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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Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Thursday, February 21, 2002

History seemed as if it were all but on the American women’s side to repeat as Olympic champions in Salt Lake City – on home ice, no less. They had stunned Canada in the 1998 Olympic final to win women’s hockey’s first gold, and defeated Canada in eight straight exhibition lead-up games to the Olympics.

But the Canadian women’s squad was looking to make some history of their own, and they exacted their revenge for Nagano by stunning the Americans at home to win both Olympic Gold and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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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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Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Sunday, February 24, 2002

Canada, the self-proclaimed hockey mecca on Earth, had a hard time arguing that claim due to the fact that they failed to hold Olympic Gold in the sport since 1952, before the Soviet Union team existed, and Canadians would run roughshod over the world. Even at the first Olympics with NHL participation in 1998, Canada disappointed a waiting nation by failing to medal.

But in Salt Lake City, on enemy ice, Canada was able to shake that disputed claim, as they became kings of the hockey world once again, and headed home with Canada’s first Olympic gold in 50 years, and the International Hockey Lineal Championship to boot.
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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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Olympic Quarterfinal

E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Wednesday, February 20, 2002

With a wild bounce that almost looked to be something out of a cartoon, flying off Tommy Salo’s helmet and trickling into the net, Sweden’s dream of a dominating Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympics quickly was vanquished by an unlikely foe in Belarus, from the stick of an unlikely shooter in Vladimir Kopat, resulting in an unlikely Olympic Semifinalist, and new International Hockey Lineal Champion.
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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 – Feb. 24, 2002

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Sunday, February 24, 2002

Canada, the self-proclaimed hockey mecca on Earth, had a hard time arguing that claim due to the fact that they failed to hold Olympic Gold in the sport since 1952, before the Soviet Union team existed, and Canadians would run roughshod over the world. Even at the first Olympics with NHL participation in 1998, Canada disappointed a waiting nation by failing to medal.

But in Salt Lake City, on enemy ice, Canada was able to shake that disputed claim, as they became kings of the hockey world once again, and headed home with Canada’s first Olympic gold in 50 years, and the International Hockey Lineal Championship to boot.
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IHLC Results – Canada 7-1 Belarus – Feb. 22, 2002

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Olympic Semifinal
E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Friday, February 22, 2002

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:52 – belarus-11 PEN – Kopat, high sticking
06:05 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Yzerman (Sakic, Blake)
13:24 – belarus-11 GOAL – Salei
16:05 – canada1965-11 PEN – Fleury, roughing
16:05 – belarus-11 PEN – Mikulchik, roughing
17:25 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Brewer (Yzerman)
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IHLC Results – Canada 3-2 United States – Feb. 21, 2002

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Olympic Gold Medal Game
E Center, West Valley City usa-11
Thursday, February 21, 2002

History seemed as if it were all but on the American women’s side to repeat as Olympic champions in Salt Lake City – on home ice, no less. They had stunned Canada in the 1998 Olympic final to win women’s hockey’s first gold, and defeated Canada in eight straight exhibition lead-up games to the Olympics.

But the Canadian women’s squad was looking to make some history of their own, and they exacted their revenge for Nagano by stunning the Americans at home to win both Olympic Gold and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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