The following is a list of international ice hockey competitions where National Hockey League players have been able to participate. Most of these competitions were arranged by the NHL or NHLPA.
Summit Series Edit
The Summit Series was an eight game challenge series between the Soviet National Team and a Canadian team made up of NHL hockey players. No World Hockey Association players were included in the event. Two years later, the World Hockey Association competed in the 1974 Summit Series and were defeated by the Soviets, but with no NHLers. There were however, some former NHLers playing for the WHA in the series.
Super Series Edit
The Super Series were exhibition games between Soviet teams and NHL teams that took place on each NHL opponents' home ice in North America from 1976 to 1991. The Soviet teams were usually club teams from the Soviet hockey league. The exception was in 1983, when the Soviet National Team represented the Soviet Union. Soviet teams won 14 series, NHL teams won 2 series, and 2 series were tied.
In the following summary the winner of a series is in bold.
|Year||1st Team||2nd Team||W||L||T|
|Soviet Wings Moscow||3||1||0|
|1979||Soviet Wings Moscow||2||1||1|
|NHL||Soviet Wings Moscow||3||1||1|
Canada Cup Edit
Canada Cups were the major international competition for NHL players before the advent of the World Cup.
|1991||United States of America|
Challenge Cup 1979 Edit
|1979||Soviet Union||NHL All-Stars|
Rendez Vous 1987 Edit
|1st||11 February 1987||NHL All-Stars||Soviet Union||4-3|
|2nd||13 February 1987||Soviet Union||NHL All-Stars||5-3|
World Cup Edit
In 1996, the World Cup of Hockey replaced the Canada Cup.
|1996||United States of America||Canada|
|2002||Salt Lake City||Canada||United States of America||Russia|
|2010||Vancouver||Canada||United States of America||Finland|
IIHF World Championships Edit
Since 1976, there has been no limit to how many NHL players countries can send to the IIHF World Championships, but the tournament is usually played during the NHL playoffs. Because of the NHL lockout in 2004, all NHL players were available to participate in the 2005 Championship. Many players did, however, not participate because they had not played for a full season, and were therefore not in "game shape."
NHL Challenge Edit
Between 2000 and 2003, a select few NHL teams traveled to Europe to play exhibition games against top division teams in the Swedish and Finnish leagues.
|2001||Colorado Avalanche||Brynäs IF||5-3|
|2003||Toronto Maple Leafs||Jokerit||5-3|
Victoria Cup Edit
The Victoria Cup is a new ice hockey tournament organized by the IIHF and intended for teams of the Champions Hockey League and the NHL. The inaugural Cup was a single game playoff between the 2008 IIHF European Champions Cup winners Metallurg Magnitogorsk and New York Rangers of the NHL. It was held in Bern, Switzerland on 1 October 2008.
The 2009 edition of the tournament featured ZSC Lions, the 2008–09 Champions Hockey League winners, and Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. The ZSC Lions defeated The Blackhawks 2-1 in the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.
|2008||New York Rangers||Metallurg Magnitogorsk|
|2009||ZSC Lions||Chicago Blackhawks|
KHL vs NHL gamesEdit
Teams of the former Soviet league have not played against NHL teams after the Super Series ended until 2008, when the 2008 Victoria Cup took place in Bern. In 2010 the NHL teams will play their first games on Russian and Latvian soil since 1990.
See also Edit
- Hockey Hall of Fame's Summary of Super Series
- Top Level Hockey World Rankings
- Canada Versus the Soviet Union The heyday of the battle for world hockey supremacy (1972-1987)
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