🇺🇸 Tampa Bay Lightning Repeat As Stanley Cup Champions


Unlike having to win their 2020 title in front of an empty arena 4,500 kilometres from home, the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight repeated as Stanley Cup champions, defeating the Montréal Canadiens 1-0 to win their third Stanley Cup in Game Five of the Finals in front of a packed Tampa crowd.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 7-3 Slovakia 🇸🇰 – 01 Jun 2021


🇨🇿 Czechia 7-3 Slovakia 🇸🇰

World Championship Preliminary Round
Elektrum Olimpiskais centrs, Rīga 🇱🇻
Tuesday, 01 June 2021

The Czech Republic thumped Slovakia 7-3 on Tuesday to surpass their brotherly rivals in Group A and finish third with 13 points. The Czechs will face Finland in Thursday’s quarter-finals. The Slovaks came fourth with 12 points and will take on the Americans.
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IHLC Preview – 2021 World Championship


After a year away during one of the most tumultuous years in human history, with a pandemic and political strife seeing a year-long delay and a change in venue, the international hockey calendar sees some sense of normalcy return with the resurgence of the IIHF World Championship, set to take place this year in Rīga, Latvia.
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🇱🇻 2021 World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2021 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Rīga, Latvia, marking the return of the World Championship after its historic cancellation last year, returning to Latvia for the first time in 15 years.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 3-1 Slovakia 🇸🇰 – 27 Dec 2020


🇨🇦 Canada 3-1 Slovakia 🇸🇰
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton 🇨🇦
Sunday, 27 December 2020

There were no 16 goals tonight for Canada, no tired or under-manned opponent, only a determined and persistent Slovakian team clearly bent on containing Canada’s speed come what may.
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IHLC Preview – 2021 World Junior Championship


The first IIHF “bubble” tournament is set to begin in Edmonton, Canada, with the 2020 calendar year coming to a close with the start of the 2021 World Junior Championship, being held in a contained Rogers Place with the top nations in the hockey world looking to earn glory in the midst of a pandemic.
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🇨🇦 2021 World Junior Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship has been released, with all teams playing in a quarantined bubble without spectators in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with the tournament set to begin on Christmas Day, while host nation and defending champions Canada opening on the more traditional Boxing Day.
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Draisaitl Leads The Pack At Virtual 2020 NHL Awards


The National Hockey League completed its awards distribution for the pandemic-delayed 2019-20 season with the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals in Edmonton, with twelve IHLC holders representing nine countries taking home trophies handed out over the past month.
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🇷🇺 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 René 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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🇨🇦 🇸🇰 Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2020


The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2020, with two first-ballot inductees joining a trio of Canadian players who have long awaited their call to the Hall in Toronto.
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🇨🇿 Czechia Announces Cancellation Of Euro Hockey Challenge, Carlson Hockey Games Postponement


Away from the multitude of IIHF cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, today two independently-organized tournaments between European federations were officially cancelled, as the Czech Ice Hockey Association today confirmed that both April’s Euro Hockey Challenge and May’s Czech Hockey Games in Brno would be cancelled.
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IHLC Preview – 2020 World Junior Championship


The finish of the holiday season, year 2019 and junior international hockey calendar is set to begin on Boxing Day in Czechia, with the top ten hockey nations on Earth meeting to compete at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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🇨🇿 🇸🇰 IHLC Classics: The Velvet Reunion

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.

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🇨🇿 Czechia 5-3 Slovakia 🇸🇰
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
Sunday, 14 May 2000

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.
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🇸🇰 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: Sweden Throws The Game To Slovakia?

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.

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🇸🇰 Slovakia 3-0 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Preliminary Round
Torino Esposizioni, Turin 🇮🇹
Tuesday, 21 February 2006

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.
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🇸🇰 Radoslav Suchý Retires From Slovenská Extraliga At Age 43


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.
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2020 World Championship Schedule Released


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.
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Major Announcements Made At 2019 IIHF Congress


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.
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