Jarome Iginla Ends Illustrious Career After 20 Seasons


Canadian power forward Jarome Iginla, who racked up a great number of personal awards and was revered as a powerful leader on the ice, today formally retired as a Calgary Flame, spending 16 of his 20 pro seasons in Calgary. Continue reading

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Ken Hitchcock Retires After 30+ Year Coaching Career


Longtime NHL coach Ken Hitchcock, who spent over three decades coaching many of the world’s top players on both the professional and international stage, announced his retirement from coaching the Dallas Stars on Friday, ending his career as the third winningest coach in NHL history (823 wins).
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Christian Ehrhoff Retires After Twenty Season Career


Christian Ehrhoff, fresh off a shocking German silver medal win at the PyeongChang Olympics, has decided to retire from hockey at the age of 35, following Kölner Haie’s elimination from the Deutsche Eishockey Liga playoffs, capping a 20 season career split between the NHL and Germany.
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IHLC Classics: Canada’s Olympic Revenge

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 upcoming Olympics, we feature the first of Canada’s four consecutive Gold Medal victories, the thrilling showdown against the United States at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
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Thursday, February 21, 2002

History seemed as if it were all but on the American women’s side to repeat as Olympic champions in Salt Lake City – on home ice, no less. They had stunned Canada in the 1998 Olympic final to win women’s hockey’s first gold, and defeated Canada in eight straight exhibition lead-up games to the Olympics.

But the Canadian women’s squad was looking to make some history of their own, and they exacted their revenge for Nagano by stunning the Americans at home to win both Olympic Gold and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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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: Canada’s Gold Drought Ends

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 Canada Day, we look back at the end of Canada’s Olympic Gold Medal drought in 2002, where 50 years of futility was put to rest in Salt Lake City.

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Sunday, February 24, 2002

Canada, the self-proclaimed hockey mecca on Earth, had a hard time arguing that claim due to the fact that they failed to hold Olympic Gold in the sport since 1952, before the Soviet Union team existed, and Canadians would run roughshod over the world. Even at the first Olympics with NHL participation in 1998, Canada disappointed a waiting nation by failing to medal.

But in Salt Lake City, on enemy ice, Canada was able to shake that disputed claim, as they became kings of the hockey world once again, and headed home with Canada’s first Olympic gold in 50 years, and the International Hockey Lineal Championship to boot.
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IIHF Announces Hall Of Fame 2016 Class

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The International Ice Hockey Federation announced their 2016 Hall Of Fame class, to be inducted during the 2016 World Championships in Russia. The class includes five players and two coaches from six different countries, including two posthumous inductions, that have held a myriad of World Championship, Olympic and World Cup medals, along with a number of International Hockey Lineal Championship titles.
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Simon Gagné Announces Retirement At Age 35

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After a fourteen year professional career, highlighted by a Stanley Cup in 2012 and Olympic Gold in 2002, Canadian winger Simon Gagné today announced his retirement from hockey, after playing just 23 games with Boston in the 2014-15 NHL season.
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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 Classics: Miracle At Salt Lake

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, we take a look at one of the biggest upsets in Olympic hockey history, the “Miracle at Salt Lake.”

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002

With a wild bounce that almost looked to be something out of a cartoon, flying off Tommy Salo’s helmet and trickling into the net, Sweden’s dream of a dominating Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympics quickly was vanquished by an unlikely foe in Belarus, from the stick of an unlikely shooter in Vladimir Kopat, resulting in an unlikely Olympic Semifinalist, and new International Hockey Lineal Champion.
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