🇨🇦 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 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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IHLC Results – 🇸🇪 Sweden 5-1 Czechia 🇨🇿 – 20 Dec 2019


🇸🇪 Sweden 5-1 Czechia 🇨🇿
Exhibition Game
Hala Polárka, Frýdek-Místek 🇨🇿
Friday, 20 December 2019

BOXSCORE
1st Period
06:45 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Kukla, delay of game
13:26 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Fagemo (Broberg)
17:12 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Söderström, slashing
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🇫🇮 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: Ristolainen Sinks Malmö, Tre Kronor

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.


🇫🇮 Finland 3-2 Sweden 🇸🇪 (OT)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Malmö Arena, Malmö 🇸🇪
Sunday, 05 January 2014

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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IHLC Results – 🇸🇪 Sweden 2-1 Finland 🇫🇮 – 10 Nov 2019


🇸🇪 Sweden 2-1 Finland 🇫🇮
Four Nations Cup
Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki 🇫🇮
Sunday, 10 November 2019

BOXSCORE
1st Period
07:51 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Aa. Räty (Hirvonen, Ak. Räty)
11:09 – 🇸🇪 PEN – team, too many players
18:00 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Petman, hooking
19:40 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Broberg, tripping
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IHLC Results – 🇸🇪 Sweden 6-1 Russia 🇷🇺 – 09 Nov 2019


🇸🇪 Sweden 6-1 Russia 🇷🇺
Four Nations Cup
Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki 🇫🇮
Saturday, 09 November 2019

BOXSCORE
1st Period
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
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🇸🇪 Swedish Hockey Federation Confirms Cancellation Of Four Nations Cup In Luleå


After rejecting their latest deal to put an end to a standoff with the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, today the organization announced that the upcoming Four Nations Cup, scheduled for 5-9 November in Luleå, has been cancelled.
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🇸🇪 Triple Gold Club Member Niklas Kronwall Retires At Age 38


Swedish defenceman Niklas Kronwall, the feared physical blueliner with an equally fearsome slapshot, today announced his retirement from hockey, after an illustrious 20 year career that includes a Stanley Cup, Olympic and World Championship Gold, and membership in the Triple Gold Club.
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🇸🇰 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: Sweden Throws The Game To Slovakia?

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 Slovakia’s Constitution Day, we look back at a Slovak Olympic victory, one of the most controversial games in recent memory, which speculation of Sweden “throwing” the match still rampant to this day.

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🇸🇰 Slovakia 3-0 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Preliminary Round
Torino Esposizioni, Turin 🇮🇹
Tuesday, 21 February 2006

Behind the closed door of the locker room at Torino Esposizioni, Bengt-Åke Gustafsson, coach of the Swedish hockey team, gathered his players Tuesday and delivered his pregame address. He told them to try to beat Slovakia, defenseman Nicklas Lidström said.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇿 Czechia 4-1 Sweden 🇸🇪 – 25 Aug 2019


🇨🇿 Czechia 4-1 Sweden 🇸🇪
Four Nations Cup
Universal Sports Palace Molot, Perm 🇷🇺
Sunday, 25 August 2019

BOXSCORE
1st Period
06:00 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Kubíček, roughing
06:00 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Gustafsson, roughing
14:07 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Andersson, tripping
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IHLC Results – 🇫🇮 Finland 6-5 Sweden 🇸🇪 (OT) – 23 Aug 2019


🇫🇮 Finland 6-5 Sweden 🇸🇪 (OT)
Four Nations Cup
Universal Sports Palace Molot, Perm 🇷🇺
Friday, 23 August 2019

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:53 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Caderoth, hooking
07:44 – 🇫🇮 PEN – team, too many players
10:31 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Kakkonen, slashing
11:04 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Johansson, slashing
15:36 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Hatakka (Maccelli, Aaltonen)
18:05 – 🇸🇪 EA GOAL – Costmar (Andersson)
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