🇨🇦 Canada’s Boycott: 1970-77

With the now-cancelled 2020 World Championships set to have begun today in Switzerland, TheIHLC.com will instead highlight the last time there was a major lack of competition in the century-plus lineage of the IHLC – Canada’s international hockey boycott from 1970-77, and how the IHLC could have looked if just one fateful game in 1970 went another way.

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On 04 January 1970, the creator of modern ice hockey and the most dominant team in the game up to that point, Canada, shocked the hockey world when it announced that effective immediately, it was withdrawing from all international competition, including the World Championships, Olympic Games and other exhibition games or tournaments.
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🇨🇦 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: The Falcons Capture Inaugural Olympic Gold

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.” To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the first Olympic hockey champions at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games, today we feature the Winnipeg Falcons, who represented Canada at this historic tournament.

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🇨🇦 Canada 12-1 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palais de Glace d’Anvers, Antwerp 🇧🇪
Monday, 26 April 1920

Seth Howander took one look at the Canadian team and decided the leggings and leather apron he usually wore in net weren’t going to cut it. Then the Swedish goaltender gathered up all the absorbent cotton he could find and covered himself in the stuff.
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🇸🇪 Tony Mårtensson Announces Retirement At Age 39


Tony Mårtensson, the Swedish winger whose 20 year pro career took him to the United States, Russia, Switzerland and his native Sweden, today announced his retirement from pro hockey at age 39.
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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 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.
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🇸🇪 Jimmie Ericsson Announces Retirement Following Failed Achilles Rehab


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.
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IHLC 2019 In Review – Junior


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.
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IHLC 2019 In Review – Men’s


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.
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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 Results – 🇺🇸 United States 6-4 Sweden 🇸🇪 – 22 Dec 2019


🇺🇸 United States 6-4 Sweden 🇸🇪
Exhibition Game
Zimní stadion Český Těšín, Český Těšín 🇨🇿
Sunday, 22 December 2019

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.
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