Ice Hockey in History

Events in Sport

  • 1920-04-26 Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with center Frank Fredrickson scoring 7 goals in Canada's 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match
  • 1924-02-03 Canada beats United States, 6-1 to retain the Olympic ice hockey gold medal (won at 1920 Summer Games) at the Chamonix Games; Canadian LW Harry Watson top scores with 46 points
  • 1928-02-19 Canada retains the Olympic ice hockey title when they rout Switzerland, 13-0 in the final round in St. Moritz; Canadian left-wing Dave Trottier top scores with 15 points
  • 1932-02-13 A 2-2 final round tie with the US is good enough for Canada to clinch its 4th consecutive Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Lake Placid; Canadian center Walter Monson is tournament top scorer with 11 points
  • 1936-02-15 Great Britain’s 0-0 tie with the US is enough to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; breaks Canada’s 4 straight Games golden streak
  • 1948-02-08 Canada wins its 5th Olympic ice hockey gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games; Canadians complete round-robin event undefeated with forward Wally Halder tournament top scorer with 29 points
  • 1948-02-08 Canada beats Switzerland, 3-0 to regain the Olympic ice hockey title at the St. Moritz Winter Games; forward Walter Halder top scores with 29 points in Canada’s 5th Olympic title
  • 1952-02-24 Canada wins 6th Olympic ice hockey title courtesy of a final round 3-3 tie with the US at the Oslo Winter Games; Canadian center Billy Gibson top scores with 19 points
  • 1954-03-07 Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • 1956-02-04 Soviet Union beats Canada, 2-0 at Cortina d'Ampezzo to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal; US takes silver, Canada bronze

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960-02-27 US Olympic ice hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1966-10-22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1968-02-17 Soviet Union wins its 3rd Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Grenoble; clinch title with final round, 5-0 win over Canada; Soviet LW Anatoli Firsov top scores with 16 points
  • 1972-09-28 Canada defeats the USSR in the eighth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1980-02-24 US ice hockey team clinches gold medal with 4-2 win over Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; comes after 4-3 "Miracle on Ice" victory against hot favorite Soviet Union

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1984-02-19 Soviet Union wins its 6th Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 2-0 win over silver medallists Czechoslovakia at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • 1990-03-19 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)
  • 1998-02-08 Finland beats Sweden, 6-0 at the Aqua Wing Arena in Nagano, Japan in the first female ice hockey game played in Olympic history
  • 1998-02-22 Petr Svoboda scores the winner as the Czech Republic claims its first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Nagano, Japan
  • 2002-02-21 Canadian world champion women's ice hockey team wins first of 4 consecutive Winter Olympic gold medals with a 3-2 win over the United States at Salt Lake City

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2002-02-24 Joe Sakic and Jerome Iginla each score twice as Canada defeats the United States, 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic gold medal at Salt Lake City

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2006-05-21 The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • 2013-05-19 Sweden defeats Switzerland to win the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship
  • 2014-02-20 Marie-Philip Poulin scores in overtime to lead Canada to a 3-2 win over the US and 4th consecutive Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2014-02-23 Canada wins the Olympic ice hockey double with a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men's gold medal game in Sochi; first team to finish the tournament undefeated since 1984

NHL Star John Tavares
NHL Star
John Tavares
  • 2018-02-22 US wins Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years with a 4-3 shootout victory over Canada in Pyeongchang; scores tied 3-3 after overtime
  • 2018-02-25 Russian national team, competing under the name of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), wins Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Pyeongchang; beat Germany, 4-3 in overtime in the final

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 104

  • 1887-10-31 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1970)

Person of interestJoe Malone

1890-02-28 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), born in Quebec City, Québec (d. 1969)

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone

Person of interestCy Denneny

1891-12-23 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1893-05-07 Frank J. Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, born in Berlin, Ontario, Canada (d. 1985)
  • 1900-10-19 Roy Worters, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1957)
  • 1900-11-19 Bunny Ahearne, Britsih ice hockey promoter, born in County Wexford, Ireland (d. 1985)
  • 1905-02-10 Walter Brown, Massachusetts US, original owner of the Boston Celtics and important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States
  • 1905-09-21 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)
  • 1910-03-27 Rudi Ball, German-Jewish ice hockey star (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Berlin (d. 1975)
  • 1914-05-15 Turk Broda, ice hockey goaltender (d. 1972)
  • 1918-03-05 Red Storey, Canadian football player and ice hockey referee (d. 2006)
  • 1925-09-15 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • 1925-12-15 Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager
  • 1931-03-04 Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
  • 1931-08-27 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey center, football winger, golfer, course designer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2011)
  • 1933-04-24 Alan Eagleson, Canadian ice hockey agent and promoter, born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • 1933-07-28 Charlie Hodge, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1936-03-10 Sepp Blatter, Swiss ice hockey and football official

Person of interestHerb Brooks

1937-08-05 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1938-02-11 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1938-02-11 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1940-10-04 Vic Hadfield, Canadian ice hockey left wing (1,004 NHL games; NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1942-03-16 Roger Crozier, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1996)
  • 1946-10-05 Jean Perron, Canadian ice hockey coach, born in Saint-Isidore-d'Auckland, Quebec, Canada
  • 1949-08-03 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold),born in Gorky, Soviet Union (d. 2012)
  • 1950-12-12 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • 1952-10-01 Jacques Martin, Canadian NHL coach, executive (Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rockland, Ontario
  • 1953-11-02 Rick Meagher, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL Frank J. Selke Trophy 1990; St. Louis Blues captain), born in Belleville, Ontario
  • 1955-07-11 Sergey Babinov, USSR, ice hockey star (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1957-02-20 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1957-05-03 Rod Langway, American ice hockey defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Wash Caps), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1958-01-12 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961-05-14 Alain Vigneault, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1963-08-08 Stephen Walkom, Canadian ice hockey official and executive
  • 1963-11-04 Michel Therrien, Canadian ice hockey coach (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965-05-12 Stacy Wilson, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966-01-30 Danielle Goyette, Canadian ice hockey player (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966-04-21 Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966-10-05 Therese Brisson, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966-11-16 Lisa Brown Miller, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1967-02-22 Marianne Ihalainen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1967-03-13 Satu Huotari, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Oulu, Finland
  • 1967-04-10 Donald Dufresne, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1967-04-10 Kay Whitmore Jr., Canadian ice hockey goaltender (NY Rangers), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • 1967-10-01 Geraldine Heaney, Canadian ice hockey defense (Olympics gold 1998), born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland
  • 1968-02-02 Sari Krooks, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968-05-04 Kevin Todd, Canadian ice hockey NHL center (LA Kings), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1969-01-09 Johanna Ikonen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Eno, Finland
  • 1969-06-17 Karen Nystrom, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic silver 1998), born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969-11-01 Tie Domi, Canadian ice hockey right wing (third overall penalty minutes in NHL history; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1970-03-04 Marja Helena Paluila, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970-04-11 Trevor Linden, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • 1970-05-18 Vicky Sunohara, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970-08-24 Sandra Whyte-Sweeney, American ice hockey forward (Olympics gold 1998), born in Saugus, Massachusetts
  • 1970-12-03 Laura Schuler, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971-03-25 Cammi Granato, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971-04-04 Yanic Perreault, Canadian ice hockey center (LA Kings), born in Sherbrooke, Canada
  • 1971-05-18 Karen Bye, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971-09-19 Colleen Coyne, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • 1971-12-17 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1972-01-21 Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1972-02-05 Chris Bailey, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marietta, New York
  • 1972-04-10 Sue Merz, American ice hockey defenseman (Olympics 1998), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1972-05-03 Vyacheslav Kozlov, Russian ice hockey NHL forward (Detroit Red Wings), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • 1972-05-04 Gretchen Ulion, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marlborough, Connecticut
  • 1972-11-01 Glen Murray, Canadian ice hockey right wing (1,009 NHL games; All Star 2003-04; Boston Bruins), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1972-11-06 Vicki Movessian, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympic-98), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1972-11-14 Lori Dupuis, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1973-02-01 Tlia Reima, Finnish ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1973-06-12 Hanna Riikka Nieminen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (2 Olympics bronze 1998, 2018), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1973-08-02 Nancy Drolet, Canadian ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Drummondville, Canada
  • 1973-10-31 Fiona Smith, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1973-11-02 Jason Smith, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (1,008 NHL games; NJ Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-11-22 Cassie Campbell, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974-01-31 Pavi Sald, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974-02-16 Kathy McCormack, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1974-04-12 Roman Hamrlik, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Lightning, Olympic gold 1998), born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974-04-25 Tricia Dunn, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Derry, New Hampshire
  • 1974-04-29 Alana Blahoski, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974-11-02 Ruslan Salei, Belarusian ice hockey defenceman (917 NHL games; died in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash), born in Minsk, Belarus (d. 2011)
  • 1975-01-01 Becky Kellar, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1975-02-07 Marika Lehtimaki, ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1975-05-24 Katie King-Crowley, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Salem, New Hampshire
  • 1975-06-14 A J Mleczko, American ice hockey forward, broadcaster (Olympics gold 1998; NBC), born in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • 1975-06-17 Petra Vaarakallio, Finnish ice hockey center (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1975-10-26 Katja Riipi, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Sodankylä, Finland
  • 1976-10-03 Kirsi Haenninen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman and pesäpallo player (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Joensuu, Finland
  • 1976-11-06 Laurie Baker, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympic-gold-98), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1977-05-14 Jayna Hefford, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1977-07-19 Jean-Sébastien Aubin, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1977-08-15 Martin Biron, Canadian American ice hockey goaltender, born in Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec
  • 1977-09-08 Maria Helena Selin, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1978-02-23 Karolina Rantamaki, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1978-03-12 Tara Mounsey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1978-08-12 Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1978-08-20 Sanna Lankosaari, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kemi, Finland
  • 1979-01-12 Jenny Schmidgall, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1979-04-04 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1979-05-01 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (gold medal 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympics), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1980-01-03 Angela Ruggiero, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1949-04-30 Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante

LoveWedding of Interest

1973-09-08 Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

LoveWedding of Interest

1988-07-17 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2007-08-11 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota

LoveWedding of Interest

2009-10-10 Ice hockey right winger Pavel Bure (38) weds model Alina Khasanova (23) in Moscow, Russia

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-08-14 Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Actress/Singer
Hilary Duff

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestJoe Malone

1969-05-15 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone

Person of interestCy Denneny

1970-09-10 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1979-07-01 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), dies at 56
  • 1985-04-11 Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter, dies at 84
  • 1985-07-03 Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, dies at 92
  • 1987-12-01 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1990-04-11 Harold Ballard, Canadian ice hockey club owner and executive (b. 1903)
  • 1994-10-27 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1999-09-20 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 93
  • 2003-06-21 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)

Person of interestHerb Brooks

2003-08-11 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach, dies in a car accident at 66

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 2004-08-16 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • 2007-01-03 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • 2008-04-22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive (b. 1941)
  • 2010-07-05 Bob Probert, Canadian professional ice hockey forward. (b. 1965)
  • 2011-09-07 Ruslan Salei, Belarusian ice hockey defenceman (917 NHL games; 48 internationals), dies in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash at 36
  • 2011-10-01 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey center, football winger, golfer, golf course designer, dies of a hip infection at 80
  • 2011-11-09 Roger Christian, American ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1960; Christian Brother's Hockey Sticks), dies at 75
  • 2012-04-19 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold, dies at 62
  • 2018-05-02 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83