Canada plays Russia for first time since 7-3 win at Olympics[mehr]
Canada's Chris Mason makes the save during game action against Sweden at the 2010 IIHF World Championship. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images
COLOGNE – If Ilya Kovalchuk had his way, he’d play Canada for the gold medal at the IIHF World Championship rather than the quarterfinals on Thursday.
“Russia-Canada, it is too bad we meet in the quarterfinals but it will be a big match for us,” says Kovalchuk, the skilled and savvy captain of...
For gold: History favours...
From 1954 to 2009, a look back at this great, political rivalry[mehr]
The biggest game of the modern rivalry between the Czechs and Russians was won by the Czechs, 1-0, in the gold-medal game in Nagano 1998. Photo: IIHF Archive
COLOGNE – The first time Russians played Czechs was on March 2, 1954, at the World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden. It was so long ago that the countries then were called Soviet...