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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 15: Canada defeats Soviet Union to win 1987 Canada Cup

Plus: Maurice Richard announces retirement after 18 NHL seasons

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1987: Canada wins arguably the best hockey series ever played by rallying to defeat the Soviet Union 6-5 in Game 3 of the Canada Cup final.

The game at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, like the best-of-3 series, sees huge momentum swings. The Soviets lead 3-0 eight minutes into the first period. Canada rallies to take a 5-4 lead, but a goal by Alexander Semak at 12:21 of the third period ties the game 5-5. The third overtime in as many games is looming until Mario Lemieux scores on a pass from Wayne Gretzky with 1:26 remaining for the win.

Gretzky is named MVP after finishing with tournament highs of 18 assists and 21 points in nine games. Many of his assists come on passes to Lemieux, who leads all scorers with 11 goals, including the winner in Games 2 and 3.



1960: Maurice "Rocket" Richard announces his retirement after 18 seasons in the NHL, all with the Montreal Canadiens. Richard retires at age 39 after playing on eight Stanley Cup-winning teams and finishes his career as the NHL's all-time leader with 544 goals, including 50 in 50 games during the 1944-45 season.

Video: Maurice Richard remains cultural icon in Montreal


1976: Darryl Sittler's goal at 11:33 of overtime gives Canada a 5-4 victory against Czechoslovakia and a two-game sweep of the final at the first Canada Cup tournament in Montreal. Czechoslovakia overcomes deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to take a 4-3 lead, but Bill Barber forces overtime when he scores with 2:12 remaining in the third period. Sittler then delights the crowd at the Forum when he scores to win hockey's first best-on-best championship tournament.

Video: Darryl Sittler once scored 10 points in one game


2018: The Boston Bruins defeat the Calgary Flames 4-3 in a shootout in the opener of the NHL China Games in Shenzhen. Jake DeBrusk scores the winner in the fourth round of the tiebreaker. It's the first of two games in the NHL's second foray into China

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