Top Ten International Canadian Hockey Moments

I’ve seen alot of team Canada games in my life, here are my top ten moments in Canadian hockey history.10. We start in 2004 with the World Cup of hockey, Canada’s first, missing key players like Steve Yzerman, Chris Pronger, and Rob Blake, they still went unbeaten, narrowly avoiding defeat by the Czechs because of a great Vinny Lecavalier goal. Martin Brodeur had a 1.0 GAA and Lecavalier took the tournament MVP.

9. In 2003 Canada won it’s first World Championship in seven years with a terriffic win over Sweden, and with a great goal by Anson Carter, which was almost disallowed.

8. In 1952 Canada won it’s sixth Olympic championship in seven tournaments, the only one they lost was to Great Britain one year, who had more Canadians then Brits.

7. In 2004 Canada won it’s second straight World Championship, again a 3-2 win over Sweden, Rob and Scott Neidermayer became the first Canadian brothers to win the World Championships. Only to lose next year in a threepeat attempt to the Czechs, shaudy officiating and rusty goal tending collaberated in this loss.

6. In 1997 Canada won it’s fifth straight World Junior Championship, great players like Ryan Smyth, Darcy Tucker, and Felix Potvin helped lead Canada to these five great victories.

5. In 2005 Canada won it’s first World Junior Championship in seven years, with possibley their best team yet, led by great guys like Patrice Bergeron, and Sidney Crosby.

4. In 1987 Wayne Gretzky made a great pass over to Mario Lemieux who scored the winning goal of the 1987 Canada Cup, a tournament which really made me wonder if Gretz could win an international even without Lemieux….

3. In 2002 after obvious shaudy officiating, the Canadian women defeated team USA for their first Olympic gold in womens hockey, after losing to the US in 1998, and beating them every World Championship before then.

2. In 2002 After Gretzky’s the “The World Hates Canada” speech, Team Canada wins it’s first Olympic gold in mens hockey in 50 years, like the women a win over the US.

1. In 1972 Canada beats the Russians in the most memorable series in hockey history, what really made that series memorable, is that the Russian hockey players were the way Iraqi soccer players were in the last few years, if they lost, they could die, they’re lives were ruined if they lost. And when you’re playing against someone risking everything, you’ve got nothing to lose. Of course the Russians say they won because they had more goals, so what ever.

That’s my top ten moments for Canadian Hockey history. For Hockeytraderumors.com I’m Bill “Leafy” McLeaf.


11 Responses to Top Ten International Canadian Hockey Moments

  1. ranger_fan says:

    In 1996, Brett Hulls famous goal seen around Canada.

    While your #1 is good, I think the USAs #1 is a greater moment, which was the Miracle on Ice. Damn those Commi bastards.

    For HTR, I am BobWeHadABaby ItsABoy

  2. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    We beat those commies first, besides, we had such a dramatic series, those guys were so damn arrogant. When they beat you guys 6-1, and Ovetchkin and Malkin shoved it in your faces, I got mad, I think wanted to beat them in the finals for our American friends.

  3. hockeyhead says:

    i think that the 87 canada cup was the best hockey i have ever seen. thus, i would put that at number one. a powerplay unit with young mario, wayne, coffey and ray…..who cares who the other wing was.

    i have a question about number six. how is felix potvin playing for the juniors team in 1997? he was in his mid 20’s was he not?

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I watched on ESPN Classic the 87 Canada Cup, and it was a tournament for the ages, the other winger was Dale Hawerchuck I believe.

    I guess I mis worded it, I was just listing off players who had won WJHC for Canada in the five year streak, Potvin played in 92.

  5. laserman says:

    You are right about being first Leafy, but the U.S. did it with amatures…

  6. hockeyhead says:

    oh i understand about 6 now.

    you may be right about hawerchuck now that i think about it.

    every game in the canada cup final was 6-5. awesome hockey. that game winner by super mario was great. what a line.

  7. hockeywhore says:

    That’s true. A great American goal scored by a Canadian.

  8. hockeyfanisbetter says:

    Quack…

    It would have been a better article if you would have been ALIVE for half of those, especially for your number 1…

    I guess I should have been alive then too…it would make criticizing a whole lot easier…

  9. laserman says:

    Mike Euruzione???

  10. Foppa12 says:

    For international tournaments I have really only two moments that stick with me, and a ton of really “fun” memories. International tournaments are always a lot of fun to watch, and great honorable players playing great hockey.

    #2 Sweden wins Gold at the 1994 Lillihamer in the penalty shootout with Canada. Peter Forsberg makes a name for himself with North American fans with a ridiculous goal that was commemorated on a stamp in Sweden. The stamp hit a sour note with Cory Hirsch who threatened to sue if he was depicted on the stamp. The best part of this is that even after Forsberg’s goal Tommy Salo stopped a shot from Paul Kariya to win the gold.

    #1 For anyone living in the USA at the time simply has to be the 1980 “Miracle on ice.” This was at a time when the US had lost major credibility in the international eyes and the national feeling was extremely low. The US needed anything to grab hold of and give them some happiness. A bunch of college kids go up against professionals from around the world, most notably the Soviets -winners of 4 consecutive Olympics and 5 of the past 6 going into the tournament. These kids exemplified what a true team is. Even if you’re not a US hockey fan you have to appreciate, as a hockey fan, what these guys accomplished.

    In terms of hockey, my favorite moment in hockey history was the 2000-01 Avalanche season. It was perhaps among the most memorable and magical seasons for a team in recent hockey history. These guys came together in a fashion similar to the 1980 US hockey team, except these Avs were pros. They became a team and rallied around a concept, “Win one for Big Ray.” As the Playoffs started they took on a team motto of 16W. They created team hats for each other with nothing but 16W on the brim. Everything was about winning. In the Playoffs they faced every test you want a true winner to face. They annihilated the hated Canucks in round 1, then made it to a team where some stars were playing their former clubs, on both sides. Faced adversity and a test in this round, but met the challenge head on and triumphed in 7 games. They then lost one of their stars in Forsberg for the rest of the playoffs. The team rallied and showed their depth by putting Dingman into the lineup and crushing the St. Louis Blues. In the Stanley Cup they again faced a gigantic test with the defending Champion NJ-Devils. They were forced to win gm 6 in NJ and they met this test. Then found a way to accomplish the goal they had set out before themselves at the season’s start. This was truly a magical season of hockey for Avs fans but also for fans in general to see Raymond Bourque finish a tale that would never be believed if it were a book or movie. Something like that could only play out in real life…

  11. Foppa12 says:

    For international tournaments I have really only two moments that stick with me, and a ton of really “fun” memories. International tournaments are always a lot of fun to watch, and great honorable players playing great hockey.

    #2 Sweden wins Gold at the 1994 Lillihamer in the penalty shootout with Canada. Peter Forsberg makes a name for himself with North American fans with a ridiculous goal that was commemorated on a stamp in Sweden. The stamp hit a sour note with Cory Hirsch who threatened to sue if he was depicted on the stamp. The best part of this is that even after Forsberg’s goal Tommy Salo stopped a shot from Paul Kariya to win the gold.

    #1 For anyone living in the USA at the time simply has to be the 1980 “Miracle on ice.” This was at a time when the US had lost major credibility in the international eyes and the national feeling was extremely low. The US needed anything to grab hold of and give them some happiness. A bunch of college kids go up against professionals from around the world, most notably the Soviets -winners of 4 consecutive Olympics and 5 of the past 6 going into the tournament. These kids exemplified what a true team is. Even if you’re not a US hockey fan you have to appreciate, as a hockey fan, what these guys accomplished.

    In terms of hockey, my favorite moment in hockey history was the 2000-01 Avalanche season. It was perhaps among the most memorable and magical seasons for a team in recent hockey history. These guys came together in a fashion similar to the 1980 US hockey team, except these Avs were pros. They became a team and rallied around a concept, “Win one for Big Ray.” As the Playoffs started they took on a team motto of 16W. They created team hats for each other with nothing but 16W on the brim. Everything was about winning. In the Playoffs they faced every test you want a true winner to face. They annihilated the hated Canucks in round 1, then made it to a team where some stars were playing their former clubs, on both sides. Faced adversity and a test in this round, but met the challenge head on and triumphed in 7 games. They then lost one of their stars in Forsberg for the rest of the playoffs. The team rallied and showed their depth by putting Dingman into the lineup and crushing the St. Louis Blues. In the Stanley Cup they again faced a gigantic test with the defending Champion NJ-Devils. They were forced to win gm 6 in NJ and they met this test. Then found a way to accomplish the goal they had set out before themselves at the season’s start. This was truly a magical season of hockey for Avs fans but also for fans in general to see Raymond Bourque finish a tale that would never be believed if it were a book or movie. Something like that could only play out in real life…

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