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The World Cup of Hockey is the successor to the Canada Cup ice hockey tournament. Image File history File links World_Cup_Hockey. ... Following the exciting 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, interest in a world professional ice hockey championship increased substantially. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...


It was first held in 1996, when the national team of the United States defeated Canada to win the championship. The other competitors were the national teams of the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, and Sweden. In the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament Canada won the championship, after it defeated Finland in the final match and the Czech Republic in the semifinals. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The 2004 World Cup of Hockey is the second World Cup of Hockey (WCH), an international ice hockey tournament. ...


The World Cup of Hockey is not to be confused with the Ice Hockey World Championships, an annual tournament played since 1930. In particular, the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the National Hockey League and not the International Ice Hockey Federation, with its games played under NHL rules and not those of the IIHF. The Ice Hockey World Championships are an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The modernized NHL shield logo debuted in 2005, replacing the orange and black shield, which had been used since the leagues inception. ... The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was founded in 1908 and is the worldwide governing body for both ice hockey and in-line hockey. ...


The World Cup of Hockey tournament has been critiziced for favouring the North American teams, Canada in particular. Apart from the NHL rules, the playoff games have also been played in the United States and Canada, and most referees have been Canadian - even in games when Canada were playing (such as the 2004 semi-final and final).

Year Winner Runner-up Semi-finalists
WCH 1996 United States Canada Canada Russia and Sweden Sweden
WCH 2004 Canada Canada Finland Czech Republic and United States

The first World Cup of Hockey (WCH), or 1996 World Cup of Hockey, replaced the Canada Cup as the premier championship for professional ice hockey. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... The 2004 World Cup of Hockey is the second World Cup of Hockey (WCH), an international ice hockey tournament. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ...

See also

Yvan Cournoyer (Canada) shooting towards Vladislav Tretiak (USSR) during a game of the Summit Series The 1972 Summit Series (in French, La Série du siècle), as it eventually came to be known, was the first competition between Soviet and Canadian professional ice hockey players (only amateurs were allowed... As of 2004, there have been only 9 professional hockey world championships in history: Notes In 1972 and 1974, only Canada and the Soviet Union played in the Summit Series. ...

External links/ Sources

  • Official site of the World Cup of Hockey 2004
  • International Hockey Statistics Database
  • Müller, Stephan : International Ice Hockey Encyclopedia 1904-2005 / BoD GmbH Norderstedt, 2005 ISBN 3-8334-4189-5

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