🇨🇦 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: Canada’s Olympic Revenge

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 the upcoming Olympics, we feature the first of Canada’s four consecutive Gold Medal victories, the thrilling showdown against the United States at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

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🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 United States 🇺🇸

Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City 🇺🇸
Thursday, 21 February 2002

For more than a week, they bore their opponents’ taunts with smiles and silence. They talked instead about how much they respected the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. They said nothing about the little things that were being done to irritate and belittle them; little things such as having their photographs at the athletes village scribbled on and autographed by the American players.
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🇨🇦 🇺🇸 IHLC Classics: Canada’s Gold Drought Ends

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 Canada Day, we look back at the end of Canada’s Olympic Gold Medal drought in 2002, where 50 years of futility was put to rest in Salt Lake City.

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🇨🇦 Canada 5-2 United States 🇺🇸

Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City 🇺🇸
Sunday, 24 February 2002

After the great disappointment of Nagano, when Canada failed to win a medal despite a tremendous lineup and gold-medal expectations, Canada was leaving nothing to chance four years later. Wayne Gretzky, who was not selected in the shootout against the Czechs in 1998, had retired and been named Canada’s general manager, and he surrounded himself with a roster of executives unlike anything in Canada’s hockey history.

Collectively, they chose the 20 skaters and three goalies who would try to bring their country Olympic glory for the first time since 1952.
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🇧🇾 🇸🇪 IHLC Classics: Miracle At Salt Lake

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, we take a look at one of the biggest upsets in Olympic hockey history, the “Miracle at Salt Lake.”

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🇧🇾 Belarus 4-3 Sweden 🇸🇪
Olympic Quarterfinal

E Center, West Valley City 🇺🇸
Wednesday, 20 February 2002

The 2002 Olympics were rounding into shape quite nicely during the Final Round. Germany and Belarus, the two weakest teams which had advanced from the Preliminary Round, finished in fourth and last place of their respective groups, and the world’s top six nations had each played three games to get to know each other.
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🇨🇦 Martin Brodeur Announces Retirement From Blues

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After perhaps the most illustrious goaltending career in NHL, if not all hockey, history, Martin Brodeur has announced that he will retire from the game after 22 seasons, after limited playing time this season for the St. Louis Blues. Brodeur will join the Blues’ front office to finish his contract before considering a return to the New Jersey Devils, the club he spent all but seven games of his brilliant career with.
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IIHF Hall Of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

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The IIHF has announced the Hall Of Fame Class of 2015, to be inducted this May at the IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic. All four players set to be inducted into the players category bring a swath of major international accomplishments, for the Czech Republic (Dominik Hašek and Robert Reichel), Canada (Scott Niedermayer) and Sweden (Maria Rooth), including all having held the International Hockey Lineal Championship at one point or another.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 5-2 United States 🇺🇸 – 24 Feb 2002

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🇨🇦 Canada 5-2 United States 🇺🇸
Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City 🇺🇸
Sunday, 24 February 2002

After the great disappointment of Nagano, when Canada failed to win a medal despite a tremendous lineup and gold-medal expectations, Canada was leaving nothing to chance four years later. Wayne Gretzky, who was not selected in the shootout against the Czechs in 1998, had retired and been named Canada’s general manager, and he surrounded himself with a roster of executives unlike anything in Canada’s hockey history.

Collectively, they chose the 20 skaters and three goalies who would try to bring their country Olympic glory for the first time since 1952.
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 7-1 Belarus 🇧🇾 – 22 Feb 2002

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🇨🇦 Canada 7-1 Belarus 🇧🇾
Olympic Semifinal
E Center, West Valley City 🇺🇸
Friday, 22 February 2002

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:52 – 🇧🇾 PEN – Kopat, high sticking
06:05 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Yzerman (Sakic, Blake)
13:24 – 🇧🇾 GOAL – Salei
16:05 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Fleury, roughing
16:05 – 🇧🇾 PEN – Mikulchik, roughing
17:25 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Brewer (Yzerman)
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 United States 🇺🇸 – 21 Feb 2002

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🇨🇦 Canada 3-2 United States 🇺🇸

Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City 🇺🇸
Thursday, 21 February 2002

For more than a week, they bore their opponents’ taunts with smiles and silence. They talked instead about how much they respected the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. They said nothing about the little things that were being done to irritate and belittle them; little things such as having their photographs at the athletes village scribbled on and autographed by the American players.
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