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The 1981 Labatt
Labatt
Canada
Canada
Cup was the second best-on-best ice hockey world championship and involved the world's top six hockey nations. Tournament games were held in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal
Montreal
and Ottawa. The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
defeated Canada
Canada
in a single game final to win its first title, with the result 8–1. Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak was named most valuable player. Canada's Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky
led the tournament in scoring with 12 points. This second edition of the Canada
Canada
Cup was originally scheduled to be held in 1979 but was postponed due to disputes between the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and Hockey Canada. It was postponed a second time in 1980 following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
Afghanistan
and Canada's boycott of sporting events with the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
as a result. When finally held in 1981, tournament organizer Alan Eagleson speculated it could be the last such event due to rising costs and disappointing attendance. Eagleson generated additional controversy when he refused to allow the Soviets to take the Canada
Canada
Cup trophy with them to the Soviet Union.

Contents

1 Organization 2 Teams 3 Games

3.1 Round robin 3.2 Semi-finals 3.3 Final

4 Legacy 5 Round-robin standings 6 Game scores

6.1 Round-robin 6.2 Semi-finals 6.3 Final

7 Statistical leaders

7.1 Scoring 7.2 Goaltending

8 Awards 9 See also 10 References

Organization[edit] At its congress in the summer of 1978, the International Ice Hockey Federation approved proposals to hold the second and third Canada
Canada
Cup tournaments in 1979 and 1982.[1] However, tensions between Canada's rival governing bodies, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) and Hockey Canada, increased after the latter body accused the CAHA of reneging on promises it had made regarding Hockey Canada's control of international events involving professional players.[2] Hockey Canada's chief negotiator for international events, Alan Eagleson, accused the CAHA of attempting to sabotage the Canada
Canada
Cup and threatened to cancel the tournament if the CAHA refused to compromise with his body.[3] The tournament was put in further jeopardy in January 1979 when General Motors
General Motors
withdrew as a major sponsor; Eagleson argued GM withdrew as a result of the dispute with the CAHA.[4] The disputes put the two bodies on the verge of severing all ties, a move that would have led to Hockey Canada
Canada
refusing to release any professional or university player to any of Canada's national teams.[5] The tournament was ultimately postponed by a year until September 1980.[6] The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
Afghanistan
in December 1979 and threatened boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics
1980 Summer Olympics
in Moscow led organizers to consider again postponing the Canada
Canada
Cup.[7] While Eagleson initially favoured allowing the tournament to go ahead regardless of the political situation, he ultimately agreed that Hockey Canada
Canada
should again postpone the Canada
Canada
Cup after the Canadian Government joined the Olympic boycott.[8] A brief effort to move the tournament to Sweden was quickly put down when Eagleson informed them that neither Hockey Canada
Canada
nor the National Hockey League Players Association
National Hockey League Players Association
(NHLPA) would participate in such an event.[9] Undaunted, Eagleson and IIHF president Günther Sabetzki announced that the tournament had again been rescheduled for September 1981.[10] This time, the tournament went ahead as scheduled. Teams[edit] See also: 1981 Canada
Canada
Cup rosters The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
treated the 1976 Canada
Canada
Cup with disdain, but entered this tournament intent on re-asserting themselves following their upset loss to the United States
United States
at the 1980 Winter Olympics.[11] They were led by the KLM line of Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov
Igor Larionov
and Sergei Makarov on offence, as well as the " Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr
of the Soviet Union", Vyacheslav Fetisov, and Alexei Kasatonov
Alexei Kasatonov
on defence, with the venerable Vladislav Tretiak
Vladislav Tretiak
in goal.[12] With a strong mixture of veterans and young players, the Soviets entered the tournament as favourites.[11] Canada
Canada
brought a considerably younger team as compared to their 1976 entry. Three defencemen – Ray Bourque, Paul Reinhart
Paul Reinhart
and Craig Hartsburg were under the age of 22, while 20-year-old Wayne Gretzky was expected to be the offensive catalyst.[13] Gretzky's pairing with Guy Lafleur
Guy Lafleur
was highly anticipated[14] (and they would combine with each other on 22% of Team Canada's goals), while the New York Islanders quartet of Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Butch Goring
Butch Goring
and Clark Gillies were also expected to be offensive leaders.[13] With 17 National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL) players on their roster, Sweden felt confident they could upset the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Canada
Canada
by utilizing a system of strong team play.[15] Kent Nilsson, coming off a 131-point season for the Calgary Flames, Thomas Steen, Ulf Nilsson and Börje Salming
Börje Salming
were expected to be the team's leaders.[16] With only five returning players from their appearance in the 1976 final and suffering from the defections of the Šťastný brothers – Peter, Marián and Anton – to Canada, the Czechoslovakian team entered the tournament in the midst of a rebuilding phase and were not considered contenders in 1981.[17] The Americans, riding high following their gold medal victory at the 1980 Olympics were considered to have the potential of upsetting the stronger teams in the tournament.[18] Mark Howe, Rod Langway
Rod Langway
and seven players from the Olympic team were expected to lead the United States.[19] Tony Esposito
Tony Esposito
was the American goaltender for the tournament. Esposito represented Canada
Canada
at the 1972 Summit Series, but gained his American citizenship in time to represent his new nation.[18] As in 1976, Finland was expected to finish last in the six-team tournament despite the fact that the Finnish hockey association considered the team sent to Canada
Canada
among the best their nation had assembled.[20] Games[edit] Round robin[edit] The tournament opened on September 1 at Northlands Coliseum
Northlands Coliseum
in Edmonton
Edmonton
as the Americans defeated a disorganized Swedish team, 3–1. Swedish coach Anders Parmström, upset at how his team underestimated the Americans, sat several of his top players for extended periods of the third period.[21] At the Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Arena, a young Czechoslovak team battled the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to a 1–1 draw in a game marked by rough play. The Soviets were forced to rely on the stellar goaltending of Vladislav Tretiak
Vladislav Tretiak
to preserve the tie.[22] In the third game of the opening day, Canada's "dream line" of Gretzky, Lafleur and Gilbert Perreault combined for ten points as Canada
Canada
easily defeated Finland 9–0. The second line of Gillies, Trottier and Bossy also combined to score ten points in the game.[23] Finland fared little better against Czechoslovakia two nights later, dropping a 7–1 result. Finnish goaltender Hannu Lassila was the star of the game, however, as he made several difficult saves to keep the Finns close through two periods. Despite outshooting Finland 26–9, the Czechs managed only a 2–1 lead after 40 minutes before finally overcoming Lassila to score five goals in the third period.[24] Sweden attempted to employ a physical style against the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
without success, as they surrendered five power play goals in a 6–3 loss.[25] Canada
Canada
then defeated the United States, 8–3, in a game that was played much closer than the score indicated. The Americans appeared to be headed to a draw with Canada
Canada
as the two teams were tied at three with nine minutes to play before a power play goal by Mike Bossy sparked a five-goal outburst for the Canadians in the dying minutes of the game.[26] The Soviets then avenged their 1980 Olympic defeat to the United States with a 4–1 win,[27] while the Swedes defeated Finland 5–0.[28] Ending the third night of play, Czechoslovakia was able to overcome a late two-minute, two-man disadvantage to emerge with a 4–4 tie against Canada
Canada
in a game that was described as the best of the tournament.[29] Canada
Canada
then defeated Sweden 4–3, but not before losing Perrault to a broken ankle. Perrault was Canada's leading scorer over the first four games and was considered a contender to be named most valuable player at the time of his injury.[30] The United States then overcame an early two-goal deficit against the Czechs to win 6–2 while the Soviets easily defeated Finland 6–1[31] The final night of round robin play opened with a meaningless game between the United States
United States
and Finland. The Americans had already advanced to the playoff round while Finland had been eliminated. The game ended in a 4–4 draw and was most notable for Montreal
Montreal
Forum staff accidentally playing the Italian national anthem instead of the Finnish anthem prior to the start of the game.[32] The Czechs then easily defeated Sweden, 7–1, to advance to the playoff round and eliminate the Swedes.[33] Canada
Canada
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
closed out the round robin with a battle for first place. A five-goal outburst by Canada
Canada
in the third period broke a 2–2 tie and sent Canada
Canada
into the playoffs as the top ranked team. Their 7–3 win was the most lopsided victory Canada
Canada
had recorded against the Soviets in 20 years.[34] Semi-finals[edit] As the top team in the playoff round, Canada
Canada
faced the fourth place Americans in the first semi-final. Talk
Talk
entering the game revolved around the defensive style of the United States
United States
and whether they could overcome Canada's offensive game and upset the favoured nation in a one-game, winner-take-all scenario.[35] Early play favoured Canada, as they opened the scoring 2:01 into the game on a goal by defenceman Brian Engblom, then extended their lead five minutes later when a long shot by Bossy eluded Esposito in the American goal. Another goal by Bossy saw Canada
Canada
end the first period with a 3–0 lead. The remaining 40 minutes of the game lacked emotion, and the two teams traded goals for a 4–1 Canadian victory.[36] The second place Soviet Union
Soviet Union
faced third ranked Czechoslovakia in the second semi-final. Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov was agitated following his nation's 7–3 defeat to Canada
Canada
to end the round robin, while the Czechs had grown increasingly confident of their ability as the tournament progressed.[37] It was the Soviets, however, who scored three first period goals to take an early 3–0 lead. The young Czechoslovakian team pressured their opponents for much of the final 40 minutes, outshooting the Soviets 23–11 in the second and third periods combined. Tretiak withstood the pressure in the Soviet goal, however, allowing only one goal as the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
emerged with a 4–1 victory.[38] Final[edit] Canada
Canada
entered the final facing pressure to defeat the Soviets. The Soviet national team's easy victory over the National Hockey League's all-stars in the 1979 Challenge Cup left the Canadians searching to regain command of their rivalry with the Soviets. Coach Scotty Bowman called it a "must win game" for Canada: "We really are favorites in the final. Nobody in this country will tolerate a loss."[36] The players also spoke of their desire to show the Soviets that they were the world's top hockey nation.[39] But also the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
was under pressure, as their most desirable trophy, The Olympic Gold medals had been them declined by the United States
United States
Amateur team, during the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. During their pre-game preparations, Tikhonov called upon his team to play the finest games of their lives: "Today you got to play so well that the entire Canadian population will talk about you afterwards and remember you for a long time. Play so well that the Canadian fans when they will leave Forum will wait for you when you get on the bus after the game and admire you."[40] Canada
Canada
held the early advantage of play, outshooting the Soviets 12–4 in the first period as their opponent was unable to generate offence. But that's a North American perspective of the game of Ice Hockey, too shoot the puck across the blue line. The Soviet's rather passed the puck sideways, to a player coming from behind with higher speed, which requires an exceptional interaction.[41] And Canada
Canada
was unable to put a puck past Tretiak, and the first period ended with no scoring.[42] The Soviets counterattacked in the second period, opening the scoring five minutes in on a goal by Igor Larionov. Clark Gillies tied the game for Canada
Canada
three minutes later, but Sergei Shepelev restored the Soviet lead three minutes after that. Shepelev added a powerplay goal late in the period to give the Soviets a 3–1 lead heading into the third period.[43] The third period turned into a rout; Shepelev completed a natural hat trick, and the Soviets scored three goals in the final four minutes to claim the championship by an 8–1 score.[42] Canadian goaltender Mike Liut
Mike Liut
became the scapegoat for Canada's embarrassing loss.[44] The game was one of the worst of his career,[42] but Canada
Canada
managed only four shots in the third period and never threatened the Soviets even though they entered the final 20 minutes down by only two goals.[44] Tretiak, meanwhile, was named the tournament most valuable player on the strength of his goaltending throughout the event.[45] Legacy[edit] The fate of the championship trophy itself was the subject of controversy after Canadian hockey officials accompanied by Montreal Police prevented the Soviet team from taking the trophy back to the Soviet Union.[46] As he took the Cup from the Soviets at the airport, Eagleson claimed that the trophy was intended to remain in Canada
Canada
at all times.[47] The decision upset the Soviets who claimed that Eagleson's decision was made "in violation of the traditions existing at international competitions".[48] George Smith, a truck driver from Winnipeg, organized a fundraising campaign that raised enough money to create a replica trophy that was gifted to Soviet officials at their Canadian embassy. Soviet officials praised the sportsmanship of the Canadian people as they accepted the replica.[49] Tournament organizer Allan Eagleson, lamenting the rapidly increasing costs of hosting such an event, speculated that the 1981 Canada
Canada
Cup could be the last. Noting that some costs had increased up to 200% over what was paid in 1976, Eagleson speculated that a third Canada Cup might have to be held in a different format.[50] Organizers were also disappointed in tournament attendance. The two games scheduled to be held in Quebec City were transferred to Ottawa
Ottawa
after only 300 tickets were pre-sold for the round robin game between Czechoslovakia and Sweden and 1,000 for the semi-final game.[51] Low ticket sales also led to fears that the games scheduled for Winnipeg
Winnipeg
would also be moved,[52] but the investments the television partners had made in rental equipment to broadcast the games from Winnipeg
Winnipeg
prevented a switch.[53] Adding to Eagleson's woes, Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
owner Harold Ballard
Harold Ballard
refused to allow any games to be held in Maple Leaf Gardens as a result of his hatred of the Soviet Union.[53] Strong support in Montreal,[52] and the response in Ottawa
Ottawa
after the games were moved to the national capital left Eagleson increasingly confident in the tournament's future.[51] The 1981 Canada
Canada
Cup turned a profit of about C$1 million to be split between Hockey Canada
Canada
and the National Hockey League Players Association
National Hockey League Players Association
pension fund, one third that of the 1976 tournament.[53] Shortly after the tournament ended, Eagleson confirmed he intended to hold a third Canada
Canada
Cup. He noted that Canada's loss in the final played a role in his decision: "As far as I am concerned personally, it's probably preferable that we lost. I think if we had won, I'd have said, 'To hell with it'."[44] Despite their dominance in the IIHF World Championships, this is the only time the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
or Russia won a multinational "best-on-best" hockey tournament involving active NHL players (Canada Cup, World Cup or Olympics). Round-robin standings[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA DIF PTS

 Canada 5 4 0 1 32 13 +19 9

 Soviet Union 5 3 1 1 20 13 +7 7

 Czechoslovakia 5 2 1 2 21 13 +8 6

 United States 5 2 2 1 17 19 −2 5

 Sweden 5 1 4 0 13 20 −7 2

 Finland 5 0 4 1 6 31 −25 1

Game scores[edit] Round-robin[edit]

September 1, 1981 United States  3–1 ( 2–0, 0–1, 1–0 )  Sweden Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Attendance: 6,721

Tony Esposito Goalies Peter Lindmark

Larson (Dunn) – 7:22 1–0

Christian (Gorence, Dunn) – 12:18 2–0

2–1 25:47 – Gradin (Kallur, Jonsson)

O'Connell – 44:39 3–1

16 min Penalties 12 min

24 Shots 29

September 1, 1981 Soviet Union  1–1 ( 0–0, 1–1, 0–0 )  Czechoslovakia Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Arena Attendance: 3,516

Vladislav Tretiak Goalies Karel Lang

0–1 21:57 – Nový (Richter, Dudáček)

Drozdetsky (Maltsev) – 29:34 1–1

14 min Penalties 12 min

18 Shots 30

September 1, 1981 Canada  9–0 ( 1–0, 5–0, 3–0 )  Finland Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Attendance: 8,991

Mike Liut Goalies Markus Mattsson

Bossy (Gillies, Trottier) – (PP) 16:43 1–0

Gretzky (Lafleur, Perreault) – 21:50 2–0

Bourque (Lafleur, Perreault) – 25:32 3–0

Gare (Perreault, Gretzky) – 32:25 4–0

Bossy (Trottier, Gainey) – 38:46 5–0

Gretzky (Lafleur, Perreault) – 39:54 6–0

Trottier (Bossy, Gillies) – 40:48 7–0

Goring (Potvin) – 43:18 8–0

Gillies (Duguay, Trottier) – 47:56 9–0

8 min Penalties 6 min

42 Shots 24

September 3, 1981 Finland  1–7 (1–2, 0–0, 0–5)  Czechoslovakia Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Attendance: 5,103

Hannu Lassila Goalies Karel Lang

0–1 10:46 (PP) – Richter

0–2 15:49 – Lála (Kokrment)

Hagman (Siltanen) – 16:49 1–2

1–3 41:35 – Hořava (Nový, Richter)

1–4 45:13 – Kral (Penicka, Lála)

1–5 47:38 – Kadlec (Hajdusek, Kokrment)

1–6 49:45 (PP) – Lála (Kokrment, Kadlec)

1–7 53:31 – Rusnák (Chalupa)

10 min Penalties 10 min

17 Shots 53

September 3, 1981 Sweden  3–6 (0–2, 2–1, 1–3)  Soviet Union Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Arena Attendance: 3,318

Pelle Lindbergh Goalies Vladislav Tretiak

0–1 9:21 (PP) – Kapustin (Fetisov)

0–2 15:07 (PP) – Makarov (Larionov, Krutov)

Håkansson (K. Nilsson) – 22:34 1–2

1–3 35:38 – Kapustin (Shalimov, Babinov)

Hedberg (U. Nilsson, Molin) – 36:15 2–3

2–4 49:28 – Kasatonov (Fetisov)

Molin – (SH) 50:56 3–4

3–5 55:28 – Maltsev (Pervukhin

3–6 57:25 (PP) – Krutov (Makarov, Kasatonov)

18 min Penalties 14 min

24 Shots 34

September 3, 1981 United States  3–8 (1–1, 0–2, 2–5)  Canada Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Attendance: 11,348

Tony Esposito Goalies Mike Liut

0–1 3:43 – Perreault (Gretzky, Lafleur)

Christoff – 5:01 1–1

1–2 22:26 – Gretzky (Gare)

1–3 27:16 – Dionne (Gare, Potvin)

Talafous (Broten) – (PP) 44:04 2–3

Johnson (O'Connell, Eaves) – 44:53 3–3

3–4 50:55 (PP) – Bossy (Gretzky, Middleton)

3–5 51:46 – Trottier (Gare, Bourque)

3–6 53:25 – Gretzky (Lafleur, Perreault)

3–7 55:15 – Trottier (Gillies, Bossy)

3–8 56:40 – Perreault (Hartsburg, Bourque)

10 min Penalties 14 min

31 Shots 36

September 5, 1981 Sweden  5–0 (1–0, 0–0, 4–0)  Finland Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Arena Attendance: 3,698

Peter Lindmark Goalies Hannu Lassila

Hedberg (U. Nilsson, Helander) – 3:46 1–0

Kallur (Gradin, K. Nilsson) – 46:09 2–0

U. Nilsson (Molin, Hedberg) – 48:21 3–0

Kallur (Salming, Håkansson) – 50:40 4–0

Lundholm (Sundström, Andersson) – 57:57 5–0

12 min Penalties 16 min

32 Shots 28

September 5, 1981 Soviet Union  4–1 (1–0, 2–1, 1–0)  United States Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Attendance: 13,482

Vladislav Tretiak Goalies Tony Esposito

Larionov (Fetisov, Kasatonov) – (PP) 15:34 1–0

1–1 21:57 – Broten (Howe, Talafous)

Zhluktov (Fetisov) – 22:52 2–1

Krutov (Makarov, Babinov) – 23:55 3–1

Golikov (Drozdetsky) – 48:07 4–1

10 min Penalties 8 min

33 Shots 25

September 5, 1981 Czechoslovakia  4–4 (2–2, 0–1, 2–1)  Canada Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Arena Attendance: 10,392

Karel Lang Goalies Mike Liut

Dudacek (Svoboda) – (PP) 5:22 1–0

Kral – 9:27 2–0

2–1 18:13 (SH) – Goring (Potvin, Liut)

2–2 19:47 – Bossy (Trottier, Gillies)

2–3 23:51 – Dionne (Gare, Middleton)

Kokrment – 47:47 3–3

3–4 51:18 – Gainey (Duguay, Goring)

Dudacek (Svoboda) – 55:21 4–4

14 min Penalties 10 min

29 Shots 33

September 7, 1981 Sweden  3–4 (0–2, 1–1, 2–1)  Canada Montreal
Montreal
Forum Attendance: 11,603

Peter Lindmark Goalies Mike Liut

0–1 3:57 – Potvin (Lafleur, Perreault)

0–2 5:29 – Bossy (Bourque)

Hedberg (Lindmark) – 29:57 1–2

1–3 31:51 – Lafleur (Gretzky, Bourque)

Hedberg (Salming, Lindgren) – 45:50 2–3

2–4 46:55 – Perreault (Lafleur)

Kallur (Gradin) – 49:22 3–4

6 min Penalties 2 min

16 Shots 33

September 7, 1981 Soviet Union  6–1 (2–0, 1–1, 3–0)  Finland Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Arena Attendance: 2,412

Vladislav Tretiak Goalies Markus Mattson

Krutov (Kasatonov, Makarov) – 4:39 1–0

Drozdetsky (Kasatonov) – 17:34 2–0

2–1 20:24 – Sinisalo (Hagman, Levo)

Makarov (Krutov) – 32:44 3–1

Shalimov (Shepelev, Drozdetsky) – (PP) 56:07 4–1

Fetisov (Kasatonov, Krutov) – (PP) 57:36 5–1

Zhulktov – (SH) 58:23 6–1

20 min Penalties 14 min

31 Shots 24

September 7, 1981 Czechoslovakia  2–6 (1–0, 1–2, 0–4)  United States Montreal
Montreal
Forum Attendance: 10,448

Karel Lang (40:41) Jiri Kralik (19:19) Goalies Tony Esposito

Kokrment (Lala) – (SH) 13:38 1–0

Rusnak (Pasek, Chalupa) – 20:35 2–0

2–1 25:07 – Eaves (Howe, Langevin)

2–2 37:16 – Talafous (Christoff, Broten)

2–3 40:23 – Talafous (Langway, Christoff)

2–4 40:41 – Eaves, Johnson, Howe)

2–5 45:01 (PP) – Dunn (Larson, Eaves)

2–6 45:20 – Miller (Eaves, Johnson)

12 min Penalties 14 min

27 Shots 25

September 9, 1981 Finland  4–4 (1–1, 1–2, 2–1)  United States Montreal
Montreal
Forum Attendance: 9,412

Hannu Lassila Goalies Steve Baker

Siltanen (Hagman, Kurri) – 16:13 1–0

1–1 16:52 – Broten (O'Connell, Christoff)

1–2 22:39 – Broten (Talafous, Christoff)

Porvari (Jalonen, Rautakallio) – 30:23 2–2

2–3 37:47 – Gorence (Miller, Howe)

2–4 41:41 – Miller (O'Connell, Christoff)

Kiimalainen (Ruotsalainen, Leinonen) – 42:19 3–4

Javanainen (Sevon) – 48:38 4–4

4 min Penalties 6 min

22 Shots 46

September 9, 1981 Sweden  1–7 (0–2, 1–3, 0–2)  Czechoslovakia Ottawa
Ottawa
Civic Centre Attendance: 2,988

Peter Lindmark (27:37) Pelle Lindbergh (32:23) Goalies Karel Lang

0–1 0:26 – Rusnak (Dudacek, Korbella)

0–2 19:54 – Dudacek (Dvorak)

0–3 26:42 – Pouzar (Dvorak, Pasek)

0–4 27:37 (PP) – Dudacek (Nový, Svoboda)

Molin (Hedberg, Sundström – 28:33 1–4

1–5 31:49 – Lala (Penicka)

1–6 40:31 (PP2) – Horava (Kadlec)

1–7 45:23 – Rusnak (Pouzar)

10 min Penalties 13 min

33 Shots 29

September 9, 1981 Canada  7–3 (1–0, 1–2, 5–1)  Soviet Union Montreal
Montreal
Forum Attendance: 16,001

Don Edwards Goalies Vladimir Myshkin

Gretzky (Dionne) – 0:58 1–0

Lafleur (Gretzky, Potvin) – (PP) 23:49 2–0

2–1 21:45 (PP) – Larionov (Kasatonov, Makarov)

2–2 23:40 – Shepelev (Zhluktov, Kapustin)

Middleton (Linseman, Gare) – 44:08 3–2

Dionne (Lafleur, Gretzky) – 46:29 4–2

Potvin – 48:27 5–2

Bossy (Gillies, Trottier) – 48:59 6–2

Goring (Gainey) – 51:25 7–2

7–3 58:44 (PP) – Makarov (Fetisov, Kasatonov)

16 min Penalties 10 min

33 Shots 23

Semi-finals[edit]

September 11, 1981 Czechoslovakia  1–4 (0–3, 0–1, 1–0)  Soviet Union Ottawa
Ottawa
Civic Centre Attendance: 7,500

Karel Lang Goalies Vladislav Tretiak

0–1 8:36 (PP) – Shepelev (Bilyaletdinov)

0–2 15:12 – Golikov

0–3 16:41 – Shalimov (Shepelev)

0–4 31:09 (PS) – Shepelev

Lala (Dvorak) – 47:39 1–4

10 min Penalties 12 min

27 Shots 24

September 11, 1981 United States  1–4 (0–3, 1–0, 0–1)  Canada Montreal
Montreal
Forum Attendance: 15,660

Tony Esposito Goalies Mike Liut

0–1 2:01 – Engblom (Gainey, Goring)

0–2 7:27 – Bossy (Robinson, Trottier)

0–3 17:54 – Bossy (Potvin, Trottier)

Eaves (Johnson, Dunn) – (PP) 39:34 1–3

1–4 52:18 – Dionne (Gretzky, Lafleur)

8 min Penalties 14 min

17 Shots 23

Final[edit]

September 13, 1981 Soviet Union  8–1 (0–0, 3–1, 5–0)  Canada Montreal
Montreal
Forum Attendance: 16,001

Vladislav Tretiak Goalies Mike Liut

Larionov (Krutov, Makarov) – 24:56 1–0

1–1 28:02 – Gillies (Bossy, Trottier)

Shepelev (Fetisov, Kasatonov) – 31:15 2–1

Shepelev (Kapustin, Kasatonov) – (PP) 36:28 3–1

Shepelev (Makarov) – 41:39 4–1

Krutov – (SH) 44:08 5–1

Larionov (Kasatonov), Fetisov) – (PP) 56:00 6–1

Golikov (Gimayev, Shalimov) – 58:39 7–1

Skvortsov (Vasiliev) – 59:19 8–1

12 min Penalties 12 min

26 Shots 27

Statistical leaders[edit] Scoring[edit]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM

Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky  Canada 7 5 7 12 2

Bossy, MikeMike Bossy  Canada 7 8 3 11 2

Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier  Canada 7 3 8 11 6

Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur  Canada 7 2 9 11 0

Kasatonov, AlexeiAlexei Kasatonov  Soviet Union 7 1 10 11 8

Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault  Canada 4 3 6 9 0

Makarov, SergeiSergei Makarov  Soviet Union 7 3 6 9 0

Shepelev, SergeiSergei Shepelev  Soviet Union 7 6 2 8 4

Krutov, VladimirVladimir Krutov  Soviet Union 7 4 4 8 10

Fetisov, ViacheslavViacheslav Fetisov  Soviet Union 7 1 7 8 10

Goaltending[edit]

Player Team GP Min W L T SO SV% GAA

Tretiak, VladislavVladislav Tretiak  Soviet Union 6 360 5 0 1 0 .947 1.33

Lang, KarelKarel Lang  Czechoslovakia 6 341 2 2 2 0 .894 2.35

Liut, MikeMike Liut  Canada 6 360 4 1 1 1 .867 3.17

Lindmark, PeterPeter Lindmark  Sweden 4 208 1 2 0 1 .888 3.17

Esposito, TonyTony Esposito  United States 5 300 2 3 0 0 .872 3.80

Minimum 120 minutes played

Awards[edit]

Recipient Team

Most Valuable Player

Vladislav Tretiak  Soviet Union

All-Star team

G – Vladislav Tretiak  Soviet Union

D – Arnold Kadlec  Czechoslovakia

D – Alexei Kasatonov  Soviet Union

F – Mike Bossy  Canada

F – Gilbert Perreault  Canada

F – Sergei Shepelev  Soviet Union

See also[edit]

List of international ice hockey competitions featuring NHL players Summit Series World Cup of Hockey

References[edit]

Notes

^ " Canada
Canada
Cup returns next year and there'll be another in 1982". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1978-07-08. p. 39. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ "Fisher joins furore over Canada
Canada
Cup". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1978-12-14. p. 27. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ " Canada
Canada
Cup in jeopardy". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1978-12-12. p. 63. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ " Canada
Canada
Cup suffers as sponsor quits". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1979-01-24. p. 22. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ "Hockey Canada, CAHA close to severing ties". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1979-01-27. p. 51. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ Cole, Glenn (1979-02-13). "Series not complete loss if we learned something". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. p. 17. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ " Canada
Canada
Cup series preparations go on despite controversy". Montreal Gazette. 1980-01-24. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ "Eagleson for Cup cancellation". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1980-04-30. p. 17. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 53 ^ " Canada
Canada
Cup in September after five-year absence". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1981-01-22. p. 37. Retrieved 2010-07-26.  ^ a b Fisher, Red (1981-08-29). "Soviets stronger than ever". Montreal Gazette. p. 20. Retrieved 2010-08-13.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 56 ^ a b Pelletier, 2003, p. 54 ^ Cole, Glenn (1981-08-29). "Gretzky, Lafleur team up on a million-dollar line". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. p. 20. Retrieved 2010-08-13.  ^ "Swedes think they can win because of tight team play". Montreal Gazette. 1981-08-29. p. 20. Retrieved 2010-08-13.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 58 ^ "Czechoslovaks try to rebuild team". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1981-08-29. p. 21. Retrieved 2010-08-13.  ^ a b "Team USA dark-horse contender". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1981-08-29. p. 21. Retrieved 2010-08-13.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 55 ^ "Finns could stage upsets". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1981-08-29. p. 20. Retrieved 2010-08-13.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 60 ^ Abbott, Scott (1981-09-02). "Czechs play rough to force tie with favored Soviets". Ottawa
Ottawa
Citizen. p. 26. Retrieved 2010-09-06.  ^ Korobanik, John (1981-09-02). "Dream line gives Finns a drubbing". Ottawa
Ottawa
Citizen. p. 25. Retrieved 2010-09-06.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, pp. 63–64 ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 65 ^ "Bossy leads U.S. to Canada
Canada
Cup win". The Day. 1981-09-04. p. 26. Retrieved 2010-09-06.  ^ " Soviet Union
Soviet Union
beats Team USA". Reading Eagle. 1981-09-06. p. 79. Retrieved 2010-09-06.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 68 ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 71 ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 72 ^ Pelletier, 2003, pp. 74–75 ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 77 ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 78 ^ Pelletier, 2003, pp. 79–80 ^ "U. S. aims for upset in Canada
Canada
Cup". Anchorage Daily News. 1981-09-11. p. B3. Retrieved 2010-09-06.  ^ a b Pelletier, 2003, p. 83 ^ "Soviet coach testy in wake of defeat". Ottawa
Ottawa
Citizen. 1981-09-11. p. 31. Retrieved 2010-09-06.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, pp. 81–82 ^ "Canadians want to trip Russians for world crown". Spokane Spokesman-Review. 1981-09-13. p. C5.  ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 84 ^ https://hockey-graphs.com/2015/09/15/tracking-the-red-armys-passing/ ^ a b c Pelletier, 2003, p. 85 ^ Cole, Glenn (1981-09-14). "Soviets stun Canada
Canada
in Cup final". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. p. 39. Retrieved 2010-09-06.  ^ a b c Pelletier, 2003, pp. 88–89 ^ "1981 Canada
Canada
Cup". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-09-06.  ^ World Class Hockey Trivia, Don Weekes (2009) p.58 ^ Pelletier, 2003, p. 89 ^ "Soviet icers get Cup copy". Anchorage Daily News. 1981-10-01. p. B3. Retrieved 2010-08-16.  ^ "Russians finally receive a copy of Canada
Canada
Cup". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. 1981-10-05. p. 58. Retrieved 2010-08-16.  ^ Cole, Glenn (1981-08-11). "Booming costs may put end to Canada
Canada
Cup tournament". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. p. 15. Retrieved 2010-08-16.  ^ a b Casey, Tom (1981-09-08). "Eagleson ponders next Canada
Canada
Cup". Ottawa
Ottawa
Citizen. p. 42. Retrieved 2010-08-16.  ^ a b Cole, Glenn (1981-08-29). " Winnipeg
Winnipeg
games won't be moved". Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. p. 19. Retrieved 2010-08-16.  ^ a b c Pelletier, 2003, p. 87

General

McKinley, Michael (2006). Hockey: A People's History. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-5769-5.  Pelletier, Joe; Houda, Patrick (2003). The World Cup of Hockey. Toronto: Warwick Publishing. ISBN 1-894622-17-0. 

Game statistics: Pelletier, 2003, pp. 60–86

Scoring statistics and awards: "1981 Canada
Canada
Cup". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 

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