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 14 November, 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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🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-1 Canada 🇨🇦
Canada Cup Final
Forum de Montréal, Montréal 🇨🇦
Sunday, 13 September 1981

The 1981 Canada Cup was all about momentum. It was the second edition of the event started five years earlier, and Canada was the prohibitive favourite. There was one significant difference, though. In 1976, the Soviet Union had sent an “experimental” team, not fully knowing the level of competition it would face and worried some of its top players might try to defect. The result was a performance not befitting the country that had claimed World Championship and Olympic gold many times over.

In 1981, it would make no such mistake.
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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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🇺🇸 United States 3-2 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
Olympic Medal Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Olympic Valley 🇺🇸
Saturday, 27 February 1960

There was no colour television coverage, no announcer using a catch-phrase like “miracle on ice,” no celebration of the extraordinary over and above a remarkable gold medal. But make no mistake—when the United States won Olympic gold in 1960 in Olympic Valley, California, it was a much greater miracle than the one that occurred in Lake Placid 20 years later. In 1980, it was one game—a 4-3 win over the Soviet Union—that defined the American victory. In 1960, the U.S. had to defeat the top four teams in the world to win gold.
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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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🇷🇺 Viktor Tikhonov: 1930-2014

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Former Soviet head coach Viktor Tikhonov, who coached the dominant Red Army team from 1977 to 1994, winning eight World Championships, three Olympic Gold Medals and the 1981 Canada Cup, has died in Moscow following a long illness at the age of 84.
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IHLC Team Profiles – 🇷🇺 Russia (Men’s)

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🇷🇺 RUSSIA (RUS) Men’s National Ice Hockey Team (1992-)
played as SOVIET UNION (URS), 1951-91
played at Olympics as UNIFIED TEAM (EUN), 1992; OLYMPIC ATHLETES FROM RUSSIA (OAR), 2018; RUSSIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (ROC), 2022
played at World Championships as RUSSIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (ROC), 2021-22

475 wins, 75 reigns, 519 games with IHLC – ranked 1st
IHLC last held 19 December 2021

For the all-time leader in men’s IHLC victories, it is remarkable that the Russian team, first playing as the Soviet Union, did not compete for the IHLC until 1954, 49 years after the championship was established. But The Red Machine dominated international hockey for nearly four decades, setting records for IHLC wins, games played, and undefeated streaks, only occasionally being dethroned by the likes of spoilers played by Canada, the United States or Czechoslovakia. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Russian team that emerged has still played among the best of the IHLC, capturing dozens of IHLC titles since 1991.
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IHLC Team Profiles – 🇷🇺 Russia (Junior)


🇷🇺 RUSSIA (RUS) Men’s Junior National Ice Hockey Team (1992-)
played as SOVIET UNION (URS), 1973-91
120 wins, 29 reigns, 125 games with IHLC – ranked 1st
IHLC last held 29 December 2019

The first junior IHLC champion also leads the all-time rankings in wins and games played, dominating the first decade of junior hockey while turning out the future stars of the game that would dominate international hockey until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Since becoming an independent nation, Russia is always a threat and medal contender, and continues to post impressive numbers while maintaining their spot atop the IHLC throne.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 2-1 Soviet Union 🇷🇺 – 07 Sep 1991

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🇺🇸 United States 2-1 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
Canada Cup Group Round
Chicago Stadium, Chicago 🇺🇸
Saturday, 07 September 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:00 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Modano (Roenick, Hull)
05:41 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kasatonov, slashing
12:25 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Leetch, tripping
16:56 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kovalenko, tripping
19:52 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kozlov, roughing
19:52 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Otto, roughing
19:52 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Fyodorov, roughing
19:52 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Johnson, roughing double minor
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 6-1 Finland 🇫🇮 – 05 Sep 1991

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 6-1 Finland 🇫🇮
Canada Cup Group Round
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton 🇨🇦
Thursday, 05 September 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
02:07 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Butsayev (Gusarov, Gordyuk)
04:44 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Lumme, cross checking
10:04 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Prokhorov (Kozlov, Fyodorov)
14:41 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Prokhorov, cross checking / roughing double minor
14:41 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Eloranta, roughing
16:19 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Sirén, tripping
18:30 – 🇷🇺 SH GOAL – Khairdarov (Gusarov)
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IHLC Results – 🇸🇪 Sweden 4-1 Soviet Union 🇷🇺 – 15 Aug 1991

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Exhibition Game
Stockholm Globe Arena, Stockholm 🇸🇪
Thursday, 15 August 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:34 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Lomakin, tripping
10:20 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Edstrom, high sticking
19:44 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Motkov, hooking
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 4-3 Sweden 🇸🇪 – 14 Aug 1991

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 4-3 Sweden 🇸🇪
Exhibition Game
Rocklundahallen, Västerås 🇸🇪
Wednesday, 14 August 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:43 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Steen, high sticking
08:46 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kovalenko, interference
09:35 – 🇸🇪 PP GOAL – Näslund (Sandström, Lidström)
09:42 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Korolyov (Khaidarov)
12:50 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – K. Samuelsson (Sandström, Näslund)
15:35 – 🇸🇪 PEN – K. Samuelsson, holding
17:01 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Gusarov (Khaidarov, Semak)
17:17 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Steen, interference
19:19 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Gordiyuk, high sticking
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IHLC Results – 🇸🇪 Sweden 2-1 Soviet Union 🇷🇺 – 04 May 1991


🇸🇪 Sweden 2-1 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
World Championship Final Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Saturday, 04 May 1991

Mats Sundin, only 20 at that time, scored what many consider as the “best goal in the history of the IIHF World Championship” when he single-handedly gave Sweden Gold in 1991 in Turku. But it isn’t only the exceptional end-to-end rush that counts into the overall verdict. The performance capped a season which began with Sundin escaping his country as villain – in what also was the last hockey game ever to be played by the Soviet Union national team at the World Championship.
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 3-3 Canada 🇨🇦 – 02 May 1991

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 3-3 Canada 🇨🇦
World Championship Final Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Thursday, 02 May 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:43 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Linden, hooking
04:41 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Zelepukin, high sticking major
06:58 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Thomas, elbowing
08:13 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Bykov (Kamenski)
15:53 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Larmer, hooking
19:43 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Craven (R. Courtnall)
19:57 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Butsayev, interference
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 6-4 United States 🇺🇸 – 30 Apr 1991

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 6-4 United States 🇺🇸
World Championship Final Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Tuesday, 30 April 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:11 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Fetisov (Gusarov, Bure)
04:50 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Cole, high sticking
05:21 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Mironov (Lomakin)
05:35 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Krygier, hooking
11:06 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Nemchinov
12:20 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Fetisov (Makarov, Zhamnov)
14:00 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Wolanin (McEachern)
14:25 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Sacco (Brown)
14:56 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Konstantinov, holding
17:12 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Lomakin, holding
18:54 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Pederson, slashing
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 5-3 Canada 🇨🇦 – 25 Apr 1991

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 5-3 Canada 🇨🇦
World Championship Preliminary Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Thursday, 25 April 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:04 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Lomakin
05:43 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kozlov, tripping
10:14 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Zhamnov (Makarov, Kozlov)
12:52 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Ronning, hooking
14:51 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Konstantinov, interference
18:51 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kozlov, hooking
19:05 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Fleury
19:21 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Kasatonov (Makarov, Kozlov)
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 12-2 United States 🇺🇸 – 23 Apr 1991

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 12-2 United States 🇺🇸
World Championship Preliminary Round
Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki 🇫🇮
Tuesday, 23 April 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:38 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Fetisov, holding
05:12 – 🇺🇸 PEN – McEachern, interference
06:03 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Makarov (Kasatonov, Konstantinov)
08:39 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Emma, high sticking
12:01 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Kamenski (Bykov)
12:33 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Emma, roughing
12:46 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Mironov (Semak, Nemchinov)
13:32 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Mullen, slashing
13:32 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kozlov, slashing
14:17 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Zhamnov
16:45 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Cole, boarding
17:16 – 🇺🇸 PEN – team, too many players
18:04 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Kravchuk (Mironov, Semak)
19:21 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Butsayev (Kozlov, Konstantinov)
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 Soviet Union 🇷🇺 – 04 Jan 1991


🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
World Junior Championship Group Round
Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon 🇨🇦
Friday, 04 January 1991

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:18 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Ozoliņš
05:12 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Sévigny (Lindros)
05:54 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Slaney
15:15 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Rice (Sillinger, Dykhuis)
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