🇨🇳 🇮🇹 NHL, NHLPA Agrees To Olympic Return In 2022 & 2026


With both the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association today ratifying both their return to play proposal to complete the 2019-20 NHL season, as well as extend their latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, one major clause of the plan is the return of NHL players to the Winter Olympics, marking the return of the world’s top professional players for the first time since 2014, pending IOC and IIHF approval.
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🇨🇿 Martin Erat Retires From Kometa Brno At Age 38


Czech winger Martin Erat, who spent twenty years professionally in the NHL, KHL and Czech leagues, as well as representing the Narodnitym many times, today announced his retirement from his final club, HC Kometa Brno.
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🇸🇪 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: “Mirakel” In Turin

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), we feature the biggest win in Damkronorna history, their 2006 shootout upset over the United States in Turin.

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🇸🇪 Sweden 3-2 United States 🇺🇸 (SO)
Olympic Semifinal
Palasport Olimpico, Turin 🇮🇹
Friday, 17 February 2006

There was no reason to suspect that anything would be different in 2006. Since 1990, when women’s hockey became an official IIHF event, every finals had been a Canada-USA affair. This was the rivalry that kept women’s hockey alive and exciting, but in some ways it was also one that was taking interest away from the sport.
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🇨🇿 Aleš Hemský Announces Retirement At Age 36


Aleš Hemský, the workhorse Czech winger who spent 15 years in the National Hockey League, today announced his retirement from pro hockey at age 36, after a concussion prevented him from playing for the past three years.
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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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🇨🇦 Roberto Luongo Retires After 19 NHL Seasons


Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo, the third winningest goalie in NHL history, only trailing Hall of Famers Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy, today announced his retirement from professional hockey at the age of 40.
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🇮🇹 Milan–Cortina d’Ampezzo Announced As Host Of 2026 Winter Olympics


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.
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🇸🇪 Jenni Asserholt Retires From HV71, Damkronorna


Swedish star winger Jenni Asserholt, who served as captain for both the club team HV71 and the national Damkronorna, who retired from the latter in 2016, formally announced her retirement from pro hockey outright, at the age of 30.
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🇨🇦 Jarome Iginla Ends Illustrious Career After 20 Seasons


Canadian power forward Jarome Iginla, who racked up a great number of personal awards and was revered as a powerful leader on the ice, today formally retired as a Calgary Flame, spending 16 of his 20 pro seasons in Calgary. Continue reading

🇸🇰 Marián Hossa Confirms Hockey Career Is Over


Marián Hossa, sidelined for the entire 2017-18 NHL season due to a skin disorder, confirmed today to a Slovakian newspaper that his hockey career was over, and he will formally retire once his current contract expires in 2020.
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🇸🇪 Sedin Twins Announce Dual Retirement After 18 NHL Seasons


Swedish twin forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin, proverbially joined at the hip for nearly two decades both with the Vancouver Canucks and Tre Kronor, formally ended their career tonight with the Canucks in Edmonton, closing out a historic 18-season NHL career spent side by side.
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🇸🇰 Ján Lašák Announces Retirement From Bílí Tygři Liberec


Netminder Ján Lašák, a mainstay in the net for Slovakia for nearly two decades, announced his retirement from pro hockey, instead opting to help overhaul a Slovak Hockey Association heading in a new direction under the leadership of former teammate and national team GM Miroslav Šatan.
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🇨🇦 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: Canada Makes It Two In Torino

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, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we shine a light on Canada’s 2006 women’s Olympic Gold victory, Canada’s second of four (and counting) Olympic titles.

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🇨🇦 Canada 4-1 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palasport Olimpico, Turin 🇮🇹
Monday, 20 February 2006

Canada won their second consecutive Olympic women’s ice hockey gold with a 4-1 win over Sweden in Turin on Monday.
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🇸🇪 🇫🇮 IHLC Classics: Lidström’s Golden Goal

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, to celebrate National Day (Sveriges nationaldag) in Sweden, we focus on Sweden’s second and most recent Olympic Gold Medal, won from rivals Finland at the 2006 Turin Games.

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🇸🇪 Sweden 3-2 Finland 🇫🇮
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Palasport Olimpico, Turin 🇮🇹
Sunday, 26 February 2006

The hockey world changed most dramatically and recently in the 1990s. First, the Soviet Union crumbled, after which Czechoslovakia split in two, and then NHLers started to compete at the Olympics. The result produced an astounding parity among the top teams. Consider that the “Canadian era” lasted from 1920 to 1961 and the “Soviet era” from 1962 to 1990.

That is, these countries dominated those periods of time in a way that is unimaginable today.
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NHL Confirms Players Will Not Attend 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics


After months of speculation and negotiations, the National Hockey League today announced that they will not actively participate in the 2018 Olympics in Korea, ending a 20-year span of NHL participation in the Games.
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🇨🇦 Vincent Lecavalier Formally Announces Retirement From Kings

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Making good on his announcement at the start of the 2015-16 NHL season, Vincent Lecavalier today announced his retirement from professional hockey, his 17 year NHL career concluding with the Los Angeles Kings’ first round playoff exit.
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🇫🇮 Leijonat To Retire Numbers Of Four Legends At 2016 World Juniors

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With Helsinki hosting the 2016 World Junior Championships this winter, the Finnish Ice Hockey Association will retire the numbers of four national team legends during the tournament, with the numbers of Teemu Selänne, Saku Koivu, Jere Lehtinen and Ville Peltonen to be forever enshrined in the rafters of Hartwall Arena.
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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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🇨🇦 Simon Gagné Announces Retirement At Age 35

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After a fourteen year professional career, highlighted by a Stanley Cup in 2012 and Olympic Gold in 2002, Canadian winger Simon Gagné today announced his retirement from hockey, after playing just 23 games with Boston in the 2014-15 NHL season.
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