Morris Trachsler Announces Retirement From National League A


Swiss defensive forward Morris Trachsler, a staple in both the Swiss National League A and on the Swiss national team since 2003, announced his retirement after spending last season with EHC Kloten, leaving the game at the age of 34.
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IHLC Classics: Moravec Completes The Golden Hat Trick

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 feature their third consecutive World Championship Gold from 2001, capping off an unprecedented half-decade of international hockey success.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Preussag Arena, Hanover germany1920to33and49-11
Sunday, May 13, 2001

The Czech Republic won its first IIHF World Championship as a new nation in 1996. This started an era of unprecedented success in Czech hockey history. The 1996 gold medal game against Canada was decided after Martin Procházka scored the winner with 19 seconds left to play of a 4-2 victory. Two years later, the Dominik Hašek-led Czechs won their first Olympic gold after the Dominator stunned all five Canadian shooters in a shootout in the semi-final and blanked Russia 1-0 in the final.
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Henrik Tallinder Retires From TPS At Age 39


Swedish defender Henrik Tallinder, whose career spanned over 20 years in the NHL, Swedish, Swiss and Finnish leagues, today announced his retirement from TPS of the Finnish Liiga, four years removed from his last game in both the NHL and with Tre Kronor.
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Brian Gionta Formally Announces Retirement From Hockey


After nearly a full year without playing professional hockey, only with appearances captaining Team USA at the 2018 Olympics and a short stint in Boston shortly thereafter, Brian Gionta today announced in Buffalo that he would be retiring from hockey and joining the Sabres in a non-playing role, ending a nearly 20-year pro career at age 39.
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Ondřej Pavelec Announces Surprise Retirement At Age 31


After a career plagued by injuries, recent releases from Winnipeg and the New York Rangers, and failing to be signed by an NHL club, Ondřej Pavelec today announced his retirement from hockey, a surprising development due to only being 31 years old. Continue reading

Henrik Zetterberg Forced To Retire At Age 37 Due To Degenerative Injury


Hampered by a degenerative back injury that failed to improve prior to training camp, the Detroit Red Wings today announced that their captain, Swedish power forward Henrik Zetterberg, would be forced to end his 16-season career, spent all in Detroit, at the age of 37.
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IHLC Classics: Bondra’s “Zlatý Gól”

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 Slovakian Constitution Day, we feature Slovakia’s historic first World Championship Gold Medal from 2002, a stunning upset over Russia less than a decade after gaining independence.

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World Championship Gold Medal Game
Scandinavium, Gothenburg sweden-11
Saturday, May 11, 2002

When Czechoslovakia split into Czechia and Slovakia on January 1, 1993, the IIHF decided that the team lineage would continue with the Czechs, meaning that while the Czechs could continue in the Top Division and retain their spot at the 1994 Olympics, the Slovaks would be forced to start from the bottom, joining Pool C of the World Championship in 1993.

It should have taken a generation for Slovakia to reach the top, to rejoin the ranks of the best teams in the world and establish a championship program. But, quick to buck expectations, Slovakia was already competing for Gold by 2000, and in 2002, they would upset the Russian Goliath in Gothenburg to win their first World Championship and the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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2019 World Championship Schedule Released


The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against the Czechs, while hosts Slovakia open the tournament against the United States.
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Jarome Iginla Ends Illustrious Career After 20 Seasons


Canadian power forward Jarome Iginla, who racked up a great number of personal awards and was revered as a powerful leader on the ice, today formally retired as a Calgary Flame, spending 16 of his 20 pro seasons in Calgary. Continue reading

2018-19 Euro Hockey Tour Schedule Released


After an odd year for the Euro Hockey Tour with the 2018 Olympics smack dab in the middle of the schedule, the 2018-19 Euro Hockey Tour schedule has returned to a similar format, with the core four teams of Czechia, Russia, Finland and Sweden starting up this season’s tournament in November.
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