Florida Panthers Confirm Radim Vrbata’s Retirement


The Florida Panthers confirmed that Czech forward Radim Vrbata would sit out the Panthers’ season finale in Boston, putting his 17 season career to an end, with stops in Colorado, Carolina, Chicago, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Vancouver and Florida, along with stints with Liberec and Mladá Boleslav of his native Czech league.
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IHLC Classics: Vokoun Shuts Out Canada For 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.” Today, in honour of Czech Independence Day, we look back at the 2005 World Championships Gold Medal Game, the first true “best on best” final in 75 years of Worlds history.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna austria-11
Sunday, May 15, 2005

Czechia captured their fifth IIHF World Championship Gold Medal in a dominating 3-0 win over Canada, in a World Championships that featured more NHL players than ever due to the NHL lockout, putting the Czechs on top in a rare “best on best” World Championships, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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Kimmo Timonen Retires As Champion From Blackhawks

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As first announced in March, and with his Chicago Blackhawks ending their season with a Stanley Cup victory, Finnish defenseman Kimmo Timonen has retired from his professional career after sixteen NHL seasons with Nashville, Philadelphia and Chicago, and eight Liiga seasons with KalPa, TPS and HIFK, in addition to 20+ years representing the Leijonat internationally.
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IHLC Results – Czechia 3-0 Canada – May 15, 2005

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czech-11 Czechia 3-0 Canada canada1965-11
World Championship Gold Medal Game
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna austria-11
Sunday, May 15, 2005

Czechia captured their fifth IIHF World Championship Gold Medal in a dominating 3-0 win over Canada, in a World Championships that featured more NHL players than ever due to the NHL lockout, putting the Czechs on top in a rare “best on best” World Championships, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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IHLC Results – Czechia 3-2 United States (SO) – May 12, 2005

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World Championship Quarterfinal
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna austria-11
Thursday, May 12, 2005

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:44 – czech-11 PEN – Vokoun, delay of game
04:44 – usa-11 PEN – Gionta, slashing
06:59 – usa-11 PEN – team, too many players
09:18 – usa-11 GOAL – Modano (Cole, Hauer)
12:11 – czech-11 PEN – Ručinský, cross checking
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IHLC Results – Czechia 4-2 Canada – May 5, 1996

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna austria-11
Sunday, May 5, 1996

BOXSCORE
1st Period
05:29 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Thomas (Perreault, Galley)
07:49 – czech-11 GOAL – Lang (Kadlec)
14:40 – canada1965-11 PEN – Green, elbowing
17:42 – canada1965-11 PEN – Friesen, slashing
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IHLC Results – Czechia 5-0 United States – May 3, 1996

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World Championship Semifinal
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna austria-11
Friday, May 3, 1996

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:16 – czech-11 PEN – Kysela, interference
02:05 – czech-11 SH GOAL – Procházka
02:32 – czech-11 SH GOAL – Kučera (Ujčík)
12:48 – usa-11 PEN – Tancill, tripping
13:34 – czech-11 PP GOAL – Vejvoda (Patera, Lang)
15:20 – czech-11 PEN – Sýkora, interference
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