IHLC Classics: The Goodwill Games Final

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, to celebrate Russia Day, we focus on one hockey’s most unique tournaments ever, and one of the Soviet Union’s final Gold Medal victories, at the 1990 Goodwill Games.


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Goodwill Games Gold Medal Game
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma usa-11
Sunday, August 5, 1990

In one of the more bazaar international hockey tournaments in history, the Soviet Union emerged with Gold from the only hockey ever played at the short-lived Goodwill Games, the Olympic alternative brainchild of billionaire Ted Turner, winning 4-3 in a shootout over the home team United States to unify Gold and International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces 2016 Class

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The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2016 on November 14, with Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogatien Vachon and Pat Quinn getting the call, bringing their professional and international accolades (along with their International Hockey Lineal Championship reigns) to the famed Hall in Toronto.
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IHLC Classics: The 1981 Canada Cup Final

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 Russia Day (and of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey), we look back at the Soviet Union’s convincing victory at the 1981 Canada Cup, their first (and so far only) title in the tournament.

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Canada Cup Final
Forum de Montréal, Montréal canada1965-11
Sunday, September 13, 1981

The Soviet Union did not squander their first Canada Cup final appearance, and their first premier best-on-best matchup since the 1974 Summit Series, crushing Team Canada 8-1 in front of a stunned Montréal Forum, and larger hockey world, to win the 1981 Canada Cup and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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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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IHLC Classics: The Forgotten Miracle

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 United States’ 239th birthday, we look back at the first ever American Olympic Gold Medal in ice hockey, the original “Miracle on Ice” against the more powerful Soviet Union.

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Olympic Medal Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Squaw Valley usa-11
Saturday, February 27, 1960

Before the Wheaties boxes, before the Sports Illustrated covers, before the Hollywood film that immortalized the 1980 “Miracle On Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team, there was the team twenty years ago, that pulled off the original, “Forgotten Miracle” at Squaw Valley, defeating the Soviets 3-2 en route to their first Olympic Gold and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Classics: The Miracle On Ice

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 celebrate the 35th anniversary of perhaps the most historic game in international hockey, “The Miracle on Ice.”

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Olympic Medal Round
Olympic Fieldhouse, Lake Placid usa-11
Friday, February 22, 1980

It has been consistently voted one of, if not the, top moment in American sports history. The IIHF named it their #1 moment in their history as part of their 100th anniversary celebration in 2008. The game is still used as a source of inspiration for players of all sports across the world, and it helped to inspire a new generation of American hockey players and fans watching the upset of the century unfold. Yes, the game where an upstart American squad of amateur and college players, who shocked the Soviets, and the world, en route to Olympic Gold and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.

Do you believe in miracles?
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A Note On Cyrillic Spelling

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When this site launched, as more and more boxscores (which now number over 700 on this site, and is continually growing) were added, a noticeable trend was noticed among scores featuring teams from the Soviet Union, and the states formed in the former’s dispersal after 1991, such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus. As the sources would vary for where the boxscore information was coming from, so to were different variations and spellings of names from one game to the next: Aleksander to Alexander, Myshkin or Mishkin, Valeri, Valery or Valeriy, and so on.
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