Each series has produced sterling hockey and thrilling finals. In the first tournament, in 1976, Canada defeated Czechoslovakia in the final on a dramatic goal by Daryl Sittler. The Soviets, who dominated international hockey in the early 1980s, defeated Canada in the final of the second tournament in 1981. The highlight of the 1984 series was Canada's dramatic 3-2 victory over the Soviets in a semifinal match. Mike BOSSY scored the winning goal 12 minutes into overtime. Canada went on to defeat Sweden in the final.
The 1987 tournament brought Canada and the Soviets together in a thrilling 3-game playoff. The Soviets won the first game in overtime 6-5. Canada won the second game, also in overtime, and also by 6-5. After falling behind 0-3, in the early stages of the final game, Canada came back to win, again 6-5, when Mario LEMIEUX scored the deciding goal at 18.34 of the third period.
The breakup of the Soviet Union weakened the quality of team sent for the 1991 tournament. With many of its star players already playing in North America and Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States team could not reach the final. Canada defeated the United States in two straight games to win the tournament.
The Canada Cup was renamed the World Cup of Hockey and held its first tournament under the new name in September 1996. The US national team defeated Canada 5-2 on September 14 to win the final 3 games to 2. The tournament was held again in 2004, with Canada beating Finland 3-2 in the final match to reclaim the title.
Author JIM COLEMAN
Links to Other Sites
The website for Andrew Podnieks, the author of more than 50 books on the sport of hockey. Also see the gallery of Dennis Miles photos of hockey players and the bios of members of the "Women's Hall of Fame."
The Hockey News
The website for The Hockey News, which has been reporting the latest news about the world of hockey since 1947.
The TSN website offers live and breaking sports news, score results, standings, schedules, and more.
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