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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 16: Canada defeats U.S. for 1991 Canada Cup title

Plus: Gretzky attends first pro training camp; Arbour elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1991: Canada wins the Canada Cup for the fourth time in five tries by defeating the United States 4-2 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, completing a two-game sweep in the best-of-3 final.

Canada and the U.S. tie for first in round-robin play and breeze past their semifinal opponents. Canada wins 4-1 in Game 1, but Game 2 is tied in the third period until Steve Larmer scores a shorthanded goal with 7:47 remaining. Dirk Graham's empty-net goal with 42 seconds to play gives Canada its fourth championship in the five editions of the Cup. Goalie Bill Ranford, who goes 6-0 with two ties and a 1.75 goals-against average for Canada, is named MVP.

Canada wins despite the absence of Wayne Gretzky, who sits out with back spasms and a twisted knee after being driven into the boards from behind by U.S. defenseman Gary Suter midway through Game 1. Gretzky still leads all scorers with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in seven games.

It's the last time the Canada Cup is held. The tournament is replaced by the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.



1978: Gretzky, 17, attends his first professional training camp as a member of the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association. He ends up playing eight games with Indianapolis before being sold to the Edmonton Oilers. After the 1978-79 season, the Oilers and three other WHA teams are absorbed into the NHL; however, the Oilers manage to keep Gretzky. Exactly one year later, he attends his first NHL training camp.


1996: The Hockey Hall of Fame announces its three newest members. They include longtime Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming, Al Arbour, the coach of the New York Islanders' dynasty teams in the 1980s, and Bobby Bauer, a star with the Boston Bruins in the 1930s and 1940s.


1998: Longtime Quebec Nordiques teammates Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet  are announced as two of the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Roy Conacher, a star with the Bruins before World War II and with the Chicago Blackhawks after the war, is also named to the Hall.

Video: Peter Stastny became first rookie to have 100 points

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