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, we look back at Czechia’s third World Championship from the year 2000, won in a tense battle over neighbouring Slovakia in their first major elimination game since the split of Czechoslovakia.
Proving that breakups of countries don’t have to result in bloodshed, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993, an event sometimes called the Velvet Divorce. Continue reading →
Today marks the anniversary of the tragic air disaster of Yak Service Flight 9633 on 07 September 2011, that crashed near Yaroslavl, Russia, and killed the entire roster and staff of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, and all but one of the flight crew members, when a pilot error caused the aircraft to fail its takeoff, running off the runway and crashing into a tower mast.
IIHF president Rene Fasel declared the crash as “the darkest day in the history of our sport,” as fans from across the world, and in particular Russia and the eight other nations represented by team players and staff, mourned for the shocking and tragic loss. On this sad anniversary, the IHLC commemorates this deep loss, and remember those who perished in the accident. Continue reading →
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 Slovakia’s Constitution Day, we look back at a Slovak Olympic victory, one of the most controversial games in recent memory, which speculation of Sweden “throwing” the match still rampant to this day.
Behind the closed door of the locker room at Torino Esposizioni, Bengt-Åke Gustafsson, coach of the Swedish hockey team, gathered his players Tuesday and delivered his pregame address. He told them to try to beat Slovakia, defenseman Nicklas Lidström said. Continue reading →
Slovak defender Radoslav Suchý, a defensive defenceman who made his presence felt both on the international and professional stages in the United States, Switzerland and his native Slovakia, announced his retirement from hockey at age 43. Continue reading →
The schedule for the 2020 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Lausanne and Zürich, Switzerland, returning to the nation for the first time since Bern and Kloten hosted in 2009. Continue reading →
The IIHF Annual Congress today was held on the off day at the 2019 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a number of major announcements voted on to impact the future of international hockey in the coming years. Continue reading →
The finish of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on May 10 in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia, with the top sixteen hockey countries in the world meeting to compete at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Continue reading →
With the conclusion of both the Euro Hockey Tour and Euro Hockey Challenge, as the season ends to ring in the start of the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia, the winners of both the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour and 12-nation Euro Hockey Challenge have been crowned for the 2018-19 season. Continue reading →
CSKA Moscow, one of the most decorated clubs in Russian hockey history, today made history again by capturing just their first Gagarin Cup, sweeping Avangard Omsk with an overtime victory in their third final in four seasons. Continue reading →