๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ IHLC Classics: Zibanejad’s Golden Goal

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 Swedish Sveriges nationaldag (National Day), we feature Sweden’s most recent World Junior Championship triumph in 2012, just their second title in history.


๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
1-0ย Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย (OT)
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Thursday, 05 January 2012

Mika Zibanejad scored the magnificent overtime winner as Sweden earned its first World Junior gold medal since 1981 and second all-time with an 1-0 triumph over Russia on Thursday. The Swedes outshot Russia 58-17.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Fredrik Pettersson Retires At 33 After Long International Career


Swedish winger Fredrik Pettersson, a World Champion with Tre Kronor and a Continental Cup championย with pro stops across seven countries, today announced his retirement from hockey at the age of 33.
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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Jussi Jokinen Announces Retirement Following 21 Year Pro Career


Finnish forward Jussi Jokinen, a journeyman forward in the professional ranks who was a constant on the Leijonat roster, today announced his retirement following the end of the Liiga season, capping a 21 year professional career across eleven teams in four countries.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Hip Injury Forces Brent Seabrook Into Retirement


After a multitude of injuries, including surgeries on a shoulder and both hips, today Canadian defender Brent Seabrook announced his injuries will force him into retirement at the age of 35, ending his illustrious career with the Chicago Blackhawks, spanning fifteen seasons, three Stanley Cups and World Junior and Olympic Gold.
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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Mikko Koivu Announces Surprise Retirement At Age 37


After just seven games in Columbus, Finnish forward Mikko Koivu today announced his retirement from hockey after fifteen NHL seasons, noting his level of play was not up to his standard, just a month shy of his 38th birthday.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Triple Gold Club Member Jay Bouwmeester Forced To Retire At 37


After a cardiac incident nearly cost him his life during a game in 2020, Canadian defender Jay Bouwmeester today formally announced his retirement from hockey at age 37, eleven months to the day of his near-fatal game.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 2-0 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 05 Jan 2021


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 2-0 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Tuesday, 05 January 2021

Trevor Zegras had a goal and assist and Spencer Knight was terrific in goal for the Americans as they won their fifth all-time gold medal with a flawless 2-0 win over Canada. It was a game of tight checking and stifling defence, blocked shots, great saves, and few great scoring chances.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-0 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 04 Jan 2021


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-0 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
World Junior Championship Semifinal
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Monday, 04 January 2021

As it has every game this tournament, Canada roared out to an early lead and never looked back. Tonight, Russia was the victim, and the 5-0 score was richly dserved by the more determined and aggressive Canadians.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-0 Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ โ€“ 02 Jan 2021


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-0 Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
World Junior Championship Quarterfinal
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Saturday, 02 January 2021

Canada scored two goals in the first period en route to a disciplined 3-0 win over the Czech Republic to advance to the semi-finals on Monday. The loss eliminates the Czechs, who last won a medal at the U20 in 2005 (bronze).
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-1 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 31 Dec 2020


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-1 Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Thursday, 31 December 2020

From the opening faceoff Canada attacked the Finns wave after wave, pursuing every puck with purpose and taking away the Finnsโ€™ time to think. The result was a thoroughly dominating 4-1 win.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 10-0 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 29 Dec 2020


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 10-0 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Canada’s Quinton Byfield led the way with two goals and four assists in a 10-0 victory over Switzerland at the 2021 World Juniors on Tuesday. The host nation has won three straight games, while the Swiss suffered their third straight loss.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-1 Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 27 Dec 2020


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Canada 3-1 Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sunday, 27 December 2020

There were no 16 goals tonight for Canada, no tired or under-manned opponent, only a determined and persistent Slovakian team clearly bent on containing Canadaโ€™s speed come what may.
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IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 16-2 Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 26 Dec 2020


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Canada 16-2 Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Rogers Place, Edmonton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Saturday, 26 December 2020

Defending champions Canada stormed out of the gates, scoring early and often in a 16-2 victory over Germany in its first game of the 2021 World Juniors.
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IHLC Preview – 2021 World Junior Championship


The first IIHF “bubble” tournament is set to begin in Edmonton, Canada, with the 2020 calendar year coming to a close with the start of the 2021 World Junior Championship, being held in a contained Rogers Place with the top nations in the hockey world looking to earn glory in the midst of a global pandemic.
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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 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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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Back Injury Forces Alexander Steen Into Retirement


Due to a major degenerative lumbar issue stemming from a back injury sustained in the 2019-20 NHL season, Swedish-Canadian forward Alexander Steen today announced his retirement from pro hockey, leaving the St. Louis Blues at age 36. Continue reading

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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