๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Zdeno Chรกra Announces Retirement Following Illustrious 25 Year Career


Slovakian defenceman Zdeno Chรกra, whose towering presence (the tallest player in NHL history at 6’9) and dominating play terrorized NHL offences for a quarter century, today announced his retirement from hockey at the age of 45, following 25 pro seasons with Ottawa, Boston, Washington and the New York Islanders, ending his career signing a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins.
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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป 2023 World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2023 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Tampere, Finland and Rฤซga, Latvia, with the two previous Worlds hosts stepping in to replace Saint Petersburg, Russia as the hosts, who were stripped as hosts after Russia was banned from IIHF competition for their continued invasion of Ukraine.
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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ In Memoriam – Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2011-12

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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 Renรฉ 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, TheIHLC.com commemorates this deep loss, and remember those who perished in the accident.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 2023 World Junior Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship has been released, with the tournament set to return to being played during the holiday season in front of fans, with Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick hosting for Canada for the third straight year.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ IHLC Classics: ล atan’s Pair Sends Naลกi chlapci To Finals

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 (Deลˆ รšstavy Slovenskej republiky), we look back at Slovakia’s unlikely run to the 2012 World Championship Gold Medal Game, where they knocked off neighbouring Czechia to punch their ticket to the finals.

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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia 3-1 Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
World Championshipย Semifinal
Hartwall Areena, Helsinki ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Saturday, 19 May 2012

Miroslav ล atan’s second goal of the game, a beautiful short-handed marker early in the third, broke a 1-1 tie and led Slovakia to a 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic to give his team a place in the Gold medal game tomorrow.
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๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary Becomes First New Women’s IHLC Contender In 12 Years


In an international hockey world that seldom sees new nations emerge to contend for the International Hockey Lineal Championship, a wild series of events on the final day of group play at the 2022 Women’s World Championship means that Hungary will contend for the IHLC, making the Magyars the first women’s team in over a decade to contend for the IHLC.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 9-3 Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 14 Aug 2022


๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 9-3 Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sunday, 14 August 2022

Rule of thumb: if you can’t kill penalties, they will kill you. The Slovaks learned that the hard way on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Place. Brimming with confidence, Finland converted five times with the power play in a 9-3 dismantling of Slovakia.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Andrej Sekera Announces Retirement From Hockey At Age 36


Slovakian defender Andrej Sekera today officially announced his retirement from the Dallas Stars, ending a sixteen year NHL career that saw him journey across five NHL clubs, along with a World Championship and World Cup Silver medal. Continue reading

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Restarted 2022 World Junior Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the rescheduled 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship has been released, restarting the tournament in Edmonton, Canada following the cancellation of December’s tournament due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 4-2 Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ – 26 May 2022


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World Championship Quarterfinal
Nokia Arena, Tampere ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Thursday, 26 May 2022

Finnish cult hero Marko Anttila produced another big display in World Championship knock-out play, leading the host nationโ€™s fightback to beat Slovakia 4-2.
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IHLC Preview – 2022 World Championship


The top teams in international hockey will converge on Tampere and Helsinki, Finland starting this Friday, 13 May, kicking off the premiere event of the global hockey calendar, the 2022 IIHF World Championship.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 5-1 Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 15 Apr 2022


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Zimnรญ stadion Pล™รญbram, Pล™รญbram ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Friday, 15 April 2022

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1st Period
00:18 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ GOAL – Hirvonen (Mรคenpรครค)

12:28 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ PEN – Krajcovic, holding
15:58 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ GOAL – Koponen
20:00 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ PEN – Stripai, holding
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IIHF Announces Tournament Updates Following Russia, Belarus Suspensions


Just under three weeks after announcing that Russia and Belarus were banned from IIHF participation after the Russian-led and Belarusian-backed invasion of Ukraine that began on 24 February, today the International Ice Hockey Federation announced replacement clubs for upcoming participation in the upcoming 2022 Men’s, Women’s and Junior World Championships.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 2-0 Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ – 18 Feb 2022


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Olympic Semifinal
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Friday, 18 February 2022

On the strength of Sakari Manninen’s first-period winner, Finland advanced to its second Olympic Gold medal game in history with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Slovakia on Friday.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland 6-2 Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ – 10 Feb 2022


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Olympic Preliminary Round
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Thursday, 10 February 2022

Sakari Manninen scored three goals and Miro Aaltonen scored two goals and one assist for Finland and Juraj Slafkovskรฝ scored twice for Slovakia in Finlandโ€™s 6-2 win in the first game for both teams at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
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IHLC Preview – 2022 Winter Olympics (Men’s)


For the second straight Olympics, the men’s hockey tournament will not feature NHL superstars (although this time due to COVID-19), making the Olympic tournament not necessarily a true “best on best,” but still a showcase of some of the world’s top talent looking to capture Gold and Olympic glory in Beijing.
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IHLC 2021 In Review – Junior


Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Hockey Lineal Championship only saw seven games of competition this year on the junior side, nearly a year apart, all in Edmonton, and cut short thanks to the outright cancellation of the 2022 World Junior Championship thanks to the Omicron variant.
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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

Remainder Of 2022 World Junior Championship Cancelled


After the third game in two days needed to be cancelled due to positive cases on an individual team, today the IIHF announced that the remainder of the 2022 World Junior Championships in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, Canada would be cancelled.
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IIHF Confirms No Relegation From 2022 World Junior Championship


After a degree of uncertainty surrounding how the IIHF would handle the 2023 World Junior Championships after the bottom two division tournaments set to take place in January 2022 were cancelled due to COVID-19, today they announced no teams in the ongoing Top Division would be relegated in 2022.
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