The first World Cup of Hockey (WCH), or 1996 World Cup of Hockey, replaced the Canada Cup as one of the premier championships (along with the Winter Olympic tournament, which professionals have competed in since 1998).

The first edition of the Cup featured eight teams divided into two groups. The European Group, whose games were all played in Europe, included the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Sweden. The North American Group played in North American cities and included Canada, Russia, Slovakia and the United States.

After the teams played a three-game group stage, the top team in each group advanced to the semi-finals, while the second and third place teams played cross-over quarter-finals. The quarter-finals and semi-finals were single elimination games. The championship final was a best-of-three. All playoff games were played in North America.

In the biggest surprise of the tournament, Germany defeated Czech Republic 7-1 in the European Group, which eliminated the Czechs and sent the Germans into the quarter-finals. In the biggest game of the North American Group, USA defeated Canada 5-3 to finish first and get a bye to the semi-finals. In the semis, they defeated Russia 5-2, while Canada beat Sweden 3-2 on Theoren Fleury's goal at 19:47 of the second overtime period, ending the longest game in international hockey history.

In the best-of-three final, Canada won the first game, in Philadelphia, 4-3 in overtime. Then the USA recorded a pair of 5-2 victories in Montreal to win the series. In the third and decisive game, the US received spectacular goaltending from tournament MVP Mike Richter and rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period.




North American poolEdit

  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Flag of the United States United States 33001986
Flag of Canada Canada 321011104
Flag of Russia Russia 312012142
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 30309190


  • August 29, Vancouver: Russia 3-5 Canada
  • August 31, Montreal: Slovakia 4-7 Russia
  • August 31, Philadelphia: Canada 3-5 United States
  • September 1, Ottawa: Canada 3-2 Slovakia
  • September 2, New York City: Russia 2-5 United States
  • September 3, New York City : United States 9-3 Slovakia

European poolEdit

  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Flag of Sweden Sweden 33001436
Flag of Finland Finland 321017114
Flag of GermanyGermany 312011152
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 30304170


  • August 26, Stockholm: Germany 1-6 Sweden
  • August 27, Helsinki: Finland 7-3 Czech Republic
  • August 28, Helsinki: Germany 3-8 Finland
  • August 29, Prague: Sweden 3-0 Czech Republic
  • August 31, Garmisch: Czech Republic 1-7 Germany
  • September 1, Stockholm: Finland 2-5 Sweden

Knock-Out BracketEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals (Best of 3)
NA3 Russia 2
NA3 Russia 5 NA1 United States 5
E2 Finland 0 NA1 United States 3,5,5
NA2 Canada 4*,2,2
NA2 Canada 3**
E3 Germany 1 E1 Sweden 2
NA2 Canada 4
  • September 5, Montreal: Germany 1-4 Canada
  • September 6, Ottawa: Russia 5-0 Finland
  • September 7, Philadelphia: Canada 3-2 Sweden (2OT)
  • September 8, Ottawa: Russia 2-5 United States
  • September 10, Philadelphia: Canada 4-3 United States (OT)
  • September 12, Montreal: United States 5-2 Canada
  • September 14, Montreal: Canada 2-5 United States

Leading scorersEdit

Rk Player GP G A Pts PIM
1 Brett Hull, Flag of the United States United States 774114
2 John LeClair, Flag of the United States United States 764106
3 Mats Sundin, Flag of Sweden Sweden 44374
4 Doug Weight, Flag of the United States United States 734712
5 Wayne Gretzky, Flag of Canada Canada 83472
6 Brian Leetch, Flag of the United States United States 70774
7 Paul Coffey, Flag of Canada Canada 707712
8 Keith Tkachuk, Flag of the United States United States 751644
9 Theoren Fleury, Flag of Canada Canada 84268
10 Sergei Fedorov, Flag of Russia Russia 53362

All-star teamEdit

External linksEdit

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