🇺🇸 American Forward David Backes Retires As Blue At Age 37


American forward David Backes, who has seen limited playing time over the past two seasons due to recurring injuries, today officially signed with St. Louis for a day to retire as a Blue, ending his career at the age of 37.
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🇨🇳 NHL, IIHF Reach Agreement On 2022 Olympic Participation


After the NHL and NHL Player’s Association came to an agreement last summer to participate at both the 2022 and 2026 Olympics, pending negotiations with the International Olympic Committee and IIHF, today it was announced that NHL players will in fact participate at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, marking their return to the Games after skipping the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 United States 🇺🇸 (OT) – 31 Aug 2021


🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 United States 🇺🇸 (OT)
Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game
WinSport Arena, Calgary 🇨🇦
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Marie-Philip Poulin scored the golden goal at 7:22 of the first overtime period to give Canada a 3-2 win over the United States. It was Canada’s first gold medal at the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship since 2012 and ended a run of five in a row for their adversaries.
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🇸🇰 🇱🇻 🇩🇰 Slovakia, Latvia, Denmark Clinch Final Beijing 2022 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Spots


After nearly two year of Olympic qualifiers that began in Luxembourg and China in November 2019, four rounds of play, 36 teams competing and a global pandemic in between, came to a conclusion today for the final three spots in Beijing, with the spots being clinched locked up by Slovakia, Latvia and Denmark for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 5-1 United States 🇺🇸 – 26 Aug 2021


🇨🇦 Canada 5-1 United States 🇺🇸
Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
WinSport Arena, Calgary 🇨🇦
Thursday, 26 August 2021

Canada scored early and often and defeated the United States emphatically, 5-1, to claim first place in Group A. They did it without their captain, Marie-Philip Poulin, but Jamie Lee Rattray stepped up and contributed two goals in the win.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 6-0 Russian Olympic Committee 🇷🇺 – 24 Aug 2021


🇺🇸 United States 6-0 Russian Olympic Committee 🇷🇺
Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
WinSport Arena, Calgary 🇨🇦
Tuesday, 24 August 2021

It’s all history, all the time in Calgary. Hilary Knight scored her 45th career Women’s Worlds goal to surpass fellow American legend Cammi Granato for the all-time tournament record as the unbeaten U.S. thrashed the ROC team 6-0 on Tuesday.
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🇺🇸 Jimmy Hayes: 1989-2021


The hockey world today was again struck with tragic news, as the news of 31 year old American forward Jimmy Hayes, a former NHL and international player who recently became a new father, had unexpectedly passed away in his home state of Milton, Massachusetts, USA.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 3-0 Finland 🇫🇮 – 22 Aug 2021


🇺🇸 United States 3-0 Finland 🇫🇮
Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
WinSport Arena, Calgary 🇨🇦
Sunday, 22 August 2021

So, we meet again! The defending champion U.S. blanked 2019 silver medalist Finland 3-0 in Sunday’s late game at Calgary’s WinSport Arena.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 3-0 Switzerland 🇨🇭 – 20 Aug 2021


🇺🇸 United States 3-0 Switzerland 🇨🇭
Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
WinSport Arena, Calgary 🇨🇦
Friday, 20 August 2021

With a dazzling 55-save performance, Swiss goalie Andrea Brändli made sure it wasn’t a cakewalk for the U.S. on Day One. The defending champions had to work hard for their 3-0 victory over Switzerland in the third game at Calgary’s WinSport Arena.
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IHLC Preview – 2021 Women’s World Championship


Following an eighteen month delay of no major international women’s hockey thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw one World Championships cancelled and another delayed, the puck is finally set to drop on the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, the twentieth edition of the tournament, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, bringing the world’s top ten women’s nations in their first major competition since early 2020.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 6-0 Russian Olympic Committee 🇷🇺 – 18 Aug 2021


🇺🇸 United States 6-0 Russian Olympic Committee 🇷🇺
Exhibition Game
WinSport Arena, Calgary 🇨🇦
Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated the Russian Olympic Committee 6-0 in its lone pre-tournament matchup ahead of the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship at WinSport Arena this afternoon.
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🇫🇮 2022 World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2022 IIHF World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland, returning to the nation for the first time since Helsinki hosted consecutively in 2012-13.
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🇨🇦 🇺🇸 Tony Esposito: 1943-2021


Anthony “Tony O” Esposito, the legendary Chicago Black Hawks goaltender who was a three-time Vezina Trophy winner, and one of the backstops in Canada’s historic 1972 Summit Series, today died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. Continue reading

🇨🇦 Revised 2021 Women’s World Championship Schedule Released


After having to delay for a year following the 2019-20 outbreak of the COVID-19 virus across the world, delaying another month to meet Canadian quarantine protocols, and finally delaying another three months due to a last-minute cancellation by the Nova Scotia government, today the IIHF announced the schedule for the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, set to open up on 20 August after no international women’s hockey tournaments for two and a half years.
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🇺🇸 Tampa Bay Lightning Repeat As Stanley Cup Champions


Unlike having to win their 2020 title in front of an empty arena 4,500 kilometres from home, the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight repeated as Stanley Cup champions, defeating the Montréal Canadiens 1-0 to win their third Stanley Cup in Game Five of the Finals in front of a packed Tampa crowd.
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🇨🇦 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: Wendell’s Winner Nets First Gold For Team USA

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 American Independence Day, we feature the first Gold Medal for the United States women’s team, captured in a thrilling shootout in 2005.

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🇺🇸 United States 1-0 Canada 🇨🇦 (SO)
Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game
Cloetta Center, Linköping 🇸🇪
Saturday, 09 April 2005

Few team sports have been dominated so emphatically by one country as women’s hockey by Canada. Since the inception of the World Women’s Championship into the IIHF program in 1990, Team Canada won all eight championships leading up to the ninth Women’s World tournament in Sweden in 2005. Additionally, Canada had won the 2002 Olympic gold. The only blemish to Canada’s women’s record was USA’s win in the 1998 Olympics.
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IHLC Results – 🇫🇮 Finland 2-1 Germany 🇩🇪 – 05 Jun 2021


🇫🇮 Finland 2-1 Germany 🇩🇪

World Championship Semifinal
Arēna Rīga, Rīga 🇱🇻
Saturday, 05 June 2021

Germany put up a mighty challenge, but the champion still reigns for another day as Finland built up a 2-0 first-period lead and held on to win an emotional semi-final game 2-1.
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🇺🇸 Multiple Gold Medallist Kacey Bellamy Retires From Team USA


American defender Kacey Bellamy, one of the most decorated medallists in American hockey history, today announced her retirement from hockey at the age of 34, leaving the sport behind with a staggering 23 medals to her name.
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