Eisgenossen blueline for over a decade, today announced his retirement from the ZSC Lions at age 38.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Jan Suchรฝ: 1944-2021


Jan Suchรฝ, the Czech defenceman who anchored some of the most successful club and international teams in the history of the Czech hockey program, and is both a member of the IIHF and Czech Hockey Hall of Fame, today passed away at age 76.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Long Live The King: Henrik Lundqvist Announces Retirement


Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, a Gold Medal winner at both the Olympics and World Championship, and the sixth winningest goaltender in NHL history after an illustrious 15-year career with the New York Rangers, today officially retired from hockey at age 39, after missing the 2020-21 NHL campaign after undergoing open heart surgery.
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IHLC Preview – 2021 Women’s World Championship


Following an eighteen month delay of no major international women’s hockey thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw one World Championships cancelled and another delayed, the puck is finally set to drop on the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, the twentieth edition of the tournament, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, bringing the world’s top ten women’s nations in their first major competition since early 2020.
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