The World Cup of Hockey Championship
Until the Olympics opened their doors to the NHL's best athletes, in 1998, the World Cup of Hockey and its predecessor, the Canada Cup, represented the only world hockey championships truly open to the world's best players.
Following the exciting 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union,
interest in a world professional ice hockey championship increased substantially.
The Canada Cup would bring together the top hockey-playing countries
in the world. It was held in 1976, 1981, 1984, 1987 and 1991. It featured
competition between national teams of Canada, Czechoslovakia, Finland,
the Soviet Union,
Sweden, and the United States. The Canada Cup was replaced in 1996 with
the World Cup of Hockey.
World Cup Hockey and Olympic Hockey pages on Rauzulu's Street:
World Hockey Main Page
Mens World Hockey Championship Past Winners
Olympic Games Past Hockey Champions
World Junior Tournament Winners
World Cup of Hockey (Canada Cup)
1976 Canada Cup Recap
1981 Canada Cup Recap
1984 Canada Cup Recap
1987 Canada Cup Recap
1991 Canada Cup Recap
1996 World Cup Recap
2004 World Cup Recap
Summit series in 1972 played only between Canada and the USSR.