Away from the multitude of IIHF cancellations due to the global 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.
Swedish winger Jimmie Ericsson, a longtime member of Tre Kronor and a standout in the Swedish Hockey League, today announced that after failing to rehab an injured Achilles tendon, he would retire from hockey at the age of 39.
The International Hockey Lineal Championship saw seven different champions hold the belt over the course of 21 games in 2019, including the end of the 2019 World Juniors and the start of the subsequent 2020 tournament.
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.
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.
The U.S. National Junior Team won a back-and-forth tilt 6-4 over Sweden, as Nick Robertson tallied two goals to lead Team USA. In total, five different U.S. skaters scored goals, while Spencer Knight and Dustin Wolf split netminder duties.
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 Finnish Independence Day, we look back at Finland’s third ever World Junior Championship in 2014, perhaps their most significant by virtue of being won against Sweden, their biggest rival, on Swedish turf.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 9:42 of overtime to lift Finland to an unforgettable 3-2 win over host Sweden in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday.
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00:50 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Marchenko, tripping
05:45 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Galenyuk, boarding minor + 10 min. misconduct
07:25 – 🇸🇪 PP GOAL – Eriksson (Höglander, Pašić)
11:48 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Pustozerov, cross checking
19:17 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Chinakhov (Nikolaev, Misyul)
19:30 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Åman, high sticking