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1987 champion Team Canada

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87 Canada Cup program

The 1987 Canada Cup was an international series in 1987. The finals took place in Montreal on September 11, 1987, and Hamilton, Ontario, on September 13 and September 15, 1987, and were won by Team Canada.

The final three-game series of this tournament between Canada and the USSR is considered by many to be the best exhibition of hockey in history. At the time, the USSR players were not allowed to pursue playing careers in North America, and so it was only through tournaments like this one where hockey fans could see their skills head-to-head against the best of the NHL. While many fans may have rooted against the Soviet team, they never questioned their skills.

The tournament also was the only time in a meaningful contest that the two most dominant NHL players of the last quarter century, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, played on the same forward unit. Only three players are still active in the NHL today from that tournament: Chris Chelios, Teppo Numminen, and Claude Lemieux.

RostersEdit

CanadaEdit

Forwards and defense: Dale Hawerchuk, Mark Messier, Mike Gartner, Kevin Dineen, Michel Goulet, Brent Sutter, Rick Tocchet, Brian Propp, Doug Gilmour, Claude Lemieux, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Doug Crossman, Craig Hartsburg, Normand Rochefort, James Patrick, Raymond Bourque, Larry Murphy, Paul Coffey
Goaltenders: Ron Hextall, Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr
Coaches: Mike Keenan, John Muckler, Jean Perron, Tom Watt

CzechoslovakiaEdit

Forwards and defense: Petr Rosol, Igor Liba, Jan Jasko, Jiri Kucera, Jiri Dolezal, Vladimir Ruzicka, Ladislav Lubina, David Volek, Petr Vlk, Dusan Pasek, Jiri Sejba, Jiri Hrdina, Rostislav Vlach, Miloslav Horava, Drahomír Kadlec, Ludek Čajka, Bedřich Ščerban, Jaroslav Benák, Antonin Stavjana, Mojmir Bozik
Goaltenders: Petr Briza, Dominik Hašek, Jaromir Sindel
Coaches: Dr. Ján Starsi, Frantisek Pospisil

FinlandEdit

Forwards and defense: Timo Blomqvist, Jari Grönstrand, Matti Hagman, Raimo Helminen, Iiro Järvi, Timo Jutila, Jari Kurri, Markku Kyllonen, Mikko Mäkelä, Jouko Narvanmaa, Teppo Numminen, Janne Ojanen, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Christian Ruuttu, Jukka Seppo, Ville Siren, Petri Skriko, Raimo Summanen, Esa Tikkanen, Hannu Virta
Goaltenders: Jarmo Myllys, Kari Takko, Jukka Tammi
Coaches: Rauno Korpi, Juhani Tamminen

SwedenEdit

Forwards and defense: Tommy Albelin, Mikael Andersson, Peter Andersson, Jonas Bergqvist, Anders Carlsson, Thom Eklund, Anders Eldebrink, Peter Eriksson, Bengt-Åke Gustafsson, Tomas Jonsson, Lars Karlsson, Mats Näslund, Kent Nilsson, Lars-Gunnar Pettersson, Magnus Roupé, Thomas Rundqvist, Tommy Samuelsson, Håkan Södergren, Peter Sundström, Mikael Thelvén
Goaltenders: Anders Bergman, Åke Lilljebjörn, Peter Lindmark
Coaches: Tommy Sandlin, Curt Lindström, Ingvar Carlsten

USAEdit

Forwards and defense: Joe Mullen, Curt Fraser, Corey Millen, Aaron Broten, Kelly Miller, Mark Johnson, Bob Brooke, Wayne Presley, Pat LaFontaine, Bobby Carpenter, Ed Olczyk, Joel Otto, Chris Nilan, Dave Ellett, Mike Ramsey, Kevin Hatcher, Rod Langway, Phil Housley, Gary Suter, Chris Chelios
Goaltenders: Tom Barrasso, Bob Mason, John Vanbiesbrouck
Coaches: Bob Johnson, Ted Sator, Doug Wood

USSREdit

Forwards and defense: Vyacheslav Fetisov, Alexei Gusarov, Igor Stelnov, Vasily Pervukhin, Mikhail Tatarinov, Alexei Kasatonov, Sergei Starikov, Anatoli Fedotov, Igor Kravchuk, Yuri Khmylev, Vladimir Krutov, Andrei Lomakin, Igor Larionov, Valeri Kamensky, Andrei Khomutov, Sergei Svetlov, Alexander Semak, Sergei Kharin, Sergei Nemchinov, Sergei Makarov, Vyacheslav Bykov, Gerhan Volgin, Anatoly Semenov, Mikhail Kravets
Goaltenders: Vitali Samoilov, Sergei Mylnikov, Evgeny Belosheikin
Coaches: Viktor Tikhonov, Igor Dmitriev

Round robin standingsEdit

  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Flag of Canada.svg Canada 530219138
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 531122137
Flag of Sweden Sweden 532017146
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 522112155
Flag of the United States United States of America 523013144
Flag of Finland Finland 50509230

Game scoresEdit

Round-robinEdit

Playoff roundEdit

Semi-finals

Location Result
Hamilton, Sept. 8, 1987Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 4 Flag of Sweden Sweden 2
Montreal, Sept. 9, 1987Flag of Canada Canada 5 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3

Finals (best-of-3)

Location Result
Montreal, Sept. 11, 1987Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 6 Flag of Canada Canada 5 (OT)
Hamilton, Sept. 13, 1987Flag of Canada Canada 6 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 5 (2OT)
Hamilton, Sept. 15, 1987Flag of Canada Canada 6 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 5
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Lemieux & Gretzky celebrate the winning goal

Three thrilling 6-5 games decided the '87 Canada Cup. In Game 1, Canada erased a 4-1 second period deficit to send the game to overtime, only to lose on Alexander Semak's goal at 5:33 of the extra frame. In Game 2, which is considered by some to be the greatest hockey game ever played, Canada led 3-1 after one period, but this time it was the Soviets who came from behind to tie it 3-3 in the second. Canada scored twice more, each time Mario Lemieux assisted by Wayne Gretzky, but the Soviets replied each time. The tying goal was a brilliant end-to-end rush by Valeri Kamensky with 1:04 remaining in regulation time. After a scoreless period of overtime, which featured some brilliant goaltending from Grant Fuhr, Gretzky and Lemieux hooked up for the third time of the evening at 10:07 of the second overtime. It was the fifth assist for Gretzky on the night and completed a hat trick for Lemieux. The euphoria from Game 2 didn't carry over long into the third and decisive game, however. The Soviets stunned all of Canada by scoring three times in the first eight minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Canada's grinders took over after that (particularly Rick Tocchet, Brent Sutter and Dale Hawerchuk), and pulled Canada into a 5-4 lead after two periods. The Soviets tied it back up in the third and the game looked like it would head to overtime again. But late in the third period, Canada coach Mike Keenan sent the Gretzky-Lemieux-Hawerchuk line out to play, with a faceoff in Canada's end. The rest is history, as Hawerchuk tripped up Bykov, Gretzky, Lemieux and Larry Murphy rushed down the ice on a three-on-one. Young Soviet defenseman Igor Kravchuk was the only man back and he fell down when Gretzky fed the pass to Lemieux. Once again, Gretzky set up Lemieux, who fired a shot over the glove of goaltender Sergei Mylnikov with 1:26 remaining. The Gretzky to Lemieux play is one of the most memorable plays in Canadian hockey history.

Stat leadersEdit

PointsEdit

Rk Player GP G A Pts PIM
1 Flag of Canada Wayne Gretzky 9318212
2 Flag of Canada Mario Lemieux 9117188
3 Flag of the Soviet Union Sergei Makarov 978158
4 Flag of the Soviet Union Vladimir Krutov 977144
5 Flag of the Soviet Union Vyacheslav Bykov 92794
6 Flag of Canada Ray Bourque 926810
7 Flag of the Soviet Union Valeri Kamensky 96176
8 Flag of the Soviet Union Andrei Khomutov 94370
9 Flag of the Soviet Union Viacheslav Fetisov 92579
10 Flag of the Soviet Union Anatoli Semenov 92572

GoalsEdit

Rk Player GP G
1 Flag of Canada Mario Lemieux 911
2 Flag of the Soviet Union Sergei Makarov 97
2 Flag of the Soviet Union Vladimir Krutov 97
4 Flag of the Soviet Union Valeri Kamensky 96
5 Flag of Czechoslovakia Dusan Pasek 64
6 Flag of the Soviet Union Andrei Khomutov 94
7 Flag of Canada Dale Hawerchuk 94
8 Flag of the Soviet Union Sergei Svetlov 63
9 Flag of Canada Rick Tocchet 73
10 Flag of Canada Wayne Gretzky 93

AssistsEdit

Rk Player GP A
1 Flag of Canada Wayne Gretzky 918
2 Flag of the Soviet Union Sergei Makarov 98
3 Flag of the Soviet Union Vladimir Krutov 97
3 Flag of the Soviet Union Vyacheslav Bykov 97
3 Flag of Canada Mario Lemieux 97
6 Flag of Canada Larry Murphy 86
7 Flag of Canada Ray Bourque 96
7 Flag of Canada Mark Messier 96
9 Flag of the Soviet Union Viacheslav Fetisov 95
10 Flag of the Soviet Union Anatoli Semenov 95

PIMEdit

Rk Player GP PIM
1 Flag of the United States Chris Nilan 514
2 Flag of Czechoslovakia Drahomir Kadlec 312
3 Flag of the United States Wayne Presley 512
3 Flag of Finland Mikko Mäkelä 512
5 Flag of Czechoslovakia Dusan Pasek 612

Goaltender winsEdit

Rk Player GP Min GA GAA W L T SO
1 Flag of Canada Grant Fuhr 9575323.346120
2 Flag of the Soviet Union Sergei Mylnikov 6365182.965101
3 Flag of Sweden Peter Lindmark 6360183.003301
4 Flag of the United States John Vanbiesbrouck 424092.252200
5 Flag of Czechoslovakia Dominik Hašek 6360203.332310

Goaltender Save PercentageEdit

Rk Player GP Shots GA Sv.%
1 Flag of the United States John Vanbiesbrouck 41169.922
2 Flag of Czechoslovakia Dominik Hašek 618920.894
3 Flag of the Soviet Union Sergei Mylnikov 617018.894
4 Flag of Canada Grant Fuhr 929832.893
5 Flag of Sweden Peter Lindmark 615218.882
  • minimum 120 minutes played

Goaltender Goals Against AverageEdit

Rk Player GP Mins GA GAA
1 Flag of the United States John Vanbiesbrouck 424092.25
2 Flag of the Soviet Union Sergei Mylnikov 6365182.96
3 Flag of Sweden Peter Lindmark 6360183.00
4 Flag of Czechoslovakia Dominik Hašek 6360203.33
5 Flag of Canada Grant Fuhr 9575323.34
  • minimum 120 minutes played

All numbers in bold represent that was tournament high

Trophies and awardsEdit

Tournament championEdit

Tournament MVPEdit

All-star teamEdit

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