🇨🇦 🇺🇸 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.

🇺🇸 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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🇺🇸 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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🇸🇪 Johanna Olofsson Retires From SDHL At Age 29

Swedish defender Johanna Olofsson, a member of the national team for the past eleven years and a two-time Swedish champion, announced her retirement from hockey at the age of 29, following her second Swedish Cup championship.
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🇨🇦 IIHF Schedules Tentative New 2021 Women’s World Championship Dates

Just nine days after the Nova Scotia government announced the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship would be cancelled due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the province, the IIHF announced tentative rescheduled dates for the tournament later in summer 2021.
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🇨🇦 2021 Women’s World Championship Cancelled In Nova Scotia

With just over two weeks before the IIHF Women’s World Championship was set to begin in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, following a year delay, the IIHF today announced the tournament in Nova Scotia would be cancelled after failing to reach an agreement with federal and provincial government health authorities. The IIHF will instead look to reschedule the tournament for later in the summer of 2021 at an alternate location.
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🇨🇦 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, and delaying another month to meet Canadian quarantine protocols, today the IIHF announced the schedule for the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, who will host after postponing the 2020 edition of the tournament.
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🇺🇸 Boston Pride Capture 2021 Isobel Cup In Home-Ice Bubble

Despite entering the delayed NWHL playoffs as the fourth and final seed, the Boston Pride used unique pandemic circumstances to capitalize on home ice and capture their second Isobel Cup Saturday night, defeating the Minnesota Whitecaps in Boston to win the NWHL championship.
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🇺🇸 Lamoureux Twins Announce Joint Retirement From Hockey

At only the age of 31, American team mainstays and identical twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux today announced their joint retirement, after an illustrious 14 year career with Team USA.
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IHLC 2020 In Review – Women’s

After one of the most dramatic years in international women’s hockey history, with both a thrilling World Championship final and an off-ice reckoning over women’s equality in the game, 2020 was set to be a watershed year in women’s hockey.

Then COVID-19 shut down the planet.
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🇷🇺 CAS Shortens Russian International Sports Ban To Two Years

At a ruling today at the Court Of Arbitration For Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Russia’s proposed four year sporting ban from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was reduced to two years, meaning that Russia will be banned from participating in any international sporting competition, including the 2021 Summer and 2022 Winter Olympics, until 17 December 2022.
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IIHF Announces More Tournaments Cancelled Due To Pandemic

After a few months of relative peace on the international hockey front, and even the return of international competition as recently as two weeks ago, the IIHF today announced that a number of international tournaments will be cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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🇺🇸 Meghan Duggan Announces Formal Retirement From Team USA

American forward Meghan Duggan, who has captained Team USA to Olympic and World Championship Gold success for over a decade, today formally announced her retirement from pro hockey at age 33.
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🇺🇸 Zoe Hickel Retires From Team USA To Coach At Ohio State

American winger Zoe Hickel, a two-time World Champion and holding the rare distinction of winning both the Clarkson and Isobel Cups, today confirmed her retirement from playing, joining Ohio State University’s coaching staff at age 28.
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🇸🇪 🇫🇮 Swedish Hockey Federation Confirms No Four Nations Cup In 2020

As schedules begin to trickle out for a truncated version of the 2020-21 international hockey calendar, the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation’s women’s calendar for 2020-21 does not feature theirs or Finland’s participation in the Four Nations Cup, which in all likelihood is scrapped due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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🇫🇮 Isa Rahunen Announces Retirement To Pursue Nursing Full Time

Finnish defender Isa Rahunen today announced her retirement from both Kärpät of the Finnish Naisten Liiga and the Naisleijonat national team at the age of 27, committing herself full time to her nursing studies at the University of Oulu during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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🇨🇦 Melody Davidson Leaves Hockey Canada After 26 Years

Melody Davidson, the Canadian management official who has helped to revolutionize women’s hockey and turn Canada into the international juggernaut they are, announced she will be leaving Hockey Canada, an organization she has been with since 1994.
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🇨🇦 🇸🇰 Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2020

The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2020, with two first-ballot inductees joining a trio of Canadian players who have long awaited their call to the Hall in Toronto.
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2020 IIHF Extraordinary Congress Sets Future Calendar

With the scheduled 2020 IIHF Congress that was set for Zürich during the now-cancelled 2020 World Championships, today the International Ice Hockey Federation held their Extraordinary Congress virtually (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), setting the schedule for both the 2020-21 international hockey calendar, as well as for the 2022 Olympic qualification.
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