The international hockey season saw a relative return to normal 2022, with both the Olympics and World Championships taking place amidst a pandemic, political turmoil, and a number of major swings in the balance of global hockey power. 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 Swedish Sveriges nationaldag (National Day), and in light of Finland winning the most recent World Championship on home ice, we feature the last time the home team took home Gold, when Tre Kronor triumphed in Stockholm in 2013.
Switzerland scored first, but hosts Sweden dominated the last 55 minutes to become the first home team to win Gold since 1986. It is the nation’s ninth World Championship Gold medal. Continue reading →
Swedish stay-at-home defender Niklas Hjalmarsson, one of the best defensive defencemen of the modern era, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and Olympic Silver medalist for Sweden, today confirmed his retirement from hockey at age 34. Continue reading →
Swedish winger Fredrik Pettersson, a World Champion with Tre Kronor and a Continental Cup champion with pro stops across seven countries, today announced his retirement from hockey at the age of 33. Continue reading →
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Hockey Lineal Championship only saw nine games of competition this year on the men’s side, staying completely within the confines of the Euro Hockey Tour, due to May’s World Championships being cancelled in Switzerland. 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 Swiss National Day (also known as Schweizer Bundesfeiertag, Fête Nationale Suisse or Festa Nazionale Svizzera), we feature La Nati’s historic streak at the 2013 World Championship, namely their historic semifinal victory.
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 Russian National Day, we feature the Red Army’s first major international title, and their debut IHLC matchup, against Canada to finish the 1954 World Championship.
There is no question that 1954 was the start of the modern era of international hockey. Prior to the World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, that year, Canada ruled the ice lanes uncontested. Indeed, from 1920 to 1954, it lost only two significant games, one to the United States at the 1933 World Championship and one to Great Britain at the 1936 Olympics.
But in 1954, the Soviet Union made its first appearance in international hockey, and it did so in a blaze of glory. The Soviets had only started playing “Canadian hockey” (as opposed to European bandy) in 1946, and just eight years later that nation’s top players and managers believed they were ready to play against the world – and win. Continue reading →
Swedish defender Staffan Kronwall, within the same season as his older brother Niklas, today announced his retirement from hockey after his club team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, was eliminated from the KHL playoffs. Continue reading →
The International Hockey Lineal Championship this year stayed within the confines of the Euro Hockey Tour, with only Russia, Czechia, Sweden and Finland holding the title over the course of 28 games throughout 2019. Continue reading →
Today, during the 134th session of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Italian bid of Milan–Cortina d’Ampezzo was awarded the hosting rights to the 2026 Winter Olympics, winning the hosting rights over Stockholm–Åre, Sweden. Continue reading →
Just days after the death of Ján Starší, who built the Czechoslovak national team into a dominant force in the 1970’s, the man who helped carry the Czechoslovakian team through the 1980’s and Czech team in the 1990’s has also passed away, as Luděk Bukač today died at the age of 83. Continue reading →