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Sept. 14: United States wins first World Cup of Hockey in 1996

Plus: Expansion Islanders open training camp; Sedins make debut with Canucks

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1996: The United States scores four goals late in the third period to stun Canada 5-2 in Game 3 of the final and win the inaugural World Cup of Hockey.

The U.S. and Canada split the first two games and are tied 1-1 after two periods of Game 3 at the Montreal Forum. Canada takes a 2-1 lead when defenseman Adam Foote scores with 7:10 remaining in the third period, but goals by Brett Hull and Tony Amonte in a 43-second span give the United States a 3-2 lead. Derian Hatcher's empty-netter and a goal by Adam Deadmarsh complete the biggest victory for the United States since the "Miracle on Ice" team wins the gold medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.

Mike Richter, whose superb goaltending keeps the U.S. in the game until the late offensive burst, is named MVP.

Video: Team USA reflects on '96 World Cup of Hockey win



1972: The expansion New York Islanders open their first training camp in Peterborough, Ontario. The Islanders go on to set NHL records for fewest victories (12) and points (30) in a season.


2000: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, taken by the Vancouver Canucks with the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively, in the 1999 NHL Draft, make their debut in a 5-3 victory against MoDo at the NHL Challenge in Stockholm. Daniel, playing left wing on a line with Henrik in the middle, leads the way with a goal and two assists against his old team.

The Canucks defeat Djurgarden 2-1 in overtime the next day to win the tournament, with Daniel scoring the winning goal.


2004: Shane Doan scores the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Canada defeats Finland 3-2 in Toronto to win the World Cup of Hockey. Canada scores on its first shot on goal in each period, with Doan beating Miikka Kiprusoff 34 seconds into the third to break a 2-2 tie. Vincent Lecavalier, Canada's top scorer with seven points (two goals, five assists) is named MVP.


2018: Henrik Zetterberg, the fifth-leading scorer in Detroit Red Wings history, says he won't be able to continue his career because of a degenerative back condition. The 37-year-old forward, Detroit's captain since the 2012-13 season, is fifth in team history in goals (337), assists (623) and points (960), and sixth in games played (1,082). He is voted winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy after helping the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 2008, nine years after Detroit selects him in the seventh round (No. 210) of the 1999 NHL Draft.

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