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1996 World Cup of Hockey

1996 World Cup of Hockey | Aug-Sept 1996

The World Cup of Hockey began in 1996 as a successor to the Canada Cup. Team USA played preliminary round games in Philadelphia and New York before heading to the semifinals in Ottawa, Ontario. The first game of the best-of-three finals took place in Philadelphia where the U.S. fell to Canada 4-3 in overtime. The U.S. came back and won the next two games in Montreal to win the inaugural World Cup of Hockey.

Eight countries participated in the inaugural event including Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.

1996 Schedule & Results

Date Opponent Result City
Aug. 31 Canada W, 5-3 Philadelphia
Sept. 2 Russia W, 5-2 New York City
Sept. 3 Slovakia W, 9-3 New York City
Sept. 8 Russia (Semifinals) W, 5-2 Ottawa, Ontario
Finals Series
Sept. 10 Canada L, 3-4 (OT) Philadelphia
Sept. 12 Canada W, 5-2 Montreal, Quebec
Sept. 14 Canada W, 5-2 Montreal, Quebec