IHLC 2017 In Review – Men’s


The International Hockey Lineal Championship increased the number of champions yet again from a previous year, with eight different countries holding the title over 28 games in the lead-up to the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
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IHLC Results – Canada 5-2 Finland – May 16, 2017


 Canada 5-2 Finland 
World Championship Preliminary Round
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Canada recaptured the International Hockey Lineal Championship in their Group Round finale, thumping a determined Finnish squad 5-2 to finish atop the Paris group, giving them heavy momentum leading into the medal round.
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Slovenia, Italy Relegated From World Championships


Still with a day until the end of the 2017 World Championship group round, the two relegated teams for 2018 have already been determined, with both Slovenia and Italy, who only gained promotion in 2016, set to return to Division IA next season.
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IHLC Results – Finland 3-2 Switzerland (OT) – May 14, 2017


 Finland 3-2 Switzerland  (OT)
World Championship Preliminary Round
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Sunday, May 14, 2017

For the second straight day in Paris, a goalie change after an early two-goal lead led to a 3-2 overtime come-from-behind victory, this time with Finland claiming the win from Switzerland, capturing the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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IHLC Results – Switzerland 3-2 Canada (OT) – May 13, 2017


switzerland-11 Switzerland 3-2 Canada  (OT)
World Championship Preliminary Round
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fabrice Herzog’s overtime tally, his second of the game, completed a shocking comeback by Switzerland to defeat a powerful Canadian squad 3-2, ending Canada’s win streak in Paris and capturing the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Canada 3-2 France – May 11, 2017


 Canada 3-2 France 
World Championship Preliminary Round
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Canada escaped a scare from a determined French squad, thanks to a lucky bounce from Marc-Édouard Vlasic, to take a tight 3-2 victory over the World Championship hosts in Paris to remain perfect and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Canada 6-0 Belarus – May 8, 2017


 Canada 6-0 Belarus 
World Championship Preliminary Round
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Monday, May 8, 2017

Canada continued to cruise in Paris at the World Championships, crushing Belarus 6-0 to win their third straight and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Canada 7-2 Slovenia – May 7, 2017


 Canada 7-2 Slovenia 
World Championship Preliminary Round
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Canada, led by multi-point games from Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie, crushed a hapless Slovenian squad to continue their cruising through Group B at the World Championships, winning 7-2 to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – Canada 4-1 Czechia – May 5, 2017


 Canada 4-1 Czechia 
World Championship Preliminary Round
AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Friday, May 5, 2017

Canada overcame a tight contest, led by a sharp performance in net by Petr Mrázek, to defeat Czechia 4-1 to open their World Championship defence on a winning note, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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IHLC Preview – 2017 World Championship


The grand finale of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on May 5 in both Cologne and Paris, with the top 16 hockey nations on earth meeting to compete at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
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