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Krylov Shot Soviets Past Canada



Order having been restored by the Penticton Vees at the 1955 IIHF World Championships in West Germany, the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen were dutifully dispatched by CANADA to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italian Alps to retain the Olympic gold medal at the 1956 Winter Games.

The Dutchmen were coached by none other than BOBBY BAUER, a famous member of the ”Kraut Line” which helped the Boston Bruins capture two Stanley Cups prior to the outbreak of the Second World War.

The SOVIET UNION, meanwhile, had suffered some genuine humiliation with the 5-0 loss at the hands of the Canadians on the final day of the 1955 tourney. Later, some speculated as to whether or not the Soviet team had been suffering from overconfidence at Krefeld. Whatever the case, the USSR arrived in Italy a motivated and determined squad aware that only one result would satisfy the coaching staff and domestic hockey officials.

Canada were well aware of the chief Soviet scoring threat VSEVOLOD BOBROV, who had scored nine goals in six games for the USSR coming into the final day’s play at the 1956 Winter Games.

Great attention had been paid to the 33-year-old in West Germany following the Stockholm disaster of 1954; Bobrov did not so much as register a shot-on-goal as the USSR were blanked at Krefeld. A similiar strategy was adopted by Kitchener-Waterloo in the Italian Alps with some effectiveness.

Bobrov was knocked to the ice three times in the first period by Canadian checkers and did not appear at all on the ice in the second stanza.

The Soviet Union were far from a one-line show, however, and the Canadians’ close marking of the CSKA Moscow star was bound to present opportunities to others in front of the 12,700 outdoor crowd on hand.

And so stood up the USSR second line, the Dynamo Moscow trio of Krylov-Uvarov-Kuzin. Six minutes and twenty seconds into the middle period, right wing YURI KRYLOV took advantage of a screen to give the Soviets the game’s first goal. With just 37 seconds of the third period played, left wing VALENTIN KUZIN collected his fourth goal at Cortina to put the USSR in front 2-0.

The Soviets mustered just nine shots on goal in all, which proved to be sufficent with the play of NIKOLAI PUCHKOV in the USSR nets.


After the game, former NHL star and future Hall Of Fame player BOBBY BAUER reportedly stated three Soviet players could make NHL clubs (of which there were only six at the time) :

  • 31 — def – Nikolai SOLOGUBOV — CSKA Moscow
  • 30 — ctr — Alexei GURYSHEV — Soviet Wings
  • 25 — rw — Yuri KRYLOV — Dynamo Moscow

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Albertville ’92 : Shootout – Lindros / Puck On Line

18-year-old ERIC LINDROS finished tied for fourth place in scoring at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, with 11 points (5 go 6 as) in eight games. Lindros had been drafted number one overall by the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League, but chose to compete for Canada at the Olympics instead and sparked controversy.

18-year-old ERIC LINDROS finished tied for fourth place in scoring at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, with 11 points (5 go 6 as) in eight games. Lindros had been drafted number one overall by the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League, but chose to compete for Canada at the Olympics instead and sparked controversy.


The ice hockey competition was changed to a playoff-style, elimination format for medals from a quarterfinal stage onwards at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games at Albertville, France. Naturally, the very first round of knockout competition for medals at the Olympics necessitated a penalty shot shootout to determine a winner for one of the quarterfinal matches. CANADA and GERMANY made for ironic history-makers, however.

Canada had arrived at the quarterfinals top-seeded from Group B with four wins and one loss in the preliminary round-robin; Germany finished fourth out of six teams in Group A with a record of two wins and three losses.

Canada controlled play overall and outshot the Germans 36-21 for the contest but, critically, did have three goals disallowed by Finnish referee SEPPO MAKELA. In the third period, defenseman KEVIN DAHL’s deflected slapshot changes course a few times through the maze of players to intially put Canada ahead with six minutes to go in the game. But, Germany’s ERNST KOEPF of EC Koeln deflects a puck past Canada goalie SEAN BURKE to produce a 3-3 draw with 2:22 left.

On the heels of a ten-minute overtime period which sees the third apparent Canadian goal overturned it was off to a penalty shot shootout :

Shooters In Clip

  • 17 GER – Gerd TRUNTSCHKA — no goal
  • 16 CAN – Wally SCHREIBER — GOAL
  • 26 GER – Michael RUMRICH — GOAL
  •   9 CAN – Joe JUNEAU — no goal
  • 29 GER – Andreas BROCKMANN — GOAL

Of course, each team finished their guaranteed five shots with two goals apiece, JASON WOOLLEY’s shootout success not being shown on the clip presented.

So, sudden-death for the shootout was required. Unlike at soccer’s World Cup, players who had shot before were permitted to try again. ERIC LINDROS (88), who failed on his first attempt, made the most of his second against German goaltender HELMUT DE RAAF.

Needing a goal, Germany’s PETER DRAISAITL (20) sent a shot which somehow popped out the back of Burke’s pads. Bouncing on edge and rolling ever closer to the goal line, the puck flops and dies square on the goal line.

The whole puck having not crossed the goal line — no goal signals the referee Makela.

Canada advance to the semifinals; Germany are out.


“That was the most dramatic finish I have ever seen to an international match,” German forward GEORG HOLZMANN was quoted as saying in the New York Times.

“We might have won.”

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Very First Penalty Shot Shootout At Olympic Games


PAULIN BORDELEAU in the shirt of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks 


The penalty shot shootout initially appeared on stage at the Winter Olympic Games in 1988. Although the ‘medal round’ format was still in use where tie games were possible at Calgary, the consolation round provided a different set of circumstances. Once-and-done final placement matches had begun at Lake Placid in 1980 but had gone begging for a draw.

And so, eight years later, FRANCE and NORWAY obliged in the official game for 11th place with a wild 6-6 deadlock through three periods. The French had been up 5-1 with five minutes to go in the second period and let a 6-3 final frame advantage escape, as well. Ten minutes of overtime, in spite of a goal every five minutes on average through regulation play, produced nothing but the very first shootout in Olympic history.

In the shootout at the Father David Bauer Arena, France scored first through PAULIN BORDELEAU, a 35-year-old who had contested 183 games (33 go 56 as, 89 pts) in the National Hockey League for the Vancouver Canucks during the mid-1970s. The native of Rouyn-Noranda also played three seasons in the World Hockey Association for the Quebec Nordiques (235 ga, 101 go 76 as, 177 pts) before crossing the Atlantic to skate in Europe. Bordeleau spent eight years in France with HC Tours, HC Megeve and HC Mont-Blanc before retiring after the Olympics (6 ga, 2 go 2 as, 4 pts) to become a coach.

France added another goal from DEREK HAAS, a 32-year-old native Canadian who had competed in 30 World Hockey Association games (5 go 9 as, 14 pts) for the old Calgary Cowboys during the 1975-76 season. Haas, who played four seasons in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Indians (244 ga, 66 go 126 as, 192 pts), also had a season with West German Bundesliga club EC Koeln before embarking on a long career in France’s elite league.

Norway, meanwhile, failed on all four of their attempts, allowing the French to finish as notable 2-0 shootout winners as well as avoid a last place at the Calgary Games in 1988.

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Calgary ’88 : Fetisov Slams The Door



Leadership, as well as skill, were on full display from legendary VYACHESLAV FETISOV for all the world to see at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary with the long-anticipated Olympic rematch between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The Soviets stormed to a 6-2 lead after two periods, which prompted the powers-that-be in charge at ABC Sports to switch their prime-time coverage to other events. Television executives were soon left red-faced, however, when the USSR somehow allowed the USA to claw their way back into the contest. A goal from the University of Minnesota’s TODD OKERLUND (11) brought the scrappy Americans to within sight of a tie with just under eleven minutes to go in the game.

In 1980, Fetisov was a talented 21-year-old at Lake Placid. By 1988 at Calgary, however, the 29-year-old defenseman had long-since undertaken the USSR captaincy. With time dwindling and the Americans positioning themselves to pull their goaltender in favor of an extra skater, the Soviet leader takes matters into his own hands :

Following a SERGEI MAKAROV (24) rush, Fetisov (2) senses the opporutnity and joins the play at the blue line to receive a pass from VLADIMIR KRUTOV (9). With a head of steam, the Soviet skipper stickhandles past two American defenders with seemingly effortless ease. On the backhand, Fetisov casually splits the pads of United States goaltender CHRIS TERRERI with precision to put the result beyond doubt for the USSR.

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Innsbruck ’64 : Alexandrov Started Soviet Streak



Left : The CSKA Moscow line consisting of right wing KONSTANTIN LOKTEV, center ALEXANDER ALMETOV and left wing VENIAMIN ALEXANDROV.

Right: Spartak Moscow center VYACHESLAV STARSHINOV.


One of the most closely contested as well as dramatic ‘de facto’ Olympic ice hockey finals came in 1964 with the Innsbruck Games.

Canada, having established a true national team under the direction of Father David Bauer, come into the final round of the competition facing the Soviet Union sporting a record of five wins and one loss. The USSR is unbeaten and untied; victory can clinch the gold medal for the Soviets irrespective of the outcome of the Czechoslovakia – Sweden match to follow.

Canada are forced to start their back-up goaltender KEN BRODERICK in place of normal starter SETH MARTIN, who had been injured the previous day against Czechoslovakia. Canada were up a goal when Martin, who made 31 saves, went out in the third period; the Czechoslovaks stormed back for a 3-1 victory. As further indication of Martin’s value to the Canadians, the 30-year-old would ultimately receive the IIHF Directorate’s award for Best Goalie as well as be selected as a tournament all-star by the media at Innsbruck.

The Canucks, including Broderick, rise to the occasion on the final day, however, and claim a lead six minutes into the game through future NHLer GEORGE SWARBRICK.

Winger EVGENY MAYOROV answers for the Soviet Union midway in the second stanza. But the one-time Greensboro General of the old Eastern Hockey League, BOB FORHAN, once again puts Canada out front shortly thereafter. Finally, the USSR were able to level the score through Mayorov’s center and club teammate,VYACHESLAV STARSHINOV.

Despite the fact that Broderick has performed bravely and stopped 18 Soviet shots, Father Bauer decides to send the hobbled Martin in net for the decisive third period. Just one minute and thirty-six seconds into the final frame, unfortunately for the Canucks, VENIAMIN ALEXANDROV finishes off a three-on-two rush with the first test of Martin to give the USSR it’s first lead of the contest. The Soviets continued to apply pressure, but the would be St. Louis Blues backstop turns aside 18 more shots to sustain Canada within striking distance.

Torpedo Gorky goaltender VIKTOR KONOVALENKO, who had seventeen saves, kept a clean sheet throughout the third, though, and sealed the championship for the Soviet Union.

The USSR would maintain a grip on the Olympic ice hockey gold medal for the next sixteen years.

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Albertville ’92 : Bykov Buries Canada



The old CCCP logo was missing from the red sweaters but the same skill and proficiency at the game of ice hockey was still there.

Less than two minutes remain in the Gold Medal Match at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, and the Canadians are desperate to level the score trailing by a single goal.

After finally gaining control of the puck, Canada start up the left wing with ERIC LINDROS (88), the Quebec Nordiques’ number one overall selection at the 1991 National Hockey Leage Draft, in possesion. Just past the blueline, however, the big 18-year-old has his backhand pass broken up by another Quebec draft pick (1989, 9th round), Unified Team center VYACHESLAV BYKOV (27). 

After receiving a drop pass from his teammate with HC Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland’s Nationalliga A, ANDREI KHOMUTOV (15), the diminutive Bykov cruises into the slot between the circles and uncorks a serious slapshot that whistles past Canadian goaltender SEAN BURKE’s glove :

Bykov’s goal caps a 3-1 victory for the Unified Team and continued Canada’s 40-year gold medal drought at the Winter Olympic Games.

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Squaw Valley ’60 : Christian Shoots Down Soviets

United States forward BILL CHRISTIAN shoots the puck past Soviet Union goalkeeper NIKOLAI PUSHKOV with five minutes remaining in the third period for the winning goal in the American's 3-2 upset victory over the USSR at the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley, California.

United States forward BILL CHRISTIAN shoots the puck past Soviet Union goalkeeper NIKOLAI PUSHKOV with five minutes remaining in the third period for the winning goal in the American's 3-2 upset victory over the USSR at the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley, California.


“Tommy had knocked the puck out of the corner and Roger took a shot…I was getting shoved around in front of the net…The puck came out, and I put it back in.”

’60 Olympic hero BILL CHRISTIAN — “The First Miracle On Ice” by Kevin Allen

In front of a jampacked crowd at open-air Blyth Arena in Squaw Valley as well as a national television audience on a Saturday afternoon, 19-year-old TOMMY WILLIAMS picks up a loose puck to the left of USSR goaltender NIKOLAI PUCHKOV. The youngest of the American squad and the only Squaw Valley U.S.A. Olympian to claim a future regular National Hockey League place circles and starts along the boards behind the Soviet net. Confronted by a defender, Williams centers the puck.

ROGER CHRISTIAN, having assumed a dangerous position in the slot, sweeps the puck at Puchkov’s goal with his first touch.

Puchkov stops Roger’s shot but, although apparently covered by a USSR defender in front, brother Bill, the smallest of the U.S. players, is able to locate the disc and deposit such in the Soviet Union goal :

Bill Christian’s second strike of the game gives the United States a 3-2 lead with 5:01 to go in the third period. 

The Soviets would make serious efforts to tie the score for the remainder of the contest. But former University of Minnesota goaltender JACK MCCARTAN, who had turned aside 38 shots in the United States’ 2-1 upset of Canada two days earlier, would not oblige. With the partisan crowd firmly behind him, McCartan finishes with twenty-five saves against the USSR.

And, thus, the Soviet Union fall to the United States for the first time at a major international ice hockey tournament.


“Perhaps we would have won on a neutral rink, but naturally it is the right of spectators to cheer their team as much as they can and we just had to bear that handicap.”

NIKOLAI ROMANOV, Soviet Minister of Sport in attendance at Squaw Valley

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Grenoble ’68 : Firsov Finishes Canada

ANATOLI FIRSOV (11) scores a spectacular goal, his second of the game, as the USSR shutout Canada 5-0 in the final match of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games at Grenoble, France.

ANATOLI FIRSOV (11) scores a spectacular goal, his second of the game, as the USSR shutout Canada 5-0 in the final match of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games at Grenoble, France.


As lightning-fast a piece of fakery if not as skillful a piece of stickwork as can be found.

Receiving the feed from center VIKTOR POLUPANOV (17) on the forehand to the left of the Canadian goal, the right-handed shooting ANATOLI FIRSOV (11) and his backhand-to-forehand trick completely befuddles Maple Leafed goaltender KEN BRODERICK.

With Broderick literally frozen stiff, the Soviet legend returns to the backhand in the blink of an eye and buries the puck in the back of the net for the game’s final goal as the USSR blank Canada 5-0 on the final day of the ice hockey competition at the 1968 Winter Olympics :

Both Canada and the Soviet Union had come into the very last match of the ’68 Grenoble Games sporting records of five wins and one loss for ten points. Czechoslovakia, perhaps emotionally exhausted following their 5-4 upset of the USSR in their last match, could only draw 2-2 with Sweden in their end game and, thus, finished with 11 points (5 W, 1 L, 1 T). This development turned the Canada – Soviet Union finale into the de facto Gold Medal Game.

Firsov, who ended up the on top with 12 goals at Grenoble and earned both a media All-Star selection as well as the award for Best Forward given by the International Ice Hockey Federation Directorate, wasted little time stamping his authority on the match with Canada.

After Soviet winger VLADIMIR VIKULOV (12), who led all players at the Grenoble Games with 10 assists, busts a move at the Canadian blueline and storms down the right to center the puck, it is Firsov who appears in the slot to one-time the puck past the hapless Broderick with a snap-shot :

EVGENY MISHAKOV, VYACHESLAV STARSHINOV and EVGENY ZIMIN accounted for the other Soviet scores in between Firsov’s book-end goals against Canada at Grenoble, for the record.

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Lillehammer ’94 : Forsberg’s Phenomenal Golden Goal



One of the most dramatic and pressure-packed goals in the annals of the ice hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics coincided with the Gold Medal Match between Canada and Sweden at the 1994 Lillehammer Games in Norway. 

After MAGNUS SVENSSON (8) scored on a blast for Sweden from the point on the power play with less than two minutes remaining, the game itself ended in a 2-2 draw. Ten minutes of overtime produced nothing and so a shootout was required to resolve matters. Even after five rounds of a shootout, which included a goal by the defenseman Svensson, the score still stood deadlocked.

And so in the seventh round up stepped Sweden’s PETER FORSBERG (21). The 20-year-old Mo Do Ornskoldsvik star, who had provided Svensson the drop pass for his tying-goal and also had already tallied in the shootout’s first round, promptly secured his name in the Olympic history books with a most spectacular and skillful one-handed goal that defies description :

Another “live” television broadcast view of Forsberg’s golden goal opposite Canadian netminder COREY HIRSCH, this interesting footage shot from behind the goal. 

Also including in this clip is the Canadian second round follow-up attempt from PAUL KARIYA, who had scored to put Canada ahead 2-1 in the third period of regulation play. Again from vantage point of behind the goal, the University of Maine All-America’s shot is turned away as Sweden goalie TOMMY SALO goes down early and stacks his pads :

Sweden celebrated the first Olympic gold medal in their country’s history with the triumph at Lillehammer in 1994 and, ultimately, Forsberg’s goal was commemorated with a Swedish postage stamp.

Technically, Forsberg’s historic shootout goal is not included in the former Philadelphia Fyers 1991 first round pick’s scoring totals in Norway. Forsberg, who had six assists in eight games at Lillehammer, scored his lone goal for the tournament in Sweden’s 7-1 round-robin victory over France.


Interesting to note with this year’s Olympics being held where they are that Canada’s Lillehammer ’94 goaltender COREY HIRSCH played 101 National Hockey League games between the 1995-96 and 1998-99 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks.

STEVE KARIYA, Paul’s brother and another University of Maine product, played 65 NHL games (9 go 18 as) for the Vancouver Canucks between 1999-2000 and 2001-02.

LEIF ROHLIN, a 1988 2nd round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, was on the 1994 Lillehammer gold medal squad for Sweden. Rohlin later played two seasons for Vancouver in the NHL.

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Shootout At Nagano : Canada vs Czech Republic, Hasek vs Roy on CBC/You Tube

Czech Republic goalie DOMINIK HASEK looks back after saving from Canada's THEO FLEURY, who started the shootout session of the sensational semi-final at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.

Czech Republic goalie DOMINIK HASEK looks back after saving from Canada's THEO FLEURY, who started the shootout session of the sensational semi-final at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.


For extreme viewing enjoyment, a 10 minute 41 second clip of the entire shootout from the 1998 Olympic ice hockey semi-final matching CANADA and the CZECH REPUBLIC.

“Canada vs Czech Republic Shootout (Feb 20, 1998)”

This footage from the game broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company contains such intricate events as the coaching staffs for the two teams, led by MARC CRAWFORD of Canada and the late IVAN HLINKA of the Czech Republic, pondering and preparing the the official list of players to be involved in the shootout as well as the coin toss involving long-time National Hockey League referee BILL MCCREARY and the two captains, the Philadelphia Flyers’ ERIC LINDROS of Canada and one-time Boston Bruin VLADIMIR RUZICKA of the Czech Republic.

Also interesting are the shots of Canada’s WAYNE GRETZKY on the bench before and during the shootout. Nagano marked the only appearance at the Winter Olympics for the Great One. The aging Gretzky, who won three Canada Cups on the international stage and grabbed a bronze at the 1982 IIHF World Championships in Finland, ultimately left Japan without an Olympic medal.

Gretzky, who scored 23 goals (with 67 assists) in 82 games for the New York Rangers during the 1997-98 season, was not among the skaters selected by Canada for the shootout.



Goals – CZE Slegr (Patera) 49:46, CAN Linden (Lindros) 58:57

Penalties – CZE Bernaek 5:33, CZE Svoboda 17:39, CAN Linden 37:25

Shots on Goal — 28 CZE (5-14-8-1) – 25 CAN (3-11-6-5)

Referee – McCreary (Canada)

Linesmen – Collins (United States), Rautavuori (Finland)




  • # 39 — Czech Republic — Dominik HASEK
  • # 33 — Canada — Patrick ROY


  • # 74 – Canada — Theo FLEURY — saved
  • # 21 – Czech Republic — Robert REICHEL — GOAL
  • # 77 – Canada — Ray BOURQUE — saved
  • # 26 – Czech Republic — Martin RUCINSKY — saved
  • # 25 – Canada — Joe NIEUWENDYK — saved
  • # 10 – Czech Republic — Pavel PATERA — saved
  • # 88 – Canada — Eric LINDROS — saved off post
  • # 68 – Czech Republic — Jaromir JAGR — hit post
  • # 14 – Canada — Brendan SHANAHAN — saved


Hasek’s most dramatic save has to be from Lindros in the fourth round. The Flyers’ captain, with a full head of steam, makes a move to his backhand and appears to have caught Hasek leaning a bit the wrong way with Canada running out of chances in the shootout round. Hasek, however, is able to get his goalstick down in the nick of time to just steer Lindros’ shot safely off the goalpost.

Oddly enough, the Canadian captain is followed in the fourth round by the Czech Republic’s JAROMIR JAGR, another star skating in the National Hockey League for a Pennsylvania club at that time. The Pittsburgh Penquin also catches iron, though # 68 clanks the post straight off his forehand wrist shot.

ROBERT REICHEL, the sole shooter to find the back of the net, scored 252 goals in 830 games for the Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs in 11 National Hockey League seasons.

Reichel, 38, is still active in the Czech elite league for HC Litvinov, his hometown club.


Dominik HASEK posted a 2.09 goals-against-average with 13 shutouts in 72 games for the Buffalo Sabres during the 1997-98 National Hockey League season.

The goal-scoring record that 1997-98 NHL season for Canada’s shooters:

  • 27 goals, 82 games — Theo FLEURY — Calgary Flames
  • 13 goals, 82 games — Ray BOURQUE — Boston Bruins
  • 39 goals, 73 games — Joe NIEUWENDYK — Dallas Stars
  • 30 goals, 63 games — Eric LINDROS — Philadelphia Flyers
  • 28 goals, 75 games — Brendan SHANAHAN — Detroit Red Wings

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